ASTM INTERNATIONAL

eNewsJULY 2010
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Significance of Tests for Petroleum Products
MeetingsCALENDAR
Committee Weeks

October Committee Week
Oct. 10-15, San Antonio, TX

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SymposiaSymposia/Workshops

 Exterior Building Walls
 Oct. 10-11, San Antonio, TX

 Pesticides
 Oct. 12-14, San Antonio, TX

 Surface and Dermal Sampling
 Oct. 14-15, San Antonio, TX

 Spinal Implants
 Nov. 16, San Antonio, TX

 Grain Size Determination
 Nov. 17, San Antonio, TX

 Creep-Fatigue Interactions
 Nov. 17-19, San Antonio, TX

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 Aviation Fuels
 Oct. 26-28, Houston, TX

 Coal Chemistry Technicians
 Oct. 11-12, San Antonio, TX

 Corrosion Testing
 Sept. 21-22, Detroit, MI
 Oct. 26-27, Atlanta, GA

 Crude Oil
 Oct. 25-27, Houston, TX

 Diesel Fuel
 Sept. 28-30, Denver, CO

 Gasoline
 Sept. 21-23 Houston, TX

 Marine Fuels
 Oct. 26-28, Stamford, CT

 Phase I/Phase II 
 Environmental Site
 Assessment
 Sept. 14-16, Columbus, OH
 Sept. 28-30, Kansas City, MO
 Oct. 19-21, Baltimore, MD

 Phase I Environmental Site 
 Assessment, Commercial Real
 Estate
 Sept. 21-22, Conshohocken, PA
 Sept. 28-29, Chicago, IL
 Oct. 19-20, New Orleans, LA

 Plastics
 Oct. 5-7, Las Vegas, NV

 Property Condition
 Assessments
 Oct. 5-6, Baltimore, MD

 Risk Based Corrective Action  Petroleum Release Sites
 Oct. 19-20, Lansing, MI

 Rubber Testing
 Oct. 5-6, Akron, OH

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HeadlineHEADLINES...This month's top stories
U.S. Conference of Mayors Encourages Adoption of Green Building Codes
The U.S. Conference of Mayors has voiced their support for the International Green Construction Code, the first code to address regulation of green construction. A resolution was passed that endorses Version 1.0 of the Code, which is slated for release in November. The Conference of Mayors believes that making buildings more energy efficient could save the U.S. up to $140 billion annually. ASTM International is one of the Cooperating Sponsors of the IGCC. For more information, visit www.iccsafe.org.
Gulf of Mexico Oil Spill and ASTM Standards
The ongoing oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico is testing the boundaries of today's technology. ASTM standards come into play in a variety of ways. Learn more about the standards of Committees E47 on Biological Effects and Environmental Fate and F20 on Hazardous Substances and Oil Spill Response in this new article from the July/August issue of Standardization News. [Full Story]
What's NEW on the ASTM Website?
The ASTM website has a new look, which includes an  updated navigation bar and rotating news stories on the front page. There is also an enhanced site search, a streamlined "My Committees" page, and new additions to the "About" section, including the 2010 Annual Business Meeting Presentation, the 2009 Annual Report, and the new publication, Choosing Standards Based on Merit: Liberalizing Regulation, Trade and Development. For more information or additional copies, contact ASTM Corporate Communications.
Register Now for ASTM Officers' Training Workshop
The 2010 ASTM International Officers' Training Workshop will be held Sept. 14-15 at ASTM headquarters. The workshop is a useful program for committee officers, subcommittee chairs and others in leadership positions, and features various modules on the ASTM standards development process and how to manage responsibilities within ASTM committees. Pre-registration is open until Aug. 20. Click here to register.
New Proficiency Testing Program for 2011
A new ASTM International Proficiency Testing Program (PTP), Elemental Analyses of Thermoplastics by Wavelength Dispersive X-ray Fluorescence Spectrometry Utilizing Compression Molded Specimens, will be offered twice in 2011. Visit the ASTM Web site for more information and to register. [Full Story]
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CommitteeNews COMMITTEE NEWS . . . The latest from ASTM's technical committees

Air Quality 
A plume opacity measurement method using digital photography is now available as a new Committee D22 standard. [Full Story]

Corrosion Inhibitors 
Committee G01 has approved the latest in a series of standards on performance testing of corrosion inhibitors. 
[Full Story] 

Captive Animal Photography 
The rescheduled organizational meeting for a new standards-developing activity on captive animal photography and videography will be on Aug. 23.
[Full Story]


Protective Shoes 
Committee F13 is working on a new footwear standard for workers who do not need safety toe shoes but could use other protection such as puncture resistance and electrical shock protection. [Full Story]


Wear and Erosion 
A new Committee G02 standard will be useful to slide and engine companies as well as makers of bushing materials who conduct studies involving the measurement of system friction forces. [Full Story]

Disaster Restoration  
Committee E54 has approved an important revision to their disaster restoration standard that will enhance economic analysis aspects.
[Full Story]

Self-Consolidating Concrete 
Committee C09's new standard covers an easy way to help concrete producers provide quality control when measuring the stability of self-consolidating concrete mixtures.
[Full Story]

Climate Change  
An E50 task group is developing new standards that cover all aspects of climate change assessment, including a new guide on financial disclosures attributed to climate change.
[Full Story]

Antimicrobial Activity  
Committee E35 has revised their widely used test method for determining the antimicrobial activity of immobilized antimicrobial agents under dynamic contact conditions.
[Full Story]


Geosynthetics  
Two new standards from Committee D35 will aid in the recent national movement to develop a mechanistic-empirical design guide for pavements.
[Full Story]

More GLOBAL NOTES . . . ASTM around the world

Thomas Speaks at World Trade Organization Meeting in Switzerland
ASTM International President James A. Thomas discussed ASTM's efforts to embrace transparency and openness in standards development and to promote a broader acceptance and use of international standards based on criteria such as the WTO principles at the World Trade Organization's Technical Barriers to Trade Committee's  Special Meeting on Information Exchange in Geneva, Switzerland, in June. In his presentation, "Embracing Transparency and WTO Principles for International Standardization: ASTM International's Global Approach to Standards Development," Thomas described how ASTM's standards development process is designed in accordance with WTO principles and how it allows individuals and governments from anywhere in the world to participate directly as equals in an open and consensus-based manner. [Full Story]

Environmental Protection Conference in China

ASTM International participated in the 2010 International Conference on Environmental Protection Technology and Standards that was held in Hangzhou and Beijing, China, in late May. ASTM members and staff presented information about the use of private sector voluntary standards in regulation, and also spoke about sustainability standards for water analysis and technology, environmental protection and building technology. The conference was directed by the Ministry of Environmental Protection of the People's Republic of China in cooperation with the Technology and Standards of Environmental Protection Research Professional Committee of the All-China Environment Federation.

 DID YOU KNOW? . . . Wimbledon, Grass and Standardsmore3
Wimbledon, the oldest and what many consider the most prestigious tennis tournament in the world, is played annually in late June/early July. Wimbledon is different from the other three Grand Slam tennis tournaments, because it is the only tournament still played on grass, which is the original surface of the game of tennis. Grass courts consist of grass grown on very hard-packed soil, and ball bounces depend on how healthy the grass is, the length of the grass, and the wear and tear of the court from recent play. Think that sounds like the perfect recipe for a standard? Committee F08 on Sports Equipment and Facilities thought so, which is why they developed ASTM F1953, Standard Guide for Construction and Maintenance of Grass Tennis Courts. F1953 addresses construction and maintenance procedures for playing surface quality. These procedures are essential, because a grass tennis court should provide a relatively uniform, high-quality playing surface as it relates to footing and ball bounce - all important factors that surely can affect the players and the outcome of a match. Check out the ASTM website to see what other sports surfaces F08 has standards for.