ASTM C09 to host Symposium on Reactivity Tests for Cement-Based Materials

Sources: ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa.; CP staff ASTM Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates has opened registration for Symposium on Reactivity Tests for Cement-based Materials – From Lab Testing to Standards and Specifications, June 12 at the Hyatt Regency Seattle. Organizers seek content differentiating supplementary cementitious materials and inert materials for use in concrete. Despite significant progress on SCM…

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ASTM Committees open International Masonry Symposium registration

Sources: ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa.; CP staff Registration is open for the ASTM International 2022 Masonry Symposium: Advancing Masonry Technology, June 14 at the Hyatt Regency Seattle (Washington, USA). The event dovetails the June standards meetings of its four co-sponsors: ASTM Committees C01 on Cement, C07 on Lime, C07 on Mortars and Grouts for Unit Masonry, and C15 on…

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ORGANIZATIONS – December 2021

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association named 20 producer members in its 2021 Quality Awards program. Recipients have demonstrated that they excel at quality management principles over a broad range of activities—from commitment to quality and materials management to managing production facilities and product quality control—while maintaining a high level of customer satisfaction.  Recognized during the NRMCA ConcreteWorks Conference earlier…

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Wood structures’ newest red flag: ASTM floor noise standard

Sources: CP staff; ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa.  A new standard from ASTM Committee E33 on Building and Environmental Acoustics establishes an evaluation metric for low-frequency impact noise, especially the thudding from footfalls typical in multi-level buildings constructed of materials other than cast-in-place or precast concrete. 

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ORGANIZATIONS – JULY 2021

After eight years as Massachusetts Institute of Technology Concrete Sustainability Hub executive director, Jeremy Gregory has transferred to a position with the newly formed MIT Climate and Sustainability Consortium. MIT officials credit his spearheading of impactful research, encouraging connections between lab members, fostering industry partnerships, and greatly expanding the CSHub’s reach and presence nationally and internationally. “His insight, clarity, and…

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ASTM C09 revises C94 batch water accuracy target

Source: National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, Alexandria, Va.  A revision reflected in the forthcoming ASTM C94/94M-21a, Standard Specification for Ready-Mixed Concrete eases batch water volume verification during the batching process. It requires water to be batched to an accuracy of ±1.5 percent of the target batch water versus two existing accuracy thresholds: batch water to ±1 percent of total mixing…

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ASTM aims for Q4 return to in-person meetings

Sources: ASTM International, West Conshohocken, Pa.; CP staff During its annual business meeting, staged virtually, ASTM International expressed optimism for October 2021 resumption of face-to-face committee meetings. Board Chair John Logar previewed the Society’s annual report, entitled “Resilience,” and cited the past year’s measures to support global health by offering no-cost access to standards used in personal protective equipment production…

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ORGANIZATIONS – MAY 2021

Cary Kopczynski, principal of an eponymous engineering firm with Chicago and Seattle offices, has been elected American Concrete Institute president for 2021-22, succeeding Minneapolis attorney and (pre-AECOM) Ellerbe Associates veteran Jeffrey Coleman. A recognized expert in reinforced concrete and post-tensioned concrete building design, Kopczynski has served on the ACI Foundation Board of Trustees and ACI Board’s Financial Advisory Committee, and…

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ORGANIZATIONS – MARCH 2021

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association has chartered a Small Producer Council, aimed at shaping the future of committee and staff work supporting the group’s widest range of members. The SPC was formed to ensure participants have an opportunity to lead a conversation on their unique needs and consult peers on issues of most consequence to their businesses. James Schelzi…

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