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February 2009

HEADLINES... This month’s top stories:

ASTM Advantage Award

ASTM International is seeking success stories that demonstrate the benefits of standardization for the 2009 ASTM International Advantage Award. The goal of the award is to gather real-life examples that support the positive value of ASTM standards. Original papers should provide background information and data showing such values as cost savings, efficiency, market access, etc. The cash prizes are $15,000 for the first prize, $10,000 for the second prize and $5,000 for the third prize. The deadline for submissions is June 1. [Full story]

New ILS Web Page

The ASTM Interlaboratory Study Program has a new home page on the ASTM Web site. The page provides information on the background and features of the ILS Program and includes user-friendly pages on precision and bias, ruggedness testing, pilot testing and research reports. ASTM members can register a new ILS study while at the site, and a list of frequently asked questions about the program is also featured. Click here to check out the new ILS Web page.

Enterprise Subscriptions Now in HTML

Those who use the Enterprise online subscription service to view ASTM standards can now see the complete text of the standards in HTML format. The HTML single-column format makes online viewing and reading easier and the robust linking quickly moves the user to related standards. Users can still download and print a PDF version in the two-column, traditional page format by selecting the link at the top right of the HTML page. The Enterprise subscription service gives multi-user desktop access to all ASTM standards, with no user IDs or passwords required. More information about the Enterprise subscription service can be found on the ASTM Web site.

ASTM Virtual Classroom for Members

Six Web-based training courses are now available free of charge to all ASTM members through the ASTM Web site. Training courses offered are: New Member Orientation and Training, Balloting and Handling Negative Votes, Developing and Revising a Standard, Roster Maintenance, Online Resolution of Negatives, and WebEx Training. Click here to view course schedules and to register online.

2009 Mather Scholarship

Applications are being accepted for the 2009 ASTM International Katharine and Bryant Mather Scholarship. Administered by ASTM Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates, the scholarship applies to students pursuing degrees specializing in cement or concrete materials technology or concrete construction. Full-time undergraduate students completing their second/sophomore year of college or later, or graduate students specializing in cement or concrete materials technology are eligible to apply. The Katharine and Bryant Mather Scholarship consists of $7,500 in tuition assistance. The deadline for applications is April 30. [Full story]

GLOBAL NOTES . . . ASTM around the world:

New MOU Signing

ASTM has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Swaziland Standards Authority. The MOU program promotes communication between ASTM International and national standards bodies worldwide, fostering awareness of the standardization systems of all parties involved. To date, 65 MOUs have been signed. View more information about the ASTM MOU program.

Indonesia Virtual Training

In January, thirty staff members from Badan Standardisasi Nasional (BSN), the national standardization agency of Indonesia, participated in a virtual training session with ASTM International. Topics covered included an overview of ASTM International, types of ASTM standards, ASTM’s committee structure and the ASTM standards development process. ASTM and BSN signed a memorandum of understanding in 2004. For more information about ASTM’s MOU training, please contact Jim Olshefsky, or visit the Global Cooperation section of the ASTM Web site.[Full story]

COMMITTEE NEWS... The latest from ASTM's technical committees:

Drinking Water
Committee E18 on Sensory Evaluation is working on a new practice for assessing the flavor of drinking water that will have applications for both municipal water and the beverage industry. Full story

Insulating Concrete Forms
Committee E06 on Performance of Buildings is developing a new specification that will address the quality of insulating concrete form systems.Full story

Stormwater Chambers
A new Committee F17 standard will bring rational design procedures and uniformity to ensure structural safety over the design life of corrugated stormwater chamber systems.Full story

X-Ray Spectrometry and Lead Content
Committee F40 is developing a new test method to aid the toy and consumer products industries in using X-ray spectrometry for lead detection in order to meet the requirements of the Consumer Product Safety Improvement Act. Full story

Equipment Movement and Identification
Two new standards from Committee E53 will assist equipment managers, users and operations personnel with the identification and tracking of equipment. Full story

Fast Cure Paints
All interested parties are invited to join in the development of a proposed new standard from Committee D01 that addresses the testing of fast-cure paints for roadway applications. Full story

Department of Defense Sampling
Committee E11 on Quality and Statistics is continuing its program of preserving U.S. government military standards on acceptance sampling with a proposed new practice.Full story

Search and Rescue Telecommunications
A new guide from Committee F32 highlights the importance of proper training for search and rescue dispatchers. Full story

Measuring Rolling Friction
This new test method from Committee G02 on Wear and Erosion will have applications in a variety of factories, on artificial turfs and playing surfaces, and even in the classroom. Full story

Creep-Fatigue Crack Growth Rate
Data produced from the use of a proposed new Committee E08 standard will be employed in the design of new, more efficient aircraft engines as well as for piping, steam and gas turbines used in power generation. Full story


DID YOU KNOW?...Emergency Medical Services


When US Airways Flight 1549 made an emergency landing in New York’s Hudson River in January, the quick response and efficient work of specially trained emergency medical teams was key to the safety of the passengers, and only minor injuries were reported. Events such as this emphasize the importance of properly trained emergency medical workers and safety equipment. ASTM International Committee F30 develops standards related to quality emergency medical service, with subcommittees on EMS equipment, personnel, training and education, organization/management, and communications. The more than 50 standards published by the committee cover a variety of important EMS topics, from the design and functionality of emergency devices and both land and air ambulances, to the management of emergency medical dispatch and the training of emergency medical technicians and first responders. Visit Committee F30’s homepage for more information on ASTM International EMS standards.

PUBLICATIONS... New publications from ASTM now available:

ASTM Standards on Precision and Bias for Various Applications: 6th Edition

ASTM Standards for Mechanical Fasteners and Related Processes: 2nd Edition

ASTM Standards for Maintenance, Repair, and Operations in the Chemical Process Industry: 3rd Edition


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CALENDAR... Committee Weeks, Symposia and Workshops, TPTs: Technical Committee Meetings

Upcoming ASTM Committee Week Meetings:

  • April Committee Week, April 19-24, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

  • May Committee Week, May17-22, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

  • For more information on ASTM technical committee meetings and committee weeks, including locations, detailed schedules and future meeting dates, click here.
  • View a complete listing of all ASTM meetings.

Upcoming Symposia & Workshops

  • A01 on Steel, Stainless Steel and Related Alloys
    Eighth International Symposium on Bearing Steel Technologies: Developments in Rolling Bearing Steels and Testing
    May 21-22, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

  • C16 on Thermal Insulation
    Second Symposium on Heat-Air-Moisture Transport: Measurements and Implications in Buildings
    April 19-20, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

  • D18 on Soil and Rock
    Fourth International Symposium on Contaminated Sediments: Sustainable Management and Remediation
    June 30-July 3, Dublin, Ireland

  • D22 on Air Quality
    2009 ASTM Johnson Conference: Standardization of Mold Response Procedures
    July 13-15, Burlington, VT

  • E08 on Fatigue and Fracture
    Ninth International ASTM/ESIS Symposium on Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics (37th ASTM National Symposium on Fatigue and Fracture Mechanics)
    May 20-22, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

  • F16 on Fasteners
    Workshop on the Effect of Coatings on the Structural Integrity of Fasteners
    May 20, Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada

Upcoming Technical & Professional Training (TPT) Courses

For more information, please visit the ASTM Web site,

To see a full list of ASTM’s technical committees and view their Web pages, click here.

ASTM International is one of the world’s largest management systems for the development of voluntary standards for materials, products, systems, and services. Currently, ASTM has more than 30,000 members from around the globe representing industry, government, academia, and consumers. Participation in ASTM International is open to any interested party. The Annual Book of ASTM Standards contains more than 12,000 standards developed by ASTM’s technical standards-writing committees representing over 100 diverse technical fields.

Erin McElrone, Editor

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