Underwriter tracks rising prescription drug abuse among construction, manufacturing ranks

Source: CNA, Chicago

New CNA Risk Control, Claim and Actuary reports examine growing prescription opioid abuse in the U.S. construction and manufacturing industries, where an estimated 15.1 percent and 6.5 percent of workers, respectively, have engaged in illicit drug use.

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ISO technical standard defines green heavy/civil parameters

Source: International Organization for Standardization, Geneva

ISO/TS 21929-2, “Sustainability in building construction—Sustainability indicators—Part 2: Framework for the development of indicators for civil engineering works,” establishes core impacts for assessing sustainability performance in new or existing non-building construction.

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Seven structures charter Green Garage Certification log

Source: Green Parking Council, Alexandria, Va.

The first facilities to attain Green Parking Council (GPC) Green Garage Certification are Bank of America Plaza, Los Angeles; BG Group Place, Houston; Canopy Airport Parking, Denver; Charles Square Hotel, Cambridge, Mass.; Cornell University Forest Home, Ithaca, N.Y.; Silver Spring Metro Plaza, Silver Spring, Md.; and, Westpark Corporate Center, Tysons, Va.

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SCC 2016 organizers extend call for presentations

Sources: Missouri University of Science & Technology (Missouri S&T), Rolla

The committee overseeing the 6th North American Conference on Design and Use of Self-Consolidating Concrete (SCC 2016), May 15-18, 2016, in Washington, D.C., is reviewing abstracts for candidate papers and presentations through July 31. It invites engineers, architects, public works officials, material suppliers, researchers, academics, students, contractors, and concrete industry professionals to share their research, experiences and accomplishments in advancing SCC production and practice by submitting abstracts via the conference portal, www.scc2016.com.

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Dowel bar standard advances pavement quality control measures

Source: ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa.

The forthcoming ASTM E3013, Test Method for Evaluating Concrete Pavement Dowel Bar Alignment Using Magnetic Pulse Induction, will reinforce quality control and quality assurance measures behind durable, smooth mainline highways and airport runways. New to North America, magnetic pulse induction a) measures steel dowel alignment in concrete pavement joints, where the bars transfer loads from one slab to the next; and, b) yields data with which agencies or owners can determine if the dowel installation meets project specs.

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