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ASTM Committee A01 presents Award of Merit to Michael Gold.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
April 20, 2011 ASTM International Committee A01 on Steel, Stainless Steel and Alloys presented Award of Merit and accompanying title of fellow to Michael Gold of Gold Metallurgical Services LLC, North Benton, OH. Gold was honored for his significant service to Committee A01 in the standardization of steel plates for boiler and pressure vessels, castings for special applications, and steel forgings for wrought fittings. A graduate of Yale University, Gold has been a member of ASTM International since 1979.
Smart Grid Test Scheme revealed at World Meter Design Congress.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
April 20, 2011 Smart Grid Interoperable and Conformant (SGIC) testing scheme was unveiled at World Meter Design Congress. Management scheme for testing practices is compatible with existing global requirements placed on testing bodies by ISO and Smart Grid Interoperability Panel. With this scheme in place, stakeholders will come together under NEMA's management to identify points of interoperability in Smart Grid standards as well as design test specifications that make sense to all parties.
Chemical Research Tool allows users to create synthetic pathways.
Chemical Abstracts Service    Columbus, OH 43202
April 20, 2011 With SciPlanner(TM) interactive workspace, SciFinder® Research Tool enables scientists to identify synthesis options for designing best research pathways. Researchers can visualize and consolidate preferred reaction strategies in single place and combine them with references, structures, reactions, and substances. Users can also create reports to share reaction pathways for assignment, distribution, and presentation to colleagues.
BIO opposes House Judiciary Committee's patent reform bill.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
April 20, 2011 BIO President and CEO Jim Greenwood released statement regarding the America Invents Act, H.R. 1249, which passed House Committee on the Judiciary. According to Greenwood, BIO has consistently praised House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith (R-TX) for his introduction of a patent reform bill similar to the bill adopted by Senate. Given the addition of Goodlatte supplemental examination amendment, BIO has no choice but to oppose floor consideration of the bill until this issue is repaired.
FAA announces changes to controller scheduling.
Federal Aviation Administration    Washington, DC 20591
April 20, 2011 Secretary of Transportation Ray LaHood and FAA Administrator Randy Babbitt announced changes to air traffic controller scheduling practices that will allow controllers more time to rest between shifts. Controllers will have a minimum of 9 hours off between shifts and will no longer be able to swap shifts unless they have at least 9 hours off between last shift. Additionally, controllers will no longer be able to switch to an unscheduled midnight shift following a day off.
ASHRAE Conference is themed Sustainability Knows No Borders.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
April 20, 2011 Focused on Sustainability Knows No Borders theme, 2011 ASHRAE Annual Conference will feature keynote speaker Rob Waldman, technical tours, as well as instructor-led training opportunities. Conference Technical Program, beginning June 26 and ending June 29, will feature Engineering Tools track, which seeks to keep up with development in energy modeling and building information modeling programs. Additional tracks include Refrigeration, HVAC Systems, Professional Skills, and Commissioning.
RIDOT Director discusses transportation project funding methods.
American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials    Washington, DC 20001
April 20, 2011 Two-Minute State DOT Update Video features Michael Lewis, director of Rhode Island Department of Transportation (RIDOT) and chairman of AASHTO Subcommittee on Construction. He discuses steps Rhode Island is taking to fund essential transportation projects during lean economic times as well as what else must be done. Other talking points include steps being taken to ensure investments made by RIDOT are used efficiently and effectively.
Life-Cycle Cost Analysis Standard focuses on corrosion protection.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
April 19, 2011 ASTM A1068, Practice for Life-Cycle Cost Analysis of Corrosion Protection Systems on Iron and Steel Products is intended for primary use by owners and specifiers of steel building projects. According to Thomas Langill of American Galvanizers Association, practical applications include calculating life cycle costs of different corrosion protection systems and comparing them when making decisions on how to specify system to be used on particular project.
ASTM Plastic Piping Standard covers tracking, traceabillity.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
April 19, 2011 ASTM F2897, Specification for Tracking and Traceability Encoding System of Natural Gas Distribution Components (Pipe, Tubing, Fittings, Valves and Appurtenances), provides basis with which to codify key attributes of given component in discrete format and size to facilitate tracking and traceability. As detailed in standard, 16-digit code contains finite data sets that provide information such as manufacturer name, component characteristics and product logistics.
NEMA launches Premium Exit Sign Program.
National Electrical Manufacturers Association (NEMA)    Rosslyn, VA 22209
April 19, 2011 NEMA Emergency Lighting Section has launched its Premium Exit Sign Program, which establishes standards for and encourages use of high-performance exit signage. Instead of focusing strictly on energy efficiency, program aims to increase visibility and attract attention. Managed by NEMA, program is driven largely by requirements set forth in NEMA EM 1 Exit Sign Visibility Testing Requirements for Safety and Energy Efficiency standard.
EPA seeks public comment on stormwater discharge permit.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
April 19, 2011 U.S. EPA is releasing for public comment a draft permit that will help improve nation's waterways by regulating discharge of stormwater from construction sites, which can contain sediment and pollutants. Some proposed modifications of Construction General Permit include requirements for electronic notice of intent processes, sediment and erosion controls, natural buffers or alternative controls, soil stabilization, pollution prevention, and site inspections.
ASHRAE funds undergraduate net zero energy project.
American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air Conditioning Engineers    Atlanta, GA 30329
April 19, 2011 Through ASHRAE Undergraduate Senior Project Grant, undergraduate students in their senior year at University of Oregon are developing a toolkit to help better understand impacts of building construction related to net zero energy targets. Toolkit will include a building air tightness testing system as well as an infrared camera to detect moisture, missing or defective insulation, structural shortcomings, HVAC problem areas, sources of heating and cooling loss, and plumbing blocks.
MHEDA Journal Online features customer service theme.
Material Handling Equipment Distributors Association    Vernon Hills, IL 60061
April 19, 2011 In its 2nd Quarter issue, The MHEDA Journal Online features articles focusing on customer service. The Customer Convention theme is explored via several articles about customer-centric topics. In addition to customer service information, issue also features article about potential dangers involved with Web 2.0, overview of tax consequences involved with selling business, and guide to companies exhibiting at MHEDA Exhibitors' Showcase on May 2 at MHEDA's Convention.
Gases and Welding Distributors take active role with suppliers.
Gases and Welding Distributors Association (GAWDA)    Dewitt, NY 13214
April 19, 2011 Spring 2011 issue of Welding and Gases Today features article titled "All Suppliers Are Not Created Equal," by Gary Moore, a distribution industry veteran. Moore advises distributors to schedule planning meetings yearly or bi-annually with supplier top management, during which distributors can follow several action steps to manage supplier relationships. According to Moore, a distributor's primary initial focus should be on relationships with their most important "A" suppliers.
EPA proposes stronger toxic emissions standards.
Environmental Protection Agency (EPA)    Washington, DC 20460
April 19, 2011 U.S. EPA proposed stronger standards that require PVC production facilities to reduce emissions of harmful toxics, such as dioxin and vinyl chloride, to improve air quality and protect people's health. Standards would give facilities the flexibility to choose the most practical and cost-effective control technology or technique to reduce their emissions. Facilities would also need to monitor emissions at certain points in PVC production process to ensure that standards are met.
ASTM Standard approved for Emergency Operations Center development.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
April 18, 2011 First in series of proposed standards on emergency operations centers being developed by ASTM International Committee E54 on Homeland Security Applications is ASTM E2668, Guide for Emergency Operations Center (EOC) Development. According to Glenn Wisbey, logistics operations branch manager, North Carolina Division of Emergency Management, this recently approved standard "provides common sense, step-by-step procedures for designing an emergency operations center."
Interlocking Concrete Pavements Standard proposed by ASTM.
ASTM International    West Conshohocken, PA 19428-2959
April 18, 2011 ASTM WK32564, Practice for Pavement Condition Index Surveys for Interlocking Concrete Roads and Parking Lots, addresses city and county transportation agency management of roads made from interlocking concrete pavements. According to ASTM International Committee E17 member David R. Smith, users will be able to compare performance of interlocking concrete pavements to asphalt and cast-in-place concrete pavements. Standard also guides agencies in indicating required maintenance.
SIIA chooses education technology finalists for 2011 CODiE Awards.
Software and Information Industry Association    Washington, DC 20005-4095
April 18, 2011 SIIA has announced finalists for CODiE(TM) Awards in education technology categories, which include 113 products from 80 companies, out of 425 total nominations. As part of nomination, products underwent extensive review by judges via live demonstration, trial product access, and analysis of product documentation. Finalists will be reviewed by SIIA members, who will vote on winners for all 24 categories. Winners will be announced on Monday, May 23 at CODiE Awards Reception and Dinner.
Best Technical Papers Honored at IPC Apex EXPO(TM) 2011.
IPC-Association Connecting Electronics Industries    Bannockburn, IL 60015
April 18, 2011 Anurag Bansal of Cisco Systems Inc. took U.S. Best Paper honor for "A New Approach for Early Detection of PCB Pad Cratering Failures," which was co-authored by Gnyaneshwar Ramakrishna and Kuo-Chuan Liu. "Mechanical Shock Test Performance of SAC 105 and Tin-3.5% Silver BGA Components with SAC 305 Solder Paste on Nickel-Gold and OSP Board Surface Finishes," authored by Jasbir Bath of Bath Technical Consultancy and 11 others, won the International Best Paper category.
Keynote at BIO HR 2011 Conference to be given by Daniel H. Pink.
Biotechnology Industry Organization    Washington, DC 20024
April 18, 2011 Daniel H. Pink, author of 4 books on changing workplace, will deliver keynote address at BIO Human Resources 2011 Conference. As Pink's latest book, Entitled "DRIVE: The Surprising Truth about What Motivates Us" compiles 50 years of behavioral science to overturn conventional thinking concerning human motivation and behavioral drives. Jim Greenwood of BIO expressed pleasure that Pink will share his expertise on such matters, which are relevant to HR professionals.

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