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Research: Smartphones Used to Track Bridge Health

A Southern Methodist University researcher, working in collaboration with local Texas high school students, has continued to make progress in using smartphones as a way to monitor bridge hea...


Quality Control Issues Plague Silver Line

According to the Washington Metro inspector general, new quality control concerns have been identified with the second phase work on Washington D.C. Metro’s Silver Line project.


Report: Improper Coating Likely Used on Pipeline

Improper coatings were likely used on the Keystone Pipeline, according to a recent federal inspection. This includes failure to provide suitable coatings at a number of places along the leng...


Company Turns Wastewater Into Beer

Waste not, want not: In a bid to further discussions about the potential of reusing wastewater to address water shortages across the globe, global water technology company Xylem (Rye Brook, ...


Australia Aircraft Corrosion Prompts Investigation

Corrosion on the prop shaft of an aircraft belonging to Australia-based Regional Express (REX) has raised concerns, but the company maintains that the brown detritus is “muck” that could be ...


Research: Camera Yields Faster Bridge Deck Inspections

The Michigan Department of Transportation, working in collaboration with the Michigan Tech Research Institute, is developing a new way to inspect bridge decks: a high-quality camera that is ...


NH Bridge Research Implements Sensors

Using sensors on bridges as a way to monitor and record data connected to infrastructure, such as structural performance, continues to be implemented: this time, on the Memorial Bridge in Ne...


Agency Publishes Soluble Salt Contamination Guidance

The National Cooperative Highway Research Program, which belongs to the Transportation Research Board, recently published a research report that consolidates guidance regarding the remediati...


Flint Water Receives $77M in Funding

Marking its five-year anniversary since the Flint, Michigan, water crisis, the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality announced that the city would be receiving $77.7 million in federa...


Research: Sensors Will Read Mackinac Bridge

Researchers based out of Michigan State University will be adding more data-tracking sensors to the Mackinac Bridge this summer—sensors that will read data that can contribute to maintenance...


Ceramic Sensors Read Bridge Strain

Researchers based out of Rice University (Houston) recently developed a ceramic sensor that may help to monitor the health of structures like buildings and bridges due to a change in conduct...


DOJ Settles with Silver Line Concrete Supplier

Late last month, the Department of Jusice announced a $1 million settlement with Universal Concrete Products Corp. and its co-owner and president Donald Faust Jr., for civil allegations rela...


Bacteria Causes Corrosion at Seattle Dock

Washington State Ferries recently reported that an unknown organism is causing accelerated corrosion on steel pilings being used in work on the Colman Dock in Seattle. The pilings will be us...


Silver Line Phase 2 Faces Rail Tie Flaws

According to recent findings, phase two of Washington Metro’s $5.8 billion Silver Line extension, in Washington, D.C., is facing its own set of problems: Alleged faulty railroad ties could c...


Report: Bolt Failures in Cuomo Bridge

A number of steel bolts used in the construction of the Mario Cuomo Bridge broke apart during the building process, according to reports. There are also allegations that some in leadership p...


Scientists Attempt to Hush Noisy WA Bridge

University of Washington scientists are investigating noise complaints that stem from cars passing over expansion joints belonging to the Highway 520 bridge, one of the longest floating brid...


Free Webinar to Investigate Coating Failure

Using premature coating failure on a security barrier at an electrical power station as a case study, PaintSquare’s upcoming webinar (Dec. 5) will take a look at the customary steps for cond...


Free Webinar Explores Coating Failures

Coating failure and an examination of the coating failure inspection process, along with taking a look at a case study involving a natural gas compressor, are the topics of the day in PaintS...


Metro OIG Takes Over Silver Line Case

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s Office of the Inspector General announced last week it will take over the investigation into quality-control issues on the $2.8 billion D...


Canada NEB Reveals Faulty Pipeline Fittings

In a recent report, Canada’s National Energy Board revealed new findings regarding hundreds of faulty pipeline fittings customarily used on major oil and gas pipelines: The fittings are not ...


Metro OIG Takes Over Silver Line Case

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority’s Office of the Inspector General announced last week it will take over the investigation into quality-control issues on the $2.8 billion D...


DC Metro Concrete Panels Will Be Sealed

Officials are now saying that no major fixes or replacements will be necessary on the concrete panels of the D.C. Metro Silver Line Extensions project. The update comes weeks after early tes...


Silver Line Concrete Panels Will Be Sealed

Weeks after early test results were revealed, indicating that potential issues with concrete panels on the D.C. Metro Silver Line Extension project may not have been as bad as originally fea...


Keystone Coating Inspected Near Spill Site

According to a local newspaper, part of TransCanada's Keystone Pipeline is being unearthed for external inspections over concerns about possible damage to the decade-old oil pipeline's coati...


Contractor Pleads Guilty in Metro Concrete Case

The quality-control manager who oversaw testing of concrete used on the D.C. Metro Silver Line extension project pleaded guilty Friday to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and ha...


Contractor Admits Guilt in Metro Concrete Fraud

The quality-control manager who oversaw testing of concrete used on the D.C. Metro Silver Line extension project pleaded guilty Friday to one count of conspiracy to commit wire fraud, and ha...


Government Joins DC Metro Concrete Suit

The commonwealth of Viriginia and the U.S. government have joined a whistleblower lawsuit filed more than two years ago against the fabricator of concrete used on the D.C. Metro’s Silver Lin...


Government Joins DC Metro Concrete Suit

The commonwealth of Viriginia and the U.S. government have joined a whistleblower lawsuit filed more than two years ago against the fabricator of concrete used on the D.C. Metro’s Silver Lin...


Corrosion Found in Japan Nuclear Plants

Corrosion and connected damage were recently discovered in several ventilation ducts at 12 reactors at seven nuclear plants across Japan. This has provoked concerns over workers being expose...


Oroville Work to Spill into 2019; FEMA May Not Pay

Work to repair California's Oroville Dam will last into 2019, according to the latest update from the agency in charge of the job, and state and local officials could be searching for a way ...


Safety Concerns Plague China Megaproject

As the completion of the massive Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macau Bridge reportedly nears, leaders in Hong Kong are assuaging fears about the safety of the 34-mile-long bridge-tunnel.


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MIT: Metal Oxides Provide Corrosion Protection

Researchers based out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have discovered that a solid oxide protective coating for metals can deform as a liquid would, filling gaps and providing c...


MIT: Self-Healing Metal Oxides Provide Corrosion Protection

Researchers based out of the Massachusetts Institute of Technology have discovered that a solid oxide protective coating for metals can deform as a liquid would, filling gaps and providing c...


SSPC Guide Addresses Salts on New Steel

Detecting soluble salts on new and shop-coated steel is the topic of a new technology guide from SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings.


New SSPC Guide Addresses Salts on New Steel

Detecting soluble salts on new and shop-coated steel is the topic of a new technology guide from SSPC: The Society for Protective Coatings.


Safety of Welsh Bridges Questioned

According to a yearlong survey, 361 out 6,994 bridges in Wales are substandard, failing to meet the Department for Transport regulations for capacity and weight restrictions.


Antifouling Tech Inspired by Carnivorous Plants

A team of chemistry researchers based out of the University of Sydney Nano Institute, led by associate professor Chiara Neto, have devised antifouling surface coatings that do not contain an...


Aging Canadian Icebreakers May Need Replacement

After a recent mechanical break prevented the Terry Fox icebreaker on the St. Lawrence River from reaching a stranded ferry, there has been a renewed call for replacing the aging icebreaker ...


Corrosion Causes Closure of UK Rail Station

The mainline station at Liverpool Lime Street in England was closed Sunday (Jan. 7) after engineers discovered damage to the structure responsible for containing cables.


Corrosion Causes Closure of UK Rail Station

The mainline station at Liverpool Lime Street in England was closed Sunday (Jan. 7) after engineers discovered damage to the structure responsible for containing cables.


'Lazy' Tech Sentenced in Concrete Scandal

One of the 19 lab workers charged in relation to the falsification of concrete test results on a Hong Kong bridge megaproject was sentenced to eight months in jail Friday after pleading guil...


19 Charged in Concrete Testing Fraud

Nearly six months after Hong Kong authorities arrested 21 workers over the alleged falsification of concrete lab test results on the region’s biggest bridge-and-tunnel megaproject, officials...


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Elzly Seeks Participants for Salts Survey

Time is running out to provide your input on a survey on soluble salt detection and remediation. The survey will close Sept. 26.


Free Webinar Discusses Adhesion Testing

The proper use of testing methods to determine if a coating is adhering to a substrate will be the topic at hand for a free webinar Wednesday (Sept. 20) on Paintsquare.com.


Caltrans Defends Bay Bridge Steel Quality

As the final structural work on the new San Francisco-Oakland Bay Bridge eastern span is finished and the demolition of the old span’s last remaining piers commences, officials are addressin...


Hardness Tester Removes Human Element

A new hardness tester from Elcometer is designed to provide fully automated testing of coating hardness, removing the potential for human error from the process.


Oroville Engineers Consider Cavitation Risk

The board of engineers keeping an eye on repairs to the damaged Oroville Dam spillways in California expressed concerns about the effect of cavitation on concrete being used on the job, in t...


Optical Analysis Evaluates Jet Engine Coatings

Researchers in the U.K. say they’ve pioneered a method of detecting areas of weakness in the thermal barrier coatings that protect jet engine turbines, an innovation that could help with qua...


Free Webinar Explores Coating Failures

The focus will be on failure—and preventing it—during a free webinar on Wednesday, Aug. 16, on PaintSquare.com, part of the 2017 SSPC-JPCL Webinar Education Series.


Corrosion Blamed for Deadly Ohio Fair Incident

Corrosion is being blamed for an incident at the Ohio State Fair last month that left one person dead and seven others injured.


Coating Inspectors’ Input Sought

Technical consulting firm Elzly Technology Corporation is conducting a survey related to soluble salt detection and remediation, and your input is needed.


Webinar Illuminates SSPC-PA 2

Measuring dry coating thickness according to SSPC-PA 2 will be the topic of a free webinar presented by KTA-Tator’s Bill Corbett next Wednesday, July 19, on PaintSquare.com.


Hong Kong Concrete-Testing Scandal Grows

The scandal surrounding falsified concrete tests on a Hong Kong bridge-tunnel megaproject has widened to involve 55 other projects in which concrete sample tests have been characterized as “...


New DFT Gage Comes in Two Models

A new dry-film-thickness gage for measuring coating thickness on metal substrates has been introduced by DeFelsko, an inspection instrument manufacturer.


New DFT Gage Comes in Two Models

Inspection instrument manufacturer DeFelsko has introduced a new dry-film-thickness gage for measuring coating thickness on metal substrates.


21 Arrested for Falsifying Concrete Tests

An anti-corruption agency in Hong Kong arrested 21 people Tuesday in relation to the alleged falsification of concrete tests on the massive Hong Kong-Zhuhai-Macao Bridge.


New Device Profiles Oven-Cure Products

Fluke Process Instruments has released its latest device for profiling oven-cure paint- and powder-coated products.


New Weathering-Testing Unit Larger, More Efficient

The Ci4400 Weather-Ometer, the latest in a line of xenon-arc weathering-testing units that can be used to assess the performance of coatings and other materials, has been released by Atlas M...


Weathering Unit Provides Increased Capacity

Atlas Material Testing Solutions recently introduced the Ci4400 Weather-Ometer, the latest in a line of xenon-arc weathering-testing units that can be used to assess the performance of coati...


Wet Film Thickness Gage Offers Two Measuring Units

KTA-Tator Inc. is offering a new wet film thickness gage that is made to measure mils or microns with one tool.


Wet Film Thickness Gage Designed for Two Units

A new wet film thickness gage offered by KTA-Tator Inc. is made to measure mils or microns with one tool.


DeFelsko Reveals New Detector

A new instrument designed to detect holidays and pinholes in coatings on metal and concrete is available from DeFelsko.


Pinhole Detector Made for Metal or Concrete

A new instrument from manufacturer DeFelsko is designed to alert the user of holidays and pinholes in coatings on metal or concrete substrates.


Questions Linger Around MI Pipeline’s Coating

A liquid pipeline that travels under Michigan’s Straits of Mackinac has been the subject of a great deal of debate in that state in recent weeks, after a local newspaper uncovered documents ...


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Researcher Sheds Light Altering Surface Profile

William Corbett spoke to PaintSquare News about new research on surface profile and reblasting, and what it means for contractors in the field.


Firm Launches Wet-Sponge Holiday Detector

A holiday detector redesigned with new capabilities is now available from corrosion mitigation instrument manufacturer Tinker & Rasor.


Free eBook Covers Overcoating

When it comes to maintenance painting strategies, overcoating is a solution that can restore both aesthetic and protective properties to a structure without removing and replacing an existin...


Upgrades Augment Job-Site QC Software

TruQC LLC has released an update to its cloud-based job-site documentation and iPad quality control application.


Inspection RFQ Deadline Nears

The Texas Department of Transportation (TxDOT) has issued a request for qualifications (RFQ) as part of its biannual “Indefinite Deliverable” coating inspection contract process.


Understanding Laboratory Weathering Tests

Accelerated weathering and light stability testing can be an important part of new product development and quality control.


Program Update Offers New Reporting Tools

DeFelsko Corporation has released a new version of a software application developed for managing inspection data captured with its PosiTector and PosiTest instruments.


Whiskey Glasses Stir Coatings Research

Alcohol is often cited as delivering inspiration to writers and artists, but now a team of Princeton University researchers name spirits as providing a clue to the secret to improving unifor...


Whiskey Drops Inspire Coatings Technology

Whiskey may unlock the secret to improving uniformity in films and coatings, according to Princeton University researchers.


Device Aids in Soluble Salts Analysis

Inspection equipment manufacturer Elcometer has released a portable, hand-held gauge designed to aid in the measurement of soluble salts levels.


Free Resource Shares CUI Know-How

From understanding the basics to methods for prevention and mitigation, a new eBook from JPCL delves into the phenomenon of corrosion


Seepage May Sink Canal Timeline

Progress toward the finish line of the Panama Canal Expansion Project lost some steam after hitting a speedbump: water leakage in the new locks.


Webinar Covers Application, Standards

From equipment to quality control, an upcoming free webinar focuses on everything you need to know when applying thermal spray coatings.


Webinar Focuses on Aesthetics, Testing

From good color to gloss retention, a free upcoming webinar focuses on the long-term appearance of coatings used on commercial buildings.


2 Cities Face Road Paint Challenges

While road markings are intended to clearly mark the way for drivers while getting from point A to point B, the striping work done recently in two towns has led to head-shaking rather than p...


Free eBook Tackles Overcoating

As costs associated with bridge rehabilitation have risen, overcoating has become a more common practice in maintenance painting and rehab for bridges and other structures.


Free eBook Focuses on Quality Control

PITTSBURGH--Quality control can mean the difference between project failure and success, and a new resource from JPCL’s experts helps steer contractors toward the latter.


Expert Offers Key to Commercial Work

PITTSBURGH—After 40 years in the industry, Ken Trimber knows how to protect your interests on a commercial coatings project.


New PosiTector Boasts Imaging Sensors

OGDENSBURG, NY—DeFelsko has introduced a new surface profile gauge with 2D and 3D imaging sensors that measure peak density.


TQC Rolls Out 2 Defect Detector Models

Coatings inspection instrument maker TQC has introduced two versions of a Low-Voltage Pinhole Detector that uses the "wet sponge technique."


Pinhole Detector Offers 2 Models

TQC's new Low-Voltage Pinhole Detector allows users to inspect various coatings on conductive substrates for holidays, pinholes and other small defects using the "wet sponge technique."


Getting it Right: How to Use SSPC-PA 2

A large coated area can require hundreds of readings to make sure the dry film thickness is just right.


Loopy Lane Lines a Viral Hit

Employers: If your next painting applicant boasts experience with striping roads in Russia, you might want to keep looking.


Wall Thickness: How Low Can You Go?

Measuring wall thickness—a key element in assessing the structural integrity of steel tanks and piping—gets an expert assist in the latest PaintSquare Video Learning Center installment.


Avoiding Voids with a Holiday How-To

Unmasking the tiny defects that can jeopardize long-term coating performance is the focus of the latest installment in the PaintSquare Video Learning Center series.


Lowe’s to Pay $1.6M for Size Errors

In its third civil settlement in five months, Lowe's Home Centers LLC is resolving claims that it advertised inaccurate and misleading sizes for its building materials across California.


Thickness Gauge Keeps Data on Board

Tritex NDT has introduced a new version of its thickness multigauge that can store readings in grid and string format directly on the tool.


Metal Gauge Has New Data Capabilities

A new metal thickness gauge from Dorset, England-based Tritex NDT boasts the ability to store readings in grid and string format directly on the tool.


SSPC Seeking Superlative Structures

Daring bridge projects, artistic tanks, shipshape vessels and other striking coating projects are all eligible for 2015 SSPC Structure Awards, with nominations now open.


Small Thickness Gage Touts Big Features

Olympus Corp. has introduced an ultrasonic thickness gage designed to make accurate measurements from one side on internally corroded or eroded metal pipes, tanks, and other equipment.


Best Practices:
The Case of the Inside-Out Siding (2)

Second of Two Parts: Now that we have counted the ways that good dimensional lumber can go bad, let’s see how this actually plays out—so we know how to prevent it.


Creaform Upgrades 3D Pipeline Software

Creaform has announced both a new upgrade and new module for its pipeline integrity assessment software.


Best Practices: How to Avoid
Sacking Havoc on Concrete Walls

Sacking—the practice of filling bugholes and other voids in concrete walls by rubbing a mixture of cement, sand, and water through a sack—can be very risky business.


Roller Gauges Thickness While Coating

A new roller accessory from Wooster Brush allows applicators of high-performance floor and roof coatings to ensure the product’s proper mil thickness during application.


Webinar Shows the Why, Hows of Spot QA

Quality assurance inspections that can be performed on a spot basis during cleaning and painting projects will be the focus of an upcoming educational webinar hosted by Durability + Desig...


New Gauges Make Mobile Connection

Bluetooth connectivity now allows users of two Elcometer gauges to transfer data directly to mobile devices for instant inspection reports, the company says.


Concrete Tells What Lies Beneath

Some cracks in concrete have been known to heal themselves, but they couldn’t report back on when they did or how the whole operation went. Now, ultrasound technology may change that.


5 Ways to Slash Prep Costs

Some abrasive-blasting mistakes are more costly than others. Take these.


NSRP Tackles Paper, Primers, Process

ORLANDO—Slashing paper work, simplifying maintenance, and improving process efficiencies are the goals that drove recent projects by the National Shipbuilding Research Program.


Galvanizers Unveil Inspection App

A new picture-based app offers inspectors, architects and engineers a clear visual guide to surface conditions and other critical information when evaluating hot-dip galvanized steel.


New Bridge Inspection Guide Released

The nation’s leading highway and transportation organization has published a new technical guide for agencies that perform element-level bridge inspections.


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...


3d DOD Audit Rips USACE on Afghan Work

For the third time in 18 months, the Department of Defense is reporting serious lapses in the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers' oversight of multimillion-dollar construction projects in Afghanis...


Corps of Engineers Hit on $37M Base

Lack of supervision and quality assurance by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers has yielded $37.6 million in military construction projects in Afghanistan that do not meet federal standards, D...


DeFelsko Unveils New RTR Gauge

DeFelsko has introduced a new digital spring micrometer that measures peak-to-valley surface profile height using Testex Press-O-Film Replica Tape.


Best Practices: Tips for Specifying
And Applying Elastomeric Coatings

Water-based elastomeric coatings are often the go-to choice for exterior concrete/masonry wall applications. But they can be tricky to apply correctly and should be avoided for some applicat...


Best Practices:
When Bad Priming Happens to Good Steel

The majority of new construction projects specify that structural steel components be prepared and primed by the steel fabricator prior to delivery to the jobsite. However, time and time aga...


‘Internet of Things’: Safety’s Future?

The world is getting its first glimpse into how machine-to-machine wireless communication (the so-called "Internet of Things") could change the face of preventive maintenance for bridges and...


Floating Bridge Changes Cost DOT $81M

After owning up to its mistakes, the Washington Department of Transportation will pay the price: about $81 million in change orders to the multibillion-dollar SR 520 bridge replacement proje...


Coating Award Nominations Invited

SSPC is seeking outstanding, innovative and challenging commercial and industrial painting and coating projects for its 2013-14 Structure Awards.


SSPC Seeks Structure Award Nominations

SSPC members have until Oct. 15 to submit nominations for the 2013-14 Annual Structure Awards.


Bridge Problems Spur Shake-Up at WSDOT

Multimillion-dollar mistakes on a new, floating bridge near Seattle have cost the state’s lead engineer his job and fueled new legislation aimed at holding transportation officials responsib...


New PosiTector 6000 Goes Xtreme

DeFelsko’s new PosiTector 6000 FHXS Xtreme coating thickness gage measures coatings up to 400 mils (10,000 microns) thick in rugged environments.


$10M Bridge Painting Project Awarded

The Blue Bridge will bring $10,070,000 in green to an Ohio painting contractor, under a newly awarded cleaning and coating contract.


TQC Heats Up New Temperature Line

TQC will introduce new options and products focusing on the effect of temperature on paint-related chemistry at the 2013 European Coatings Show.


TQC Launches SuperPIG Paint Gauge

Quality control equipment maker TQC (Thermimport Quality Control) has introduced the SP1100 SuperPIG, a destructive precision tool for inspection and thickness measurement on single or multi...


TruQC Updates Quality-Control App

TruQC LLC has revamped its cloud-based job-site documentation and iPad QC application to include a document library and other new features.


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.


 
 
   

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