March 2023 Vol. 78 No. 3

Tech Tips

Tech Tips: Understanding and using ASTM standards in your specifications

By NASSCO Pipe Rehabilitation Committee Member Joe Royer, PhD, Vice President of R&D at Critica Infrastructure

(UI) — Nearly every municipal project specification contains a reference section detailing a variety of ASTM standards that are critical to the material performance, installation performance, and quality control of most products and projects. To many in the engineering field, this list of references can be somewhat confusing and require detailed understanding to make sure one is using the correct standard for the product or process that is being specified.

ASTM International, formerly known as American Society for Testing and Materials, is a global leader in developing voluntary consensus standards used by individuals, companies, and other institutions around the world. ASTM is made up of over 30,000 volunteer members from more than 140 countries. The organization meets the criteria for international standards developing organizations as set forth by the World Trade Organization.

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