eNewsAPRIL 2012   

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ASTM Publications


ASTM Standards for Green Meetings    


ASTM Standards in Building Codes 2012   


STP 1532, IFHTSE Congress      



ASTM Interactive Catalogs


Proficiency Testing Programs Catalog   


Petroleum Catalog 


2012 Standards Catalog 


2012 Products Catalog  




Committee Week


April 15-20, Phoenix, AZ 


May Committee Week 
May 6-11, Phoenix, AZ


June Committee Week  June 24-29, San Diego, CA         


See more on committee meetings/committee weeks. 



 Training Courses

Coal Chemistry
Technician Training

May 16-17, ASTM Headquarters

Corrosion Testing
April 12-13, Akron, OH

Crude Oil
April 16-18, New Orleans, LA

Diesel Fuels
May 15-17, Seattle, WA

Fire Hazards in Oxygen Systems
May 8-9, San Diego, CA

May 15-17, San Diego, CA

Marine Fuels
May 8-10, New Orleans, LA

Phase I/Phase II
Environmental Site

April 17-19, Houston, TX
May 1-3, Baltimore, MD
May 22-24, Seattle, WA
May 29-31, Albuquerque, NM

Phase I Environmental Site Assessment, Commercial Real Estate
April 10-11, San Diego, CA
April 24-25, Kansas City, MO
May 15-16, ASTM Headquarters

May 29-31, Akron, OH

Property Condition Assessments
May 15-16, Orlando, FL

Risk-Based Corrective Action at Petroleum Release Sites
May 15-16, Lansing, MI
Statistical Control Charts for Test Method Quality Assurance   
May 1-2, ASTM Headquarters

Vapor Encroachment onto Property Involved in Real Estate Transactions  
April 10, Newark, NJ
April 25, Chicago, IL  

May 3, Atlanta, GA 
May 9, Dallas, TX





HEADLINES...This month's top stories 

ASTM Introduces Videos in Standards 
In February, ASTM International debuted videos in selected standards to subscribers of the Standards and Engineering Digital Library Plus product. Videos covering sections of standards from Committees C01 on Cement, D18 on Soil and Rock, and others on such procedures as test specimen molding, compressive strength determination and hand tamping were made available. The ASTM staff multimedia producer, in collaboration with a technical committee video task group, develops each video. Videos can illustrate any portion of a method that can benefit from a visual demonstration. Examples include sample preparation, apparatus setup or the procedure itself. If you have an idea for a video in one of your committee's standards, or if you would like to volunteer your lab for a video shoot, contact your staff manager. Read the full article at SN online and see an example of a video in a standard. [Full Story]
ASTM International and National Institute of Building Sciences Sign Memorandum of Agreement 
To further improve building enclosure design and commissioning, and to facilitate a broader understanding of building enclosures, ASTM International and the National Institute of Building Sciences have entered into a memorandum of agreement (MOA). Signed by ASTM President James A. Thomas and Institute President Henry L. Green, Hon. AIA, in March 2012, the MOA will establish collaboration between the Institute and ASTM in publishing a building enclosure commissioning process that will follow ASHRAE Guideline 0: The Commissioning ProcessUnder the terms of the MOA, ASTM will develop standards and a personnel certification program on building enclosure commissioning, while the Institute will focus on the development of a commissioning training program. [Full Story] 

New Green Building Code References ASTM Standards 
There are 46 ASTM International standards cited in the recently released 2012 International Green Construction Code (IgCC). The IgCC is the first model code to include sustainability measures for entire construction projects, and is expected to increase cost savings and job growth while enabling safe and sustainable building design and construction. Thirteen ASTM technical committees have standards referenced in the IgCC, with topics ranging from air quality to thermal insulation, including green construction standards such as E2399 on green roof systems, C1549 on solar reflectance and E2635 on water conservation. [Full Story]  

Back by Popular Demand, ASTM International Golf Shirts
Available for a limited time only, the 2012 edition of the ASTM golf shirt is here. Both men's and women's shirts are available for $40 USD, including shipping and handling. Orders must be placed by May 7 and will be shipped on or around June 1. Click here to see the shirt and place your order today.

Create Your Own Online Book of Standards with New Custom Online Collections
Brand new ASTM Custom Online Collections allow you to choose any number of standards and create a tailored collection that meets your specific needs. The subscriptions are for individual or multiple users and are available as a basic (active standards only) or plus (actives, plus redlined, historical and withdrawn standards) subscription. Contact the ASTM Sales Department for more information.      

ASTM Hosts Online Forum on Standards Related to Hydraulic Fracturing 
On April 30, ASTM International will host an online forum to discuss the coordination of standards activity relative to commercial scale hydraulic fracturing. ASTM has several technical committees whose scope and work activity is relevant to this topic. This forum is an opportunity to expand preliminary discussions that have begun within several ASTM technical committees to see if there are other standards needs recognized by the broad stakeholder community that could benefit from ASTM's support. Stakeholders at all levels of commercial hydraulic fracturing applications are encouraged to attend. The forum is open to the public and free of charge. Register at [Full Story]  

ASTM Annual Business Meeting Will Be Held in June
The 2012 ASTM Annual Business Meeting will be held at the Members Breakfast on Wednesday, June 27, at the Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina in San Diego, Calif., as part of the June Committee Week. The complimentary breakfast begins at 7 a.m. For more information, contact Maureen Houck.

Free Virtual Classroom for Members 
ASTM offers free one-hour online training courses for members. Upcoming courses are: New Member Orientation and Training (April 4, April 26), Developing and Revising an ASTM Standard (May 15), WebEx Training (May 16), Responsibilities for Task Group Chairs and Technical Contacts (May 16), and Balloting and Handling Negative Votes (May 23). Visit the ASTM website to register. 

committeenewsCOMMITTEE NEWS . . . The latest from ASTM's technical committees


Dryness of Propane     

Committee D02 is developing a new test method for determination of water content of liquefied petroleum gases using electronic moisture analyzers. [Full Story]   


Deck Structure Fires      

A new Committee E05 test method is the latest in a series of standards that address the protection of exterior portions of structures during fires. [Full Story]  

Livestock Collection  

Committee F10 is developing a standard that will allow end users to test a set of tags to determine the overall performance prior to placing a low frequency radio frequency ID tag in an animal. [Full Story]     

Molecular Spectroscopy
All interested parties are invited to join Committee E13 in the ongoing revision of the standard guide for laboratory information management systems. [Full Story]

more3GLOBAL NOTES . . . ASTM around the world 


ASTM Meets With Allianza FiiDEM in Mexico       

ASTM International staff members traveled to Mexico in March for two days of meetings with Allianza FiiDEM, the Alliance for Training and Research Infrastructure for the Development of Mexico, and others. ASTM signed a letter of cooperation with Allianza FiiDEM in November 2011 to strengthen and upgrade scientific information related to infrastructure through cooperation with the public and private sectors in the form of discussions and events in Latin America. Alliance FiiDEM is a not-for-profit organization that includes members from government, business, professional associations and business chambers. Members include engineers, architects and university representatives.


Virtual Meeting on Flammability Regulations for Members in South Asia 

ASTM International will host an online "Ask the Expert" event on flammability regulations for textiles with Allyson Tenney of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) on April 12. The virtual event will be conducted  through WebEx and is being offered exclusively to ASTM International members in South Asia. This meeting will be of interest to merchandisers, internal auditors, NABL auditors, lab managers, senior quality control managers, textile marketing professionals and third-party lab personnel. For additional information contact Dr. Jayakumar Gopalakrishnan. [Full Story] 

DID YOU KNOW? . . .Window Fall Prevention       

As the temperatures rise and homeowners begin to open their windows, parents and caregivers must not forget the importance of window fall prevention for young children. The National Safety Council recognizes the first full week of April annually as National Window Safety Week to promote window safety awareness. Many injuries and fatalities from window falls affect children under the age of five. ASTM Subcommittee F15.38 on Window Fall Prevention Devices, part of Committee F15 on Consumer Products, has developed two standards that address window fall prevention: F2006, Safety Specification for Window Fall Prevention Devices for Non-Emergency Escape (Egress) and Rescue (Ingress) Windows, and F2090, Specification for Window Fall Prevention Devices With Emergency Escape (Egress) Release Mechanisms. F2006 and F2090 cover devices like fall prevention window guards and screens and window opening controls, and are cited in the International Code Council's residential building codes. These ASTM standards serve as a contributing factor in decreasing the number of window fall accidents.

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