eNewsAUGUST 2011  

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ASTM Publications


Spectroscopic Analysis of Petroleum Products and Lubricants


ASTM Standards on Environmental Sampling


ASTM Interactive Catalogs

NEW 2011 Standards Catalog 

2011 Products Catalog 

Construction Catalog  



Committee Week

October Committee Week 

Oct. 30-Nov. 4, Tampa, FL  


November Committee Week 

Nov. 13-18, Tampa, FL  




 Training Courses

ASTM D3241 Heater Tube Rating Workshop
Sept. 20, Chicago, IL
Oct. 4, Conshohocken, PA
Oct. 25, Miami, FL

Aviation Fuels
Sept. 27-29, New Orleans, LA

Coal Chemistry Technician Training
Nov. 2-3, Tampa, FL

Corrosion Testing
Sept. 20-21, Chicago, IL
Nov. 8-9, Conshohocken, PA

Crude Oil
Nov. 14-16, Houston, TX

Diesel Fuel
Sept. 27-29, San Francisco, CA
Oct. 25-27, Chicago, IL

Fire Hazards in Oxygen Systems
Sept. 20-21, Cocoa Beach, FL
Nov. 15-16, Houston, TX

Flammability of Upholstered Furniture, Mattresses and Bedding
Oct. 26-27, Greensboro, NC

Flammability of Wearing Apparel
Oct. 25, Chicago, IL

Flammability of Children's Sleepwear
Oct. 26, Chicago, IL

Sept. 20-22, Sugar Grove, IL
Nov. 15-17, Conshohocken, PA

Marine Fuels
Oct. 25-27, Seattle, WA

Phase I/Phase II
Environmental Site

Oct. 4-6, Baltimore, MD
Oct. 18-20, Los Angeles, CA
Oct. 25-27, Little Rock, AR
Nov. 1-3, Columbus, OH

Phase I Environmental Site Assessment, Commercial Real Estate
Sept. 20-21, Boston, MA  Sept. 27-28, New Orleans, LA
Oct. 11-12, Chicago, IL
Nov. 1-2, Conshohocken, PA
Nov. 15-16, Las Vegas, NV

Aug. 2-4, Chicago, IL 
Nov. 8-10, Hollywood, FL

Property Condition Assessments
Oct. 18-19, Baltimore, MD Nov. 15-16, San Diego, CA

Risk Based Corrective Action at Petroleum Release Sites
Oct. 18-19, Lansing, MI

Rubber Testing
Oct. 5-6, Akron, OH








HEADLINES...This month's top stories 
ASTM Announces Virtual Officers' Training Week in September  

ASTM International will host a Virtual Officers' Training Week from Sept. 26-29. During this time, ASTM staff will conduct several online training sessions that are usually offered at the Officers' Training Workshop, which is held every other year at ASTM headquarters. There are 13 workshops to choose from, including Subcommittee Chairman's Duties and Responsibilities, Main Committee Officers' Duties and Responsibilities, Member and Roster Maintenance, Certification and Technical and Professional Training, and much more. Click here to view the full schedule.    

Recent Activity Tool Now Available for Members  

A new "Recent Activity" tool is available in the "MyASTM" section of the ASTM website. The feature allows members to access all of their personal activities from the previous year, such as returned ballots, registered work items, submitted ballot items and any new collaboration areas. Members can also view roster updates like committees joined or dropped, as well as any contact information updates or online meetings/conference calls that were scheduled. The Recent Activity tool appears right beside your name after logging in to "MyCommittees" through "MyASTM." If you have any questions about the new tool, contact your staff manager.     

Promoting Public-Private Collaboration in Standards Development  

U.S.-domiciled developers of international standards such as ASTM International often enjoy strong working relationships with U.S. government agencies. Representatives of these agencies both participate in technical committees and collaborate with SDOs to meet the needs of their stakeholders. Working together, U.S.-domiciled standards developers and the federal government can move to enhance their already strong relationship in ways that will benefit industry, national competitiveness and global trade. A full-length article in the July/August edition of Standardization News provides seven policy-related recommendations to promote public-private collaboration in standards development. [Full Story]   

August 31 Deadline for Professor of the Year Award Nominations
The ASTM International Professor of the Year Award recognizes and rewards the contributions of educators in developing students' understanding of standards. Candidates for the award include professors and instructors at accredited universities worldwide who have demonstrated outstanding use of ASTM standards in their teaching. Cash awards will be given to the winning educator and their respective university. All nominations are due Aug. 31. Click here to nominate a colleague today.
Free Online Member Training 
ASTM members can participate in free one-hour online training courses through the ASTM website. Upcoming courses are Developing and Revising an ASTM Standard (Aug. 9), ASTM Website Training (Aug. 17), Interlaboratory Studies Program (Aug. 23), WebEx Training (Aug. 25) and New Member Orientation and Training (Aug. 30). Visit the ASTM website to register.
committeenewsCOMMITTEE NEWS . . . The latest from ASTM's technical committees

Homeland Security    

A meeting will be held on Aug. 10 to establish a task group to complete two draft standards for chemical vapor detectors in support of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security's Science and Technology Directorate. [Full Story]    


Viscosity of Paints 

A proposed new Committee D01 standard will provide insight into the relationship between temperature and viscosity for paints, inks and related materials. [Full Story]  


Environmental Assessment    

Committee E50 has approved a new standard that addresses continuing obligations for property on which future use moves forward even through residual contamination may remain in the soil or groundwater. [Full Story]  

Coil-Coated Building Products
Committee D01 is developing a guide that will address test panel preparation and rating specifically for corrosion testing of coil-coated building projects.
[Full Story] 

Methane Hazard Mitigation

Committee E50's new standard will enable users to determine whether or not a real estate site has a methane hazard that needs to be mitigated. [Full Story]  


Thermal Measurement 

Rheologists are encouraged to join Committee E37 in the development of a new practice that will help standardize calibration of rotational rheometers to obtain accurate normal force measurements. [Full Story]  

Additive Manufacturing     

A new Committee F42 standard will allow computer-aided design programs, scanners and 3D graphical editors to communicate with 3D printers and additive manufacturing equipment. [Full Story] 


Language Proficiency

The first new standard developed by Committee F43 will provide timely, reliable and reproducible tests of language proficiency for general communication purposes. [Full Story]  


Composite Materials    

A new Committee D30 standard will answer industry's need for determination of fatigue properties of open-hole composite laminates. [Full Story] 


Oil Spill Response    

A new Committee F20 standard will be a useful document for vendors, buyers and regulators in determining the applicability of different types of booms to be used for oil spill response. [Full Story]   

Thermocouple Connectors    

Producers that perform verification testing of thermocouples and thermocouple components will be the primary users of a new Committee E20 standard. [Full Story]

Medical Materials    
Committee F04's new standard will add opportunities for metal injection molded medical manufacturers to use materials other than castings and wrought products to develop implants with similar properties at reduced costs. [Full Story]

more3GLOBAL NOTES . . . ASTM around the world 

Middle East        

As a result of several requests for standards related to the effects of sand storms, coupled with the strong relationship between the Gulf Cooperation Council and ASTM, several experts from Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Kuwait and the United Arab Emirates will join members of Committee E44 on Solar, Geothermal and other Alternative Energy Sources in a task group on solar modules to discuss their request. The first of several virtual meetings was held on July 6 to determine a scope and to register a new work item for this activity.


APEC-ASEAN Conference on Green Buildings in September 

A joint Asia-Pacific Economic Cooperation and Association of Southeast Asian Nations conference, "Green Buildings and Green Growth: Approaches to Encouraging a Positive Green Building Climate," will be held Sept. 11-13 at the Building and Construction Authority Academy in Singapore. ASTM International and the U.S. Department of Commerce will oversee the event, which will bring together 24 economies and nearly 150 participants. The conference will provide a forum for public and private stakeholders to discuss green building in the Asia-Pacific region. Visit the ASTM website for more on APEC and ASTM.

more3DID YOU KNOW? . . .  Measuring Temperatures    

From extreme cold and snowstorms to sweltering heat and hurricanes, the weather so far this year has been pretty extreme. Our trusted meteorologists have been quite busy as they try to keep the public informed of wind chills, heat indices and approaching storms. ASTM standards developed by Committee E20 on Temperature Measurement provide the material and property specifications, test methods, guides and reference tables for the testing, calibration and use of laboratory, industrial and clinical instruments used in the determination of thermal variables, particularly temperature. These include thermoelement materials, hydrometers, liquid-in-glass thermometers, thermocouples, radiation, infrared and resistance thermometers, thermistor sensors, and digital contact thermometers. The members of E20 include thermometer users, researchers and metrologists. E20's standards are useful to medical and industrial supplies manufacturers, laboratories, and other producers and users of thermal instruments, such as the meteorologists and weather forecasters on whom we depend to tell us just how high or low the temperature will go.

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