Symposium to Address Quality Control for Structural Projects

The Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, under the auspices of the Council of Ministers Concerned with Municipal and Rural Affairs of the Arab Gulf Cooperation Council, will hold an international symposium on "The Important Role of Quality Control Laboratories in Structural Projects" on April 22-23 at ministry headquarters in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. For more information, contact Magdi Khalifa, P. Eng. ASTM International signed a memorandum of understanding with the Standardization Organization for the Gulf Cooperation Council in 2006.

ANSI Student Paper Competition

Papers from associate, undergraduate or graduate students are due April 15 for the second annual student paper competition sponsored by the American National Standards Institute. The competition theme is "Standards and Emerging Technology Decisions - What Role Do Standards Play in Disaster Recovery and Business Recovery?" Submissions should examine the role of standards in disaster recovery and business continuity with specific examples. Entries must not exceed 2,000 words. Cash prizes will be awarded, and winners will be announced in May.

Steel Conference Slated for April

The 2013 NASCC: The Steel Conference will be held April 17-19 in St. Louis, Mo. The three-day event, presented by the American Institute of Steel Construction, offers numerous seminars on design concepts and construction techniques for buildings and bridges, and a trade show featuring diverse technologies and products.

International Concrete Sustainability Conference Coming in May

The 2013 Concrete Sustainability Conference will be held May 6-8 in San Francisco, Calif., and more than 60 speakers will discuss state-of-the-art developments on concrete sustainability topics, including life cycle assessment, low impact development, green concrete, new concrete technology, sustainability initiatives and functional resilience. An exhibit area will feature products and services for concrete design, manufacturing and construction, and attendees are eligible to receive up to 12 professional development hours, depending on the number of sessions attended. The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association and several other groups are sponsoring the program.

Schools Receive Education Grants

To support the development of new resources for integrating standards into business and engineering curricula, the National Institute of Standards and Technology awarded 2012 education challenge grants to Georgetown University; Michigan State University; Northwestern University's Center for Technology and Innovation Management; San Jose State University Research Foundation; and SES: The Society for Standards Professionals and Purdue University. Winning projects include a model for a comprehensive standards curriculum plan; developing, testing and refining instructional materials; and creating an e-learning series of self-paced courses.

2013 Manufacturing Report

Information from more than 550 chief executive officers and senior leaders in manufacturing companies around the world have been compiled in the 2013 Global Manufacturing Competitiveness Index by Deloitte Touche Tohmatsu Limited's Global Manufacturing Industry group and the U.S. Council on Competitiveness. According to the index, over the next five years, manufacturing stalwarts like Germany, Japan and the United States will be challenged to maintain their competitive edge against emerging nations such as Brazil, China and India. The index also notes that competitive manufacturing is in the midst of a massive power shift.

This article appears in the issue of Standardization News.