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JUNE 2013    

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Committee Week

 
June 9-14, Indianapolis, IN

June 23-27, Montreal, QC

       

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Symposia/Workshops    

Technical/Professional 
Training Courses
 

Aviation Fuels
July 16-18, Newark, NJ
Oct. 8-10, Portland, OR

Coal Chemistry Technician Training
Oct. 9-10, ASTM HQ

Corrosion Testing
Sept. 17-18, Norfolk, VA

Crude Oil
Oct. 21-23, Dallas, TX

Diesel Fuels
Sept. 24-26, Los Angeles, CA
Oct. 22-24, Denver, CO

Fire Hazards in Oxygen Systems 
Oct. 8-9, San Diego, CA

Gasoline
Sept. 17-19, Salt Lake City, UT

Marine Fuels
Sept. 24-26, San Francisco, CA 
 
Phase I Environmental Site Assessment for Commercial Real Estate
June 11-12, ASTM HQ
Sept. 24-25, St. Louis, MO 
Oct. 8-9, Denver, CO   

Phase I & II Environmental Site Assessment Processes
Sept. 17-19, ASTM HQ 
Oct. 1-3, San Antonio, TX


Property Condition Assessments
June 11-12, ASTM HQ
Oct. 1-2, Las Vegas, NV

Risk-Based Corrective Action at Petroleum Release Sites
Oct 8-9, Lansing, MI

Rubber Testing
Oct 2-3, Akron, OH

Statistics in ASTM Test Method Development, Application and Quality Assurance
Oct. 10-11, ASTM HQ

Testing Techniques for Plastics
Aug. 6-8, Denver, CO
Oct. 29-31, Tampa, FL  
 
Vapor Encroachment Onto Property Involved in Real Estate Transactions
Oct. 29, Chicago, IL

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HEADLINES...This month's top stories 

The 2012 ASTM International Annual Report: FEEDBACK
The title of the 2012 ASTM International Annual Report is Feedback: Listening, Learning, Responding. The Society collected survey results, quotes and viewpoints from various sources and constituents that help tell the "story" of ASTM in 2012. Visit www.astm.org/2012AnnualReport to view the online version. To request a hard copy, contact Erin Brennan, ebrennan@astm.org.  
ASTM Environmental Product Declarations for Sealants 
ASTM International will partner with the Adhesive and Sealant Council to foster the development of environmental product declarations (EPD) for sealants. As part of the mutually beneficial partnership, ASTM's role will be to bring diversification to the stakeholders involved on the Product Category Rules (PCR) development team, and guide the process forward as PCRs begin to develop the foundation for life cycle assessments (LCA) on sealants. ASTM will also provide third party verification of the EPDs. ASTM Committee C24 on Building Seals and Sealants will hold a special research and learning session on Product Category Rules for Sealants on June 11 at 3:15 p.m. EST. Those interested in participating via conference call should contact Steve Mawn (smawn@astm.org). To learn more about the ASTM Environmental Product Declarations Program, visit www.astm.org/EPDs.

August 31 is Deadline for Professor of the Year Nominations
Nominations are still 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. Learn more and nominate a colleague at www.astm.org/studentmember/Professor_Year. All materials must be received by Aug. 31.

Free Virtual Classroom for Members 
ASTM offers free one-hour online training courses for members. Upcoming courses: Interlaboratory Studies Program (June 12), Roster Maintenance Training (June 20), WebEx Training (June 25) and New Member Orientation and Training (July 24). On-Demand courses include Electronic Balloting and Strategic Planning and New Activity Development. Register at www.astm.org/MEMBER_TRAINING.  
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COMMITTEE NEWS
. . . The latest from ASTM's technical committees

 

Green Meetings  

Committee E60 has completed the suite of nine environmentally sustainable meeting standards with the final specification on evaluation and selection of accommodations. [Full Story]

Parasailing  

A new F24 subcommittee has completed its first standard on monitoring weather conditions for safe parasail operations. [Full Story] 
 

Electromagnetic Methods 

A new Committee E07 standard provides a more effective method for gear examination using eddy current array, a technology that has been widely used but never standardized until now. [Full Story] 
 

Fences 

Committee F14 has approved new standards on ornamental aluminum fencing and polymer privacy slats. [Full Story] 
 
Water    

A proposed new Committee D19 standard will provide the first comprehensive approach to analyzing oxygen removal cartridges. [Full Story] 

 
Invasive Plants 
Committee E60 is developing a standard that will describe the criteria by which to develop an invasive plant list for a specific geographic region and will serve as a foundation for creating such lists to support building codes and related applications. [Full Story] 
   
Snow and Ice Accretion
The study and assessment of snow and ice accretion - the process by which snow and ice build up on solid objects exposed to freezing precipitation - will be the purpose of a new ASTM task group within Committee E06[Full Story] 


Orthopedic Implants

A new Committee F04 standard addresses variable labeling for orthopedic implants used in joint arthroplasty. [Full Story]

Nitric Acid Extraction 
Committee E01 is developing a new nitric acid extraction standard that will be used to protect water used for drinking, recreational and agricultural purposes from environmental impacts. [Full Story]    

GLOBAL NOTES  . . . ASTM Around the World    

 

ASTM Attends Pan American Standards Commission Annual General Assembly

ASTM International staff attended the annual General Assembly of the Pan American Standards Commission (COPANT), held April 22-24 in St. Lucia. The COPANT General Assembly provides members from throughout Latin American and the Caribbean the opportunity to share information about local and regional efforts and discuss current global topics such as sustainability and renewable energy. In addition to the Assembly meetings, ASTM was a co-sponsor of the April 23 workshop,"Sustainable Construction in Commercial Buildings through Building Codes and Standards." Following the meetings, ASTM staff met with the directors of several of the member states of the CARICOM Regional Organization for Standards and Quality (CROSQ) with whom ASTM signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) in 2010.

DID YOU KNOW? . . . Golfing with Standards      

                  

The 2013 U.S. Open Golf Championship will be played June 13-16 at Merion Golf Club in Ardmore, Pa., only a few miles from ASTM headquarters in West Conshohocken. More than 150 players will compete at a course that has played host to more USGA championships than any other course in America. But did you know the U.S. Golf Association references various ASTM standards in the construction of putting greens? The USGA Recommendations for a Method of Putting Green Construction, which have been the most widely used method of green construction throughout the United States and globally, advise the use of multiple ASTM standards to ensure consistency of test results on a variety of materials. Some of the ASTM standards cited in the guidelines, which are periodically reviewed and updated as a result of scientific research and as new techniques and materials are proven reliable, include: ASTM F1632, Standard Test Method for Particle Size Analysis and Sand Shape Grading of Golf Course Putting Green and Sports Field Rootzone Mixes; ASTM F1647, Standard Test Methods for Organic Matter Content of Athletic Field Rootzone Mixes; ASTM F1815, Standard Test Methods for Saturated Hydraulic Conductivity, Water Retention, Porosity and Bulk Density of Athletic Field Rootzones; and ASTM D4972, Standard Test Method for pH of Soils.

 



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