||Australia Hosts 9th International Durability Conference
Better Buildings for Tomorrow is the theme of the 9th Durability of Building Materials and Components Conference to be held in Brisbane, Australia, in March 2002. This international
event will highlight ways in which research into the durability
of building materials and components can be undertaken and used
to improve the performance of the buildings of the 21st century.
The conference will examine the major changes that have taken
place in what we mean when we discuss durability in building
materials. Contact: Stewart Burn, Chairman 9DMBC (phone: 61 3 9252 6000 (Australia)).
New Oversight Group in Composites
The South Carolina Research Authority has announced the formation
of a Joint Planning Commission, which will serve as an oversight
group of The Composites Consortium. The Joint Planning Commission,
which represents each of the four major segments of the composites
industry, will advise the Office of Naval Research with regard
to specific composites projects and will advocate composites manufacturing
technology development and technology insertion into acquisition
programs. The South Carolina Research Authority is manager of
the Navys Composites Manufacturing Technology Program and The
Composites Consortium. Contact: Gary S. Gajewski, SCRA, N. Charleston, S.C. (phone: 843/760-3222).
One More Month of Free Powder Diffraction
Powder Diffraction, a quarterly journal devoted to the use of the powder method
for materials characterization, is available for free on the Internet
until June 1. The journal features articles covering a wide range
of applications, from materials analysis to epitactic growth of
thin films to advances in applications software. All issues, current
and past, are now online via the American Institute of Physics
SPIN service. Beginning June 1, a subscription will be required
to access abstracts with hyperlinked reference sections, and full-text
articles in PDF, PostScript, and HTML format. The table of contents
and abstracts without hyperlinked references will remain available
free without a subscription.
Single Source for Polymers
Specialchem.com is a Web source for information on polymer additives and masterbatches.
Registration is free and users can access such services as advice
from industry experts, articles from Plastics Additives & Compounding
Magazine, product information, technical articles, online technical
service, commercial information, and 7,000 technical data sheets.
Marine Safety Newsletter
The Marine Safety Newsletter, which was established in response to the Oil Pollution Act of
1990, is a free monthly publication. The March issue contained
information on a federal courts decision ordering the Coast Guard
to issue regulations on oil leak detectors; conference, seminar,
and meeting news; and news items on standards and regulation.
To receive the hard copy, contact Chantese Curtis (phone: 202/493-1053).
Fewer Fire Losses
The National Institute of Standards and Technologys Building
and Fire Research Laboratory has formed a new Fire Research Division. The division pledges renewed research efforts to significantly
reduce national fire lossesnow estimated at 3,600 lives, 22,000
serious injuries and $10 billion in direct property destruction.
The new divisions action plan calls for work to 1) accelerate
the development and use of advanced fire prevention and fighting
technologies, 2) reduce the risk of fire flashover (the condition
in which deadly fire and gases consume all objects in a room),
and 3) develop and apply new fire measurement and prediction methods
in real-life situations.
New UL President and CEO
Underwriters Laboratories Inc. has elected Loring W. Knoblauch as its ninth president and CEO.
Knoblauch served most recently as president and CEO of Talon Automated
Equipment Company. In conjunction with this election, G. Thomas
Castino, ULs eighth president and CEO, and a former member of
the ASTM Board of Directors, has been elected vice president of
Energy Resource Online
With energy distribution being a daily headline issue, the Building
Owners and Managers Association International has launched an
online Energy Resource Center. The Web page provides a resource for the latest energy information,
including emergency conservation tips, guidelines on what to do
in a blackout, and long term conservation and efficiency strategies.
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