eNewsDECEMBER 2012   

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STP 1551, Pervious Concrete        



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2013 Standards Catalog

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Committee Week

 December Committee Week   

Dec. 2-7,  Atlanta, GA  


 January Committee Week   

Jan. 27-Feb. 1,  

  Jacksonville, FL     


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Symposia and Workshops    


Continuous Soil Gas Measurements
Jan. 30, Jacksonville, FL 

Mechanical Properties of Frozen Soils
Jan. 31, Jacksonville, FL

Asbestos Laboratory Issues
Jan. 31-Feb. 1, Jacksonville, FL  

Zirconium in the Nuclear Industry
Feb. 3-7, Andhra Pradesh, India  

Training Courses







HEADLINES...This month's top stories 

ASTM Announces New Committee on General Aviation Aircraft   

ASTM International has announced the formation of Committee F44 on General Aviation Aircraft, bringing together global stakeholders to work on a standards roadmap that will help transform the way smaller aircraft are manufactured and certified around the world. ASTM Committee F44 was formed at the request of aviation industry organizations in support of the efforts of the Federal Aviation Administration's (FAA) Part 23 Aviation Rulemaking Committee (ARC). Part 23 is the section of the Federal Aviation regulations related to the manufacture and airworthiness of aircraft under 19,000 pounds, with seating for 19 passengers or less. The efforts of Committee F44 will play a critical role in supporting the overhaul of Part 23 regulations into what the FAA envisions as more of a performance-based document. The committee will develop standards that address the complexity and performance of the full spectrum of general aviation aircraft, including design and construction, systems and performance, quality acceptance tests and safety monitoring. [Full Story] 

ASTM Launches New Mobile App 
ASTM International has created a new mobile app for iPhone, iPod and Android devices (Blackberry coming soon). The official ASTM Mobile app features access to all upcoming ASTM meetings, including up-to-date schedules, venue contact information and directions, hotel floor plans, local dining and attractions from Yelp, and more. This convenient and easy-to-use application eliminates the need to carry extra papers to ASTM committee meetings, putting all of the important information at your fingertips. Visit to download the app directly to your device.
ASTM Enters Into Cooperative Agreement with Society of Engineers - United Arab Emirates
ASTM International and the Society of Engineers - United Arab Emirates (SOE) have signed an agreement to enhance current relations between the organizations and to promote the participation in the development of international standards. ASTM and SOE-UAE hope the agreement will teach members of both organizations more about the other and increase the level of cooperation in mutual interest areas, particularly engineering. The agreement offers opportunities for SOE-UAE members to join ASTM International and discusses future potential collaborations for symposia and workshops, training, publications and more. [Full Story]   
Reminder - Renew Your ASTM Membership for 2013 
Don't forget to renew your membership for 2013. It is easy to do online at Click here to see information about the benefits for all membership types: participating, organizational, informational and student. The Membership page also includes information on how to invite a colleague to join ASTM and the Benefits of ASTM Membership video.
Nominations Sought for President's Leadership Award 
Nominations are invited for the ASTM International President's Leadership Award. The award salutes the inspiration and positive contributions of individuals early in their ASTM careers who have significantly advanced the Society's mission through extraordinary accomplishment, example and vision. Nominations should include a detailed description of the nominee's accomplishments, vision, leadership and commitment, as well as relevant examples of achievements that fulfill the award's criteria. All nominations are due to ASTM headquarters by Feb. 1, 2013. For more information, contact Maryann Zamorski (    
Free Virtual Classroom for Members 
ASTM offers free one-hour online training courses for members. Upcoming courses are: New Member Orientation and Training (Dec. 11, Jan. 9), WebEx Training (Dec. 11), Training on ASTM Online Tools (Dec. 12) and Roster Maintenance Training (Dec. 17). Visit the ASTM website to register. Available on-demand tutorials include Electronic Balloting and Strategic Planning and New Activity Development.    
. . . The latest from ASTM's technical committees


Pole Vaults  
A new Committee F08 standard will help create a safer environment for pole vaulters. 
[Full Story] 


Air Inflatable Play Devices

Committee F15 is developing a new standard that provides basic safety and performance requirements for inflatable devices that use a constant flow of air. [Full Story]

Infant Swings   

Provisions from the Committee F15 infant swing safety specification have been incorporated in a newly approved U.S. federal mandatory safety standard passed unanimously by the U.S. Consumer Product Safety Commission[Full Story]  


Concrete Pipe  
Committee C13's new standard covers the installation of precast reinforced concrete monolithic box sections for culverts, storm drains and sewers
[Full Story] 


Forensic Engineering  
All interested parties are invited to join in the standards developing activities of the new Subcommittee E58.06 on Incidents Involving Structures
 [Full Story]     


GLOBAL NOTES . . . ASTM Around the World    


Beijing Municipal Standards Representatives Visit ASTM          
A delegation led by Yao Ping, deputy director general, Beijing Municipal Administration of Quality and Technical Supervision, Beijing, China, visited ASTM headquarters on Nov. 12. The group, which included representatives from Beijing municipal standardization entities such as the Beijing Standardization Institute and the Beijing Municipal Science and Technology Commission, met with representatives of ASTM's Global Cooperation division to learn about the ASTM standards development process and its model for participation. The Beijing Standardization Institute provides standardization information and assists in standards development for stakeholders within the Zhongguancun Standard Innovation Service Center, a science park focused on technological innovation, development and industrial structures. [Photo]     

Indonesian Quality Month Celebration           
Liu Fei, ASTM's chief representative in China, attended the celebration of Indonesian Quality Month in Jakarta, Indonesia, on Nov. 12-14. While there, he conducted a special training session on the ASTM standards system and standards development process for approximately 40 standards and industry experts from Masyarakat Standardisasi Indonesia (MASTAN). Mr. Liu also presented information about ASTM standards which support energy efficiency in construction, electrical appliances and transportation at a workshop on Technology and Standards for Energy Efficiency sponsored by Badan Standardisasi Nasional (BSN), the national standards body of Indonesia. ASTM and BSN signed a memorandum of understanding in 2004.  


DID YOU KNOW? . . . Safe Toys and Gift Awareness                 

The holiday season is often the time when children receive the majority of new toys during the year. With that in mind, Prevent Blindness America, the nation's leading volunteer eye health and safety organization dedicated to fighting blindness and saving sight, has declared December as Safe Toys and Gift Awareness Month. Remember to always choose age appropriate items and to inspect new toys, keeping an eye out for sharp edges and loose parts, such as magnets or batteries. ASTM F963, Standard Consumer Specification for Toy Safety, covers toys intended for use by children under 14 years of age, like rattles, teething toys, stuffed toys, stroller toys, battery-operated toys, balls, marbles, squeeze toys and much more. There are also ASTM standards for items on the wish lists that go beyond toys, such as children's jewelry, bicycles, home playground equipmentart materials, toy chests, sports equipment, trampolines, bean bag chairs, portable pools, fun karts, non-powered scooters, and powered scooters and skateboards. Never forget that adult supervision is one of the most important factors in preventing children's injuries, toy-related and otherwise. For more information on ASTM's commitment to toy safety, including a video on magnets, visit the Committee F15 homepage.

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