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 September 2006 ASTM International News

Ibero-American Symposium

Amusement Rides Meeting in Shanghai

ASTM International Internships

Iraqi Construction Experts at Standards in Trade Workshop

New ASTM Course for Crude Oil

Past Committee Chair Represents ASTM at Ibero-American Symposium

James Moulthrop, a past member of the ASTM International board of directors, and immediate past chairman of Committee D04 on Road and Paving Materials, represented ASTM International in July at the second Ibero-American Symposium and the second Ecuadorian Symposium on Pavements Engineering.

ASTM Committee D02 member Delmar Salomon, second from left, and James Moulthrop, third from left, meet with representatives from Instituto Ecuatoriano de Normalización, the Ecuardorian national standards body, in Quito.

The engineering faculty of Pontificia Universidad Católica del Ecuador, with the support of the Quito Chamber of Construction, Army Institute of Technology, the Pichincha College of Civil Engineers and the Ecuador College of Civil Engineers, conducted the three-day symposium in Quito, Ecuador. In attendance were more than 300 representatives of construction companies, architectural firms, engineering companies, laboratories, consulting firms and universities.

The symposium had several objectives:

• To increase knowledge about pavements and paving in Latin America;
• To familiarize attendees with the technical innovations and procedures applied in construction, maintenance, recycled materials and rehabilitation of pavements; and,
• To provide a forum for information exchange and updates relative to new technologies and processes for the production of pavements.

Moulthrop presented an overview of ASTM International and Committee D04. He provided information about current standards under development in Committee D04 and how the latest technology is being reflected in its standards. He also provided insight on how international technical experts can easily access this information and participate in the committee.

Outside of the meetings Moulthrop met with representatives of various local laboratories and the Ecuadorian National Standards Body, Instituto Ecuatoriano de Normalización. //

Members of ASTM’s Amusement Rides Committee Attend IAAPA Meeting in Shanghai

Three members of ASTM International Committee F24 on Amusement Rides and Devices attended the International Association of Amusement Parks and Attractions Asian Expo 2006 in Shanghai, China, in July. Mike Withers, vice president, ride and show engineering, Walt Disney Imagineering; Greg Hale, chief safety officer, Disney Parks and Resorts; and Randall Davis, vice president, government relations, IAAPA; attended the meeting, accompanied by Len Morrissey, ASTM’s staff manager for Committee F24.

Conference presenters at the IAAPA meeting in Shanghai China included ASTM Committee F24 representatives Greg Hale (second from left), Randy Davis (third from left), Mike Withers (fifth from left) and Len Morrissey (seventh from left).

While at the expo, the ASTM members attended meetings hosted by IAAPA on the harmonization of amusement ride standards, which continues to be an important topic, particularly in light of the continuing expansion of the worldwide leisure, attraction and amusement market.

During the harmonization sessions, Withers made a presentation on the technical details of F24 standards, while Morrissey spoke about ASTM International and Committee F24. Representatives from the amusement industry in several countries, including China, Australia, Russia, India and Italy participated in the sessions. //

Interns Receive Firsthand Look at ASTM

Two college students experienced a firsthand look at the standardization process during summer internships at ASTM International. This summer’s interns were Michael Oeschger and Cecilien Trauchessec.

Oeschger is currently finishing his studies at the University of Maryland, where he is majoring in business marketing. His management sponsors at ASTM were John Pace, vice president, publications and marketing; Teresa Cendrowska, director, external affairs; Kitty Kono, vice president, global cooperation; and Jeff Grove, director, government and industry affairs. During his internship, Oeschger worked on the following:


• Development of a tool kit of supplemental materials for instructors to assist in teaching students about ASTM International.
• Research into additional benefits ASTM can offer students members.
• Development and completion of in-depth analysis on business related to the academic marketplace.
• Assistance to Jeff Grove in public policy efforts and advancing the organizational goals and objectives of the Washington office. This included researching federal and state legislative and regulatory activity.

Cecilien Trauchessec is a native of France and spent a semester as an exchange student at the College of New Jersey this spring. Trauchessec has master’s degrees in business law and international business law. While interning at ASTM, Trauchessec’s management sponsors were Drew Azzara, vice president, corporate development, and Pat Picariello, director, developmental operations.

Trauchessec’s internship was focused on conducting research within selected service sector areas to identify those with the potential for implementing a standards development program. Objectives included:


• Development of a written comparison and selection criteria and a prioritized list of service sectors in which to focus ASTM’s international outreach with supporting rationale.
• Write descriptions of stakeholder populations and standards development needs.

This summer marked the fourth year of the ASTM International summer internship program. The goal of the program is to enable students and ASTM management sponsors to come together to offer meaningful, career-related work experience to college or graduate students while simultaneously providing ASTM with capable, flexible personnel for extra assistance on special projects. //

NIST Hosts Iraqi Construction Experts for Standards in Trade Workshop

On July 16-21, ASTM members participated in the National Institute of Standards and Technology’s Standards in Trade workshop on standards and codes for the Iraqi construction sector. Twenty participants from Iraq attended the workshop, which provided a forum for exchanging information regarding the development and implementation of construction codes and standards in Iraq. The meetings provided an opportunity to identify current and future technical areas in which the United States and Iraq could cooperate, discuss best practices associated with infrastructure development, and address the role and authority of relevant agencies and organizations with an emphasis on safety.

Participants at the National Institute of Standards
and Technology’s Standards in Trade Workshop, held
July 17-21 at NIST headquarters.

David Hattis, member of ASTM Committee E06 on Performance of Buildings, presented information on standards for construction materials and methods of construction. Nicholas J. Carino, chair of Committee C09 on Concrete and Concrete Aggregates, led a site visit to the Cement and Concrete Reference Laboratory and the Virtual Cement and Concrete Testing Laboratory. Julia Schimmelpenningh, member of Committee F12 on Security Systems and Equipment, presented information regarding glazing products for safety and security performance.

James Olshefsky, director, committee services, and Jessica Hychalk, manager, global cooperation, also represented ASTM International at the workshop.

In addition to discussions and presentations, the delegates were also able to visit a construction site in Chevy Chase, Md., and the Montgomery County Department of Fire and Rescue. //

ASTM International Offers New Course on Crude Oil

ASTM has developed a new course, “Crude Oil: Sampling, Testing, and Evaluation,” to provide petroleum industry personnel in a range of disciplines with the knowledge they need to obtain the data required on the crude oils with which they work.

Ubaidallah Alghamdi, longtime ASTM Committee D02 member and ASTM’s training partner in the Gulf Cooperation Council, front row, third from left, poses in Bahrain with participants in the newest ASTM petroleum course, Crude Oil: Sampling, Testing and Evaluation.

With the price of crude oil at record levels, collecting representative samples, properly conducting analyses and obtaining accurate results, and reporting data according to established requirements are of paramount importance. In transportation and refining of this valuable commodity, it is critically important to know its quality to assess handling and processing characteristics.

Topics of the new ASTM course include collecting representative samples for subsequent analysis, and selecting appropriate test methods suitable for obtaining the data needed to determine quantity for custody transfer purposes and conformance to expected quality. Moreover, the course provides knowledge of the analytical tools useful for making rapid evaluations of the commodity to assess handling and processing characteristics. A number of quality case studies are discussed, and course participants will have an opportunity to visit a storage terminal or petroleum laboratory to improve their insight into what is involved in the collection and analysis of crude oil samples.

This course will be of benefit to laboratory technicians and chemists responsible for the analysis of crude oil for quantity and quality purposes. It is also for operating (field) personnel responsible for collecting samples, as it will provide them with a better understanding of how test results are directly dependent on proper sample collection and handling. Industry personnel responsible for purchasing and selling, transportation, storage, and refining of crude oil will also benefit from the course.

The course is taught by Harry N. Giles, manager of crude oil quality programs for the U. S. Department of Energy’s Office of Petroleum Reserves, and by Clifford O. Mills, retired from ConocoPhillips. It was initially presented at ASTM International’s offices in October 2005. Since then, it has been presented at other locations throughout the United States as well as in the Netherlands and Bahrain. The course in the Netherlands was attended almost exclusively by personnel involved with a number of the European petroleum stockpiling organizations. It was adapted to their special interests in strategic storage of crude oil in aboveground tanks and in caverns in salt deposits. //


In a story on the 2007 candidates for the ASTM International board of directors that was published in the August issue of SN, the name of candidate Sandra L. Niks of General Motors was inadvertently omitted from the text. We apologize for any inconvenience this may have caused. The list of candidates for directors (three-year terms) should have read as follows:

• Rashid Bin-Fahad, Standardization Organization of the Cooperation Council for the Arab States of the Gulf;
• James A. Luppens, U.S. Geological Survey;
• Sandra L. Niks, General Motors;
• R. W. (Dick) Reaves, Troxler Electronic Labs Inc.;
• Earl A. Ruth, Tinius Olsen Testing Machine Company;
• Paul H. Shipp, USG Corporation.

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