AASHTO’s Standard Specifications for Transportation Materials and Methods of Sampling and Testing, 33rd Edition and AASHTO Provisional Standards, 2013 Edition are now available for pre-order, delivery will start later this month. The 33rd Edition of the Materials Book contains 400 materials specifications and test methods commonly used in the construction of highway facilities, including 60 revised and 7 new specifications and test methods. The specifications have been developed and maintained by transportation departments through participation in AASHTO’s Subcommittee on Materials. [Source: AASHTO Bookstore. Image: AASHTO]
Another 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.
In the May 2007 edition of Foundation Drilling Magazine, a publication of the Association of Drilled Shaft Contractors (ADSC), Silas Nichols, PE of the Federal Highway Administraton provided a summary of the FHWA’s role in providing guidance on drilled shaft design and construction over the years through research funding, publications and involvement in AASHTO and other agencies. Also in the article is an overview of upcoming updates to AASHTO codes, and FHWA publications. Read on for more details.
AASHTO and ASTM International Agreement Benefits U.S. and Global Road Construction and Transportation
November 6, 2012, WASHINGTON – Today’s signing of an Agreement on Standards between the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO) and ASTM International solidifies coordination between two organizations working in the common interest of highway construction, safety, maintenance, and sustainability in the United States and around the world.
AASHTO Executive Director John Horsley and ASTM President James A. Thomas today signed an agreement which serves as the basis for continued mutual cooperation on the development and publication of highway construction standards.
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