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ASABE to Revise Shallow Post Foundation Design standard.

March 29, 2012

American Society of Agricultural and Biological Engineers (ASABE) has initiated project to update and revise ANSI/ASAE EP486.1, Shallow Post Foundation Design, in order to better address numerous considerations. In addition to in-situ determination of soil properties, prescriptive soil bearing capacity values, and modeling analogs, concerns include safety factors relating to ASD and LRFD design methodologies, ultimate lateral strength of foundations, and minimum footing sizes. Read More

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White House Biotech Director to keynote 2012 MichBio meeting.

March 29, 2012

Dr. Michael Stebbins will serve as keynote speaker at MichBio's 2012 Annual Business Meeting and Showcase on April 19 in Livonia, MI. MichBio president and CEO Stephen Rapundalo, PhD, said no one knows that public policy dictates aspects of bioscience discovery and commercialization better than Dr. Stebbins. Rapundalo cited Stebbins' understanding of sound science policy and perspectives on evolving dynamics playing out towards national bioeconomy policy. Read More

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NAM Urges President to approve entire Keystone XL pipeline.

March 29, 2012

In his statement regarding President Obama's remarks on energy in Cushing, OK, NAM President and CEO Jay Timmons said President Obama's "all of the above" energy policy "should include all available domestic sources of energy as well as resources from our North American allies." Expounding on his meaning, Timmons said "This means expanded exploration of the Outer Continental Shelf, additional development of shale, nuclear, clean coal, and the approval of the Keystone XL pipeline." Read More

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EFI Monthly Confidence Index increases in March.

March 29, 2012

According to March 2012 Monthly Confidence Index for Equipment Finance Industry, confidence is 61.7, up from February index of 59.6. When asked to assess business conditions over next 4 months, 28.9% of executives said they believe business conditions will improve, up from 23.5% in February. Also, 34.2% of respondents believe demand for leases and loans to fund capital expenditures will increase over next 4 months, an increase from 26.5% in February. Read More

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IPC Conference to address tin whiskers.

March 29, 2012

Scheduled for April 17-19, 2012, IPC Tin Whiskers Conference will focus on tin whisker growth, risk mitigation, detection, and failure analysis. Conference is sponsored by Lockheed Martin and will feature leading experts who will explore full range of whisker theory and practice for military/aerospace, automotive, medical, and consumer sectors. Three-day event will include 2 half-day workshops, 1 ½ day technical conference, and variety of presentations. Read More

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Hydraulic Institute announces Standards VIPs for 2011.

March 29, 2012

Hydraulic Institute (HI) recognized 2011 Standards VIP (Very Important Participant) recipients at 2012 HI Annual Meeting in St. Petersburg, Florida. Distinguished recipients who achieved milestone VIP service pins for 2011 include Arnold Sdano (20 years), Randal Ferman (15 years), John Anspach (10 years), and David Brockway (10 years). In total, there were 36 HI member and standards partner companies represented by 2011 Standards VIPs. Read More

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FCHEA Details Transportation Working Group activities.

March 29, 2012

FCHEA Transportation Working Group (TWG) is meeting monthly. It has been discussing areas of interest and priority, including deployment of hydrogen infrastructure, codes, standards and regulations, and how to maximize effectiveness of TWG with limited budget. Also, TWG is helping create key messages on issue of natural gas as transition strategy for hydrogen and seeks subject matter expert in piping codes. Next meeting will be held via webinar on April 10th. Read More

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Electroindustry Business Confidence Index remains positive.

March 29, 2012

Following run-up of more than 20 points in January and February to highest level in more than 6 years, NEMA's Electroindustry Business Confidence Index for current North American conditions retreated slightly in March, slipping 0.5 points to 72. Survey's measure of degree of change in current North American conditions remained at its highest mark in almost 2 years at +0.7. EBCI for future North American conditions remained strongly positive, jumping 11 points to 86 in March. Read More