Intensive Training Program – Zhejiang Province and ASTM International

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    A 14-member delegation comprising individuals engaged in manufacturing and exporting in the Zhejiang Province of China visited ASTM International headquarters in West Conshohocken, Pa., for four weeks of intensive training from Nov. 13 to Dec. 11, 2013. Training focused on ASTM standards pertaining to renewable energy (particularly solar) and roofing, as well as ASTM’s standards development process.

    During the month-long program, delegates learned about all aspects of ASTM International including technical committee operations, proficiency testing, training and certification. Training sessions were held at ASTM Headquarters, in the ASTM Washington D.C. location and at Committee Week in Jacksonville, Florida. Delegates also had the opportunity to make several site visits, meet visiting standards experts from other nations, and confer with technical experts both in-person and via web conference.

    In addition, the training offered ASTM staff an opportunity to be informed about Zhejiang’s standards development activities. Looking forward, we hope the delegates will share their knowledge of ASTM International, and take even greater advantage of the many solutions ASTM offers. In the future, the delegates plan to actively participate on ASTM technical committees, host a technical training program in their province, and integrate ASTM information into standards education at Jiliang University.

    Funding for the program was provided by the Chinese government with additional support from ASTM International.

    Training Program Timeline

    October 23

    ASTM China Office Staff conducted an in-person orientation session with the delegation prior to their arrival in the U.S. to provide an overview of ASTM International and detailed information about the upcoming intensive training program.

    November 13, 14

    ASTM staff welcomed the delegation to the Headquarters’ offices near Philadelphia, PA. Orientation sessions were held, as were meetings with visiting standards experts from the standards bodies in Egypt, Korea, Philippines, and Trinidad.

    November 15, 18, 19

    The ASTM International Washington D.C. staff coordinated visits with Sunset Technology, International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO), American Society for Heating, Refrigeration & Air Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE), International City/County Management Associations (ICMA), International Trade Administration (ITA), and the National Fenestration Rating Council (NFRC). The delegation’s Washington visits concluded by visiting a manufacturer of solar modules, Motech Americas LLC, in Delaware before returning to ASTM International Headquarters.

    November 20, 21

    An extensive orientation for the delegation at ASTM International Headquarters with an emphasis on the activities of Committee D08 on Roofing and Waterproofing. The delegation also held a virtual meeting with a D08 expert to discuss sustainable roofing solutions.

    November 22

    The delegation conducted site visits to Carlisle Construction Products in Carlisle, PA and Architectural Testing in York, PA.

    November 25-27

    Upon return to ASTM International Headquarters, the delegation conducted virtual meetings with ASTM representatives in China and Canada and received in-depth presentations on a variety of other topics.

    December 2

    The delegation conducted a site visit to the campus of Temple University in Philadelphia, PA to learn about vegetative (green) roof systems.

    December 3-6

    The delegation participated in further detailed training sessions on technical committee operations, training, proficiency testing, and certification. In addition, a virtual meeting was conducted with an International Training Partner (BRISEA) offering courses in China. Participants also attended a meeting simulation in preparation for Committee Week.

    December 9-11

    The delegation attended ASTM December Committee Week meetings in Jacksonville, FL. The visit gave the Chinese participants the opportunity to meet and work with members of the D08 and C09 (Concrete) Committees and witness the ASTM consensus process first hand. After the committee meetings, a debriefing was held to receive feedback on the program. The training was concluded with a celebratory banquet.