ASTM International hosted a delegation of three standards experts from the Trinidad & Tobago Bureau of Standards (TTBS) and two from the Bureau of Standards Jamaica (BSJ) during a week long Intensive Training Program 14-18 November 2011 in Florida U.S.A. ASTM International signed Memorandums of Understanding with both TTBS and BSJ in February 2002. Funding for the program was provided primarily by TTBS and BSJ. ASTM arranged the logistics and arranged for the educational content. During this intensive training program, the delegation focused on steel standards developed by ASTM Committee A01 on Steel, Stainless Steel and Related Alloys and other related mechanical tests developed by ASTM Committee E28 on Mechanical Testing.
In the weeks leading up to the training, the experts participated in two virtual orientation training sessions to learn about ASTM's electronic tools and the structure and work of the ASTM Committees. Upon arrival, ASTM Staff organized site visits for the delegation to gain practical insight into the use of ASTM International standards and included stops at TrusSteel Corp and Ardaman & Associates. Both companies were located near Tampa, Florida, the site of the ASTM International November Committee Week.
The delegation continued their training program by attending the Committee Week meetings of Committees A01 and E28. Attendance at meetings allowed the group to witness the ASTM consensus process in action and afforded the opportunity for discussion of proposals for revisions to existing standards and new work items being developed. During the committee meetings, ASTM committee officers and members were generous with their time in engaging the delegation in their discussions. The delegates also met with other ASTM International members in attendance from outside the U.S.
The final two days of the program were also dedicated to site visits and included visits to the following: MAR-TEST, Stuart, Fl; HTL Testing, Riviera Beach, Fl; Fenestration Testing Laboratory, Inc., Medley, Fl; and Hurricane Engineering & Testing Inc., Doral, Fl. Mr. Mikhail Ramnarine from TTBS summarized his experience in the training program well when he noted that, "I have taken a lot away from the training and have learned to appreciate the process of developing standards and its benefits on a whole new level." In the future, these new ASTM members from TTBS and BSJ intend on participating in reviewing revisions to ASTM standards and submitting new proposals for consideration.