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ASTM Outreach

January/February 2008

Members of Committee on Concrete Present Construction Standards Training in Mexico

ASTM Team in Mexico

ASTM International, in cooperation with the Instituto Mexicano del Cemento y del Concreto, (IMCYC) and the Asociación National de Compañías de Supervisión (ANCSAC), conducted a training course on ASTM standards and their relation to the American Concrete Institute standard 318-05, Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete, in Mexico City on Sept. 25-27, 2007. The course was attended by 16 participants, mostly engineers and architects, from various states of Mexico. Luis Felipe Ordóñez, director, and Vanessa Corona Villatoro, administrator of contacts, of the ASTM International office in Mexico City, coordinated local arrangements for the three-day course.

Course participants were welcomed by Jesus Islas Benites, director general, ANCSAC, and Donato Figueroa, manager of education, IMCYC. Benites and Figueroa pointed out that this was the inaugural presentation of the course, which is an outgrowth of the ASTM memorandum of understanding program. They were appreciative of this opportunity to gain a better understanding of ASTM standards and their relationship to building codes. At the conclusion of the course, Guillermo Cañizo Lechuga, president, ANCSAC, and Daniel Dámazo Juárez, director general, IMCYC, presented participants with certificates for completion.

The course was conducted by ASTM members Nicholas J. Carino, a consultant from Gaithersburg, Md., and Anthony E. Fiorato, senior consultant, CTLGroup, Skokie, Ill. Carino served as chair of Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates from 2001 to 2007, while Fiorato is a member of the ASTM board of directors and served as chairman of the board in 2006. In 2007 he was elected chair of Committee C09.

The course objectives included:

  • Explanation of how ASTM standards fit into construction projects;
  • Introduction to ASTM and the consensus-standards development process;
  • Introduction to ASTM Committees C01 on Cement and C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates;
  • Relationship between ASTM and ACI;
  • Review of ASTM standards referenced in ACI 318-05; and
  • Basics of concrete technology.

The driving force behind the selection of the course content was the need to clarify the basis for the ASTM standards that are referenced in ACI standard 318-05, which is a widely used consensus standard for designing concrete structures. ACI 318-05 refers to more than 50 ASTM standards related to cementitious materials, concrete and steel reinforcement. Many countries in Latin America use ACI 318-05 as the basis for engineering design of concrete structures. As a result, when ACI 318-05 is referenced in local building codes, ASTM standards are adopted by reference. The major thrust of the course was to provide an overview of these referenced standards. An understanding of these ASTM International standards is also fundamental to technician certification and laboratory accreditation programs that are used for quality assistance in concrete construction.

The course comprised 12 modules, which were presented alternately by Carino and Fiorato. The first two modules dealt with the general topic of codes and standards and an introduction to ASTM. The remaining modules covered the basics of cement and concrete technology, and included such topics as types of cementitious materials; requirements for concrete aggregates and admixtures; reinforcing steel; mixture proportioning; tests of fresh and hardened concrete; tests for durability; tests for in-place strength; and methods for condition assessment. The course also highlighted the relationships between ASTM standards and relevant ACI reports.

ASTM International provided simultaneous translation of the presentations. Course handouts included copies of the slides and the Spanish version of Design and Control of Concrete Mixtures, published by the Portland Cement Association and provided at no cost. Participants were also offered a one-year complimentary membership in ASTM so that they could become involved in the standards-development process. Enthusiastic questions and positive feedback from the participants indicated the course provided valuable information that will help them in their careers.

For more information on the technical assistance training program, contact Jessica Hychalk, manager, global cooperation, ASTM International (phone: 610/832-9693).


Six representatives from Brazil’s National Petroleum, Natural Gas and Biofuels Agency met with staff at ASTM International Headquarters on Nov. 8, 2007. During the meeting, the delegation learned about ASTM International and its biofuel and biotechnology standards. In addition to ASTM staff, Kristy Moore, Renewable Fuels Association, made a virtual presentation on the use of standards in the ethanol industry. The Brazilian group was on a 10-day orientation visit to the U.S. that was sponsored by the U.S. Trade and Development Agency.


Members of the lumber building materials industry in China were greeted by ASTM International staff on Nov. 15, 2007. The meeting at ASTM headquarters included discussions of lumber building materials, products, buyer’s health and safety and environmental performance; lumber standards; and opportunities for international cooperation between ASTM International and the Chinese lumber building materials industry.


Smith Promoted to Assistant Vice President, Technical Committee Operations

Daniel Smith has been promoted to the position of assistant vice president in the Technical Committee Operations division. In this position, Smith will manage the Committee Services and Meetings departments, as well as the positions of standards development editor and membership promotion and academic outreach manager. Smith received his B.S. in commerce and engineering and his M.B.A. from Drexel University, Philadelphia, Pa. He joined the staff of ASTM International in 1992 as a manager in TCO and became a director in that division in 2002.


Standards Expert
Exchange Program

Experts Lead Virtual Sessions
for Riyadh, Bogotá


During their month-long visit to ASTM International, two standards experts conducted virtual meetings with industry in their own countries. Promoting relationships and active participation of technical experts in countries where ASTM has signed memorandums of understanding is a key objective of ASTM’s Standards Expert Exchange Program. Mohammed A. Al-Dablan from Saudi Arabia and Daniel Trillos from Colombia spent time at ASTM International headquarters in October and November 2007 as part of the SEEP initiative (see also article in November 2007 SN).

On Nov. 12, Al-Dablan, a construction and building materials standards researcher at the Standardization Organization for the Gulf Cooperation Council, Saudi Arabia (GSO), conducted a meeting with four private sector participants and two GSO staff who met at GSO headquarters in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia.

The presentation began with an overview of ASTM International presented by James Olshefsky, director of external relations, ASTM. Following this, Thomas Miller, chair of ASTM Subcommittee C16.21 on Reflective Insulation, provided information from his office near Gettysburg, Pa., on currently available and proposed standards being developed, The meeting successfully incorporated voice-over Internet and two-way video technology.

The following day, Trillos, a standardization professional at Instituto Colombiano de Normas Técnicas y Certificación, conducted a virtual session for ICONTEC staff and private sector participants at ICONTEC headquarters in Bogotá. The session also included participants in the city of Cali, Colombia, as well as ASTM Committee C01 on Cement member Dale Bentz, who made a presentation from NIST headquarters in Gaithersburg, Md.

In addition to the ASTM overview, workshop participants learned about the virtual cement and concrete testing laboratory, computer software that allows labs to introduce data related to characteristics of cement and concrete into a program that generates projected performance results based on given information. ASTM International standards are used to verify the results of virtual cement and concrete testing against real-world testing.


Standards Training

ASTM Petroleum Courses
Available in Middle East


ASTM International training courses in the area of petroleum standardization are offered in the Middle East and Asia. Since 2003, the Arabian Fuels Technology Center has been presenting training sessions in “Aviation Fuels: Specifications and Test Methods” and “Transportation Fuels Technology: Gasoline, Diesel and Aviation Fuels” to interested participants throughout the region. The AFTC has presented “Aviation Fuels” in Bahrain, Dubai and Qatar.

The ASTM aviation fuels class examines how specifications are used to control the quality of aviation fuels and why they affect product performance and availability. Jet engine and jet fuel descriptions, hydrocarbon types, additives and fuel handling and transportation are among the subjects covered in the aviation fuel course.

The AFTC has given the ASTM transportation fuels course for a group from the Qatar Jet Fuel Co. and the Woqod Co. in Doha, Qatar, as well as to supervisors from the Saudi Aramco eastern region distribution department in Dharan City, Saudi Arabia.

In addition, the AFTC assisted with the presentation of “Crude Oil: Sampling, Testing and Evaluation,” taught by Harry N. Giles, manager, crude oil quality programs, Office of Petroleum Reserves, U.S. Department of Energy, and by Clifford O. Mills, retired from ConocoPhillips, in Bahrain.

The AFTC was established by Ubaidallah S. Alghamdi, a longtime member of ASTM International Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants. The mission of the AFTC is to work with clients to promote and sustain the awareness and importance of the quality and safety of transportation fuels during their manufacture and blending, transportation, storage, handling and use to ensure that clean, dry and on-specification fuels are delivered to end users.

For further technical information, contact Scott Murphy, ASTM International (phone: 610/832-9685).

A poster detailing ASTM International’s global standards for aviation displayed by the Arab Fuels Technology Center, which runs training courses throughout the Middle East, was exhibited at the Dubai Air Show in November 2007.


Virtual Training

Proposed Method Discussed Through Online Centers

Michael Davy, a member of ASTM International Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates, conducted a virtual meeting with ASTM members in three Latin American countries. The meeting was a result of ongoing efforts to improve the application and use of ASTM standards through the creation of Online Centers at Latin American concrete trade associations (see article in November 2007 SN, p. 6).

Davy is the task group chairman for a proposed new C09 standard, WK16885, Test Method for Density and Void Content of Pervious Concrete. The virtual meeting gave ASTM members affiliated with the online centers in Colombia, Costa Rica and Guatemala a chance to review the proposed document with Davy and ask questions about its content and development. The draft is the first of several new standards being developed on this new technology and the discussion was coincident with the first ballot of the new draft. Participants were encouraged to review the document in more detail after the meeting and return their comments and votes using the ASTM electronic balloting system.


Qatar, St. Vincent and
the Grenadines

ASTM International has signed memorandums of understanding with the national standards bodies of two more countries. In September 2007, ASTM signed an MOU with the Qatar General Organization for Standards and Metrology. Mohammad S. Al Kuwari, director, QS, and James A. Thomas, president, ASTM International, signed the MOU.

In November 2007, ASTM International signed an MOU with the St. Vincent and the Grenadines Bureau of Standards. The MOU was signed by Thomas and by Ezra D. Ledger, executive director, St. Vincent and the Grenadines Bureau of Standards.

ASTM International has now signed 54 memorandums of understanding with national standards bodies and one with a regional standards body. The purpose of the MOU program is to promote communication between ASTM International and national standards bodies; to promote knowledge of each other’s standard development activities; facilitate greater worldwide participation in the ASTM standards development process; and facilitate the development of national standards that will aid health, safety, environmental and economic institutions.


Nominating Committee Welcomes Suggestions for ASTM Board

The ASTM Nominating Committee, appointed annually by the ASTM board of directors, welcomes suggestions from the ASTM membership for candidates for the following positions on the 2009 board of directors:

  • Chairman (one-year term);
  • Vice chairman (two-year term); and
  • Six directors (three-year terms).

Complete biographical information including candidate’s name, title, business address, education, as well as the candidate’s professional experience, affiliations, honors and awards should be sent to: ASTM Nominating Committee, Attn: Maureen Houck, 100 Barr Harbor Drive, P.O. Box C700, West Conshohocken, PA 19428. Nominations must be received by April 1.

Contact Maureen Houck if you need further information (phone: 610/832-9594).


Dudley Medal Nominees Sought

The ASTM Committee on Publications is soliciting candidate publications from ASTM committees for the Charles B. Dudley Medal Award. Each committee may submit one publication for consideration.

The award honors an outstanding contribution that has a widely recognized impact on a particular field of ASTM interest and has been documented in ASTM literature. A minimum of three years must have elapsed between the date of publication of a nominee and the nomination deadline of April 15.

Eligible candidate publications may be:

  • An individual paper or group of papers;
  • A special technical publication;
  • A data series publication;
  • An atomic and molecular data publication; or
  • A manual, monograph, handbook or
    computer software program.

Submittals should be made on or before April 15 and must contain the following information:

  • Name of the candidate publication;
  • Name of the author(s), editor, or contributor to the candidate publication;
  • Statement of 300 words or less stating why the candidate publication should receive the award and how the publication meets the basis of the award;
  • Name and designation of the submitting committee (no more than one nomination from a committee shall be submitted); and
  • Name and address of the individual acting on behalf of the committee.

Submit nominations to Kathy Dernoga, Committee on Publications, ASTM International, 100 Barr Harbor Drive, P.O. Box C700, West Conshohocken, PA 19428.


Nominations Sought for William T.
Cavanaugh Memorial Award

Nominations are being sought for the William T. Cavanaugh Memorial Award. Established in 1987, this award is granted to a person of widely recognized eminence in the voluntary standards system who may or may not be a member of ASTM International. The title of honorary member is bestowed upon recipients of this award.

Nominations should contain a citation of 25 words or less, career background and details on the candidate’s outstanding contributions within ASTM at the Society level as well as to other standards organizations or professional societies. All offices and special positions held in each organization should be identified, and accomplishments to advance the efforts of the global standards community specifically identified.

Nominations must be received by April 1. Send nominations to the Executive Committee, c/o the President’s Office, ASTM International, 100 Barr Harbor Drive, P.O. Box C700, West Conshohocken, PA 19428. Contact Maureen Houck for a copy of the award criteria or if you need additional information (phone: 610/832-9594).


Second grade students from Bridgeport Elementary School visited Riverbend Environmental Education Center in Gladwyne, Pa., on Nov. 13. ASTM International sponsored the trip, during which students learned about animal habitats. The November trip gave the students a chance to follow up on lessons learned during a previous ASTM-sponsored trip to Riverbend in the spring of this year, which focused on ponds and streams. In the photo (left to right), Bridgeport students Hannah Anderson, Libbey Laprise and Chris Willauer meet Reggie the snake, a ball python being held by Teresa Cendrowska, vice president, global cooperation, ASTM International.