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New York, Dec 17, 2010

Did You Know? offers a quick look at the broad scope of activities underway within the ANSI Federation, highlighting the people and initiatives making waves in standardization.

ANSI Open House Covered in Bisnow Online Magazine
The American National Standards Institute’s (ANSI) open house reception on December 9 was covered in Bisnow, an online business magazine covering local business news in Washington, DC, New York, and other major cities across the nation.

The open house welcomed nearly 200 guests to the Institute’s new and improved Washington headquarters at 1899 L Street NW.

The article takes an up-close-and-personal look ANSI’s new home, the state-of-the art conference facilities, and a behind-the-scenes tour with ANSI president and CEO S. Joe Bhatia. ANSI members in attendance, including Mark Ames of the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE) and ASTM International's Jeff Grove, also get face time.

For the full scoop, click here.

AWEA to Host Wind Project Performance & Reliability Workshop
According to ANSI member and accredited standards developer the American Wind Energy Association (AWEA), the U.S. will require more than 100,000 additional wind turbines in the next 20 years to supply 20% of the nation's electricity.

To help the wind energy industry ensure the successful operation and maintenance of future wind projects to come, the AWEA will host the Wind Project Performance & Reliability Workshop on January 12-13, 2011, in San Diego.

Among other topics, the program will explore safety standards and best practices for personnel safety relating to wind project operations and maintenance. The session will examine two different perspectives for implementing effective strategies to ensure worker safety.

For addition information, or to register for the event, visit the AWEA website.

NIST Realigns Laboratories to Reflect Mission
After 20 years with its research components aligned largely by scientific disciplines, the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) has realigned its laboratories according to a mission-based structure. The realignment does not change the focus of NIST programs, but aims to make NIST more effective in delivering its products and services. The realigned structure reduces the number of laboratories from ten to six.

The new structure includes two metrology laboratories (the Material Measurement Laboratory and Physical Measurement Laboratory); two technology laboratories (the Engineering Laboratory and Information Technology Laboratory); and two user facilities (the Center for Nanoscale Science and Technology and the NIST Center for Neutron Research).

Additionally, NIST’s Building and Fire Research Laboratory has been combined with the majority of NIST’s Manufacturing Engineering Laboratory to form the NIST Engineering Laboratory. This new laboratory has NIST-wide responsibilities for:

  • fire prevention and control
  • national earthquake hazards reduction program
  • national windstorm impact reduction program
  • national construction safety teams
  • manufacturing enterprise integration
  • collaborative manufacturing research pilot grants program
  • manufacturing fellowship program

For more information, visit www.nist.gov/el.

New ISO Videos Bring International Standards to Your Home and Office
Ever wonder how international standards shape your daily life? The International Organization for Standardization (ISO) wants to help you count the ways.

ISO recently released two videos, one for the general public and one for business and government, communicating how standards help people in all aspects of daily life and provide tools to assist organizations in improving all aspects of their operations.

“ISO is the world’s largest developer of voluntary international standards for business, government, and society – and the question is, ‘So what?,’” said ISO Secretary-General Rob Steele. “Our new videos provide crisp answers to that question by showing that ISO standards help to solve everyday problems and improve the quality of life for the general public, while providing practical tools to assist business and government leaders in tackling challenges and achieving their objectives.”

Running just over 2 minutes each, the videos are available in English and French and can be viewed on ISO’s website, YouTube (www.youtube.com/planetiso), and soon on iTunes. They can also be downloaded via links on the ISO store as m4v files for viewing on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod. ISO has also released them as high resolution files on a DVD for showing in conference or presentation settings.

Next, ISO will be following up with a series of shorter videos on its standards for specific challenges, such as food safety, healthcare, and the environment.

ANSI Approves U.S. TAG on Asset Management
ANSI’s Executive Standards Council (ExSC) has approved the accreditation of a new U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to ISO Technical Committee (TC) 251, Project Committee: Asset management. ASTM International, a full ANSI organizational member, will serve as TAG Administrator.

For additional information, please contact Christine Basile, ASTM manager of standards development (610.832.9728; cbasile@astm.org).

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