MAY 2013    

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July 16-18, Newark, NJ

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May 20-21, Indianapolis, IN

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May 14-15, Lansing, MI

Statistics in ASTM Test Method Development, Application and Quality Assurance
May 22-23, ASTM HQ

Testing Techniques for Plastics
August 6-8, Denver, CO 

Vapor Encroachment Onto Property Involved in Real Estate Transactions
May 14, Atlanta, GA

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HEADLINES...This month's top stories 

ASTM Annual Business Meeting This Month at May Committee Week
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 more information, contact Maureen Houck.

Nominate a Colleague for Professor of the Year
Nominations are being accepted for the ASTM International Professor of the Year Award. Candidates for the award include professors and instructors at accredited universities worldwide who have demonstrated outstanding use of ASTM standards in their teaching. Cash awards will be given to the winning educator and their respective university. Visit to learn more and nominate a colleague today.

Download the ASTM App for the May Committee Week
Visit to download the official ASTM Mobile app, which 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. Available on iPhone, iPod and Android devices, this easy-to-use application eliminates the need to carry extra papers to ASTM committee meetings. 

ASTM Co-Sponsors International Concrete Sustainability Conference
ASTM International is a co-sponsor of the 8th International Concrete Sustainability Conference, to be held May 6-8, 2013, in San Francisco, Calif. Organized by the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association, the conference will feature more than 60 speakers who will present information on topics such as the latest trends in green building, including Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs), Corporate Social Responsibility (CSR) Reporting and Health Product Declarations (HPDs). Papers from the conference will be considered for publication in the ASTM journals Advances in Civil Engineering Materials (ACEM) and Materials Performance and Characterization(MPC). For more information, visit
Free Virtual Classroom for Members 
ASTM offers free one-hour online training courses for members. Upcoming courses include Developing and Revising an ASTM Standard (May 9, May 30), Responsibilities for Task Group Chairs and Technical Contacts (May 29), Training on ASTM Online Tools (May 30), New Member Orientation and Training (June 4), Balloting and Handling Negative Votes (June 5), Interlaboratory Studies Program (June 12), Roster Maintenance Training (June 20) and WebEx Training (June 25). Register at       
. . . The latest from ASTM's technical committees


Forensic Sciences 

A new standard under development in Committee E30 will provide a framework for the general public to understand terminology used by forensic professionals in the examination of digital and multimedia evidence. [Full Story]

Hydrogen and Fuel Cells 

Committee D03's proposed new standard will be used to monitor the quality of hydrogen fuel for fuel cell vehicles. [Full Story]

Plastic Lumber 

A new Committee D20 standard presents all the requirements needed so that plastic lumber materials can be appropriately specified for uses in which improved mechanical properties are essential. [Full Story] 
Vapor Intrusion    

Committee D18 is developing a proposed standard that will link easy to use, cost-effective and nonintrusive passive sampling with concentration data to measure vapor intrusion. [Full Story] 

Airsoft Sports 
In response to requests from both insurance providers and playing facility operators, Committee F08 is developing a specification for eye protective devices for airsoft sports. [Full Story] 
Sediment Control
Committee D18's proposed new standard will provide performance-based data of sediment control devices to regulating entities, specifiers, consumers and manufacturers. [Full Story] 

Olefin Based Pipe

Committee F17 is developing a new standard that will address the use of crosslinked polyethylene (PEX) tubing used in hydronic heating/cooling systems. [Full Story] 

A proposed Committee E30 standard will aid in fire investigation by facilitating the identification of vegetable oil or fat gathered from fire debris. [Full Story]  

Architectural Coatings

A proposed new Committee D01 standard will offer guidelines for selecting wood substrates for the evaluation of the weathering performance of architectural coatings, such as exterior paints, primers and deck finishes. [Full Story]
Soil Density Gauges 
A new standard developed by Committee D18 will be used by contractors and government agencies for quality control and quality assurance of electromagnetic soil density gauges. [Full Story] 
Electrical Conductors   
Committee B01's new standard will be used within the electronics and aerospace industries to validate tensile strength specification requirements for electrical conductors.[Full Story] 


GLOBAL NOTES . . . ASTM Around the World    

ASTM Signs Memorandum of Understanding with Bhutan            
ASTM International has signed a memorandum of understanding (MOU) with the Bhutan Standards Bureau. The MOU program is designed to encourage, increase and facilitate the participation of technical experts from around the world in the ASTM standards development process. Established in 2010, the BSB fosters and promotes standards and standardization activities as a means of advancing the national economy; benefiting the health, safety and welfare of the public; protecting consumers and the natural environment; promoting industrial efficiency and development; and facilitating trade internationally and domestically. Through MOU agreements, global national standards bodies reference, adopt, or use ASTM standards as the basis of their national standards. ASTM has signed memorandums of understanding with the national standards bodies of 77 nations as well as with three regional groups worldwide. Visit for more information.
ASTM Hosts Gulf Region Standards Executives at Sustainability Workshop            
Executives from the national standards bodies of Kuwait, Oman, Saudi Arabia, Yemen and the Gulf Standardization Organization (GSO) represented the Gulf Cooperation Council Standardization Organization at the Workshop on Sustainability in Construction, held April 24-25 at ASTM headquarters. Workshop presenters addressed the codes, standards and certifications affecting the environmental aspects of today's building construction. ASTM International standards are widely used in the Gulf Region, particularly in major industry areas such as building construction, metals and energy, and ASTM has signed MOUs with the GSO as well as with the national standards bodies of the individual Gulf States in attendance. [Full Story]     

DID YOU KNOW? . . . Building Safety Month                     

ASTM International is again one of the sponsors of the International Code Council's Building Safety Month during the month of May. 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. The campaign reinforces the need for adoption of modern, model building codes, a strong and efficient system of code enforcement and a well-trained, professional workforce to maintain the system. It is recognized each year by 50,000 ICC members worldwide, along with a diverse partnership of professionals from the building construction, design and safety community. Each week of May will focus on an important building safety topic: fire safety and awareness; disaster safety and mitigation; backyard and pool safety; and energy and green building. The International Green Construction Code (IgCC), released in 2012, includes citations to 46 ASTM standards. For more on ASTM standards for building construction, visit To learn more about Building Safety Month, visit

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