eNewsMAY 2011  

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ASTM Publications

Manual 64, Intensive Quenching Systems: Engineering and Design


Manual 68, Crude Oils: Their Sampling, Analysis and Evaluation

Handbook of Steel Data: American and European


ASTM Interactive Catalogs

2011 Standards Catalog 

2011 Products Catalog 

Construction Catalog  



Committee Week

May Committee Week 

May 15-20, Anaheim, CA  


June Committee Week 

June 12-17, Anaheim, CA 




 Training Courses

ASTM D3241 Heater Tube Rating Workshop
May 3-4, Los Angeles, CA
May 17-18, Seattle, WA

Coal Chemistry Technicians
May 18-19, Anaheim, CA

Corrosion Testing
May 3-4, Akron, OH

Fire Hazards in Oxygen Systems
May 17-18, New Orleans, LA

May 17-19, San Francisco, CA

Marine Fuels
May 3-5, Conshohocken, PA

Phase I/Phase II
Environmental Site

May 17-19, New Orleans, LA
May 24-26, Denver, CO
June 14-16, Conshohocken, PA

Phase I Environmental Site Assessment, Commercial Real Estate
May 10-11, St. Louis, MO
May 24-25, Washington, DC

May 10-12, Akron, OH
Aug. 2-4, Chicago, IL

Property Condition Assessments
May 17-18, New Orleans, LA

Risk Based Corrective Action at Petroleum Release Sites
May 10-11, Lansing, MI
Vapor Encroachment
Screening on Property for Real Estate Transactions

May 10, Conshohocken, PA
May 11, Washington, DC
May 24, Long Island, NY

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 HEADLINES...This month's top stories 
Business Groups and Associations Urge USTR to Reject Proposal Restricting Choice of International Standards
Several industry trade associations have sent a joint letter to the United States Trade Representative (USTR) stating their strong objections to a European proposal in current World Trade Organization (WTO) Non-Agricultural Market Access (NAMA) negotiations. According to the letter, the European proposal restricts flexibility and choice of international standards by designating a short list of specific organizations as international standards developing organizations and suggesting that only the standards developed by these organizations are relevant internationally within the context of the WTO Agreement on Technical Barriers to Trade. Current WTO policy encourages its 153 member countries to eliminate unnecessary barriers to trade by ensuring that international standards utilized for trade and regulatory purposes are developed with open, impartial and transparent principles that afford an opportunity for consensus among all interested parties. This approach allows industry and governments to choose from a broad portfolio of international standards based upon important criteria such as technical quality, market relevance and suitability. The European proposal undermines this approach by limiting choices based upon whether the standard was developed by a specific organization on the approved list of standardizing bodies. Click here to read the text of the letter.  [Full Story]
ASTM Golf Shirts Available for a Limited Time Only
Back by popular demand! A new 2011 edition of the ASTM golf shirt is now available for a limited time on the ASTM website. Both the men's and women's shirt are $40 USD including shipping and handling. Orders must be placed by June 1 and will be shipped on or around June 30. Click here to place your order.
New Content and Search Capabilities in ASTM Digital Library 
The ASTM Digital Library is receiving an upgrade, with new content available  and an improved search capability. Some of the most recent new content includes nearly 50 ASTM Data Series, which cover specific applications and contain compiled data and explanatory text. Some best sellers now featured under the "Manuals" tab include Handbook of Comparative World Steel Standards, Handbook of Reference Data for Nondestructive Testing and Cleanup Criteria for Contaminated Soil and Groundwater. Upcoming additions will include hundreds of technical papers that were originally published in the ASTM Bulletins (1929-1960), Materials Research and Standards (1961-1972) and Standardization News (1973-2011). Improved search results and taxonomy for the Digital Library will be launched at the end of this month.The upgrade will help users find information faster and easier. Search results will now include more clearly defined topics and more detailed information on the result type, date range, authors, etc. "Related searches" are also provided,  using index terms with every result. Visit the Digital Library.
Permission to Photocopy and Share ASTM Content
A new video on the ASTM website features a complete walkthrough of the process of gaining permission and paying for the rights to share ASTM content. Visit the Copyright and Permissions page on the ASTM website to view the demo
ASTM Annual Business Meeting

The 2011 ASTM Annual Business Meeting will be held at the Members Breakfast on May 18 at the Marriott Anaheim Hotel, Anaheim, Calif., during May committee week. The complimentary breakfast begins at 7 a.m.

Free Online Member Training 
ASTM members can participate in free one-hour online training courses through the ASTM website. Upcoming May courses are Balloting and Handling Negative Votes (May 10), WebEx Training (May 12), Work Item Collaboration Training (May 26), ASTM Website Training (May 25) and Interlaboratory Studies Program (May 24). Visit the ASTM website to register.
committeenewsCOMMITTEE NEWS . . . The latest from ASTM's technical committees


Printing Inks 

Committee D01's latest standard will be used to ensure that printing inks produce the correct visual effects and have the correct physical and chemical performance required before being used in the manufacture of publications and packages. [Full Story]  

Pedestrian and Walkway Safety  

A new Committee F13 test method will be used as a reference standard against which to calibrate the performance of tribometers, which are used to assess the potential of humans to slip while walking on various surfaces. [Full Story]

Emergency Operation Centers 

Committee E54 is developing a series of proposed standards on emergency operation centers. [Full Story]

Interlocking Concrete Pavement

A proposed Committee E17 standard will address the management by city and county transportation agencies of roads made from interlocking concrete pavements, an alternative to asphalt and cast-in-place concrete[Full Story]   


3D Imaging

Committee E57 is developing new standards for three-dimensional laser scanning, a maturing technology that holds promise for capturing highly accurate information about an object or scene by collecting millions of dense measurements very quickly. [Full Story]  


Corrosion Protection Systems

Owners and specifiers of steel building projects will be the primary users of a new Committee A05 standard on life-cycle cost analysis of corrosion protection systems on iron and steel products[Full Story] 

Atomic Emission Spectrometry

Laboratories that have the ability to analyze titanium and titanium alloys by spark-atomic emission spectrometry or glow discharge-AES are currently being sought to participate in an interlaboratory study for a proposed Committee E01 standard. [Full Story]  


Plastic Piping

Committee F17's new standard covers a tracking and traceability encoding system of natural gas distribution components (pipe, tubing, fittings, valves and appurtenances). [Full Story] 

more3DID YOU KNOW? . . .  Building Safety Month

The International Code Council Foundation will celebrate Building Safety Month 2011 this May with the theme, "An International Celebration of Safe and Sustainable Structures." Building Safety Month began more than 30 years ago in response to a series of tragedies that could have been prevented through the existence and enforcement of building safety codes. Several ASTM International committees develop standards related to safe buildings and construction. A collection of more than 1,300 standards from these committees are featured every year in the ASTM Standards in Building Codes, which features the latest versions of ASTM construction standards that builders need to design and construct buildings that satisfy most of the international code requirements established by the International Code Council. Along with promoting the importance of strong building codes, this year's Building Safety Month is focused on the themes of energy and green building, disaster safety and mitigation, fire safety and backyard safety. Click here to read more about ASTM building standards.

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