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 May 2006 Global Notebook

2006 World Standards Day Paper Competition Announced

The 2006 World Standards Day Paper Competition theme has been announced by the U.S. World Standards Day Planning Committee and the paper competition’s sponsor, the Standards Engineering Society; it is “Standards Build Partnerships.” Cash prizes are awarded by SES and the World Standards Day Planning Committee for the best three papers submitted. The first place winner will receive a plaque and $2,500. Second and third place winners will receive $1,000 and $500, respectively, along with a certificate. In addition, the winning papers will be published in SES’s journal, Standards Engineering, with the first place winner also appearing as a special article in the ANSI Reporter, a publication of the American National Standards Institute. All paper contest submissions must be received with an official entry form by midnight Sept. 1, 2006, by the SES Executive Director, 13340 SW 96th Avenue, Miami, FL 33176. For details on the theme, winners’ recognition, cash awards, judging, and rules, go here and click on WSD Paper Competition 2006.

ICC Offers New Resource to Aid Communities Affected by Flooding

A new certification developed by the International Code Council brings an added layer of protection to coastal developments and communities with designated flood plain zones. The Coastal Construction Flood Plain Inspector certification tests knowledge of general construction provisions, special high wind and load path continuity, special flood hazard areas, detached and accessory structures and governmental regulations. Individuals earning the Coastal Construction Flood Plain Inspector certification will be able to inspect coastal homes and businesses to ensure that they meet code requirements, including special requirements in high wind zones. These inspectors also will be able to quickly and effectively assess the damage caused by hurricanes or floods to determine the safety and stability of homes and businesses. For more information about the Coastal Construction Flood Plain Inspector certification, contact Jim Slaght, ICC (phone: 888/422-7233, ext. 5221).

National Building Information Model Standards Committee Formed

The Facility Information Council of the National Institute of Building Sciences has formed a committee to create a National Building Information Model Standard. Building information models — digital, easily managed and shared representations of physical and functional data that define buildings throughout their life cycles — are increasingly seen throughout the public and private real estate and construction sectors as a way to control cost and performance problems associated with inaccurate and incomplete communications. The NBIMS Committee seeks to facilitate life-cycle building process integration by providing a common model for describing facility information, common views of information based on the needs of businesses engaged in all aspects of facility commerce, and common standards for sharing data between businesses and their data processing applications. The use of a common information model is expected to significantly reduce building costs, insurance liability, construction schedules, and operating expense while increasing building performance, safety, building life and occupant efficiency.

Council on Ionizing Radiation Measurements and Standards

The Council on Ionizing Radiation Measurements and Standards will hold its 15th annual meeting at the National Institute of Standards and Technology in Gaithersburg, Md., Oct. 23 to 25. CIRMS is an open forum that promotes dialog among its three main constituencies: industry, academia and government. The theme for this year’s meeting is the Implications of Uncertainties in Radiation Measurements and Applications. Travel grants to attend this meeting are available for students on a competitive basis. Information on CIRMS can be found on its Web site, which has links to the presentations from last year’s annual meeting and to the fourth issuance of the CIRMS triennial report on Needs in Ionizing Radiation Measurements and Standards. This report also contains information on the history and background of CIRMS, its mission and objectives, as well as detailing many specific areas requiring program work in radiation measurements. Additional information on this year’s meeting will be posted on the CIRMS Web site as it becomes available or can be obtained by contacting the CIRMS executive secretary, Katy Nardi (phone/fax: 770/622-0026).

New Publication on High Performance Concrete for Bridges

When dealing with high-performance concrete, especially for bridges, different criteria may be specified for different applications with the same project. To ensure the safety of the bridge and the durability of its elements, specifiers need the appropriate criteria. “Guide Specification for High-Performance Concrete for Bridges,” a new handbook from the Portland Cement Association, provides the mandatory language specifiers should use on such projects. Intended as a guide for projects throughout the United States, the manual applies to all HPC supplied for highway bridges, whether produced by a ready-mixed supplier, a general contractor, or in a precast concrete manufacturing plant. It allows specifiers to copy language directly into project specifications and includes guidance on what characteristics should be specified in a given case. For more information or to order, visit the PCA Bookstore.

Applications Being Accepted for AISC Faculty Fellowships

The American Institute of Steel Construction is accepting proposals for the AISC Faculty Fellowship to be awarded in 2006. The Faculty Fellowship is a four-year, $30,000-per-year award for promising faculty members. Full information on the program is available by visiting here. Applications are due June 16 and must be submitted in duplicate hard copy and one electronic file (either MS Word or Adobe Acrobat). Please provide advance notice of intent to submit an application by emailing Tom Schlafly, AISC director of research. The notice of intent should include the name of the candidate, the name of the institution, and the subject of the proposed research. //

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