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Technical Program | Papers

SESSION 1 | TUESDAY  JULY 21 | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

 1A Amazing Stories of Measurement I              
Host: Andy Henson

Forensic DNA Quality and Metrology

John Butler, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST}

While TV shows like CSI: Crime Scene Investigation and NCIS make crime solving appear trivial and show scientists making conclusions at high speeds with full resolution, real forensic DNA laboratories today are overwhelmed with evidence needing to be analyzed. To ensure accurate and comparable measurements among laboratories, the Applied Genetics Group at the National Institute of Standards and Technology has developed certified reference materials over the past two decades enabling accurate and traceable DNA measurements made with various DNA marker systems used for human identification. This presentation will review the current state-of-the-science and show the role of metrology in the ever evolving efforts of forensic DNA testing improvements. Interesting applications of DNA testing will also be discussed. 

 Grapevine 1 - 3
Panel: Active Test Asset Management
Host: James Smith

Elements of Active Test Asset Management in Laboratory Operations

James E. Smith, Lab Test Operations, Boeing Test & Evaluation Asset Management

Successfully operating a testing laboratory is always a challenge and over the last few years of heavy cutbacks in many industries, the pressure to show solid financial health and returns have added to the stress level. Assets account for one of the largest controllable costs of an operation along with Sites/Buildings (Real Property) and Personnel staffing.
The panel discussion will cover elements relating to the recently released ISO 55000 guide on asset management and those specific features that can be embedded into the organizations SAMP (Strategic Asset Management Plan). 
Topics will include: 
• Core elements of your SAMP strategy
• Definition and examples of “Active Asset Management”
• Right sizing your inventory
• Utilization studies in a test lab operation
• Retention “decision trees” to help right sizing your test asset portfolio
• Use of “Delay Dating” to lower your annual Calibration costs

 Grapevine 4 - 6

SESSION 2 | TUESDAY  JULY 21 | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

 2A Amazing Stories of Measurement II
Host: Georgette MacDonald

The Planned Redefinition of the Metric System: Made Easy
Alan Steele, National Research Council Canada (NRC)
Carl Williams, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

It appears increasingly likely that in 2018 the member states of the Treaty of the Meter will vote to redefine the System International or metric system. In doing so they will have made the most dramatic redefinition since the signing of the treaty and will have finally put the treaty on a foundation that depends on fundamentals of nature. What does this mean for you and how do we go about understanding this? This talk will provide a provocative and engaging discussion about the redefinition and how one can understand the changes right before your very eyes.

 Grapevine 1 - 3
Global Metrology
Host: Jeff Gust

Insight into the APLAC Member Survey on Report Credibility
Nigel N. L. Jou, Asia Pacific Laboratory Accreditation Cooperation (APLAC)

Developing a Common Global Laboratory Quality System
Steven Stahley, Cummins, Inc.

 Grapevine 4 - 6

Chemical Metrology
Host: Mark Lapinskes

Use of Nuclear Magnetic Resonance (NMR) for Certified Reference Materials
Sheila Crain, National Research Council Canada (NRC)

Substitution Method for Liquid Density Measurements by Vibrating Tube Densimeter
Salvatore Lorefice, Istituto Nazionale di Ricerca Metrologica (INRIM)
 Austin 4 - 6

SESSION 3 | TUESDAY JULY 21 | 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

 3A Healthcare Metrology I
Host: Walter Nowocin

Metrology in the Quality of Life
Roberto Benitez Chavez, Etalons, S.A. de C.V.

Dosimetry for LDR Brachytherapy
Hong Shen, National Research Council Canada (NRC)

Calibration of Defibrillator Analyzers at the HKSARG Standards and Calibration Laboratory (SCL)
Steven Yang, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

 Grapevine 1 - 3
Dimensional Metrology I
Host:  Kevin Rust

Design of Fixtures for Calibration
Hy D. Tran, PhD, PE, Sandia National Laboratories

Accreditation for Dimensional Testing with Coordinate Measuring Machines
Edward Morse, University of North Carolina at Charlotte

Dimensional Metrology, Intermediate Precision and Uncertainty
Ted Doiron, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

 Grapevine 4 - 6

 3C Calibration Intervals
Host: Tim Osborne

Standard for Calibration Intervals
Gerhard Mihm, Technical Center for Information Technology and Electronics-WTD 81

Calibration Interval Adjustment Methods

Mark Kuster, Pantex Metrology

Instrument Adjustment Policies

Paul Reese, Baxter Healthcare Corporation

 Austin 1 - 3
 3D Energy I
Host: Robert Sawyer

Conformity Assessment of E-Storage
Vilayanur Viswanathan, Pacific Northwest National Laboratory (PNNL)

Phasor Measurement Units Traceable Type Acceptance Testing in Compliance with IEEE C37.118
Jeffrey  Guigue, Consumers Energy Co.

Traceable Synchrophasors
Allen Goldstein, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

 Austin 4 - 6

SESSION 4 | WEDNESDAY JULY 22 | 8:30 AM - 10:00 AM

 4A Amazing Stories of Measurement III
Host: Alan Steele

What’s Your Poison? Addressing the Biotoxin Measurement Challenge
Jeremy  Melanson, National Research Council Canada (NRC)

The production of natural toxins by marine algae and freshwater cyanobacteria poses significant risks for human health and the seafood industry. The complexity and range of these biotoxins means that reliable monitoring and regulation is a challenging task. This talk will provide an overview on the issue and history of biotoxins, give insight on development of the required methodologies and reference materials, and will take a look at future directions in this interesting area of measurement science. 

Measurements & Standards to Create a Nationwide Public Safety Communications Network
Kent Rochford, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Too often in crisis situations, communications among public safety agencies are hindered by interoperability lapses, largely due to the lack of standards for a common approach to public safety communications.  Over the past several years NIST has provided research, development, testing, and evaluation to support the creation of a nationwide broadband wireless network to solve this problem. This talk will describe the background that led to this new network, some key research issues that must be solved to get there, and a glimpse of some of the functionality that this new approach may support

 Grapevine 1 - 3
Lab Recovery from Disaster, Relocation or Redesign  
Host: James Smith

Laboratory Remodel, Challenges and Solutions
Garret Brown, State of Alaska

Panel: Writing team for LM Document covering Lab Recovery from Disaster, Relocation or Redesign
Rodica Caratas, Gary Jennings, Cody Luke, Cory Peters 

 Grapevine 4 - 6

Energy II
Host: Ron Ginley

High-Accuracy AC Power Measurements Using a Digital Simultaneous Sampling Technology Technique
Roberto Roca Profet, Measurements International Ltd.

Influence of Harmonics on Billing Revenue Meter Accuracy
Marcus Zickefoose, Radian Research, Inc. 

High Res Waveform Capture w 1PPS GPS Synch for Precision Power Quality Analysis
Marcus Zickefoose, Radian Research, Inc.

 Austin 4 - 6

SESSION 5 | WEDNESDAY JULY 22 | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

 5A Amazing Stories of Measurement IV
Host: Kamal Hossain

Smart Grid Metrology: How Measurements Keep our Society Up and Running
Gert Rietveld, Dutch Metrology Institute (VSL)

The drive to greatly increase the share of renewable energy sources to our energy supply is dramatically changing the energy landscape. The electricity grid is forced to become a "smart grid" an active system with bi-directional energy flows. In such active systems grid stability becomes delicate and also grid quality is significantly affected. This talk will provide insight in how recent metrology research is contributing to secure the continuity and quality of our electricity supply, and how it supports the development of smart electrical grids.

 Grapevine 1 - 3
Metrology Potpourri I
Host: Bev Garcia

Summary Result of 2014 Outside Micrometer Calibration Proficiency Testing in Taiwan
Paul Kam-Wa Lui, Industrial Technology Research Institute (ITRI)

Metrology in Manufacturing

Michael Dobbert, Keysight Technologies

 Grapevine 4 - 6

Temperature I
Host: Tony Reed

Characterizing SPRT Drift
Michal Chojnacky, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

A Statistical Approach to Primary Radiation Thermometer Drift Quantification with an Example Application
Tom Kolat, Fluke Calibration

 Austin 1 - 3

SESSION 6 | WEDNESDAY JULY 22 | 1:00 PM - 2:00 PM

 6A Training Tools
Host: Matthew Denslow

Utilizing a 3-D Printer to Improve Learning of Metrology and GD&T
Joseph Fuehne, Purdue University College of Technology

2014 State Laboratory Program Workload Survey
Van Hyder, NC Dept of Agriculture

 Grapevine 1 - 3
Electrical I
Host: Cory Peters

A 100 Ampere Intercomparison using Precision Resistors

Marlin E. Kraft, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

How Effective is Self-Calibration in Precision DMMs
Gary Bennett, National Instruments Corporation

 Grapevine 4 - 6

Host: Suresh Ramachandran

Properties of Tungsten Mass Artifacts
Ilko Rahneberg, Technische Universitat Ilmenau

The CCM Roadmap for a Redefinition of the Kilogram in 2018
Philippe Richard, Federal Institute of Metrology METAS

 Austin 1 - 3

Metrology Potpourri II
Host: William Miller

Accuracy of Liquid Delivery Using Pipettes – Reproducibility of Calibration is THE Missing Piece
George  Rodrigues, Artel USA, Inc.

Transducer-Assisted Cross-Float Piston Gauge Calibrations
Julia Scherschligt, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

 Austin 4 - 6

   SESSION 7 | WEDNESDAY JULY 22 | 2:30 PM - 4:00 PM

 7A Healthcare Metrology II
Host: Mark Lapinskes

Leveraging Integration of Calibration Management Systems in Healthcare Metrology
Marcus McNeely, Blue Mountain Quality Resources, Inc.

The Uncertainty Budget: A Powerful Tool
Finn Christensen, Novo Nordisk A/S

The Top 10 FDA Warning Letters
Walter Nowocin, Medtronic, Inc.

 Grapevine 1 - 3
Electrical II
Host: Mike Cadenhead

HVDC Reference Step Calibration
Dr. Harold Parks, National Research Council Canada (NRC)

A Study of Wye-Delta Networks for High Resistance
Dean G. Jarrett, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

The North American 1 Ohm Inter-Laboratory Comparison Final Report
Kai Wendler, National Research Council Canada (NRC)

 Grapevine 4 - 6

Mass | Force
Host: Kevin Rust

Refinement of Forces Realized in a Deadweight Force Standard Machine
Rick Seifarth, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Improved Traceability and Reliability in Mass Calibration
Felix Mathis, Mettler Toledo AG Switzerland

Calibrating Non-Automatic Weighing Instruments – Recent Developments re Harmonization
Klaus Fritsch, Mettler-Toledo AG

Austin 1 - 3
New Challenges and Developments
Host: James Smith

Update on GUM and VIM Revision
Dr. Charles D. Ehrlich, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Ramifications of Proposed Changes to Decision Rules in 3 Standards within ISO and ASME
Craig Shakarji, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

The Role of Measurement in Experimental Research, Development and Innovation
Salvador Echeverria-Villagomez, Centro Nacional de Metrologia (CENAM)

 Austin 4 - 6

SESSION 8 | THURSDAY JULY 23 | 10:30 AM - 11:30 AM

 8A Amazing Stories of Measurement V
Host: Georgette MacDonald

Ballistics and Impression Evidence: Taking the Guess out of an Identification
Richard Silver, National Institute of standards and Technology (NIST)

There is a longstanding need to demonstrate the rigorous scientific underpinnings for the field of firearm and toolmark forensics. The National Academy of Sciences reported in 2009 an imperative to implement sound statistical procedures so that quantitative error rates and reporting could be adopted for wide spread use in evidentiary analysis and criminal proceedings. In spite of the widespread use of expert comparative analysis to demonstrate conclusive matching between bullets, casings, fingerprints, or impression evidence (e.g. a shoe print), there is no well-defined statistical procedure to objectively quantify an expert’s opinion. Recent case evidence showing incorrect agreement in latent fingerprint matching and the Innocence Project highlights the need to implement a robust error analysis. NIST and the larger forensic community are for the first time integrating the underlying measurement science with a quantitative basis. This talk will
help motivate the need for measurement science in quantitative forensics and present the path forward now being shaped by NIST and leading forensic laboratories.

 Grapevine 1 - 3
Panel: Results of the Dimensional ILC During this 2015 NCSLI Conference
Dr. Jim Salsbury, Mitutoyo America Corporation

During this 2015 NCSLI Workshop & Symposium, the NCSLI Dimensional Metrology Committee will be running a micrometer interlaboratory comparison (ILC) in the exhibit hall. On Wednesday evening the committee will process all the data and present it during this panel session. Besides the fact that the ILC is being conducted live during the NCSLI conference, of key interest is that this ILC is based on the uncertainty concepts presented in the latest ASME B89.1.13-2013 Micrometers and is significantly different than the traditional micrometer ILC (or proficiency test). This new standard contains some issues perceived as controversial to some, in particular the concept of the uncertainty specifically excluding the resolution and repeatability of the unit under test. It is hoped that this ILC will provide additional insight into and understanding of this standard and the important concept of test uncertainty.

 Grapevine 4 - 6

Temperature II
Host: Jay Klevens

Optimization of Thermal Radiation Source for High Temperature Infrared Thermometer Calibration
Frank Liebmann, Fluke Calibration

Ambient Temp vs. Internal DUT Temp Considerations during Calibration
Logan Kunitz, National Instruments Corporation

 Austin 1 - 3

SESSION 9 | THURSDAY JULY 23 | 1:00 PM - 2:30 PM

 9A Quality Management
Host: Rob Knake

Do Your Measures Measure Up?
Dean S. Williams, Duke Energy

So, What Is In A Range?
Dennis Dubro, Boston Scientific Corporation

Internal Audit: More Than Compliance
Guy Robinson, Tektronix, Inc.

 Grapevine 1 - 3
Dimensional Metrology II
Host: Roger Burton

Verification of Dimensional Performance of a Fringe Projection Microscope
Hy D. Tran, PhD, PE, Sandia National Laboratories

Common Mistakes in Dimensional Calibration Methods
Dr. Jim Salsbury, Mitutoyo America Corporation

Developing Acceptance Tests and Uncertainties for CMMs
Jacqueline Carlsen, Consolidated Nuclear Security Y-12, LLC

 Grapevine 4 - 6

Proficiency Testing
Host: Mike Cadenhead

IMMC ILC 2012 10 dB-attenuation
Rene Pracht, Technical Center for Information Technology and Electronics-WTD 81

The North American Josephson Voltage Interlaboratory Comparison
Jonathan Harben, Keysight Technologies

Internal PT/ILC Program
Jennifer Fleenor, Tektronix

 Austin 1 - 3

Energy III
Host: Robert Sawyer

Calibration of Flicker Meters at the HKSARG Standards and Calibration Laboratory (SCL) 
Steven Yang, The Government of the Hong Kong Special Administrative Region

Measurements of Hydrophobicity for Silicone Rubber Coating on Outdoor Insulators
Refat Ghunem, National Research Council Canada (NRC)

Effects of Variations in Gas Thermal Properties on the Accuracy of Mass Flow Meters
Robert DeRemer, CSA Group

 Austin 4 - 6

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