eNewsJUNE 2012   

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ASTM Standards for Limestone and Lime Products and Their Applications     


ASTM Standards on Building Economics    



ASTM Interactive Catalogs


Proficiency Testing Programs Catalog   


Petroleum Catalog 


2012 Standards Catalog 


2012 Products Catalog  




Committee Week


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


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 Training Courses

Aviation Fuels
June 19-21, Santa Clara, CA

Crude Oil
June 13-15, Alberta, Canada

Phase I/Phase II
Environmental Site
June 5-7, Elk Grove Village, IL

Phase I Environmental Site Assessment, Commercial Real Estate
June 12-13, St. Louis, MO

August 7-9, Boston, MA

Property Condition Assessments
June 5-6, ASTM Headquarters

Statistical Control Charts for Test Method Quality Assurance   
June 12-13, ASTM Headquarters

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 June 25 and August 20. Click here to register.  




HEADLINES...This month's top stories 

Small and Medium Companies Make Significant Contributions to ASTM International Standards 
Technical experts from small and medium-sized companies comprise more than half of the individuals participating in developing ASTM International standards, according to internal research conducted by ASTM prior to National Small Business Week, which took place during the last week of May. The participation of small and medium companies in standards development is crucial. Standards facilitate trade and form the backbone of worldwide legislation and regulations. Input from small and medium companies into the development of standards is essential to ensuring that these technical documents include the latest technology and best practices. [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or multiple users and are available as a basic (active standards only) or plus (actives, plus redlined, historical and withdrawn standards) subscription.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 This Month in San Diego
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: Roster Maintenance Training (June 5), New Member Orientation and Training (June 13), Interlaboratory Studies Program (June 20), WebEx Training (July 10), and ASTM Online Tools (July 11). Visit the ASTM website to register. Available on-demand tutorials include Electronic Balloting and Strategic Planning and New Activity Development.   

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


Trampoline Parks    

Committee F24 is developing a standard for trampoline parks, one of the fastest growing segments of the attractions industry. [Full Story]   


Cement Sustainability        

Interested parties are invited to join the new Subcommittee C01.98 on Sustainability Assessment, which will develop standards for assessing sustainability in the manufacture and use of hydraulic cement. [Full Story]  

Building Enclosures     

A new Committee E06 standard will serve as a complete and authoritative practice for building enclosure commissioning. [Full Story] 


Transgenic Crops        
Committee E47 is developing a standard that will determine if transgenic crops or pesticides would harm honeybees or other beneficial insects in nearby areas. [Full Story]   


Homeland Security        
A proposed new Committee E54 standard will apply to any asset (including a facility, natural resource or event) requiring security against vehicular attack. [Full Story]

Sandwich Constructions        
Designers of structures using sandwich construction in the aerospace, marine, civil infrastructure, automotive and energy industries will benefit from Committee D30's new standard. [Full Story] 

Neutron Imaging       
A new Committee E07 standard for will be used by neutron imaging facilities, particularly those that are setting up neutron tomography imaging systems.  

[Full Story] 


Committee D08's latest standard provides information and guidelines for the selection and installation of drainage systems media that are used with waterproofing systems. [Full Story] 


Wood Fire Resistance      
Committee D07's new practice provides a means of conducting a standard fire resistance test for evaluating wood frame floor/ceiling assemblies.
[Full Story]  


more3GLOBAL NOTES . . . ASTM around the world 


ASTM Hosts Trade Discussion with Members of European Parliament   
On May 2, ASTM International hosted a European American Business Council (EABC) roundtable discussion in Ottawa, Canada, with visiting Members of the European Parliament (MEPs). The delegation of MEPs was led by Peter Stastny, vice chairman of the International Trade Committee of the European Parliament. Stastny was visiting Canada to discuss prospects for enhancing trade and economic cooperation between Europe and North America. During the discussion, Jeff Grove, ASTM vice president for global policy and industry affairs, explained that one way to eliminate non-tariff barriers to trade is to ensure that the standards and regulatory policies of the U.S., Europe and Canada provide the flexibility for governments and industry to choose from a broad portfolio of international standards based upon important criteria such as technical quality, market relevance and adherence to principles established by the World Trade Organization.

ASTM Sponsors Workshop at European Union Sustainable Energy Week  
ASTM International and UL will host a workshop, "Sustainable Products and Their Importance to Green Buildings: A Focus on Standards and Certification," as part of the European Union Sustainable Energy Week (June 18-22). The event, which will take place June 20 in Brussels, Belgium, will focus on the environmental life cycle of building materials and better metrics of energy performance through standards and certification. Online registration is available on the ASTM website. Click here for more information.  

DID YOU KNOW? . . . Bicycle Safety          


Last month, the League of American Bicyclists celebrated National Bike Month, a campaign that promotes cycling and safe bicycling for riders of all ages and skill levels. To stay as safe as possible during your own bike rides, look no further than the standards developed by Subcommittee F08.10 on Bicycles. F08.10 oversees 15 standards that cover topics such as bicycle forks and frames, wheel retention systems, child carriers and bicycle trailers. There is also ASTM F2043, which provides a uniform set of usage definitions within the bicycle industry. Included in this classification is a set of graphical indicators to provide retailers and consumers with an indication of the intended use of a particular bicycle or aftermarket components. F08.10 is also developing standards for handlebar grips and wheels. Once your bike is ready to ride, don't forget the importance of a good helmet. Standard specifications under F08.53 on Headgear and Helmets cover helmets for recreational bicycling, mountain bike racing and BMX cycling.

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