eNewsMAY 2012   

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ASTM Standards in Building Codes 2012   



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Proficiency Testing Programs Catalog   


Petroleum Catalog 


2012 Standards Catalog 


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Committee Week


May Committee Week 
May 6-11, Phoenix, AZ


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


See more on committee meetings/committee weeks. 



Metal-on-Metal Hip Replacement Devices
May 8, Phoenix, AZ

Solid Mechanic and Life Prediction Software
May 9, Phoenix, AZ

Contaminated Sediments: Restoration of Aquatic Equipment
May 23-25, Montreal, QC

ASR Testing, Specification Management and Mitigation from a Ready-Mix Perspective
June 24, San Diego, CA

June 24-28, San Diego, CA

Mechanical/Hydrological Properties of Unsaturated Soils
June 25, San Diego, CA

June 25, San Francisco, CA

June 25, San Francisco, CA

Transitioning Mercury Thermometers to Alternative Thermometers
June 26, San Francisco, CA 

June 26-27, San Diego, CA

June 27, San Diego, CA

June 27, San Francisco, CA

June 28, San Diego, CA

June 28-29, San Diego, CA

See future ASTM symposia.

 Training Courses

Aviation Fuels
June 19-21, Santa Clara, CA

Coal Chemistry
Technician Training

May 16-17, ASTM Headquarters

Crude Oil
June 13-15, Alberta, Canada

Diesel Fuels
May 15-17, Seattle, WA

May 15-17, San Diego, CA

Phase I/Phase II
Environmental Site

May 1-3, Baltimore, MD
May 22-24, Seattle, WA
May 29-31, Albuquerque, NM
June 5-7, Elk Grove Village, IL

Phase I Environmental Site Assessment, Commercial Real Estate
May 15-16, ASTM Headquarters
June 12-13, St. Louis, MO

May 29-31, Akron, OH
August 7-9, Boston, MA

Property Condition Assessments
May 15-16, Orlando, FL
June 5-6, ASTM Headquarters

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
June 12-13, ASTM Headquarters

Vapor Encroachment on Property Involved in Real Estate Transactions
May 9, Dallas, TX


La Corrosión y sus Métodos de Control
Control de la Corrosión Metálica Usando Pinturas 
Control de la Corrosión Usando Metales y Aleaciones 
Corrosión en la Industria del Petróleo y Gas 
Producción de Petróleo 
Tratamiento de Aguas de Formación 
Impacto Ambiental y Gestión de Residuos en la Actividad Petrolera

Courses begin May 7 and June 25. Click here to register.  




HEADLINES...This month's top stories 

ASTM International Launches Supplier's Declaration of Conformity 
Responding to increasing requests from suppliers and their customers, ASTM International has developed a new program - Supplier's Declaration of Conformity. An outgrowth of ASTM's certification program, Supplier's Declaration of Conformity provides manufacturers, purchasers and consumers with a useful tool. A major benefit to suppliers will be the evidence that they can offer their customers regarding conformance to ASTM test methods. Sponsored and administered by ASTM, the new program is available to any supplier, manufacturer, distributor or private brand owner. In a typical scenario, suppliers having products tested to ASTM test methods will register specific information regarding their products, accredited labs and the ASTM test methods. Once accepted by ASTM, the supplier can provide the documentation or request ASTM to provide documentation to their customers. For further information, visit[Full Story] 

New Video Highlights ASTM's Participation in Standards Boost Business Campaign
ASTM International is a partner organization in Standards Boost Business (SBB), an initiative of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) to build standards awareness among business leaders. As a benefit of participation in the SBB campaign, each partner organization collaborates with ANSI to develop an executive-level video. For ASTM's executive video, ASTM President Jim Thomas was filmed at ASTM headquarters addressing the corporate benefits of participating in the standards development process. Click here to see the video on the ASTM YouTube page.         
Committee C07 on Lime Celebrates 100th Anniversary
ASTM Committee C07 on Lime celebrates 100 years of standards development this year, and its June 27-28 meetings in San Diego, Calif., will feature special events to commemorate this milestone in addition to its regular technical meetings. The committee includes more than 70 professionals who represent lime producers, testing labs, building contractors, utility companies, equipment vendors and consulting groups in its work to develop standards needed by the lime industry and its diverse uses. A special dinner and a symposium will be held during the June committee week. [Full Story] 
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 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 (May 15), 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. Available on-demand tutorials include Accelerating the Development of New Standards and Strategic Planning and New Activity Development.  

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


Turbine Oils     

A proposed test method from Committee D02 will be useful in assessing the varnish generation potential of turbine oils on industrial lubricated equipment parts[Full Story]   


Fence Privacy       

Committee F14 is developing a standard for slats in chain link fences, which can provide up to 95 percent more privacy and enhance the aesthetic appeal of a fence. [Full Story]  

Property Management   

A new E53 subcommittee will develop standards for management of property connected by contract with entities of the U.S. federal government. [Full Story] 


Enamel Holdout        
Manufacturers and developers of architectural coatings will be the primary users of a new D01 test method for determining enamel holdout. [Full Story] 

Manhole Liners        
Committee F17 is developing a standard practice for the installation of a single-sized cured-in-place liner for manholes. [Full Story]

Intergranular Attack        
All interested parties are invited to join Committee A01 in the ongoing revision of the standard practices for detecting susceptibility to intergranular attack in austenitic stainless steels. [Full Story] 

Acoustic Emission Testing        
Committee E07 has developed a new standard for recertifying gas-filled pressure vessels used aboard aircraft for fire suppression. [Full Story] 

Pile Floor Coverings        
D13.21 encourages anyone who uses the practice for the operation of the tetrapod walker drum tester to join the subcommittee in the process of revising the standard. [Full Story]

Analysis of Aluminum        
A proposed new Committee E01 standard will provide a method for the aluminum industry to analyze samples by inductively coupled plasma-atomic emission spectroscopy.
[Full Story]      


Ship Mooring Chocks        
Committee F25's new standard covers the principal dimensions and materials of closed chocks, used for mooring, for installation on ships.
[Full Story]   


Corrosion in Soils        
A proposed new Committee G01 standard will detail a multilevel approach for performing above- and below-ground inspection of transmission poles and lattice towers in the field. [Full Story]

Additive Manufacturing        
Committee F42's new standard on powder bed fusion will initially be used by engineers designing high value objects such as human implants and aerospace components. [Full Story]

Committee G03 is developing a standard that will improve the accuracy and usefulness of radiometry-related uncertainty estimates in a wide range of fast developing solar renewable energy applications. [Full Story]



more3GLOBAL NOTES . . . ASTM around the world 


Ask the Experts Event on Flammability Regulations Held in South Asia 

ASTM International's local India textile consultant Dr. Jayakumar Gopolakrishnan hosted a virtual "Ask the Expert" event on flammability regulations for textiles on April 12 for ASTM members in South Asia. The expert, Allyson Tenney of the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission, discussed flammability standards for general apparel and clothing textiles, and answered several questions on topics such as applying fire-resistant finishes on children's clothing and the applicability of test methods on products with certain wash instructions. Nearly 60 individuals in India, Bangladesh, Pakistan and the U.S. participated in the online session. For more information about ASTM textile standards and training courses, visit the Committee D13 homepage.     

DID YOU KNOW? . . .Building Safety Month        


ASTM International supports Building Safety Month in May. Sponsored by the International Code Council Foundation, Building Safety Month is a public awareness campaign to help individuals, families and businesses understand what it takes to create and maintain safe and sustainable structures. It is recognized each year by 50,000 ICC members through official ceremonies, community outreach events, demonstration projects and school-based programs. Each week of May will focus on an important building safety topic: energy and green building; disaster and safety mitigation; fire safety and awareness; and backyard safety. For more on the ASTM standards that cover all of these topics, visit ASTM International has a strong relationship with ICC, and 46 ASTM standards were cited in the recently released 2012 International Green Construction Code (IgCC). To learn more about Building Safety Month, visit  

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