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www.concreteproducts.com April 2019 • 35 BRIEFS ORGANIZATIONS Separately, the Pankow Foundation's latest grant will help fund a project, "Foundation Mats with High Strength Steel Reinforce- ment," under principal investigator Jack Moehle, Ph.D., University of California, Berkeley. Project findings stand to further validate the case for elevated rebar strength thresholds in American Con- crete Institute and model building code language. The $230,000 grant will cover an investigation scheduled to run from January 2019–January 2021, and yield interim reports on test beams plus numerical modeling, followed by a final report assessing the use of Grades 80 and 100 reinforcing steel in seismic and non-seismic applications. Joining the Pankow Foundation as research allies are the ACI Foundation and Concrete Reinforcing Steel Institute Edu- cation and Research Foundation . ASTM International will launch its first-ever overseas chapter later this year in the United Arab Emirates, following a winter meeting in Abu Dhabi between North American representatives and key indus- try leaders, academia and government officials. The stakeholders AEM PRODUCT SAFETY SEMINAR Construction equipment professionals can tap into insights from indus- try experts at the Association of Equipment Manufacturers' 2019 Product Safety & Compliance Seminar, April 29-May 2 in Des Moines, Iowa. With the theme 'Prepare Today, Protect Tomorrow,' the event delivers 2-1/2 days of content to meet the needs of beginning to intermediate to experienced professionals. A planning committee of AEM member product safety professionals oversaw program development. "These seminars underscore manufacturers' commitment to safety and attendees will be afforded access to a unique program unlike any other available," says Seminar Program Manager Nathan Burton. "All of what's shared at these seminars reflects what is a common goal across all the industry: protecting tomorrow for equipment end users and our industry." Among notable sessions this year: • Incident Investigation, Reporting and Mock Investigation. A 4-1/2 hour session will offer a detailed look at the whole process—from incident through documentation—with tools, technique and meth- ods, reporting, findings, evaluations, risks and strategy, followed by a mock investigation. • Data Privacy Regulation – Impact on Data Collection. Session will pro- vide a comprehensive look at this topic and indicate what attendees should be aware of moving forward. • Control Costs and Ensure Market Access Through Collaborative Chemical Compliance Management. Session will focus on supplier substance data collection—from how and what to collect, to cataloging and accessing data, to responding when new substances come about or regulations change. • Video and Animation: Visual Media Benefits in Technical Publica- tions. Session will highlight how visual media, from hand-drawn illustrations to virtual and augmented reality, is playing a key role in enhancing the world of technical publications. Keynote speaker is retired Navy Captain Kenneth Barker, who will share "Safety Challenges Aboard a Trident D-5 Nuclear Submarine." Topics of focus include design and operational safety, leadership prac- tices, and the need for focused performance during intense training and conditions of high risk of danger. A highlight among the many education sessions at this year's sem- inar is the two-part "Building a Product Safety Program." It provides attendees with fundamental product safety and compliance program principles that guide operations and decision-making processes, and it is also suitable for individuals looking to take their company's program to the next level, as well as those seeking a solid review and refresher. — www.aem.org/safetyseminar met at the Abu Dhabi Quality and Conformity Council, which uses ASTM International standards and helped host the Society board meeting in 2016. "ASTM International standards are already being used in the Gulf, and the planned chapter is a natural extension of this involvement," says past ASTM director Rashid bin Fahad, Ph.D. "This addition to our cooperation will benefit all those involved." In conjunction with the Modular Building Institute's Annual World of Modular gathering last month in Las Vegas, the Interna- tional Code Council released the 2019 Guideline for the Safe Use of ISO Intermodal Shipping Containers Repurposed as Buildings and Building Components. The guideline provides an in-depth, technical overview for how to design, review and approve intermodal shipping containers as a building element, and is primarily intended to ben- efit state and local jurisdictions, owners, architects, builders and engineers as they react to a lack of regulatory and compliance guide- lines amidst the growing trend of shipping container repurposing. Concurrent with the guideline release, ICC also announced that it is accepting applications for its Off-Site and Modular Construction Standard Consensus Committee as it prepares to two related stan- dards: Planning, Design, Fabrication and Assembly; and Inspection and Regulatory Compliance. As part of its work, the Committee will be responsible for the development of minimum requirements to safeguard the public health, safety and general welfare while addressing societal and industry challenges through design, con- struction, regulatory and testing requirements for off-site and modular construction. 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