United States Metrication and the EC 92

by A. I. Johnson, A. Ivan Johnson, Inc, Arvada, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Irrigation and Drainage: Saving a Threatened Resource—In Search of Solutions


Major Congressional legislation adopted in 1988 was related to USA trade and competitiveness problems of the Nation. The legislation contained a section on metrication that required all Federal agencies to implement, by the end of fiscal year 1992, the SI metric system in their programs of procurement, grants, and other business-related activities. The date of 1992 is influenced by the impact of the 1992 goal of the 12-nation European Community (EC 92) to become the world's largest single unified economic market. Because all of the nations in the EC 92 market use the metric system, there should be considerable acceleration in the movement to metric in the USA in response to the Omnibus Trade and Competitiveness Act and its metric requirements. Federal agencies have developed metric implementation plans and some already have adopted metric regulations or are developing metric-designed facilities.

Subject Headings: Metric systems | Procurement | Economic factors | Legislation | Standards and codes | Federal government | Construction industry | United States | Europe

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