Manufacturing Day Will Be Oct. 4

This year's Manufacturing Day will be held Friday, Oct. 4, to increase public awareness of modern manufacturing, to highlight the importance of manufacturing to the U.S. economy and to draw attention to jobs available in manufacturing fields. Co-produced by the Fabricators & Manufacturers Association International, the National Association of Manufacturers, the Manufacturing Institute and the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Hollings Manufacturing Extension Partnership, and joined by Industrial Strength Marketing as a guest producer, the day will consist of open houses, public tours, career workshops and other activities hosted by manufacturers, educational institutions and others.

SteelDay to Be Held Oct. 4

On Oct. 4, the American Institute of Steel Construction and its members and partners are hosting SteelDay. Events held around the country will provide opportunities to see first-hand how the structural steel industry contributes to building construction.

Building Envelope Technology Symposium Set for November

RCI Inc. is sponsoring the Building Envelope Technology Symposium on Nov. 14-15 in Minneapolis, Minn. The program will cover, among other topics, codes, air barriers, masonry, parapets, curtain wall design, thermal insulation and historic building restoration; continuing education credits can be earned.

NRMCA Seeks Abstracts for Concrete Sustainability Conference

The National Ready Mixed Concrete Association seeks abstracts for its 2014 International Concrete Sustainability Conference scheduled for May 12-15, 2014, in Cambridge, Mass. Suggested topics include developments related to the design, specification, manufacture, testing, construction, maintenance and research of concrete as related to sustainability, including life cycle assessment, low impact development, green concrete, new concrete technology, sustainability initiatives and functional resistance.

European Union and U.S. Extend Scientific Cooperation

In July, the European Commission's Joint Research Center and the National Institute of Standards and Technology agreed to expand their scientific cooperation. The agreement includes such research areas as energy, healthcare and clinical measurements, and food safety and nutrition. NIST and the commission, which signed the U.S.-EU Agreement on Scientific and Technology Cooperation in 1997, have collaborated on projects since then; this Implementing Arrangement expands on the collaboration, and it allows for further extension beyond its initial five-year period.

Smart Cities Workshop Planned for November

The American National Standards Institute, which convened an April joint member forum on the topic, is planning a November 21 workshop to explore the role that standards and conformance solutions can play in smart and sustainable cities initiatives. The intent of a smart city is to use information and communications technology to be more efficient in resource use with the intended results of cost and energy savings, improved quality of life and a reduced environmental footprint. A U.S. Technical Advisory Group should be formed to provide input to International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee 268, Sustainable Development in Communities, which is developing standards for management systems, urban indicators and smart infrastructure.

This article appears in the issue of Standardization News.