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Did You Know?

New York, Apr 15, 2011

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.

SES Annual Conference to Explore Evolving World of Standards
SES – The Society for Standards Professionals, a member of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI), will host its 60th Annual Conference on August 14-16, 2011, in Las Vegas.

The theme of the conference is The Evolving World of Standards: What’s on the Horizon? The conference includes a welcome reception, keynote address by ASTM International president James A. Thomas, and two days of technical sessions covering issues critical to private industry, government agencies, and standards developing organizations. In conjunction with the conference SES will offer two professional development courses for an additional cost on August 17-18. The August 17 course is entitled “A Guide to Standards”; the August 18 course will cover "Assessing Conformity to Standards."

For additional information on the SES conference, click here.

ISA to Host Cyber Jeopardy on Capitol Hill
How would you fare on Jeopardy if the topic were cybersecurity? Find out on May 11, when the Internet Security Alliance (ISA) hosts “Cyber Jeopardy” on Capitol Hill.

The ISA event seeks to raise public awareness of cybersecurity and its impact on national security. According to President Obama's 60-Day Cyberspace Policy Review, American business losses due to cyber attacks grew to more than $1 trillion in intellectual property between 2008 and 2009.

The event will take place at the U.S. Capitol (Room HC-5). The evening will begin with a cocktail reception at 5:00 p.m., with the show to follow at 6:00 p.m. For more information or to register, contact Marjorie Morgan at or (703) 907-7090 by May 6, 2011.

Looking for a crash course? Read The Financial Management of Cyber Risk: An Implementation Framework for CFOs, an action guide published by ISA and ANSI as a free resource on cyber-risk mitigation for organizations across the country.

Alaska Adopts 2009 Uniform Plumbing, Swimming Pool, and Solar Codes
The state of Alaska has formally adopted the 2009 editions of the Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC), the Uniform Swimming Pool, Spa and Hot Tub Code (USPSHTC), and the Uniform Solar Energy Code (USEC). The codes were developed by ANSI member and accredited standards developer the International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO).

Effective February 23, 2011, these adoptions represent the minimum plumbing standards to be followed throughout the state of Alaska. Each of the three codes will govern the design, installation, and maintenance of plumbing systems, pools and spas, and solar thermal and photovoltaic systems throughout Alaska, and protect the health and safety of the nearly 700,000 Alaskans who use them.

Visit IAPMO's website for further details.

RESNA Annual Conference to Be Held as Part of FICCDAT
ANSI member and accredited standards developer the Rehabilitation Engineering and Assistive Technology Society of North America (RESNA) is pleased announce the RESNA Annual Conference will be held in Toronto on June 5-8, 2011. From adaptive sports equipment to wheelchair design, RESNA develops assistive technology standards to improve accessibility for all.

RESNA 2011 is one of six conferences held in association with the Festival of International Conferences on Caregiving, Disability, Aging and Technology (FICCDAT). In partnership with the 3rd International Conference on Technology and Aging (ICTA), RESNA 2011 will explore the theme “Advancing Rehabilitation Technologies for an Aging Society.” Topics will cover research advances in areas such as mobility devices, augmentative and alternative communication systems, intelligent homes, rehabilitation robotics, and tele-rehabilitation systems.

Visit the RESNA website for further details.

Siemens Installs Wind Farm Transformers to IEEE Standard
ANSI member Siemens has completed the installation of pad-mount transformers at the Flat Water Wind Farm in Richardson County, Nebraska.

The devices are connected to wind turbines and used as generation step-up transformers. Self-cooled and tamper- and weather-resistant, the transformers conform to IEEE C57.12.28-2005, IEEE Standard for Pad-Mounted Equipment-Enclosure Integrity. Published by ANSI member and accredited standards developer the Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), the standard outlines requirements to ensure the integrity of pad-mounted enclosures containing apparatus energized in excess of 600 volts that may be exposed to the public.

World Standards Day 2011 Poster Competition
In celebration of World Standards Day 2011, the World Standards Cooperation (WSC) has launched a poster competition on the theme “International Standards – Creating confidence globally.”

Finalists will be chosen by representatives of the WSC – a cooperative alliance of the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), and the International Telecommunication Union (ITU). The shortlisted entries will be published on the WSC website, and the general public will vote for the winning designs. To compete, designers should send their entries to The competition closes on April 30, 2011.

For more information, click here.

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