Are ASTM Standards Enough?

by John M. Scanlon, Master Builders, Inc, United States,

Document Type: Proceeding Paper

Part of: Serviceability and Durability of Construction Materials


ASTM (American Society for Testing and Materials) is most likely the World's most renown developer of voluntary consensus standards. Its standards development process utilizes consensus, due process procedures, where the work is done by in excess of 33,000 volunteers, organized into 135 technical committees. ASTM publishes more than 8,500 standards each year, in 68 volumes. These standards are required to be updated at least on a 5 year cycle, but many are not updated for 7-10 years. In areas of rapid changing technologies this is not frequent enough, and the paper discusses what may be done in the interim.

Subject Headings: Material properties | Material tests | Construction materials | Volunteerism | Materials engineering | Concrete | Standards and codes

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