ASTM Board meets in London


Source: ASTM International

In October 2012, the ASTM board of directors spent four days in London, U.K., where they held their semiannual meeting, participated in a workshop and conducted outreach meetings. London joins other world-class cities as a destination for the 25-member board. Past meeting locations include Beijing, Berlin, Mexico City, New York City, Stockholm, Tokyo, Toronto and Washington, D.C.

In addition to the formal board sessions, which began on Oct. 14 and concluded on Oct. 17, board members and staff met with leadership of trade associations and corporations from various industry sectors in which ASTM standards are globally influential: metals, consumer products, chemicals, building construction, manufacturing and more. Thirty-one outreach visits were held with representatives from industry and government as well as with nongovernmental organizations. ASTM was also pleased to welcome current International Organization for Standardization (ISO) president, Terry Hill, as a luncheon speaker.

“Meeting in London presented excellent opportunities for our board and senior staff to engage our members and stakeholders and forge new relationships and initiatives that advance the global mission of ASTM International,” said ASTM President James A. Thomas. “ASTM International is fortunate to count hundreds of members — as well as thousands of users — from the United Kingdom.”

Workshop on Standards and Low Carbon Building Construction
The London board events included a half-day workshop showcasing the role of standards in the important goal of reducing carbon in the built environment. Co-hosted by the Royal Institute of British Architects and ASTM International, the event was held on Oct. 16, 2012.

The program, Achieving Low Carbon Construction in Buildings: The Importance of Standards, was introduced by ASTM’s 2012 chairman of the board, Kenneth F. Yarosh, global service line manager for the specialty chemicals business of Dow Corning Corp., Midland, Mich. Six presentations were divided into two panels led by ASTM board members Ralph M. Paroli, Ph.D., and Thomas A. Schwartz, P.E. Paroli is a director at the National Research Council of Canada, Ottawa, Ontario, Canada. Schwartz is senior principal, president and chairman of the board at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger Inc., Waltham, Mass. Richard Waterhouse, chief executive, RIBA Enterprises, London, U.K., delivered the closing remarks.

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