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A Strategic Planning Task Group of ASTM Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates is keeping standards aligned with industry needs. “The purpose of the task group is to identify potential gaps that exist between Committee C09 activities and the needs of the concrete community and to make recommendations to the C09 Executive Subcommittee that will move the identified strategies forward,” said Engineering Services Manager Jenny Hitch, ISG Resources, Inc., Las Vegas, Nev., the ASTM task group chairman.

“We are currently working in a general sense in the area of concrete,” Hitch said, as well as “where work needs to be done.” Participation is invited in this activity which focuses on standards development, partnerships, and international recognition. Group members represent the ready-mixed concrete, cement, and fly ash industries, the Army Corps of Engineers, University of Toronto, National Institute for Standards and Technology Building Materials Division, the U.S. Bureau of Reclamation, and the transportation industry.

One member called for standards that predict performance. What is a concrete or cement product’s expected durability? Can it last 50 years?

The task group formed a Joint Research and Strategic Planning Committee with members of ASTM Committee C01 on Cement. Activities will be coordinated with the American Concrete Institute and others.

Contact Jenny Hitch, ISG Resources, Inc., Las Vegas, Nev. (phone: 702/228-5085). ASTM Committee C09 meets Dec. 2-5 in Dallas, Texas. For meeting or membership details, contact Staff Manager Jim Olshefsky, ASTM (phone: 610/832-9714). //

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