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ASTM Standard promotes consistent fiber-reinforced concrete tests.

December 3, 2014

Laboratories that conduct beam tests on fiber-reinforced concrete are encouraged to join in development of ASTM WK42757, Practice for Design of Supporting Rollers to Be Used in Fiber Reinforced Concrete Beam Tests. Aiming to ensure laboratories use consistent design of supporting rollers and thereby reduce variations, standard addresses concerns over possible distortions in magnitude of performance data obtained in beam tests on fiber-reinforced concrete. Read More

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AASHTO Board approves 6-year strategic plan.

December 3, 2014

AASHTO Board of Director's 2014–2019 Strategic Plan aims to advance transportation solutions that create economic prosperity, enhance quality of life, and improve transportation safety and mobility in America. Plan focuses on 4 key goals: providing value to members; providing innovative technical and professional services and products; being a leader in national transportation policy development; and communicating value of transportation. Read More

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ASTM Groundwater Sampling Standard enhances remediation efficacy.

December 3, 2014

ASTM D7929, Guide for Selection of Passive Techniques for Sampling Groundwater Monitoring Wells, will aid groundwater samplers by examining advantages, disadvantages, and limitations of 3 types of passive samplers: passive-grab samplers, diffusion samplers, and accumulation samplers. According to ASTM member Louise Parker, rapid development of this technology necessitated allowance for application of new methods and devices as they are developed. Read More

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Strong PCB Order Growth drives up book-to-bill ratio.

December 3, 2014

According to October findings from its North American PCB Statistical Program, total shipments increased 0.8% in October 2014 from October 2013, bringing year-to-date shipment growth to -1.0%. Compared to previous month, PCB shipments were down 5.2%. PCB bookings increased by 28.8% compared to October 2013, improving year-to-date order growth rate to -1.1%. Order growth jumped 15.5% in October compared to previous month. Read More

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ASABE adopts tractor implement hydraulic pressure standard.

December 3, 2014

ANSI/ASABE AD10448:1994, Agricultural tractors – Hydraulic pressure for implements, replaces the withdrawn ASABE standard ASAE S489, Hydraulic Pressure Available on Agricultural Tractors for Remote Use with Implements. Withdrawn document no longer reflected the state-of-the-art designs for flow rates, pressure, tolerances, usable hydraulic power, and sampling capability. Adoption of ISO 10448:1994 further harmonizes national and international standardization. Read More

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EPA's Inaction on 2014 RFS Rule means continued uncertainty.

December 2, 2014

According to BIO, EPA's decision to not finalize the 2014 Renewable Fuel Standard for this year continues the atmosphere of uncertainty for the advanced biofuel industry. RFS supports companies that invest in, build, and start up new advanced and cellulosic biorefineries here in the U.S. Delay in this year’s rule already has chilled investment and financing of future projects, even as first-of-a-kind cellulosic biofuel plants are right now starting up operations. Read More

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ASTM Standard applies to testing of Boron-10 loaded materials.

December 2, 2014

ASTM E2971, Test Method for Determination of Effective Boron-10 Areal Density in Aluminum Neutron Absorbers Using Neutron Attenuation Measurements, addresses important aspects of boron use in transportation/storage of spent and new nuclear fuel. According to ASTM member Josh Vanderstelt, this standard will provide uniform approach for direct neutron attenuation measurement. Primary users will be nuclear regulators, boron neutron absorber manufacturers, and inspection facilities. Read More

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AASHTO Board elects Wyoming's John Cox as President.

December 2, 2014

AASHTO's Board of Directors elected Wyoming Department of Transportation Director, John Cox as president and Iowa Department of Transportation Director, Paul Trombino III as VP. As president, Cox's primary emphasis will be to advance multi-year surface transportation reauthorization that closely reflects AASHTO's policy objectives. His second emphasis area will be to explore the need to identify and advance opportunities to enhance state decision-making authority and limit federal regulation. Read More