GNBS to conduct first standards road show
- Construction sector to benefit
DPI, Guyana, Monday, June 04, 2018
The Guyana National Bureau of Standard (GNBS) and the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM) is set to conduct the first standards informational ‘road show’ for the construction sector in Guyana, on June 7-8.
ASTM is an international standards organisation which develops and publishes voluntary technical standards for a wide range of materials, products, systems and services.
Director of GNBS, Candelle Walcott-Bostwick said the aim of the road show, “is to inform academic institutions, government agencies and practitioners on the construction sector, and the standards that are available within the sector that can be utilised.”
“The road show is basically promoting standards for the construction sector. I am aware that a number of our local contractors utilise ASTM standards, as well as our students at the University of Guyana and other technical institutions”, she added.
Walcott-Bostwick pointed out that local manufacturers and practitioners benefitting from the activity will also be given the opportunity, to demonstrate the use of ASTM standards on products manufactured locally, and to share their experiences in using them (ASTM standards).
She noted the sessions will be interactive, since the ASTM officials will also share their experiences on available standards for the construction sector.
In October 2011, GNBS signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) with ASTM to strengthen its collaboration with the US standards institution.
GNBS has also signed on to a total of 19 technical committees with ASTM which allows the agency to be in agreement with a number of standards being developed and participate in their development for a number of areas.
Some of the areas include, among others, fuels and lubricants, textiles, water, waste management, solar, Occupational Safety and Health, and environmental assessment.
By: Crystal Stoll
Photo: Leon Leung.