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State Department Turns to ASTM International for Input on Crash Testing Standard

ASTM Committee F12 on Security Systems and Equipment is seeking participants in its plan to discuss the conversion of a newly revised U.S. Department of State Certification Standard Test Method for Vehicle Crash Testing of Perimeter Barriers and Gates into an ASTM standard. Government representatives and private manufacturers of perimeter barriers and gates are welcome to participate in the effort.

“The State Department has requested that Committee F12 ballot this standard within the ASTM consensus process because they are hoping for wider input to its content from private industry than they would otherwise get,” says Joe Hugo, ASTM staff manager for Committee F12. It is anticipated that the ASTM standard will supercede the State Department document and become the testing norm.

The State Department certification test, revised in February of this year, uses medium duty trucks as test vehicles, requiring anti-ram testing with diesel-powered trucks. Subcommittee F12.10 on Systems, Products, and Services will review the document in its entirety; it encourages the participation of the public and private sectors to make the standard the best possible document for protecting structures from vehicle crashes using perimeter barriers and gates.

The task group will meet in Tampa, Fla., on Oct. 21. For technical information, contact Ed Conrath, U.S. Corps of Engineers, Omaha, Neb. (phone: 402/221-3152). For meeting or membership information, contact Joe Hugo, ASTM (phone: 610/832-9740). //

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