Specify – August 2018


    01. Precast bioretention system

    Oldcastle Precast announced that its BioMod Modular Bioretention System received equivalency approval from the Washington State Department of Ecology as a stormwater bioretention planter or planter box. The BioMod system is a conventional, vegetated bioretention system designed as a series of modular precast concrete sections that are filled with layers of mulch, bioretention media, and drain rock. By granting the BioMod “functional equivalency,” Ecology formally recognized that Oldcastle’s system does not need to go through the Technology Assessment Protocol – Ecology (TAPE) program for approval and may be designed using the same standards and criteria as any non-proprietary bioretention planter or planter box.

    Oldcastle Precast


    02. Two-story moment frame

    Simpson Strong-Tie displayed the seismic resiliency of a two-story Simpson Strong-Tie Strong Frame special moment frame at the 2018 Pacific Coast Builders Conference in June and showcased 3D modeling software along with state-of-the-art planning solutions from CG Visions. Acquired by Simpson Strong-Tie in January 2017, CG Visions provides BIM consultation, technology, and services to single-family and multifamily residential builders. Designed to provide optimal moment transfer solutions for both new and retrofit projects, the Simpson Strong-Tie Strong Frame special moment frame features Yield-Link structural fuse technology to ensure the resiliency of the frame during seismic events.

    Simpson Strong-Tie


    03. Stormwater system app

    Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc.’s (ADS) SiteASSIST mobile app provides detailed instructions and animated videos for installation of StormTech chambers used in underground stormwater retention and detention systems. Additionally, the app can provide access to the ADS and StormTech engineering department. The SiteASSIST app allows users to upload images and ask specific questions, which are addressed by ADS and StormTech engineering services. Additionally, contractors can schedule a pre-construction meeting via the app with ADS personnel. Other ADS mobile apps include the ADS Installation Guides and the Agricultural Drainage App. All are available in English and Spanish and are free to download from the App Store and Google Play.

    Advanced Drainage Systems, Inc.