The ASTM International Central American Road Show was held 11-15 September, 2017 in El Salvador, Costa Rica and Panama. A logical follow-up to the successful Roadshow held in Peru, Chile and Columbia in 2016, the Central American Road Show connected directly with close to 400 individual stakeholders during a week-long series of meetings.
The highlight of the visit to El Salvador was an industry workshop in which 150 interested stakeholders attended. Working with MoU partner the Organismo Salvadoreño de Normalización (OSN) a ½ day session was held including key presentations and attendance from the Ministry of Public Works, Chamber of Construction, and Federation of Engineers. ASTM technical presentations included talks on plastic pipe and cement/concrete.
Outreach meetings in Costa Rica included meetings with MoU partner the Instituto de Normas Técnicas de Costa Rica (INTECO), the Universidad de Costa Rica, and the Instituto Costarricense del Cemento y del Concreto (ICCYC). In addition, a workshop was held for industry stakeholders. The application of ASTM standards in three different sectors was highlighted, as well as, a comprehensive presentation about the integration of standards in the engineering curricula.
In Panama City, ASTM participated in the Cámara Panameña de la Construcción’s (CAPAC) exhibition and conference. The CAPAC show is reportedly the largest held each year in Central America and ASTM staff and members delivered three conference presentations, in addition to hosting an exhibit booth. Other visits included ASTM’s MoU partner Dirección de Normas y Tecnologica Industrial (DGNTI), Autoridad de Protección al Consumidor y Defensa de la Competencia (ACODECO), la Asociación Panameña de Productores de Concreto (APACRETO), and the Universidad Tecnológica de Panamá (UTP).