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Assessing Highway Infrastructure

The American Society of Civil Engineers (ASCE) has given America’s civil infrastructure an overall grade of a D+ based on ASCE’s 2013 Report Card, while “Bridges” received only a slightly be...


Coast Guard Cadets Analyze Corrosion Rates

A tank barge sank amid rough seas in Long Island Sound on Jan. 24, 1936, carrying 500,000 gallons of heating oil with it to the bottom of the sea.


Gauges Measure Steel Thickness

A quality-control company has introduced a handheld ultrasonic thickness measuring device that the company says is useful on primarily steel structures.


New Building Envelope Testing Offered

An independent, third-party safety testing and certification provider has launched new testing services for the building envelope.


Ghost City Embodies Future Purpose

WASHINGTON, DC—A new city is rising in southern New Mexico—but no one will live there.


Solar Panel Path Gets a Sunny Start

KROMMENIE, THE NETHERLANDS—A pioneering energy-harvesting road is reaping better-than-expected power yields for its Dutch developers, the team says.


Solar Road Gets a Bright Start

KROMMENIE, NORTH HOLLAND—A solar bike path has caught its creators by surprise—pleasant surprise—generating more electricity than originally expected.


Beaming Up the Perfect Paint Job

New nondestructive technology using radiation can measure paint layer thickness and the size of embedded particles almost to the nanometer, researchers say.


Coatings Testing Can Save Time, Budget

An ounce of testing is worth a pound of very costly recoating, says the leader of SSPC’s Commercial Coatings Committee.


New How-To Offers Lead Guidance

Detecting lead and other toxic metals in existing coatings—a crucial prerequisite to developing a coating maintenance strategy—is the topic of a new instructional video on PaintSquare.


Containment Safety Opens Video Series

Assuring proper ventilation inside containment, a life-or-death issue, kicks off a new PaintSquare Video Learning Center educational series.


Best Practices:
No, You Can’t Just Paint Over That

The inspector recently encountered this scenario from a specifier. “An existing wall has latex paint over an enamel (alkyd) finish. A new latex topcoat was applied that caused the bond betwe...


Creaform Upgrades Pipeline Software

Creaform has released an updated version of its software platform for pipeline corrosion and mechanical damage assessment, developed for pipeline operators and NDT service companies.


Elcometer to Increase UK Production

Six years after doubling its UK manufacturing space, Elcometer has announced another expansion.


Elcometer to Expand UK Facility

Coatings inspection instrument designer and manufacturer Elcometer has announced that it will expand its production capabilities in Manchester, UK.


Webinar Dips into Galvanizing Coatings

Navigating the many options for overcoating galvanized steel—for both protective and aesthetic purposes—will be the focus of a free upcoming webinar by SSPC and JPCL.


Webinar Looks At Analyzing Soluble Salts

A look at selecting specific procedures for retrieving soluble salts and determining the concentration of salts will be the focus of a free upcoming webinar by SSPC and JPCL.


Fischer Porosity Tester Offers Variety

A new porosity tester from Fischer Technology offers a way to test enamel coatings of various thicknesses on a variety of substrates, the company announced.


Audit Rips Caltrans on Bridge Testing

California Department of Transportation employees falsified concrete testing data, were paid for work they did not perform, and stole steel beams and other materials from state project sites...


New Adhesion Tester For Site or Lab

For those who need to test coatings adhesion in small spaces and on a variety of substrates, a new, portable pull-off adhesion tester is now available from Elcometer.


Customers to Foot Half of Pipeline Bill

Two years after a California pipeline explosion killed eight people and demolished a neighborhood, the utility's customers have been handed the bill: $299 million.


 
 
   

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