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Study Finds Flexible Structural Sheathing Under-Designed, Unsafe and Unreliable

A new report finds that manufacturers of flexible structural sheathing overstate their lateral load resistance values by as much as 42 percent. In a study by three independent laboratories—Clemson University, University of Oklahoma and APA – The Engineered Wood Association—five flexible structural sheathing materials available in the marketplace were tested for their wind and seismic lateral load (shear wall) performance. APA published the results in a new Product Advisory: Performance of Flexible Structural Sheathing.

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Helix™ Micro-Rebar now available in BSD SpecLink-E

Helix™ Steel is pleased to announce the availability of Helix™ Micro-Rebar in the Building Systems Design (BSD) SpecLink-E platform. With the addition of Helix™ Micro-Rebar, the architect and engineering communities can now specify it in concrete applications ranging from footers, piles, mat slabs, slabs on grade, slabs on metal deck and walls.  The module is referenced in Section 03 30 00 – Cast-In-Place Concrete.

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Avitru and Newforma Announce Partnership to Streamline Project Workflows

Avitru, the developer of AIA MasterSpecⓇ and Newforma, the developer of Project Center, announced a partnership. Starting with submittal management, the two companies will collaborate and coordinate on content and software functionality, starting with software releases in the third quarter of 2018 to selected shared customers. The initial release will pass submittal information in AIA MasterSpec to the submittal tools that are a cornerstone of Project Center and will help Architects with the management and processing of architectural product submittals.

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Avitru and Specifications Consultants in Independent Practice (SCIP) Solidify Strategic Partnership

Avitru, the developer of MasterSpecⓇ, May 31 announced a partnership with the Specifications Consultants in Independent Practice (SCIP), an international organization that assists building professionals acquire professionally-written construction specifications from independent specifiers. “Accurate and well-written specifications are a critical building block of a thriving construction industry,” said Jim Contardi, Chief Executive Officer of Avitru. “Through this new partnership with SCIP, which engages their members around the world, we can advance the entire profession.”

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Avitru and UL Announce Technology Partnership to Simplify Access to Sustainability Data Within Masterspec

UL is a household name that is also heavily relied on by architects, engineers, contractors and owners (AECO) to provide third-party safety certifications, product performance evaluations and product testing and certifications for sustainable attributes. Architects and designers rely on SPOT, UL’s sustainable product database with more than 55,000 product families, to find products that meet green building and purchasing requirements in an easy, searchable tool. Demonstrations of the solution will be available during A’18 at Avitru Booth 1221.

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