ASTM—Number One in Consensus Standards

by Kneeland A. Godfrey, Jr., Editor; Civil Engineering Magazine, ASCE World Headquarters, 345 East 47th Street, New York City, NY.,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1981, Vol. 51, Issue 5, Pg. 68-70

Document Type: Feature article


The biggest of the private standards writing organizations, the American Society for Testing and Materials is profiled. Originally a writer of materials specifications, ASTM has grown beyond that, now including consumer products standards, an area which the organization moved into in response to the consumer movement of the 1960s and 1970s. ASTM leads also in working with federal agencies to reduce needless duplication between federal and nongovernment specifications. The Department of Defense alone has dropped 1200 procurement specifications adopting ASTM's in their place. ASTM's operation and that of ASCE's young standards program are compared.

Subject Headings: Material tests | Federal government | Writing skills | Material properties | Aging (material) | Procurement | Standards and codes

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