FEBRUARY 2014    

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Aviation Fuels
March 18-20, ASTM HQ

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May 7-8, Toronto, ON

Corrosion Testing
March 25-26, ASTM HQ
May 13-14, Akron, OH

Crude Oil
Feb. 24-26, New Orleans, LA

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March 25-27, Scottsdale, AZ
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Fire Hazards in Oxygen Systems
May 6-7, Houston, TX

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Light Sport Aircraft
May 21-22, ASTM HQ

Marine Fuels
May 20-22, Baltimore, MD

Phase I Environmental Site Assessment for Commercial Real Estate 
April 8-9, Scottsdale, AZ
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May 6-7, Chicago, IL
May 20-21, New Orleans, LA
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April 15-17, Atlanta, GA
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Plastics, Major Testing Introduction
April 29-May 1, New Orleans, LA 

Property Condition Assessments
March 18-19, Atlanta, GA
May 13-14, Chicago, IL

Risk-Based Corrective Action at Petroleum Release Sites
May 13-14, Lansing, MI

Rubber Testing
April 2-3, Akron, OH

Statistics in ASTM Test Method Development
March 11-12, ASTM HQ
May 21-22, ASTM HQ 
Vapor Encroachment onto Property Involved in Real Estate Transactions
April 24, ASTM HQ

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Erin K. Brennan, Editor 

Copyright 2014 ASTM International
HEADLINES...This month's top stories 
ASTM Campaign Highlights Role of Academic Research  
The 2014 ASTM International "Focus on Academic Research" campaign will promote how academic research can offer critical technical knowledge and fresh insights to the standardization process, facilitating the advancement of state-of-the-art technologies into market-relevant solutions. The campaign builds upon ASTM's ongoing outreach efforts in the academic community, emphasizing how student participation in research can nurture interest in standardization and build valuable technical and problem-solving skills. Through its various components, the 2014 program will highlight ASTM's avenues for both professors and students to engage in research and apply standards to generate new ideas and knowledge. Visit to learn more. [Full Story]
New Environmental Reporting Standards for Concrete
A new version of the Product Category Rules (PCR) for concrete, the document used for developing Environmental Product Declarations (EPDs) for concrete, was published this month by the Carbon Leadership Forum (CLF). The new PCR, Version 1.1, takes the original PCR published in November 2012 and makes improvements to the document based on input from key experts in the field of Life Cycle Assessment (LCA) and experience gained during the yearlong period during which the original version was implemented. Both ASTM International and the National Ready Mixed Concrete Association (NRMCA) have adopted the PCR for use in their respective EPD programs. [Full Story]  
Webinar on Chemical Alternatives Assessments
ASTM will host a free one-hour webinar on Wednesday, Feb. 19, at 1 p.m. EST, on Chemical Alternatives Assessments: The Science Behind Safer Substitutes. Chemical alternatives assessments are focused on finding alternative chemicals, materials, or product designs to substitute for the use of hazardous chemicals. This online session will give an overview of the purpose and framework of chemical alternatives assessments, and review the methods and tools used in the chemical hazard assessment process. Click here full information and to register. [Full Story]  
Energy Efficiency Standardization in the Built Environment
The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination Collaborative (EESCC) has released for a 45-day public comment period the EESCC Standardization Roadmap V1.0 draft, which outlines 116 recommendations to advance energy efficiency in the built environment through standards and conformance activities. Steve Mawn, ASTM staff manager for Committee E06 on Performance of Buildings, was one of the roadmap's contributing authors along with other ASTM staff members. The recommendations contained in the document address the areas of: building energy and water assessment and performance standards; system integration and systems communications; building energy rating, labeling and simulation; evaluation, measurement and verification; and workforce credentialing. U.S. experts on energy efficiency-related issues, members of the standardization community, and other affected stakeholders are invited to submit input by March 15, 2014. 
2014 Annual Business Meeting in June
The 2014 ASTM International Annual Business Meeting will be held at the Members' Breakfast on Wednesday, June 25, 2014, during the ASTM June Committee Week meetings in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. The complimentary breakfast begins at 7 a.m. at the Sheraton Centre Toronto Hotel. For more information, contact Maureen Houck.
Nominations Sought for Cavanaugh Memorial Award 
Nominations are being sought for the ASTM International William T. Cavanaugh Memorial Award. This annual award is granted to a person of widely recognized eminence in the standards system who has made extraordinary contributions to the field of national and international voluntary standards. Nominees for the award may or may not be members of ASTM. The deadline for submissions is April 1. Click here for nomination information. 
ASTM Member and Officer Training 
ASTM offers free one-hour online training courses for members. Upcoming courses include New Member Orientation and Training (Feb. 20, March 19). On-Demand tutorials such as Balloting and Handling Negative Votes, Strategic Planning and New Activity Development, Electronic Balloting and more are also available. Visit

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


Committee F27's latest standard evaluates the insert retention strength of snowboards with channel-mounting systems, which allow riders to easily adjust the stance position of the bindings. [Full Story] 

Surgical Devices    

A new Committee F04 standard tests absorbable vascular stents, which are designed to open clogged blood vessels and restore blood flow, similar to a permanent metallic stent, but are temporary and completely absorbed in time.
[Full Story] 

Personnel Performance Testing

A new Committee E36 standard focuses on 42 issues that are specific to personnel performance test development and implementation, which are often used as job performance predictors. [Full Story]

All interested parties are invited to join Committee C11 in the development of a new standard that would be used during the design and installation of suspended gypsum ceiling systems for commercial construction. [Full Story] 

Soil Gradiation   

Committee D18 is working on two new standards for particle size distribution, which is used to classify soils for engineering and agricultural purposes. [Full Story]  


A new Committee E17 standard presents procedures for profilographs, devices used for quality control in the construction of pavements. [Full Story]


Committee F02 has developed a standard test method for a relatively new packaging technology, airborne ultrasound. [Full Story]

A proposed Committee D19 standard will present a means to perform nitrate analysis of water without the use of hazardous chemicals. [Full Story]  

Committee C08 will celebrate its 100th anniversary in March at the committee's meetings in St. Louis, in conjunction with the St. Louis section of the American Ceramic Society. [Full Story]

GLOBAL NOTES  . . . ASTM Around the World  


New Issue of eBulletin Highlights ASTM News from Europe 
The Winter 2014 edition of the ASTM eBulletin highlights ASTM's related news and activities in Europe, including events and reports from the ASTM Brussels office. This issue includes stories about the European Innovation Summit, ASTM Day in Austria, the Business Coalition for Transatlantic Trade, ASTM meetings with DIN and FDA Europe, and more. View the current issue, or browse past issues in the newsletter archive. To join the eBulletin mailing list, send an email to

ASTM a Sponsor of Building Test Expo in Brussels 
ASTM International is a sponsor at the Building Test Expo, to be held June 17-19, 2014, in Brussels, Belgium. The Expo is a free international exhibition and forum on the effective testing and certification of construction products to promote increased innovation, quality, safety and sustainability. The Expo will take place at Square-Brussels Meeting Centre located in heart of Brussels. More than 2,000 ASTM International standard test methods, specifications and practices support the safe and economic construction and maintenance of buildings. The recently organized ASTM Built Environment Advisory Committee illustrates how the standards organization is responding to changing needs in the building industry. ASTM will exhibit at Booth #F22 at the Expo. For more information, visit or contact Nick Ecart ( [Full Story]

DID YOU KNOW? . . . Standards and the Olympics  

Thousands of athletes representing more than 80 nations will compete in 15 winter sports that include alpine, cross-country and freestyle skiing, snowboarding, figure skating, speed skating and ice hockey at the XXII Olympic Winter Games, to be held Feb. 7-23 in Sochi, Russia. ASTM Committee F08 on Sports Equipment and Facilities includes Subcommittee F08.15 on Ice Hockey, a group that has developed important safety standards for helmets and eye and face protective equipment for hockey players and goaltenders. Subcommittee F08.53 on Headgear and Helmets has published standards for helmets used in speed ice skating and other recreational snow sports, while F08.57 provides standards for ski and snowboard goggles. F08.66 on Sports Facilities oversees standards that could be useful in preparing some game venues, including guides for ice hockey playing facilities and the layout of ice arenas. The Olympic Organizing Committee is committed to sustainability, and may want to look at ASTM's standards for green meetings and events, which focus on all facets of sustainable events planning and management. Not to be forgotten is Committee F27 on Snow Skiing, which has developed 15 standards that cover topics such as safe bindings and boots for both skis and snowboards, and is working on a proposed standard practice for freestyle terrain jumping. Best of luck to all of the athletes and organizers for a successful and safe 2014 Olympic Winter Games.

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