Scheduled for March 8, 2013, ANSI Caucus Luncheon will feature Vanessa Allen Sutherland, chief counsel for the U.S. Department of Transportation's Pipeline and Hazardous Materials Safety Administration. Ms. Allen Sutherland oversees a group of lawyers and support personnel responsible for preparation and use of grants, contracts, and enforcement tools related to PHMSA’s mission. She also represents the agency on civil rights, employment, and federal personnel matters, among other duties. Read More
ASTM F2972, Specification for Light Sport Aircraft Manufacturer’s Quality Assurance System, sets quality requirements for the manufacture, documentation, and records retention for light sport aircraft designed to ASTM consensus standards. Standard also requires that manufacturers regularly audit their operations and correct any problems. It will be used by those seeking civil aviation authority approval in the form of flight certificates, flight permits, or similar documentation for aircraft. Read More
NEMA has published ANSI/NEMA WC74/ICEA S-93-639 5-46kV Shielded Power Cable for Use in the Transmission and Distribution of Electric Energy. Standards publication applies to materials, constructions, and testing of 5,000–46,000 V shielded cross-linked polyethylene and ethylene propylene rubber-insulated wires and cables used for transmission and distribution of electrical energy for normal conditions of installation and service either indoors, outdoors, aerial, underground, or submarine.
Further harmonizing national and international standardization, ASABE has completed adoption of ISO 730:2009 for rear-mounted 3-point linkage of agricultural wheeled tractors. Said adoption, ANSI/ASABE AD730:2009 DEC2012, Agricultural wheeled tractors – Rear-mounted three-point linkage – Categories 1N, 1, 2N, 2, 3N, 3, 4N, and 4, deviates from ISO document by correcting value of movement range for Category 1N linkage and replacing ISO document normative reference with ASABE standard. Read More
BIO announced its plenary session program for 2013 World Congress on Industrial Biotechnology, which will take place June 16–19 in Montreal, Canada. According to BIO's Brent Erickson, "sessions will highlight the growing biobased economy as we learn about advances and commercialization in biofuels and renewable chemicals." Sessions will include, among others, Global Outlook on Industrial Biotechnology, Building a Sustainable Biobased Industry, and Feeling the Heat of the Biofuels Boom. Read More
State DOT Two Minute Update video on AASHTO's Transportation TV features Robert St. Onge, Secretary of the South Carolina Department of Transportation, outlining his agency's efforts to improve efficiency and transparency. In video, St. Onge states South Carolina has fourth largest state-managed road network in USA and fourth lowest gas tax. Also, St. Onge says streamlining delivery of transportation projects to save time and reduce construction costs is on his list of priorities. Read More
According to February 2013 Monthly Confidence Index for the Equipment Finance Industry, confidence is up for third consecutive month at 58.7, an increase from January index of 54.2, reflecting increasing optimism despite wary eye on economic conditions and government management of fiscal policies. When asked to assess their business conditions over next 4 months, 20% of executives said they believe conditions will improve, up from 6.1% in January, and only 2.9% believe conditions will worsen. Read More
Nominated by AIA members and selected from highly qualified candidates by AIA Board of Directors, Andrew Wilson, Editor of Vision Systems Design magazine, was presented with 2013 AIA Achievement Award in recognition of his long history of outstanding contributions to vision and imaging industry. AIA President Burnstein said Wilson "has been instrumental in introducing vision and imaging technologies to a broad range of industries throughout the world." Read More