DSPO to Host International Standardization Workshop

An International Standardization Workshop, sponsored by the Defense Standardization Program Office, will be held May 15-17 in McLean, Va. The workshop is geared toward military and federal government personnel, U.S. Department of Defense contractors and civilian DOD employees, and is designed to present an overview of U.S. domestic and international standardization policies, procedures and practices. Attendees will have an opportunity to learn more about U.S. participation in the American, British, Canadian and Australian armies; the Air and Space Interoperability Council; the European Defense Agency Materiel Standards Harmonization Team and the North Atlantic Treaty Organization, as it relates to standardization and interoperability with allies and partners. For more information, email Mirko Sohn, DSPO.

Conference to Focus on Materials

The 2012 METLAB Conference, Engineering Materials - Evaluation, Flaw Detection and Processing, will be held May 17–19 at the South Dakota State University campus in Brookings, S.D. The conference focuses on recent developments, discoveries, modeling, testing and evaluation of engineering materials, smart materials and their processing. The Materials Evaluation and Testing Laboratory at South Dakota State University, with support from the U.S. Department of Defense and American Science and Technology, are the sponsors.

Memo Issued about Federal Engagement in Standards Activities

A memorandum has been released to clarify principles for federal government involvement in standards activities that address national priorities. The Office of Science and Technology Policy, the Office of Management and Budget and the Office of the U.S. Trade Representative issued the memo, which states, "The vibrancy and effectiveness of the U.S. standards system in enabling innovation depend on continued private sector leadership and engagement." Also, among other objectives, the memorandum states that all standards activities should involve the private sector and once a national priority has been established, federal government should engage private sector stakeholders early in the process of identifying technology, regulatory and/or procurement objectives.

Abstracts Requested for ACS Petroleum Methods Program

A call for papers has been issued for a symposium on Advances in Analytical Methods in Petroleum Upstream Applications, which will be held during the 244th American Chemical Society National Meeting and Exhibition, Aug. 19-23, in Philadelphia, Pa. Potential topics include petroleum composition, emerging techniques for surface and subsurface applications, advanced measurement techniques for reservoir description and characterization, emerging measurements for characterizing heavy crude oils and their fractions, portable instrumentation, rock and fluid characterization advances, well sensor development for determining fluid composition and shale compositional measurement developments. Abstract and preprint submissions are due April 10.

Pool and Spa Code Published

The International Code Council has published the first edition of the International Swimming Pool and Spa Code. Developed with input from a wide range of industry experts and with the support of the Association of Pool and Spa Professionals, the ISPSC will help code enforcement officials, designers and builders to ensure that pools and spas are built safely. Features from both APSP and I-Codes standards have been incorporated into the new code.

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