ASTM Committee Members, Staff Participate in Colombian Concrete Industry Event

ASTM International committee members and staff participated in RC2006, an international event bringing together representatives from throughout the concrete industry, from Sept. 26 to 30 in Cartagena, Colombia. Anthony Fiorato, ASTM International chairman of the board; Nicholas Carino, chair, Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates; and Martin Vachon, chair of ASTM Subcommittee C09.47 on Self-Consolidating Concrete, participated in the series of meetings, educational seminars, and trade shows that bring together concrete ready-mix producers in the global arena. ASTM staff members Teresa Cendrowska, director, external affairs; Jessica Hychalk, manager, global cooperation; and James Olshefsky, director, committee services and staff manager of Committee C09, accompanied Fiorato, Carino and Vachon.

Approximately 1,800 people attended the event, which was developed by ASOCRETO (Asociación Colombiana de Productores de Concreto) and is held every two years. There were 90 booths, representing organizations from around the world, and 70 speakers, including 35 who came from outside Colombia. Fiorato, Vachon, Carino, and Olshefsky all made technical presentations on a variety of topics related to ASTM C09 standards. In addition, Vachon and Olshefsky held a self-consolidating concrete task group meeting to discuss recent items being balloted by the subcommittee. ASTM also hosted a booth throughout the duration of the event.

This is the second time ASTM International representatives have attended the RC event. A current ASTM International board member, Manuel Lascarro, director of special projects at ASOCRETO, invited the ASTM team to participate. //

Left to right, Nicholas Carino, Committee C09 chair, and Anthony Fiorato, chairman of the ASTM board, spend a moment at the ASTM International booth at RC2006 in Cartagena, Colombia.

Egyptian Industry Experts Participate in Virtual Training Session

ASTM International members in Cairo and Alexandria, Egypt, participated in a virtual training session via Internet and teleconference on Sept. 14. Eight members took part in the training from the United States Embassy in Cairo, while two members participated from their offices in Alexandria. Amer M. Kayani, senior commercial officer for Egypt, Lebanon and Libya, U.S. Commercial Service, was among the members who participated in Cairo.

Topics of the course, which was facilitated by James Olshefsky, director, committee services, from ASTM International staff, included identifying standards development activities, ASTM International’s balloting process, and a look at the ASTM Web site.

Virtual training is available to all national standards bodies that have signed memorandums of understanding with ASTM International. For more information, contact Kitty Kono, vice president of global cooperation (phone: 610/832-9687). //

Japanese Standards Association Official Visits ASTM Headquarters

Tomoko Nagata, an official from the Japanese Standards Association, recently spent two weeks visiting ASTM International Headquarters. Ms. Nagata works in division one of the standards development department at JSA. Her responsibilities at JSA include acting as secretary of the Japanese mirror committee of ISO/TC69, which deals with statistical methods.

While visiting ASTM International, Ms. Nagata learned more about ASTM’s role in international standardization. She also learned about the role of ASTM committees in developing standards. In addition to ASTM International, Ms. Nagata visited the American National Standards Institute, the National Institute of Standards and Technology and the American Society for Quality. //

ASTM International staff recently met with officials from Standards Australia at ASTM Headquarters. Left to right, James Thomas, ASTM International president, John Pace, ASTM vice president of publications and marketing, John Castles, chairman, Standards Australia, and John Tucker, chief executive officer, Standards Australia.

A delegation from China’s General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ) visited ASTM International on Sept. 13. Led by AQSIQ Vice Director Mrs. Zhu Shoujun (center front), the delegation came to learn more about ASTM’s standards process and its many activities in China. The delegation had the opportunity to meet ASTM’s new Chief China Representative Mr. Liu Fei (second from left).

ASTM conducted Phase I & Phase II Environmental Site Assessment training classes for the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands Department of Environmental Quality and for the Guam Environmental Protection Agency during August. The classes were taught by longtime ASTM Committee E50 instructor Dave Vieau, shown here (first row standing, 4th from right) with the Guam EPA class.

A delegation from the China Building Materials Industry Association led by their vice president, Dr. Xu Yongmo (front row - third from left), visited ASTM International in early October. Of particular interest to the group were the standards activities of Committees C01 on Cement and C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates. ASTM chairman of the board and past president of the American Concrete Institute, Anthony Fiorato (front row - fourth from left) participated in the meeting.

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