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STP 1547, Effects of Radiation on Nuclear Materials
STP 1551, Pervious Concrete
ASTM Interactive Catalogs
2013 Standards Catalog
2013 Products Catalog
April Committee Week April 14-19, Indianapolis, IN
See more on committee meetings/committee weeks.
Symposia and Workshops
Building Walls Subject to Water Intrusion and Accumulation Technical/Professional
April 14-15, Indianapolis, IN Temporal Methods
April 17, Indianapolis, INTissue Engineering Scaffolds
May 21, Indianapolis, INAutomation Technology in Fatigue and Fracture Testing
May 22-23, Indianapolis, INService Engine Coolants and Related Fluids
May 23, Indianapolis, IN
Aviation Fuels Feb. 5-7, Dallas, TXMarch 19-21, Denver, COCoal Chemistry Technician Training May 20-21, Indianapolis, INCorrosion Testing March 26-27, Akron, OH
May 14-15, ASTM HQCrude Oil April 22-24, San Antonio, TXDiesel FuelsPhase I Environmental Site Assessment for Commercial Real Estate April 9-10, Scottsdale, AZ
April 23-24, Los Angeles, CAPhase I & II Environmental Site Assessment ProcessesMarch 19-21, ASTM HQApril 16-18, Atlanta, GAProperty Condition Assessments May 14-15, Baltimore, MDRisk-Based Corrective Action at Petroleum Release SitesMay 14-15, Lansing, MI
May 7-8, Atlanta, GA
May 21-22, New Orleans, LA
Feb. 27-28, Akron, OHStatistics in ASTM Test Method Development, Application and Quality Assurance
March 12-13, ASTM HQTesting for PlasticsApril 30-May 2, San Diego, CAVapor Encroachment Onto Property Involved in Real Estate Transactions April 11, Scottsdale, AZMay 14, Atlanta, GAASTM Training Catalog Click here to see full list of TPT courses available.
May 22-23, ASTM HQ
HEADLINES...This month's top stories
ASTM International Achieves Accreditation by the Standards Council of Canada
ASTM International has been accredited by the Standards Council of Canada (SCC)
. With 1,400 members in Canada and 180 ASTM standards referenced in Canadian federal legislation, SCC accreditation further strengthens ASTM's presence in Canada. Located in Ottawa, Ontario, SCC carries out a variety of functions to ensure the effective and coordinated operation of standardization in Canada. Accreditation signifies that ASTM meets all of the requirements for consensus standards development set by SCC. These requirements mirror the principles of the World Trade Organization: transparency, openness, consensus and relevance. In tandem with SCC's accreditation, ASTM has established a new ASTM International Canada Office in Ottawa, which will be led by Diane Thompson, an internationally recognized consultant specializing in standardization and trade. For more information on the SCC accreditation or the ASTM Canada Office, contact Diane Thompson (email@example.com). [Full Story]
|ASTM Annual Business Meeting Will Be Held in May
The 2013 ASTM Annual Business Meeting will be held at the Members Breakfast on Wednesday, May 22, during the ASTM May Committee Week meetings in Indianapolis, Ind. The complimentary breakfast begins at 7 a.m. at the JW Marriott Hotel. For further information, contact Maureen Houck.
|Nominations are Invited for Dudley Medal
Nominations of publications are invited for the Charles B. Dudley Medal Award. The Dudley Award honors an outstanding contribution that has a widely recognized impact on a particular field of ASTM interest and has been documented in ASTM literature, either in a paper or group of papers; a Special Technical Publication; a Data Series publication; or a manual, monograph, or computer software program. The deadline for submissions is April 15, 2013. For more information visit www.astm.org/dudleymedal.
|Renew Your ASTM Membership for 2013
Don't forget to renew your membership for 2013. It is easy to do online at
There you can also read about the benefits for all membership types: participating, organizational, informational and student.
|Free Virtual Classroom for Members
ASTM offers free one-hour online training courses
for members. Upcoming courses include Roster Maintenance Training (Feb. 5), Responsibilities for Task Group Chairs and Technical Contacts (Feb. 6), Training on ASTM Online Tools (Feb. 7), New Member Orientation and Training (Feb. 12), Balloting and Handling Negative Votes (Feb. 13), WebEx Training (Feb. 19), and Interlaboratory Studies Program (Feb. 20). View the full list of courses at www.astm.org/MEMBER_TRAINING.
COMMITTEE NEWS . . . The latest from ASTM's technical committees
Nuclear Surface Moisture
Committee F15's new standard covers performance requirements and test methods to ensure the relative safety of glass used in furniture as a primary or secondary surface on tables, including coffee tables and end tables. [Full Story]
The Drywall Safety Act of 2012, signed in response to contaminated drywall that caused health and safety hazards when used in home construction,
A new Committee D18 standard provides guidance for the calibration of nuclear density gauges, which are used in a variety of situations to measure the density, moisture content and inner structure of material. [Full Story]
Polyester Floor Tile
The latest Committee F06
standard covers a new type of resilient flooring tile product based on a polyester binder. [Full Story]
Modern Engine Coolants
Committee D15's test method for refractometer use for field test determination of the freezing point of aqueous engine coolants has been revised to reflect advances in engine coolant technology used in modern engines. [Full Story]
A new Committee E20 standard provides a variety of recommendations for the manufacture and selection of digital thermometers. [Full Story]
Committee F04 has developed a new standard that covers the raw material properties for a high strength polymer used for surgical implants. [Full Story]
Stretch Wrap Films
All interested parties, particularly end users, resin manufacturers and film converters, are invited to participate in the revision of
a Committee D10 standard on stretch wrap films. [Full Story]
Hand Hygiene Products
Committee E35's newest standard describes the use of pigskin as an alternative to human hands in testing the efficacy of hand hygiene products in combating contamination. [Full Story]
Particle and Spray Characterization
Committee E29's recently revised terminology standard reflects the latest technological advances in particle size analysis (standard test sieves) and particle separation (screening media). [Full Story]
A new Committee D01 standard describes methods of preparing surfaces of hot-dip galvanized iron and steel for powder coating and the application of powder coating materials. [Full Story]
Asbestos in Soil
Committee D22's latest standard is focused exclusively on testing soil for asbestos. [Full Story]
A new standard from Committee C16 will provide engineers with specific knowledge needed for the development of an industrial thermal insulation system within a large engineering project. [Full Story]
Committee F04 is developing a standard that will be used hand-in-hand with the NIST Reference Material scaffolds (RM8394) for cell culture as a stable, reproducible 3-D scaffold substrate for controls in scaffold development. [Full Story]
A new Committee E07 standard will describe testing that can be done on various phased array probes to ensure that all inspectors are using similar testing equipment. [Full Story]
GLOBAL NOTES . . . ASTM Around the World
Presenters Sought for Saudi Arabia Symposium on Role of Quality Control Laboratories in Structural Projects
The Ministry of Municipal and Rural Affairs (MoMRA) in the Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, under the auspices of the Council of Ministers concerned with Municipal and Rural Affairs of the Arab Gulf Cooperating Council (GCC), will hold an international symposium on "The Important Role of Quality Control Laboratories in Structural Projects" on April 22-23 at Ministry headquarters in Riyadh, Saudi Arabia. The organizers are seeking experts on the symposium topic to submit keynote papers and presentations. The Ministry offers the guest lecturers a business class air ticket and five star hotel accommodations for the duration of the conference (3-4 nights), in addition to transportation and meals. For more information, contact Dr. Magdi Khalifa, P. Eng. (firstname.lastname@example.org). ASTM signed a memorandum of understanding with the Standardization Organization for the Gulf Cooperation Council in 2006.
DID YOU KNOW? . . . 2013 National Engineers Week
This year Feb. 17-23 marks 2013 National Engineers Week, an annual celebration of the positive contributions engineers make to society. Sponsored by the National Engineers Week Foundation, the campaign is part of many corporate and government cultures and according to the Foundation, is celebrated on every U.S. engineering college campus. The Foundation hosts many events during Engineers Week and throughout the year to recognize the important role engineers play in today's society and to teach students across the U.S. about engineering. Events include "Discover Engineering Family Day," "Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day," "New Faces of Engineering" and much more. Like last year, ASTM staff will work with local high school students during the week to teach them about ASTM and the standards development process and encourage their interest in engineering. For more information on Engineers Week and to see how you can get involved, visit www.eweek.org.
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