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March/April 2008

Soils Seminar Call for Papers Issued

cincinnati skylineA call for papers that emphasize urban construction is issued for the 39th Annual Ohio River Valley Soils Seminar, which will be held Oct. 17 and is sponsored by the Cincinnati Section of the American Society of Civil Engineers geotechnical group. The goal of the seminar is to provide practitioners an opportunity to share experiences and practices. Papers may include geotechnical design, instrumentation, investigation, construction and case histories and should highlight innovative techniques for solving geotechnical problems within the constraints of an urban environment. Pertinent topics may include roadways, buildings, waterfront development, tunnels, predicted versus actual performance and sustainable construction. The deadline for abstract submittal, which should be no more than one typewritten page, is May 2. Authors will be notified of acceptance by June 13 and final papers are due Aug. 1. For further information or to submit an abstract, contact Ron Lech, P.E. (phone: 513/321-5816, ext. 423; fax: 513/321-4540).

Laboratory Accreditation Bureau Signs APLAC MRA

The Laboratory Accreditation Bureau has become a signatory to the Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Mutual Recognition Arrangement. The fifth accreditation body recognized by APLAC in the United States, L-A-B now advances to be a full member of the International Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation. Other U.S. signatories are the American Association of Laboratory Accreditation, the National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program, International Accreditation Service and ACLASS Accreditation Services. Signatories of ILAC and APLAC MRA accredit laboratories to International Organization for Standardization/International Electrotechnical Commission (ISO/IEC) 17025, General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories.

Sustainable Buildings Industry Council Announces Competition Winners

craneWinners of the Beyond Green™ 2007 High Performance Building Awards Program presented with initiatives to shape, inform and catalyze the high performance building market and demonstrate the real-world application of high performance design and construction practices. The Sustainable Buildings Industry Council honored winners in two categories: high performance buildings and high performance initiatives. In the high performance buildings category, the Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory Molecular Foundry/SmithGroup took first place.In the high performance initiatives category, the first-place winners were High Performance Building: Perspectives and Practice/Rocky Mountain Institute Educational Initiative, and the Athena® EcoCalculator for Assemblies/Athena Institute Innovative Initiative. Applicants were challenged to demonstrate the successful application of the whole building approach and show how they maintained the proper balance of eight design objectives that make up a high performance building.