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ANSI Joint Member Forum addresses smart cities initiatives.

April 10, 2013

On April 4, ANSI convened Joint Member Forum with subject matter experts from standards developing organizations, industry, government, and academia to discuss role that standards and conformance solutions play in contributing to national and international smart cities initiatives. In addition to review of current smart cities initiatives, meeting included overview of HUD’s programs across the country as well as domestic and international standards development initiatives underway on smart cities. Read More

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International HERMES AWARD earned by Bosch Rexroth in 2013.

April 10, 2013

HERMES AWARD was presented to Bosch Rexroth at HANNOVER MESSE on April 7, 2013 for Open Core Engineering project, which unites previously separate worlds of programmable logic controllers (PLC) and information technology (IT). According to Dr. Jochen Köckler, Member of Managing Board at Deutsche Messe AG, "The award-winning solution makes a major contribution to 'Integrated Industry' and will accelerate the trend towards networked industrial production." Read More

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Office of USTR Seeks Comment on proposed TTIP agreement.

April 10, 2013

Office of U.S. Trade Representative (USTR) has issued Request for Information (RFI), Request for Comments Concerning Proposed Transatlantic Trade and Investment Agreement, soliciting public comments regarding planned negotiations connected with creation of Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership (TTIP) agreement with European Union. All persons with input regarding agreement, including how it relates to U.S. interests and priorities, are encouraged to voice their views. Read More

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Participants Sought for pumping machinery dynamics review.

April 9, 2013

Under ANSI approval, Hydraulic Institute seeks qualified individuals to review Dynamics of Pumping Machinery. This new guideline describes and recommends means to appropriately evaluate pumping machinery construction attributes and relevant site characteristics to determine effects of dynamic performance on equipment life and reliability. Also, guideline describes and recommends levels of evaluation and validation commensurate with degree of equipment uncertainty and application risk. Read More

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FAA extends tower closure date.

April 9, 2013

Last month, FAA announced it would eliminate funding for 149 federal contract air traffic control towers as part of agency’s required $637 million budget cuts under sequestration. FAA said today that it will delay tower closures until June 15, allowing agency to attempt to resolve multiple legal challenges to closure decisions. As part of tower closure implementation process, agency continues to consult with airports and operators and review appropriate risk mitigations. Read More

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Settlement with Dominion Energy reduces harmful pollution.

April 9, 2013

Department of Justice and U.S. EPA announced that Dominion Energy has agreed to pay $3.4 million civil penalty and spend approximately $9.8 million on environmental mitigation projects to resolve Clean Air Act violations. Settlement will result in reductions of nitrogen oxides, sulfur dioxide, and particulate matter by more than 70,000 tons per year, across 3 of utility’s coal-fired power plants, located in Kincaid, IL, State Line, IN, and Somerset, MA. Read More

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RIA Announces Workshops to precede 2013 Leadership Summit/Expo.

April 9, 2013

RIA will provide 3 courses on April 23, 2013 preceding 68th Annual Leadership Summit and Industry Expo in Las Vegas, NV (April 23–25, 2013). These workshops are to include Estimating for Contents Restoration, led by Lori Young; RIA’s Mold Refresher Course, led by Michael Pinto; and hands-on review of Xactimate 27.5 features, led by Brad Williams. These workshops are optional and require additional fee. Read More

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ASTM Honors Dr. Ochoa for composite materials contributions.

April 9, 2013

Ozden Ochoa, Ph.D., received Wayne W. Stinchcomb Memorial Award from ASTM International Committee D30 on Composite Materials for her technical and humanitarian leadership. Presented every 2 years at Committee D30 spring symposium, award honors individuals who have made outstanding contributions in research, engineering, or teaching technology of composite materials. Ochoa's research contributions have resulted in 200+ journal and proceeding publications, technical reports, and one book. Read More

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Hydraulic Institute seeks reviewers for updated standard.

April 9, 2013

Hydraulic Institute, under approval of ANSI, is seeking qualified individuals in North America to participate in review process for draft of updated standard, American National Standard for Pumps – Controlled-Volume Metering Pumps for Nomenclature, Definitions, Application, and Operation. ANSI/HI 7.1-7.5 applies to reciprocating positive displacement pumps typically used for injection of chemical additives, proportional blending of multiple components, or metered transfer of single liquid. Read More

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Officials comment on EPA's cleaner fuels and cars standards.

April 9, 2013

Based on extensive input from auto manufactures, refiners, and states, U.S. EPA proposed sensible standards for cars and gasoline that will significantly reduce harmful pollution, prevent thousands of premature deaths and illnesses, while also enabling efficiency improvements in cars and trucks. An important component of administration’s national program for clean cars and trucks, standards will help avoid up to 2,400 premature deaths/year and 23,000 cases of respiratory ailments in children. Read More

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Proposed Vacuum Cleaners Standard to cover HEPA filtration.

April 9, 2013

ASTM International Committee F11 on Vacuum Cleaners has formed new task group to develop proposed standards for high efficiency particulate air filtration, typically known as HEPA. Standards will clarify methodology and criteria used to define HEPA filtration for sealed vacuum cleaner systems and filter components used in residential and commercial settings, as well as provide both retail buyers and consumers a means of comparing manufacturer filtration claims and filtration benefits. Read More

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Partnering, Presenting Companies announced for BIO convention.

April 9, 2013

BIO announced companies confirmed to present at 2013 BIO International Convention (April 22–25, Chicago, IL). Company presentations help organizations increase invisibility, attract partners, and pitch business objectives to global audience. Additionally, BIO Business Forum™ will host partnering meetings, workshops, and sessions geared to life science executives. This year's Business Forum features new Rare Disease Partnering Summit, with presentations from pediatric research institutions. Read More

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FAA and PANYNJ Reach Agreement on airport safety violations.

April 9, 2013

FAA and Port Authority of New York and New Jersey (PANYNJ) reached settlement agreement concerning aircraft rescue and firefighting (ARFF) violations from December 2010 to June 2012 at 4 New York area airports: John F. Kennedy, Teterboro, LaGuardia, and Newark Liberty International. Under terms of said agreement, PANYNJ agrees to pay $3.5 million fine within 30 days. Additionally, PANYNJ will take several actions, with FAA approval, to address underlying problems. Read More

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ASTM June Symposium to focus on fire-resistant fluids.

April 8, 2013

Sponsored by ASTM International Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants, symposium on Fire-Resistant Fluids will take place June 24, 2013 and will be held in conjunction with June standards development meetings of the committee. Objective of symposium is to hold a technical forum for papers related to current trends for fire-resistant fluids and their development, testing, classification, regulation, applications, use, and monitoring. Read More

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Leading Indicators Offer Optimism for North American PCB sales.

April 8, 2013

IPC North American PCB Market Report showed what market segments underlie 10% contraction in February PCB sales versus February 2012. Bookings increased slightly in rigid PCB segment in February 2013, pushing total PCB book-to-bill ratio up to 1.06. After decline in 2012, PCB book-to-bill ratio has been positive since January 2013. According to IPC's Sharon Starr, "This suggests that the PCB industry’s recovery is merely delayed and we hope to see some improvement in the coming months." Read More

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ASTM Committee honors Kevin VonScio's leadership skills.

April 8, 2013

Kevin VonScio of Perryman Co. received Lundell-Bright Memorial Award from ASTM International Committee E01 on Analytical Chemistry for Metals, Ores and Related Materials. This award honors VonScio's leadership skills as chairman of Subcommittee E01.22 on Laboratory Quality as well as chairman of task group that developed ASTM E2857, Standard Guide for Validating Analytical Methods. ASTM International member since 2008, VonScio also serves as secretary of Subcommittee E01.06. Read More

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NIST Reports outline smart grid R&D opportunities.

April 8, 2013

Nation's aging power grid is rapidly evolving into a modern, "smart" energy distribution network, and with these changes comes a host of challenges for research and development community, as outlined in two reports issued by NIST. Both reports—Technology, Measurement, and Standards Challenges for the Smart Grid and its companion, Strategic R&D Opportunities for the Smart Grid—focus on the most important technical issues that confront smart grid development. Read More

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NIST Optimizes Camera Performance at South Pole Telescope.

April 8, 2013

At South Pole Telescope, NIST Boulder researcher Johannes (Hannes) Hubmayr spent several weeks optimizing performance of NIST camera delivered in 2011. Said camera measures signals generated fractions of a second after Big Bang, helping scientists learn about conditions and evolution of early universe. Hubmayr's tasks included snowmobiling across Antarctic tundra to set up equipment and climbing on top of telescope to sweep snow away from dish. Read More

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MITA Standard helps manage radiation doses of CT equipment.

April 8, 2013

NEMA's Medical Imaging and Technology Alliance has published XR 29 Standard Attributes on Computed Tomography Equipment Related to Dose Optimization and Management. XR 29, also known as MITA Smart Dose, includes 4 key features of CT equipment that enable optimization or management of radiation dose delivery while also providing high quality medical images. They include: DICOM Radiation Dose Structured Report, CT Dose Check, Automatic Exposure Controls, and pediatric and adult reference protocols. Read More

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Nonresidential Construction Spending up 0.7% in February.

April 8, 2013

According to April 1 construction spending report by U.S. Commerce Department, nation’s nonresidential construction spending rose 0.7% in February. Total nonresidential construction spending stands at $575.6 billion, and is up 2.6% from 1 year ago. In February, private nonresidential construction spending rose 0.4% on monthly basis and 6.1% on year-over-year basis, while public nonresidential construction spending expanded 1.1% on monthly basis, but was still 1.2% lower from same time last year. Read More