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Archive for October, 2016

ATSSA Get Paid for Your Prep-Before-Stripe Work

Friday, October 28th, 2016

ATSSA Dec 6 2016 Webinar
The American Traffic Safety Services Association (ATSSA) has scheduled a webinar on December 6th that may impact your pavement-marking contracts and maintenance operations.

The presentation is called, “How to Charge For Your Prep-Before-Stripe Work.” You can sign up here.

In order to make our presentation impactful for you, please share your experiences on why paying for prep work may help – or hurt – your operations.

Boundaries: Our presentation will reveal how to start charging for your surface-prep work. It will NOT discuss stripe removal, cure removal or groove-inlay work which are already paid items.

This webinar helps the contractor respond to DOT and FAA failure to specify a surface profile porosity number as a guideline for installing pavement markings.

This presentation is in response to last February’s American Traffic Safety Services Association Congress in New Orleans during the workshop, “Before the Striping; Roadway Surface Preparation: A time-consuming service that’s worth a charge because it extends the life of the pavement marking.” Read a recap about it here.

PBS Work Defined

Proper prep-before-stripe (PBS) work starts with a mechanical device that changes surface conditions, and ends with air or a broom for cleanup. All surfaces, including roadways, require the right surface condition to maximize the bonding strength of whatever is installed. Proper preparation takes existing surfaces that are smooth, rough, or unsound to the right SP surface profile condition to maximize marking performance.

Do you think it’s fair that your DOT specifies a “prep-before-coating” requirement for steel and concrete, but NOT for pavement markings? Could suspect surface conditions be a reason pavement markings fail?  If so, please join me for our 30-minute webinar on December 6, 2016 at 2:00pm

Please share your experiences by answering the following survey.

Thank you,
Steven Smith
ATSSA Presenter


Francesco Clemente Transforms at NSU Art Museum

Wednesday, October 19th, 2016

NSU Art Museum Fort Lauderdale presents Francesco Clemente: Dormiveglia from October 23, 2016 through August 23, 2017. 

This exhibition, sponsored by SMITH,  includes a series of nine, majestic large-scale paintings by Francesco Clemente (born 1952 in Naples, Italy, lives and works in New York and India). Painted in New York in 1998, the Dormiveglia series takes its title from the Italian expression connoting the state between sleep and awakening and captures the state in which reality intrudes into the realm of dreams.

Each canvas is painted in a washed pastel palette and depicts a statuesque, classically draped goddess-like figure that hovers between land and sea, antiquity and modernity, the sublime and the grotesque. The paintings’ proportions are reminiscent of tarot cards, a favorite diversion of the artist.  Like tarot card figures, each sylphic form has specific attributes that shift fluidly between human, animal and inanimate forms and merge with the elements.  As in dreams, these phantoms seem intent on communicating knowledge and human emotion through symbols and their pantomime of cryptic gestures.  A selection of related Clemente watercolors and works on paper is also on view to augment the Dormiveglia series.

For more than 40 years, Clemente has explored a world in flux, inspired by his own nomadic experiences including his upbringing in Italy and years living and working in India and New York. His body of work is fragmented across place, time, and states of consciousness.  Francesco Clemente: Dormiveglia follows NSU Art Museum’s presentation of Bellissima: Italy and High Fashion 1945  1968 (February – June 2016), which explored the flourishing of Italian art, design, fashion and cinema after World War II. Clemente came of age in Italy during this new renaissance that was fueled by the economic engine of the Marshall plan and came to an end with the student protests and social unrest that marked the late 1960s.

Although abstract painting defined the international style of postwar art, Clemente was drawn to the rich visual culture that surrounded him, and he began intuitively combining figurative elements with abstract forms and symbols in his work.  Consequently, he is often grouped with other artists of his time who used figurative elements, such as Italians Sandro Chia, Mimmo Paladino, and Enzo Cucchi; Germans Anselm Kiefer, Georg Baselitz, and Marcus Lüpertz; and  Americans Julian Schnabel, David Salle, and Eric Fischl.  Clemente, however, felt a greater affinity with the previous generation of Arte Povera artists in Italy and responded to their adaptation of classical forms and myths in their work and fascination with the transformative power of alchemy. His sojourns in India since 1972 led to his considering the world from a non-Western perspective, inspiring his approach to the body as an erotically charged, fluid, borderless form that fuses human, animal and plant forms with their surroundings.

Francesco Clemente’s work has been the subject of numerous solo exhibitions around the world, at venues including the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York: Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York; Museum of Modern Art, New York; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; and (MADRE) Museum of Contemporary art Donnaregina, Naples, Italy.  Clemente’s work is included in the collections of such institutions as the Metropolitan Museum of Art, New York: Museum of Modern Art, New York; the Solomon R. Guggenheim Museum, New York; Philadelphia Museum of Art, Pennsylvania; the Tate Modern London; Centre Georges Pompidou, Paris; National Museum of Art of the XXI Century, (MAXXI), Rome: and the Guggenheim, Bilbao, Spain.

Francesco Clemente: Dormiveglia is supported by SMITH Manufacturing and W Fort Lauderdale. Additional support provided by the Consulate General of Italy in Miami.

Distributors Trade Shows 2017 Signup

Tuesday, October 18th, 2016


If you are looking to make 2017 transformative, please read on.

SMITH is offering one lucky Distributor, an exclusive opportunity to headline at an industry trade show event!
As a headliner, you will receive top billing, qualified territory leads, consigned equipment and up to 35 exclusive SMITH tier benefits!
To qualify, simply be located within 100 miles of our show events, then enter here.    
On November 15, we will draw and announce our lucky Distributor winner!


World of Concrete • January 17-20, 2017 • Las Vegas, NV

National Pavement Expo • February 1-4, 2017 • Nashville, TN

ATSSA • February 12-14, 2017 • Phoenix, AZ

ARA The Rental Show • February 26-Mar 1, 2017 • Orlando, FL

ATSSA How-to Conference • March 15 – 16, 2017 • Fargo, ND

trade shows

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