ASTM International receives award for developing technology roadmap for construction industry


The National Institute of Standards and Technology of the United States Department of Commerce (NIST) provided funding to ASTM International develop a roadmap for the direction and adoption of advanced manufacturing technologies in the construction industry.

Totaling nearly $300,000, the funding would be used to develop a roadmap that will seek to bring together the construction and manufacturing sectors and various aspects of advanced manufacturing.

The areas of advanced manufacturing he will address include additive manufacturing, robotics and automation, big data analytics and artificial intelligence.

“ASTM International is grateful for this award and the opportunity to grow this effort as we know the significant impact it will have in the construction industry,” said Mohsen Seifi, Ph.D., vice president of programs. ASTM Advanced Manufacturing Worlds.

Seifi continued, “ASTM is uniquely positioned to lead this project based on proven experience in Industry 4.0 topics through the ASTM Additive Manufacturing (AM CoE) Center of Excellence and Wohlers Associatespowered by ASTM International.

Seifi noted that an elaborate roadmap will identify and prioritize development goals that will enable the acceleration and growth of potential advanced manufacturing technologies.

This funding is part of the second round of awards in 2022 through NIST through its Advanced Manufacturing Roadmap Program (MfgTech). The program aims to provide funding for the development of manufacturing technology roadmaps in advanced manufacturing areas of potential and critical interest.

Funding was also granted to six other organisations. These include Edison Welding Institute Inc.the University of Houstonand Case Western Reserve University among others.

$1 million was recently awarded by NIST to ASTM International’s AM CoE and Auburn University’s National Center for Additive Manufacturing Excellence. The aim was to establish a framework that will allow the identification of critical defects and the prediction of fatigue performance in non-destructive evaluation data. This was part of NIST awarding a total of $4 million to four different organizations, to address barriers to the widespread adoption of metal-based additive manufacturing.

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