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March/April 2011

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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 2012 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 and 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, ASTM International, if you need further information (phone: 610-832-9594).

ASTM and DIN Participate in Exchange Program

At the Deutsches Institut für Normung general assembly

At the Deutsches Institut für Normung general assembly, Katharine Morgan (center), vice president, ASTM technical committee operations, met with (from left): Heinz Gaub, DIN management board; Rob Steele, secretary general, ISO; Torsten Bahke, director, DIN; and Klaus Homann, president, DIN.

Katharine Morgan Visits Deutsches Institut für Normung; Heino Paga Spends Time at ASTM

In late 2010, ASTM International and the Deutsches Institut für Normung, the German Institute for Standardization, held a staff exchange program designed to share information and increase communication between the two organizations.

Heino Paga, project coordinator, DIN process quality, visited ASTM from Sept. 15 to Oct. 9, 2010. During his visit, Paga met with many ASTM staff members to discuss the ASTM standards development process, tools to accelerate collaboration, the development and publication of standards, committee management and quality improvement. Paga also attended ASTM committee meetings, the ASTM Officers’ Training Workshop conference sessions and events surrounding the United States celebration of World Standards Day in Washington, D.C.

Katharine Morgan, vice president, ASTM technical committee operations, visited DIN in Berlin, Germany, from Nov. 8 to Nov. 20, 2010. While there, Morgan met with the DIN management team, providing additional information on ASTM International as well as learning about operational areas of DIN, including project management, innovation with standards, standards development metrics, funding models and DIN interaction with the European Committee for Standardization (CEN) and the International Organization for Standardization (ISO).

While in Germany, Morgan attended the annual DIN general assembly, and she also provided a guest lecture on the U.S. standardization system to students enrolled in a course on strategic standardization at the Technische Universität Berlin.

The textile conference in Mumbai, India

The textile conference in Mumbai, India, featured six on-site speakers, shown here, as well as three virtual presenters.

Textile Conference Held in Mumbai, India

ASTM Co-Sponsors Event with Atlas Material Testing Technology and DyStar India Private Ltd.

ASTM International, Atlas Material Testing Technology and DyStar India Private Ltd. were the co-sponsors of the International Conference on Light and Weatherfastness at the Textile Committee Auditorium in Mumbai, India, on Jan. 21.

The conference, the first of its kind held in India, featured several international speakers who addressed the growing need for technical and high performance textiles. More than 160 participants attended the live conference on site in Mumbai, while several others from Delhi, Bangalore, Ahmedabad and Tirupur in India, and Sri Lanka, Germany and the United States, were able to attend via Web conference. Participants included textile, dye and chemical manufacturers, quality control managers, laboratories, automotive original equipment manufacturers and members of academia.

For all textiles, resistance to the harmful effects of natural sunlight or artificial illumination is critical, and the need for technical and high performance textiles is growing exponentially. The primary conference goal was to create awareness and improve the overall understanding of the specialized field of textile durability. Key topics included practical experiences, specific test applications, standardization, instrument technology and the history of textile testing.

For more about the conference, contact Jayakumar Gopalakrishnan, ASTM International (phone: +44-2615-1791).

ASTM and Belize Bureau of Standards Sign Memorandum of Understanding

National Standards Bodies Report on MOU Activities with ASTM

ASTM International and the Belize Bureau of Standards have signed a memorandum of understanding. James A. Thomas, president, ASTM International, and José Trejo, director, Belize Bureau of Standards, signed the MOU on Feb. 3. This is the 73rd MOU that ASTM has signed with a national or regional standards body.

Initiated in 2001, ASTM International’s MOU program promotes communication between ASTM International and national standards bodies worldwide, fostering awareness of the standardization systems of all parties involved. The purpose of the program is to increase greater worldwide participation in the ASTM standards development process and facilitate the development of national standards that will aid health, safety, and environmental and economic conditions. More information on the MOU program can be found on the ASTM International website.

The following national standards organizations have provided reports detailing their MOU relationships with ASTM.

Established in 1970, the Service de Normalisation Industrielle Marocaine (SNIMA) coordinates all national standards development activities in Morocco. SNIMA and ASTM signed an MOU in 2003.
In 2010, eight ASTM standards were referenced in Morocco regulations, and more than 60 ASTM standards were consulted or referenced in the development of Morocco national standards.

The Dirección de Tecnología Normalización y Metrología has been the national standards body of Nicaragua since 1998. DTNM has adapted, adopted or referenced more than 200 ASTM International standards since the MOU was signed in 2005.

In 2010, DTNM consulted more than 35 ASTM International standards for the preparation of Nicaragua national standards and used an additional 14 ASTM standards as reference documents.

The Pakistan Standards and Quality Control Authority, under the Ministry of Science and Technology, reports that several ASTM International standards were adopted as Pakistan national standards in 2010. PSQCA signed an MOU with ASTM in 2008.

Established to advise the Pakistan government on standardization policies, programs and activities to promote industrial efficiency and development as well as for consumer protection, the Standards Development Center of PSQCA currently oversees approximately 15,000 standards for various sectors, including agriculture, food safety, chemicals, electronics, mechanical testing, textiles, weights and measures, and more.

More than 100 ASTM standards were adopted as Pakistan national standards over the past year.

Peru’s Instituto Nacional de Defensa de la Competencia y de la Protección de la Propiedad Intelectual (INDECOPI) works to promote fair and honest competition in the Peruvian economy and to protect consumers’ rights and intellectual property like trademarks, copyrights and patents.

ASTM International and INDECOPI signed an MOU in 2003. More than 250 individuals from Peru participate on one or more of ASTM’s 141 technical standards developing committees.

In 2010, more than 25 ASTM International standards were adopted as identical or equivalent Peruvian national standards, and close to 100 ASTM standards were referenced in the development of Peruvian standards.

ASTM Award Nominations Sought

W.T. Cavanaugh Memorial Award
ASTM International is seeking nominations for the William T. Cavanaugh Memorial Award. This annual award is granted to a person of widely recognized eminence in the standards system who has made extraordinary contributions to the field of national and international voluntary standards.

Nominees for the Cavanaugh Memorial Award may or may not be members of ASTM International, and the title of honorary member is bestowed on all of its recipients. Established in 1987, the award honors William T. Cavanaugh, who served as chief executive officer of ASTM from 1970 to 1985. During his service, Cavanaugh firmly established ASTM as the world leader in the development and dissemination of voluntary consensus standards.

Nominations should describe each candidate’s qualifications as completely as possible. Nomination packages should include relevant information about the candidate’s professional background; outstanding contributions made within ASTM International as well as other standards organizations or professional societies; and all offices and special positions held in each organization. In addition, any of the candidate’s accomplishments to advance the efforts of the global standards community should be specifically identified, including standards interactions with governments, industry or academia, as well as any past honors, citations and awards that relate to voluntary standards. No more than two individuals will be selected for the Cavanaugh award in a single year.

The deadline for submissions for the Cavanaugh Award is April 1. Nominations should be sent to the Executive Committee, c/o the President’s Office, ASTM International, 100 Barr Harbor Drive, P.O. Box C700, West Conshohocken, PA 19428.

For a copy of the award criteria, contact Maureen Houck, ASTM International (phone: 610-832-9594).

Frank W. Reinhart Award
Nominations are sought for the 2011 Frank W. Reinhart Award, which honors a technical committee, a subcommittee or an individual ASTM member who has made outstanding and unusual contributions to the organization in the realm of terminology standardization.

The award, established in 1981, honors the late Reinhart, who was active in ASTM terminology work for many years. Reinhart exemplified the intent of the award through his dedication to the use of correct and appropriate technical terminology in ASTM standards.

The Subcommittee on Form and Style, part of the Committee on Standards, administers the Reinhart Award. Nominations documenting the contributions of the candidate must be postmarked by Aug. 1 and forwarded to Barbara Smith, ASTM International, 100 Barr Harbor Drive, P.O. Box C700, West Conshohocken, Pa., 19428 (phone: 610-832-9684).

Walter C. Voss Award
Nominations are requested for the 2011 Walter C. Voss Award, which recognizes outstanding contributions to advancing knowledge in the building technology field. The award honors longtime member and former chairman of Committee C07 on Lime, Walter C. Voss.

Presented to an engineer, scientist or other professional in the trade, both ASTM members and nonmembers are eligible. Nominations should indicate how the nominee has contributed to advancing knowledge in the building technology field. Emphasis should be placed on those using materials that have led to significant advances, innovations or creative efforts that have benefited the entire construction industry and encouraged its fundamental development.

Nominations documenting the contributions of the candidate must be postmarked no later than Aug. 1 and forwarded to Barbara Smith, ASTM International, 100 Barr Harbor Drive, P.O. Box C700, West Conshohocken, Pa., 19428 (phone: 610-832-9684).

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