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ASTM Updates August 2009 PDF Print E-mail
Written by Randy Post   
Wednesday, 02 September 2009 13:23

American Society of Testing Materials Logo - ASTMAnother busy month for ASTM with 66 new, revised or otherwise updated standards related to geotechnical and geological engineering (although not as busy as last month). A couple that caught my eye include brand new standards for geospatial data requirements related to abandoned mines, a new standard for sampling of EPS or geofoam, updated standards for mortar and cement, flexural strength of concrete, LA Abrasion test for aggregates, acceptance testing of geosynthetic clay liners, electrical methods for leak detection of geomembranes with earth cover and classification of soils and soil-aggregate mixtures for highway construction purpose (AASHTO classification).

Those involved in the materials testing side of the business should take a close look at the full list as there are also a number of updated standards relating to various asphalt and and aggregate tests, capping of concrete cyllinders and other related testing standards.

For my practice, perhaps the most significant standard that was updated was D 2488 - Standard Practice for Description and Identification of Soils (Visual-Manual Procedure) which we rely on for our field USCS classifications. I'll be curious to see what those changes entail. Click through for the full list.

New Standards

Revised Standards

Reapproved Standards

Other Changes to Standards

GeoPrac and ASTM Standards Updates

ASTM standards are an important part of my geotechnical engineering practice, and keeping up with changes can be a challenging thing. Their website offers an ASTM standards tracker service that will email you a weekly update on new, revised or otherwise modified standards for your areas of interest. I try to sift through these weekly updates and provide a monthly update to GeoPrac readers that contains changes to standards (no work items) that may be of interest to them in their practice. I look at updates from the following ASTM comittees:


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