WaterBriefs: New ASTM standard targets water system protection, security

Also in this report: Itron signs AMR deal with Actaris, sells software in N. Ireland; Reilly Industries, Rutherford Chemicals now Vertellus Specialties; Black & Veatch's Calif. water study done; Design-Build Water/Wastewater Conference seeks presenters; Osmose Mapping Center deploys ArcFM; Merriam Process Technologies launches webinar series; Cellnet names Western Region VP; Onset Computer hires sales director; RTI appoints North American sales director; GEI adds senior metallurgical engineer...

In other news below:
-- Itron signs AMR distribution deal with Actaris, sells software in Northern Ireland
-- Reilly Industries, Rutherford Chemicals combine to become Vertellus Specialties Inc.
-- Black & Veatch completes California water cost study
-- Design-Build for Water/Wastewater Conference seeks presenters
-- Emerson, Siemens expand systems interface in support of global standard
-- Osmose Mapping Center now utilizing Miner & Miner's ArcFM
-- Merriam Process Technologies introduces product education program
-- Cellnet names H. Ward Camp its Western Region VP
-- Onset Computer Corp. hires new sales director
-- RTI appoints new North American sales director
-- GEI Consultants adds senior metallurgical engineer to Rocky Mountain office

Protection of water systems is focus of proposed new ASTM International standard

W. CONSHOHOCKEN, PA, July 11, 2006 -- Selecting and using monitoring methods to protect water systems is the focus of a new standards development effort, ASTM International announced yesterday.

ASTM Subcommittee E47.05 on Risk Assessment, Communication and Management has begun WK11621, "New Standard Guide for Selecting and Using Ecological Sentinels for National Security Monitoring," to accomplish this goal. The draft is also the starting point for a potential series of standards on ecological sentinels that serve as early warning systems for protecting critical water systems in the United States.

Subcommittee E47.05, a branch of ASTM International Committee E47 on Biological Effects and Environmental Fate, will draw on expertise in E47 and in Committee E54 on Homeland Security Applications. Robert Stenner, Ph.D., a toxicologist at the Pacific Northwest National Laboratory in Richland, Wash., said, "E47's goal is to understand water system environments and develop ecotoxicologically based standards to monitor and manage the ecological health of the respective water system. The E54 committee has as a focus the understanding of the host of ways a terrorist might attack our vulnerable assets, which includes our nation's drinking and wastewater systems. We hope to merge the expertise of these two committees to identify and develop needed standard guides."

Stenner notes that the effort will also draw on the many years of existing ecotoxicological work related to understanding and protecting the environment. For the new standards, that expertise will be applied to guarding against potential threats.

E47.05 welcomes additional participation in the standards project, particularly by municipal water systems experts to ensure the practical application of standards being developed. The group also plans to involve such organizations as the American Waterworks Association, the Department of Homeland Security, and the Environmental Protection Agency's Homeland Security Research Center.

For further technical information on the new activity, contact Robert Stenner, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory, Richland, WA (Tel: 509-375-2916; Robert.stenner@pnl.gov). For membership or meeting details, contact Scott Orthey (Tel: 610-832-9730; sothery@astm.org).

Established in 1898, ASTM International (www.astm.org) is one of the largest standards development and delivery systems in the world. Its standards are accepted and used in research and development, product testing, quality systems, and commercial transactions around the globe.

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Emerson, Siemens expand support of global standards with system interfacing -- Global leaders to exchange technology that will extend interoperability and end-user benefits -- AUSTIN, TX, July 11, 2006 -- Emerson Process Management and Siemens Automation & Drives (A&D) announced today their expansion of system interfaces to enable both companies to expand support of global fieldbus standards. The companies will exchange technology and engineering support to add the interfaces that extend their systems and software to offer customers expanded global interoperability and greater functionality. First products are expected to be available mid-2007. The effort grew out of the work both companies have done with user-supplier consortiums to deliver fully open and interoperable field instrumentation and electric drives using the newly enhanced global standard Electronic Device Description Language (EDDL)...

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