SINOPEC Energy of China, the main oil and gas provider in China, requested an intensive training program on ASTM processes and energy-related areas. The training was hosted at ASTM International Headquarters in West Conshohocken for the week of 9-13 September, 2013. The 13 participants were leaders from throughout SINOPEC’S broad-reaching corporate network in multiple Chinese provinces.
The five-day program’s primary subject focus was on oil standards and their development, by ASTM’s Petroleum Products and Lubricants committee D02.Other subjects of interest wereAromatic Hydrocarbons under committee D16, and Plastics standards of committee D20. All aspects of technical committee operations and member participation were a strong focus. Many experienced ASTM staff presented their expertise. Three site visits rounded out the instruction. Primary funding for the week of intensive training was provided by the SINOPECcompany with ASTM covering the educational venue, most of the educational content, some refreshments and logistics.
AS a result of this week, ASTM appreciated learning about the development and use of standards in China, especially energy-related activities at SINOPEC. In the future we hope the SINOPEC delegates will share their knowledge of ASTM International, and take even greater advantage of the many solutions ASTM offers.
Arrival at ASTM International headquarters, just outside of Philadelphia, was followed by welcome remarks by top leaders of ASTM and the delegation from SINOPEC in China. The remainder of the afternoon was spent learning about the unique US Standards development process, ASTM International and its government affairs.
To experience ASTM standards in use in industry, site visits were made to two locations; the new materials recovery facility, MRF, of Waste Management, Inc. in Philadelphia to see plastics recycling according to ASTM committee D20 resin identification codes, and the Philadelphia Intertek laboratory near the related oil business region of the city.
Learning about ASTM solutions was the focus of this day with presentations on electronic publications, portal products, technical professional training, certification, proficiency testing and the interlaboratory study program.
In depth discovery of ASTM’s technical committee operations, standards development process and electronic tools were the highlights of the day. Introductions were also made to technical areas of interest in petroleum products and lubricants under ASTM D02, aromatic hydrocarbons under ASTM D16, and plastics, ASTM D20. A celebratory banquet hosted by ASTM International topped off the day.
After concluding summations at ASTM headquarters, a presentation of the latest research findings was hosted at Princeton University, led by the Director of the Center for Sustainable Energy at Princeton University, Princeton, NJ.