The TXDOT contract also allows for a nuclear gauge trade-in allowance on a new PQI. Proper disposal paperwork is also included in the award.
The PQI is covered by AASHTO Specification TP68 and ASTM-D-7113. Either with or without the nuclear gauge trade-in program, the PQI301 is now available to Texas contractors, testing organizations and other jurisdictions.
In other company news, TransTech recently opened the doors of QCQA Laboratories Inc., a full service civil engineering testing facility in Schenectady, NY.
QCQA Labs offers a wide range of construction material testing for projects from highways and airport runways through bridges and tunnels to dams, power plants and other public, commercial and private structures.
QCQA Labs offers numerous testing options for asphalt, concrete, soils and steel as well as various other technical services. According to David Apkarian, TransTech president, "We are looking forward to expanding on the vast knowledge we have gained from the development of testing equipment for these industries and to offering those services, at a very fair price, to state jurisdictions and private organizations in need of them."
A current listing of QCQA's asphalt design, production and asphalt laydown inspection services includes HMA density testing, core sample analysis, perpetual pavement design and mix verifications, segregation testing and a comprehensive NYSDOT quality assurance package plus NYSDOT plant quality control inspection.
BMG Seltec partners with Cognos
BMG Seltec, a provider of electronic control systems and business systems to support the needs of the bulk construction materials industry, is adding Cognos' reporting capabilities to its suite of enterprise management systems tailored specifically for producers of aggregates, asphalt and concrete.
As a recently named Cognos Solution Provider, BMG Seltec will now offer Cognos products, such as Cognos PowerPlay and Cognos Impromptu, through BMG Seltec's direct sales channel. BMG Seltec will also offer industry-specific data mapping and data reporting cubes to complement BMG Seltec applications. These components provide pre-configured reporting for a rapid-start business intelligence solution.
"We're pleased to have an industry-leading vertical solution partner in BMG Seltec," says Rich Luciano, director, Channel Development, Cognos. "Their comprehensive support of Cognos solutions enhances our customers' ability to make informed — rather than assumed —business decisions and predict key data patterns more accurately."
ARTBA gives out awards
Richard R. Stander, Sr., a past chairman of the American Road & Transportation Builders Association (ARTBA) and former president of Mansfield Asphalt Paving Company in Ohio, is the 2004 recipient of the George S. Bartlett Award, which recognizes an individual "who has made an outstanding contribution to highway progress."
Throughout his career, which spans more than a half century, Stander has been an inventor and industry pioneer. In World War II, he championed research that led to a new type of floating bridge to accommodate larger and heavier armored vehicles. After the war, he built the Mansfield Asphalt Paving Company into one of Ohio's leading contractors and was an early adopter of automatic paver screeds, pneumatic and vibratory rollers and state-of-the-art asphalt plant production.
Gene C. Griffin, director of the Upper Great Plains Transportation Institute (UGPTI) at North Dakota State University in Fargo, is the 2004 recipient of the S.S. Steinberg Award, which recognizes an individual who has made remarkable contributions to transportation education.
Griffin has been director of the UGPTI for 25 years. He is responsible for the Institute's eight research programs and the graduate and undergraduate education programs. Under his leadership, the UGPTI has gained national recognition for its research and educational activities on rural and small urban transportation and logistics issues.
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