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 June 2006 International News

Staff Members Attend Several Meetings in Peru
Chair and Director Meet with Drexel University Students and Faculty
New Standard During Virtual Meeting
Petroleum Course Taught at Qatar Jet Fuel Company

ASTM International Staff Members Attend Several Meetings in Peru

ASTM International staff members Jessica Hychalk and Teresa Cendrowska recently participated in meetings and training sessions in Lima, Peru. These sessions gave ASTM the opportunity to work with representatives of the private and public sectors in Peru as well as local U.S. government representatives in Lima. The meetings included a session at INDECOPI (Instituto Nacional de Defense de la Competencia y la Protección de la Propiedad Intelectual), the national standards body of Peru. INDECOPI and ASTM International signed a memorandum of understanding in 2003.

Photo by Jessica Hychalk

Cendrowska, director for external relations, and Hychalk, manager for global cooperation, first met with Enrique Pasquel, of Unicon, leader for the ASTM T01 translation task group responsible for translating selected standards under the jurisdiction of ASTM Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates into Spanish. This meeting provided the opportunity to plan for future work items, ballots and meetings.

Next, Cendrowska and Hychalk met with Maggie Hanson-Muse, commercial counselor, and César Jochamowitz, senior commercial specialist, of the U.S. Commercial Service at the U.S. Embassy in Peru. The discussion focused on international standards and the group investigated possible cooperative programs for creating an awareness of standards and the technical and commercial resources they represent. Standards were also discussed within the context of the Trade Promotion Agreement recently signed between the governments of Peru and the United States, which is pending the ratification of both countries’ congresses.

On April 26, Cendrowska and Hychalk made a presentation to ASOCEM (Asociación de Productores de Cemento), the Peruvian cement producers trade association, focused on ASTM’s global outreach program. Attendees asked questions related to types and benefits of ASTM International memberships, various types of standards (company, national, international) and the relevance of standards to the trade promotion agreement.

INDECOPI hosted Hychalk and Cendrowska for a series of meetings with its standardization staff and a presentation to the leaders of INDECOPI technical committees. There was a great deal of exchange between the INDECOPI staff and the ASTM staff, particularly with regard to the benefits of the memorandum of understanding and ASTM’s electronic tools, which facilitate access to information and membership benefits such as electronic balloting. The afternoon session included leaders of INDECOPI technical committees that correspond to ASTM technical committees such as plastic pipe and cement. Hychalk and Cendrowska presented an overview of ASTM, its technical committee structures and operation, and electronic tools. //

ASTM Chair and Committee Services Director Meet with Drexel University Students and Faculty

Anthony Fiorato, ASTM International chairman of the board, and James Olshefsky, ASTM International director, committee services, made a presentation to students and faculty at Drexel University in Philadelphia, Pa., on April 17. The presentation, titled “U.S. Practice: Construction Codes and Specifications Development and Application of ASTM Standards,” was sponsored by the Civil, Architectural and Environmental Engineering Department at Drexel.

Anthony Fiorato, ASTM chairman of the board, addresses students and faculty at Drexel University.

The purpose of the program was to provide background on various types of standards and their development and implementation in codes and specifications. During their talk, Fiorato and Olshefsky discussed U.S. practice for the development of codes, and the materials and testing standards referenced in those codes. Fiorato, a past president of the American Concrete Institute, emphasized the ACI Building Code Requirements for Structural Concrete, as well as related ASTM International standards.

Additional topics of the presentation included opportunities for participation in standards development and information available to engineering students and faculty to assist them in gaining knowledge of standards.

Anthony Fiorato is president and CEO of CTL Group in Skokie, Ill. CTL provides engineering and scientific services to the construction and associated industries, with particular emphasis on cement, concrete and masonry.//

Subcommittee on Fiber-Reinforced Concrete Discusses New Standard During Virtual Meeting

On April 6, members of ASTM International Subcommittee C09.42 on Fiber-Reinforced Concrete took part in a virtual meeting that spanned five countries, three continents and many time zones. The subcommittee is under the jurisdiction of ASTM Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates.

ASTM staff members James Olshefsky and Jessica Hychalk coordinated the meeting from ASTM International Headquarters in West Conshohocken, Pa. Subcommittee members in Chile and Colombia participated in the meeting, which was run by subcommittee chair Stefan Bernard from his office in Australia.

Following a brief summary of each of the seven approved C09.42 standards, the focus of the meeting turned toward ASTM C 1609, Test Method for Flexural Performance of Fiber-Reinforced Concrete (Using Beam With Third-Point Loading), a new standard approved in late 2005.

The meeting gave all participants a useful opportunity to discuss Subcommittee C09.42’s standards and to plan for future subcommittee activities. ASTM members who are interested in holding a virtual meeting should contact James Olshefsky (phone: 610/832-9714) or Jessica Hychalk (phone: 610/ 832-9693).//

ASTM Petroleum Course Taught at Qatar Jet Fuel Company

Ubaidallah S. Alghamdi, member of ASTM International Committee D02 on Petroleum Products and Lubricants and instructor for ASTM petroleum courses in the Gulf Cooperation Council, ran an ASTM Transportation Fuels Technology course for a group from the Qatar, Jet Fuel Company and the Woqod Company in Doha, Qatar, on March 20-22. This was the second ASTM training program taught in Arabic. The first was a course on aviation fuels given in Oct. 2004. The photo includes participants from both courses. Shown in the front row center are Muhammad Al-Subaie, board member and managing director of the Woqod Company and general manager of Qatar Jet Fuel Company, and Alghamdi, who is also president of the Arabian Fuels Technology Center.

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