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- Subject: SEAOSC March 4th Dinner Meeting (Los Angeles)
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- Date: Sat, 28 Feb 1998 01:32:36 EST
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Just a reminder, The SEAOSC March 4th dinner progam: "International Perspectives on Accreditation of Testing Laboratories And Inspection Agencies" by Mr. Peter Unger, President of American Association for Laboratory Accreditation (A2LA). Abstract: The dinner persentation will be an overview of the activities of accreditation of testing labratories and inspection agencies. The presentation will include the significance of international and national accreditation, with a specific focus on testing laboratories and inspection agencies as related to construction. Background: As design engineers (structural, mechanical, electrical, etc.), we incorporate many different types of building materials and components (steel, concrete, wood, connectors, etc) into our designs. Much of this information is based upon evaluation reports and standards approved by various organizations (ICBO, ASTM, ASSHTO, NER, etc.). In some cases, we require testing to determine the actual strength or properties of the materials ( example: concrete mix designs, rebar yield strengths, etc.) and inspection to ensure that the correct materials and construction procedures are used ( example: rebar and lumber sizes, welding inspection, concrete placement, etc.) by private agencies. There now appears to be a growing international trend towards developing a conformity basis for accreditating both testing laboratories and inspection agencies to ensure a certain minimum level of confidence in these various testing and inspection agencies. This is not to say that there have been problems with the testing and inspection agencies as a whole, but rather a need by third party organizations, for example Insurance Agencies and Lending Institutions, for assurances by independant organizations that the selected testing and inspection agencies are providing their services to a recognized minimum standard level of care. Thought this may at first appear to be more of a inspection and testing agency concern, it remains important for the structural engineer to understand what kind of services are actually being provided by these agencies. Especially, since we are putting our faith in these agencies to ensure that our building designs are being built per plans and specifications. A2LA is a non-profit, open membership organization administering the largest multi-discipline laboratory accreditation system in the United States and fourth largest in the world with over 1,000 laboratories accredited. A2LA also provides inspection body accreditation and related quality training services. Hope this peaks your interest about attending the dinner meeting. Time is being set aside for questions and answers. We are expecting a good turnout from the local Testing and Inspection Agencies. Michael Cochran SEAOSC Dinner Program Co-Chairman For Dinner Reservations: Contact SEAOSC at (562) 908-6131 (note: SEAOSC April 1, 1998 dinner meeting " Seismic Risk Assessment- Probable Maximum Loss Analysis" by Mr. Jeff Coronado).
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