Paul Elliott


A review of standards used to specify Indoor Sport Surfaces in North America


August 9, 2017 0 comments Technical

Note: In a recent article, a colleague commented that current test standards should be used in specifications. I developed this as a general overview of the standards that are commonly used within North America. It summarizes current standards and what … Continued

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Sports Surface Testing 204: Area Deflection Requirements – Indoor Surfaces


March 29, 2017 0 comments Technical

(Warning this is a LONG post.) An earlier post (104) introduced the Area Deflection property of sports surfaces. This article delves deeper into that property and explores the requirements of some international standards, governing bodies, and trade associations. This paper … Continued

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Sports Surface Testing: 203 Vertical Deformation Requirement (Courts and Tracks)


March 6, 2017 0 comments Technical

An earlier post, “Sports Surface Testing: 103 introduced the Vertical Deformation property of a sports surface. This is a followup post that presents the requirements that various standards, governing bodies and trad associations put on this property. This document will … Continued

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Field Testing Catches Non-Compliant Gymnastic Surface


March 2, 2017 0 comments Technical

Indoor courts, running tracks and playground surfaces are often sold based on the performance of a single sample under laboratory settings. For countless reasons that sample may no longer accurately reflect the product being sold and installed. Without rigorous field … Continued

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Why performance matters?


February 25, 2017 0 comments Technical

You may not give much of a thought to your gym, turf field, track or playground, but how they perform and protect users, athletes, your organization, and the community matters. This post covers topics such as How many users your … Continued

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Hardwood – True Performance Specs


February 25, 2017 0 comments Technical

ASET refers to ‘True Performance’ specifications as those that address the true performance of the actual installation. The following document addresses the reasons true performance specifications are needed, what they may look like and how to structure them to fit … Continued

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Friction / Slip Testing Services


February 4, 2017 0 comments Technical

ASET Services provide friction/slip testing using the British Pendulum device. The device conforms to ASTM E303 and EN 13036-4. It is the standard method used to evaluate friction/slip in both ASTM F2772 and EN 14904 for use in evaluating wood … Continued

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Dance vs Sports – The preferred surfaces are perform differently


January 13, 2017 0 comments Technical

Recently I had the opportunity to visit and test several dance floors. Those that are familiar with dancers, sports athletes, dance floors and sports surfaces know that the surface a dancer likes is very different than the surface that a … Continued

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Using simple physics to explore force reduction measurements.


January 9, 2017 0 comments Technical

Have you ever given any thought to the relationship between the stiffness of a sport/dance surface and the force reduction level? I realize the most common answer to that question is something like, ‘No, not really’. As a designer and … Continued

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Suitability Reports: Why you should look at the test date, and why ASET puts ‘Suggested Retest Dates’ on all of our reports.


December 29, 2016 0 comments Technical

Architects and owners often require suitability reports of sports surfaces to be submitted. However, most do not give any consideration to how old those reports are, and the fact that older reports are less able to predict the actual performance … Continued

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