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D01 Paint and Related Coatings, Materials, and Applications
Event Name: January 2014 Committee Week
Pre-registration requested to attend this meeting.


A Workshop on Uncertainty in the Coatings Industry will be held Monday, January 27, 2014 from 5:30pm – 7:00pm. Sponsored by ASTM Committee D01 on Paint and Related Coatings, Materials, and Applications, the workshop will be held at the Hyatt Regency Houston in Houston, TX, in conjunction with the January standards development meetings of the committee.

Uncertainty abounds us in every aspect of life, what we strive to achieve is to reduce uncertainty yet it can all but be eliminated. At best we try and reduce uncertainty to give us the highest level of confidence possible to help achieve a desired result. The higher the level of confidence we have by reducing the level of uncertainty, the greater the probability we have to predict possible outcomes.

As mentioned in the outset, uncertainty plays into every aspect of life yet often we don't identify or analyze it. For example, think of a time when someone asked you a question and after you responded they asked "are you sure?" You may have responded with "I think so". The "I think so" part of your response is directly related to the level of uncertainty you have with your response and the degree of which is directly related to the level of confidence you had to your response. In this case your confidence in your response is low due to a high uncertainty level. Had you said "absolutely", that would have indicated you have a high level of confidence presumably based on a low level of uncertainty. You might have also said something like "wait let me check something," at that point what you are doing is trying to eliminate some uncertainty in order to increase your confidence to your response.

Among other things, ASTM strives to lower uncertainty and increase confidence by authoring and maintaining standard test methods and practices that help increase the probability to predict a particular repeatable outcome. However, uncertainty is sort of a double headed monster with one head being Objective Uncertainty and the other Subjective Uncertainty. Today we will focus on Objective Uncertainty.

Objective Uncertainty allows you to make knowledge guided predictions but in requires a critical path to reach that point. Part of that path takes us through the ASTM documents and along the way there are procedures referenced to help reduce additional uncertainty. These procedures require tools and apparatus to aid access a particular condition by gathering quantitative data. This data is then evaluated as required to achieve the confidence level required in order to make a proper decision of the results i.e. 68.3% ("one sigma"), 95.4% ("two sigma"), or 99.7% ("three sigma") confidence intervals. These tools and apparatus are affected by uncertainty as well. The degree of uncertainty and confidence depends on both accuracy and precision of the instrument used. The lower the accuracy and precision of an instrument, the greater the measurement uncertainty and therefore a lower confidence level of the objective results.

During this workshop, we will look at three common activities and the devices used to collect data to reduce uncertaintyassociated with Color, Coating Thickness and Viscosity. Of the three, Color is the most recent to emerge from Subjective Uncertainty to Objective Uncertainty. With both Coating thickness and viscosity, the levels of uncertainty are dependent on several factors associated with the particular devices accuracy and precision. To that end we will have a closer examination of Color testing presented by Nick Barnes of Tintometer LTD. In addition to Nick's presentation, there will be a presentation on Coating Thickness Testing from John Fletcher of Elcometer Limited and a presentation on Viscosity from Cliff Schoff of Schoff Associates.


Online registration opens approximately 8 weeks before the workshop and closes January 22, 2014. The fees to attend this workshop are listed below.

Students – A student's fee is waived, provided that he/she is a full-time student and is not employed full time. After registering online, the student must check in at the ASTM Registration Desk on site and present his/her student ID. The waived fee includes admission to the technical sessions only.

All attendees, including presenters and ASTM members, are urged to register online for this event so that space requirements can be accommodated. If you do not register online by the closing date, then you must register upon arrival at the workshop. All attendees must check in at the ASTM registration desk upon arrival at workshop.

A refund of the workshop fee will be honored only if requested at least 7 business days prior to the workshop. To cancel your registration and request a refund, please contact Hannah Sparks at or 610-832-9678.

If you have questions concerning online registration, please contact Hannah Sparks in Symposia Operations at, Tel: 610-832-9677, or ASTM Technical Support at or 1-800-262-1373 (domestic) or 610-832-9578 (international).



On Site

ASTM Member Fee
Non-Member Fee
Presenter Fee
Student Fee


Additional information about the workshop is available from Workshop Co-Chairmen Nick Barnes, Tintometer Ltd, Salisbury, GB, E-mail-, tel- +011 01980664800 and Aivars Freidenfelds, ElektroPhysik, Arilington Heights, IL, Email-, tel- 800-782-1506.


All meetings will be held at the Hyatt Regency Houston, 1200 Louisiana St, Houston, TX 77002. Reservations may be made by via our online reservation system at Reservation at Hyatt Regency Houston.

Select your dates and proceed as instructed. Should you need to speak with a hotel representative please call 888-421-1442 (you must mention ASTM in order to receive the group rate).

Group rate will be honored until the ASTM block is full but no later than December 27, 2013. ASTM rates are $129 single/double plus 17% tax. The Hyatt Regency Houston has a limited number of rooms at the government per diem rate of $118 plus 17% tax. You must present your ID at the front desk upon check-in. You may be charged a higher rate if reservations are received after the cut-off date, or when the block is full.

IMPORTANT! ASTM rates are non-commissionable. If you book your reservation through a travel agent they must ask for a non-commissioned ASTM Group Rate. ASTM cannot adjust your higher rate if commissions were paid to a travel agency.

ADVANCE DEPOSIT: Hyatt Regency Houston requires a credit card to guarantee your reservation.

CONFIRMATION NOTICES: A confirmation number is provided to you electronically once your reservation has been submitted.

CANCELLATION/CHANGE POLICY: At the Hyatt Regency Houston, notice of cancellation must be received within 72 hours prior to arrival.

Check the ASTM website for updates on overflow hotel room availability.

INTERNET: The Hyatt Regency Houston provides complimentary standard wireless internet connection in all paid guest rooms. The price for access through the hotel is $9.99 for 24 hours.


The hotel is located approximately 20miles/20 minutes from the William P. Hobby Airport and 45 miles/45 minutes from the George W. Bush Airport. The hotel's phone number is 713-654-1234. The website for the hotel is Hyatt Regency Houston Information. NOTE: DO NOT make your hotel reservation from this site, for you will be quoted a rate higher than the group rate. Please refer to the reservation link on page one.

For information on the city of Houston, visit the Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau Website at: Houston Convention and Visitors Bureau

AIRPORT SHUTTLE SERVICE: Super Shuttle provides regularly scheduled shuttle service from William P. Hobby Airport for $22 and the George W. Bush Airport for $26. Taxis cost approximately $30 from the Hobby Airport and $50 from the Bush Airport.

PARKING: Valet parking is $30 per night with in and out privileges.


Meeting schedules of Committee D01 are posted on the ASTM web site at or contact the ASTM staff manager, Jeff Adkins at or tel: 610-832- 9738.


Committee D01 invites you to attend their future standards development meetings. There is no fee to attend these meetings, and membership in ASTM International is not required. For more information, visit the web page listed immediately above, and click on "Future Meetings".