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 June 2007
ASTM International News

ASTM International Participants in Joint COPANT/PASC Meetings

ASTM International staff members Drew Azzara, vice president, corporate development, and Jessica Hychalk, manager, global cooperation, participated in the joint meetings of the Comisión Panamericana de Normas Técnicas (COPANT) and the Pacific Area Standards Conference as members of the ANSI delegation on April 23-27. Established in 1956, COPANT is a voluntary, independent organization of national standards bodies representing the countries of the Americas. The objective of COPANT, which includes 30 nations from the Caribbean and North and South America, is the development of technical standardization and related activities in its member countries with the aim of promoting their industrial, scientific and technological development to benefit the exchange of goods and the provision of services, while facilitating cooperation in intellectual, scientific and social fields.

Participants in the COPANT meeting in Cartagena, Colombia

This year’s meetings were hosted by the Instituto Colombiano de Normas Técnicas y Certificación (ICONTEC) in Cartagena, Colombia. The 2008 COPANT Assembly will be held May 5-9, 2008, hosted by IRAM in Argentina.

Jessica Hychalk, ASTM manager, global cooperation, meets with Alejandra Romero (left) and Mauricio Serrano (right), both representatives of ASOCRETO S.A., in Bogota, Colombia.

In addition to the COPANT meeting, Hychalk met with Mauricio Serrano and Alejandra Romero, representatives from the Colombian trade association, ASOCRETO S.A., in Bogota, Colombia. Hychalk presented a general overview of ASTM International, which provided an opportunity to share information and address questions. //

Fiorato Meets with Students at Northwestern, Widener Universities

In March, Anthony Fiorato, 2006 chairman of ASTM International’s board of directors and president and CEO of CTL Group, met with students during two separate events held at Northwestern University in Evanston, Ill., and Widener University in Chester, Pa. While at Northwestern, Fiorato met with Raissa Douglas-Ferron, the inaugural winner of the Katharine and Bryant Mather Scholarship award and a Ph.D. candidate and teaching assistant at the university. Ferron, whose doctoral degree focuses on self-consolidating concrete and cementitious materials, led Frorato and ASTM staff members Teresa Cendrowska and Ileane Smith on a tour of Northwestern’s Center for Advanced Cement-Based Materials.

Anthony Fiorato, 2006 chairman of ASTM International’s board of directors and president and CEO of CTL Group, presents Raissa Douglas-Ferron with the first Katharine and Bryant Mather Scholarship award during a program at Northwestern University.

Fiorato later met with over 20 post-graduate students at Northwestern, with whom he discussed examples of real world applications of standards within the framework of the construction industry.

Anthony Fiorato speaks to undergraduate engineering students at Widener University

On March 21, Fiorato and ASTM staff manager Kevin Shanahan spoke to 56 undergraduate engineering students at Widener University. Fiorato’s discussion at Widener focused in part on how ASTM standards C 42/C 42M, Test Method for Obtaining and Testing Drilled Cores and Sawed Beams of Concrete, and C 143/C 143M, Test Method for Slump of Hydraulic Cement Concrete, related to the students’ current laboratory work. //

Olshefsky Attends ACI Meeting, Appears in Pervious Concrete Video

James Olshefsky, staff manager and director, committee services, ASTM, attended the American Concrete Institute’s Fourth International Workshop on Structural Concrete in the Americas, held in Atlanta, Ga., in April. The workshop gave Olshefsky the opportunity to meet with ASTM members from Central and South America who are involved in ASTM Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates. Five new members joined ASTM during the ACI event, three of whom had virtual new member orientations with Olshefsky from their offices in Bolivia, Jamaica and Puerto Rico on May 7.

In addition to the meeting, Olshefsky has recently been involved in a Web-based video project regarding Committee C09. He can be seen in a video describing the activities of Subcommittee C09.49 on Pervious Concrete.

Textile Training from ASTM is Available in China

On May 4, ASTM International signed an agreement with the China Textile Information Center licensing CTIC to promote and conduct four ASTM International Technical and Professional Training courses in China. The agreement was signed at ASTM International Headquarters by Scott Murphy, director of educational services for ASTM International, and by Albert G.W. Fu, vice president of the China Textile Information Center.

CTIC trainers Ms. Ylina Yang and Ms. Grace Xie with Scott Murphy, ASTM educational services director, ASTM International, at ASTM Headquarters.

The four ASTM training courses that CTIC is authorized to teach in China are:

• Textile Quality and Performance Standards;
• ASTM Standards for Yarn and Sewing Threads;
• Regulatory Compliance for the Flammability of Wearing Apparel; and
• Regulatory Compliance for the Flammability of Children’s Sleepwear.

The first two courses give students a basic understanding of the ASTM International standards commonly used for testing fabrics, apparel, household textiles, yarns, and sewing threads. The ASTM care labeling symbols for textiles and apparel are also covered. The two regulatory compliance courses teach students how to test the flammability of wearing apparel and children’s sleepwear. All wearing apparel and children’s sleepwear sold in the United States must meet flammability requirements set by the U.S. Consumer Products Safety Commission.

Albert G.W. Fu, CTIC vice president, and Scott Murphy sign an agreement licensing CTIC to conduct ASTM textile training courses in China.

Two instructor candidates from CTIC, Ms. Ylina Yang and Ms. Grace Xie, traveled to the United States in March to meet with Robert Holcombe, vice chairman of Committee D13 on Textiles and a course instructor. Holcombe spent two days with the CTIC instructor candidates in Raleigh, N.C., teaching them how to present the ASTM training courses. CTIC is now authorized to translate the ASTM training materials into Chinese and to organize and deliver these courses throughout China.

ASTM training courses have been available outside of the United States since the training program first started in the mid-1980s primarily by having ASTM trainers travel to different parts of the world to deliver the courses. Beginning in 2000, ASTM began to partner with other organizations to make ASTM training courses available internationally on a larger scale. Currently, ASTM environmental training courses are available through training partners in Japan, Korea, South America and Puerto Rico. ASTM petroleum courses are available in the Gulf Cooperation Council area via a partner in Saudi Arabia. ASTM textile courses are available in India and Sri Lanka, and will also soon be available in China with this latest agreement between ASTM and CTIC.

For more information on the four ASTM textile training courses in China, contact the China Textile and Apparel Testing Center. For general information on ASTM’s training programs, contact Scott Murphy (phone: 610/832-9685). //

ASTM International Continues Sponsorship of Riverbend Environmental Education Program

First grade students from Bridgeport Elementary School took a field trip to Riverbend Environmental Education Center in Gladwyne, Pa., on May 3. The trip for nearly 60 children was sponsored by ASTM International as part of its continuing support for Riverbend. After having an introductory lesson on aquatic life in their classroom, the students were brought to Riverbend for a fun, hands-on visit to experience ponds and streams. Shown with some of the children in the photo are (from left) Stacy Carr-Poole, director of education, Riverbend; Phil Lively, vice president, information technology development and application, ASTM International; and Leah Hepler, manager, accounting and financial services, ASTM International. Hepler is also a member of the Riverbend board of directors.//