Proposed ASTM test method to measure smoothness of concrete


The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) Subcommittee E06.21 has suggested a new test method to help minimize the confusion in quantifying texture value at the concrete surface. WK49335, Test Method for Concrete Micro Surface Texture will be used to measure concrete surfaces with a contact stylus instrument—a profilometer.

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U.S. construction starts predicted to rise to $712 billion in 2016

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Dodge Data and Analytics released its ‘2016 Dodge Construction Outlook,’ which forecasts a six percent increase in American construction starts next year to reach $712 billion. In 2016, commercial building will advance 11 percent with office construction continuing to lead, followed by private developments and construction related to technology and finance firms.

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AIA launches new contract documents

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The American Institute of Architects (AIA) recently released nine new contract documents, including a new owner/consultant agreement and administrative forms for design-build projects. C103-2015, Standard Form of Agreement Between Owner and Consultant Without a Predefined Scope of Consultant’s Services, establishes expectations between an owner and consultant on a project.

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Group calls for papers on electrostatic discharge

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The Electrostatic Discharge (ESD) Association is requesting abstracts for technical papers covering the effects of ESD, electrical overstress (EOS), and static electricity. The papers will be presented at the 38th Annual Symposium on EOS and ESD Effects from September 8 to 16 next year in Anaheim, California.

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Architecture firms fight climate change by signing China accord


The China Exploration and Design Association–Architecture Branch (CEDAAB) and Architecture 2030 hosted a meeting for international and Chinese architecture firms to sign the China Accord. By signing the agreement, the firms pledge to design cities, towns, urban developments, new buildings, and major renovations in China to low-carbon or carbon-neutral standards.

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