Structural News

Harris named to NCST Advisory Committee; NIST seeks additional members

James R. Harris, president, J.R. Harris and Co. (Denver, Colo.), has been appointed by Willie E. May, undersecretary of commerce for standards and technology and director of the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST), to serve a two-year term on the National Construction Safety Team (NCST) Advisory Committee.

AISI publishes three S900-Series test standards

The American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) has published three test standards in its S900-series. All test standards have been approved by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) and are available for downloading free of charge.

CTDOT to test UAV for bridge inspection

On Tuesday, Dec. 15, 2015, the Connecticut Department of Transportation (CTDOT) will use an unmanned aerial vehicle (UAV) to perform limited visual bridge inspection tasks on the Gold Star Memorial Bridge. The testing process will gauge the ability of the UAV to provide access to as well as to photograph areas of the northbound bridge that are typically difficult to reach via traditional means such as snooper-trucks or ropes and climbers.

RETTEW coordinates long-awaited bridge replacement

RETTEW and West Donegal Township Supervisors formally opened the Newville Road Bridge in Elizabethtown. The previous steel truss bridge closed in the late 1990s due to structural corrosion. As the bridge carries local traffic over railroad tracks owned and used by Amtrak, RETTEW and the township worked together to prepare the most conducive design.

First code improvements adopted based on NIST Joplin tornado study

Protecting schools and their associated high-occupancy buildings from the most violent tornadoes is the goal of the first approved building code changes based on recommendations from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) technical investigation into the impacts of the deadly tornado that struck Joplin, Mo., on May 22, 2011.

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff awarded for tunnel engineering

WSP | Parsons Brinckerhoff received an award for “Engineer of the Year” by the International Tunnelling and Underground Space Association (ITA) during the ITA Tunnelling Awards 2015 in Hagerbach, Switzerland on Nov. 19. One of the firm’s current tunneling projects, the Eurasia Tunnel Project in Istanbul, Turkey, was named “Major Project of the Year” by ITA.

Colorado Transportation Commission green lights Grand Avenue Bridge project

The Colorado Transportation Commission, acting as the Bridge Enterprise Fund, has approved the supplemental budget required to allow the Grand Avenue Bridge project to move forward with construction. The project Construction Manager General Contractor, or CMGC, is the Granite Construction and RL Wadsworth Joint Venture.

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