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Who are Those ASTM Policy Wonks (And What are They Up To?)

By Mark S. Kuhar

Many people wonder about The American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM). They just assume that those involved with ASTM committees are like mad scientists sitting in laboratories somewhere analyzing arcane data points to micromanage industry knowledge of construction materials’ performance characteristics.

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All Hail The Quarrymen

By Mark S. Kuhar

On my recent trip to Hillhead in the U.K., I took the opportunity to go to Liverpool to see where The Beatles first got together. Of course as any good aggregates producer knows, John Lennon’s first group was called The Quarrymen.

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Own Your Own Virtual Quarry

By Mark S. Kuhar

It is not yet available in the United States, but if you are in the U.K., you can own your own virtual quarry, courtesy of a new simulation software package developed by Astragon, and distributed by Excalibur.

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What Did You Do With That 13,923 Pounds of Stone?

By Mark S. Kuhar

The U.S. Geological Survey (USGS) has released its updated “per capita consumption” list. This is the list that identifies how many pounds of minerals, and non-metallic minerals, each person in the United States consumes each year.

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He “Duct” the Issue

By Mark S. Kuhar

LIUNA – the Laborers' International Union of North America – launched a multi-city media tour in U.S. House Speaker John Boehner's home state of Ohio, highlighting the safety crisis of America's roads and bridges and urging the Republican leader to swiftly adopt the U.S. Senate's bi-partisan Highway Bill.

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