Measurement Science and the Environment

More than ever, engineers are being called on to develop new measurement techniques, lower system tolerances and produce higher quality results to support advancements in such areas as energy production and distribution, manufacturing processes and techniques, healthcare diagnostics and treatment — all of which directly impact our environment.

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Tutorial Program
What are we offering for the 2014 Tutorial Program? Plenty! Just a few to whet the appetite...

  • NEW! Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing Basics Workshop
  • LabView Automation software training
  • ASTM E617:2013 Standard Training on Weights and Precision Mass Standards
  • ISO/IEC 17025 Laboratory Accreditation and Management Quality Track
  • Metrology Parameters Training: Temperature, Force, Torque, Humidity

Friday, July 25, 2014
8:00AM - 12:00PM / 1:00PM – 5:00PM
T1- 1 Day – Oceanic 2

Train the Trainer Making Adult Learning Come to Life
Jovie Masters, The Training Clinic

Learning environment a real snoozer? Wake up and engage your learners through easy proven techniques that you’ll learn during this fast moving, practical, hands-on session. After this workshop, you will have useful tools to effortlessly engage your learners and increase retention. Make your training more fun, interesting and effective! Topics will include: Adult Learning Techniques, Hands-On Learning Activities for Full Impact, Creative Up to Date Training Techniques, Identification of Effective Instruction, and The Trainer’s Creative Tool Kit.

Learning Objectives
By the end of the workshop, the participant will be able to:

  • Use “discovery” learning techniques to build retention
  • Use adult learning techniques effectively as alternatives to lecturing
  • Use 5 adult learning techniques to process hands-on activities for maximum
  • learning
  • Receive a job aid to implement the five adult learning steps
  • Use simulation, exercises, inventories, tests, games and puzzles effectively
  • Assess trainer skills against 100 benchmarks
  • Identify advanced competencies for instructors
  • Create a personal Performance Improvement Plan to take your training to the next level

Saturday, July 26, 2014
8:00AM – 12:00PM

T22- 1/2 Day – Oceanic 6

A comprehensive Training Program for Bio-Pharma Laboratories
Walter Nowocin, Medtronic, Inc.

A comprehensive training program is an important component for a calibration laboratory to maintain its best quality capabilities and to meet regulatory requirements. Yet, training is one of the first areas to be neglected when the pace of operations take away valuable resources from sustaining training objectives. Additionally, many new lab managers do not know where to begin in establishing a comprehensive training program. In this tutorial we will review best practice training techniques that are proven to meet regulatory requirements and effectively use precious resources. A best practice training program used in a bio-medical regulatory environment will be shared and analyzed that will include these training elements: an employee training folder and its contents, on-the-job training matrix for technicians and for specialized areas within a lab, on-line calibration training program, knowledge retention templates, use of trip reports as training tools, community of practice web sites, calibration customer training tools, department level training documentation, etc.


Saturday, July 26 and Sunday, July 27, 2014
8:00AM - 12:00PM / 1:00PM – 5:00PM
T2- 2 Day –
Europe 2
An Introduction to Instrument Control and Calibration Automation in LabVIEW

Logan Kunitz, National Instruments Corporation

Automation of instrument calibration improves repeatability of service, reduces manpower requirements, and improves service margin. Many calibration laboratories understand the benefits of automation, but feel they lack the appropriate software development skills to perform coding tasks. Modern programming environments and tools are extremely powerful, but can seem daunting to laboratory engineers. Alleviating these concerns, a number of software companies supply simplified tools and libraries to ease the interactions between calibration standards and automation software. Additionally, programming tools exist that are designed with the automation engineer in mind. During this two day hands-on tutorial, session participants will explore the LabVIEW environment, learn to develop, instrument control, data-logging, and measurement analysis applications. At the end of the course, they will be able to create applications using basic design templates and architectures to automate processes, acquire, process, display, and store real-world data.


Saturday, July 26, 2014
8:00AM - 12:00PM /1:00PM – 5:00PM
T3- 1 Day – Europe 3

ASTM E617: Standard Specification for Laboratory Weights and
Precision Mass Standards (2013 Revision)

Mark Ruefenacht, Heusser Neweigh; Val Miller, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)


Mass reference standards are used daily in metrology laboratories for calibration of weights, torque devices, force gauges, balances, and other gravimetric applications; and used extensively in measurement assurance and quality control programs for intermediate checks of weighing instruments for accuracy and proper functioning. In 2013 ASTM E617: Standard Specification for Laboratory Weights and Precision Mass Standards was updated to meet the changing needs in industry and metrology.  While the overarching goal was to align with international standards such as OIML R111: Weights of Classes E1-M3, Metrological & Technical Requirements, the outcome was a major revision to the weight class standards, specifications, and recommendations applicable to users in the U.S.  New requirements resulting from the new tolerance classes ASTM Class 00 and Class 000 will be reviewed with application recommendations. Additionally, we will compare and contrast the three documentary standards (ASTM E617, OIML R111 & NIST Handbook 105-1: Specification and Tolerances for Field Standard Weights, NIST Class F) used for weights specifications and tolerances in the US; and apply various accreditation requirements from ISO/IEC 17025:2005. At the end of this workshop, using your handouts and notes, you will be able to name the three major weight specifications used in the US, differentiate between the various weight classes, differentiate between appropriate mass calibration methods, choose the proper weight class for your measurement requirements, and outline the traceability of your mass measurements or weighing instruments. This workshop is recommended for metrologists, calibration technicians, ISO/IEC 17025 assessors, accrediting body personnel, and users of weights in the analytical laboratory and field calibration of weighing instruments.

Saturday, July 26, 2014
8:00AM - 12:00PM / 1:00PM – 5:00PM

T4- 1 Day – Europe 4
Fundamentals of Calibration in Dimensional Metrology

Amosh Kumar, Mitutoyo Corporation; Gordon Skattum, QE Solutions

This tutorial provides an overview of calibration techniques and key issues in dimensional metrology. This tutorial will include a variety of hands-on practical calibration exercises. All the major types of dimensional calibrations will be discussed. We will start by studying the calibration, use, and traceability issues of the standards used in the field, such as gage blocks, ring gages, optical flats, thread wires, and length standards. We will then discuss the calibration of common small measuring tools such as micrometers, calipers, dial indicators, and height gages. Hands-on exercises in the calibration of small tools will include procedures, worksheets, and certificates. We will also discuss the field calibration of major instruments such as optical comparators and coordinate measuring machines. In addition to presenting specific calibration methods, a goal of the tutorial is on developing understanding of the principles behind the dimensional calibration methods thereby giving the attendee the necessary tools to extend the tutorial concepts to other types of calibrations. With that goal in mind, not only will recommended procedures be presented, but also optional methods, sources of errors and methods to reduce them, and techniques for estimating the uncertainty of measurement.


Saturday, July 26, 2014
8:00AM - 12:00PM / 1:00PM – 5:00PM

T5- 1 Day – Europe 5
Understanding ISO/IEC 17025 Requirements and Most Common Deficiencies
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Pamela Wright, A2LA

This full-day tutorial covers highlights of ISO/IEC 17025 requirements. This course is applicable for organizations that are currently accredited, are in the process of obtaining their ISO/IEC 17025 accreditation or for those who ar e interested in applying the ISO/IEC 17025 requirements in their facility. This workshop is targeted for anyone who is interested in an overview of the ISO/IEC 17025 standard and how it is applied in an audit setting.

Note: Copies of ISO/IEC 17025 will be provided for use during the course, however, they must be returned to the instructor. It is recommended that the participant bring their own copy of ISO/IEC 17025.

Learning Objectives:
By the end of the workshop, the participant will be able to:

  • Identify those ISO/IEC 17025 requirements that requires a policy and a procedure
  • Discuss the clauses of ISO/IEC 17025 for real life assessment scenarios
  • Distinguish the requirements for a record from those of a document
  • Evaluate a quality manual for compliance with ISO/IEC 17025

Saturday, July 26, 2014
8:00AM - 12:00PM / 1:00PM – 5:00PM

T6- 1 Day – Oceanic 1
Fundamentals of Gas Flow Measuremen
Robert DeRemer, CSA Group

The main thrust of the Fundamentals of Gas Flow Measurement tutorial will be the comparison of volumetric flow meters and mass flow meters used in gas flow measurement applications.  Specific topics that will be covered will include principles of operation of various types of flow meters, factors that influence when to choose a mass flow meter or a volumetric flow meter, how to interpret performance specifications, how the various types of meters are calibrated, and an example of measurement uncertainty.

Saturday, July 26, 2014
8:00AM - 12:00PM / 1:00PM – 5:00PM

T7- 1 Day – Oceanic 2
Pressure Metrology

Michael Bair, Fluke Calibration

This full day tutorial covers all the fundamental challenges of calibrating pressure instruments.  The first half of the tutorial concentrates on the physics that have an effect on pressure measurement, including measurement modes, engineering units, the equation for a dead weight pressure gauge, the ideal gas law, surface tension and viscosity.  The discussion includes practical considerations such as hardware selections, environmental concerns and data acquisition for all modes, fluids and ranges.  The second half applies those concepts to hands on exercises with equipment supplied by the instructor.  All participants will have the opportunity to take low pressure gas and high pressure oil calibrations.  Error analysis and sources of uncertainties are discussed that are relevant to the hands on exercises.

Saturday, July 26, 2014
8:00AM - 12:00PM / 1:00PM – 5:00PM

T8- 1 Day – Oceanic 3
Running the Effective Laboratory Better – Data Driven Improvements that Matter

Jesse Morse, Morse Metrology; Malcolm Smith, WesCan Calibration

Today’s business and organizational climates have usurped traditional “seat-of-the-pants” calibration management by insisting on continuous improvement and the use of data based management decisions.  Caught up in this new paradigm are independent calibration companies and calibration laboratories operating within and servicing their own organizations.  This “How To” tutorial focuses on getting your calibration operation to maximum operational effectiveness, which will lead you directly to improvements in efficiencies.  The tutorial covers five areas where performance measurement is critical in running an effective calibration operation.  The five areas are: (1) customer satisfaction, (2) quality, (3) service levels, (4) productivity, and (5) finance.  You will learn a range of necessary metrics and tools to help establish baselines and laboratory performance over time, which you can use to establish goals and monitor performance in each of the five mentioned areas.  Suggestions on how you might use these tools in practice will be provided.  Also, the tutorial includes examples of measurements you need for process improvement projects, along with examples of real life, practical experiences in implementing the many new ways of thinking associated with the paradigm.  Anyone involved in or responsible for calibration management should take this tutorial.


Saturday, July 26, 2014
8:00AM - 12:00PM / 1:00PM – 5:00PM

T9- 1 Day – Oceanic 4
Control Charts and Stability Analysis for Calibration Laboratory Reference Standards

Jeff Gust, Fluke Calibration

This tutorial provides instruction on how to develop control charts for reference standards utilized in the calibration laboratory.  The tutorial will primarily discuss electrical standards, but the application is valid for any metrological discipline.  The primary focus will be an in-depth discussion of using linear regression to have a more complete understanding of all sources of uncertainty associated with reference standards.  The tutorial also provides ideas about using control charts for daily use of check standards for calibrations that may perform a single measurement such as gage blocks.  Real world examples of Laboratory Reference Standards will be used during the tutorial.

The tutorial covers:

  • The mathematics of linear regression
  • The mathematics to determine the uncertainty of the regressed value
  • The mathematics to estimate the uncertainty for predicted values based on linear regression
  • How to build your own spreadsheets and control charts in Excel
  • Analyzing data from a regression analysis
  • Outlier detection and data purging techniques
  • Consideration for accounting for uncertainty of reference standards that do not appear to be stable
  • Using control charts in daily work for a more complete understanding of the measurement uncertainty for a given process



Saturday, July 26, 2014
8:00AM - 12:00PM / 1:00PM – 5:00PM

T10- 1 Day – Oceanic 5
Geometric Dimensioning & Tolerancing (GD&T) Basics Workshop

Tony Bryce, Sandia National Laboratories

A basic introduction to the concepts of GD&T as defined in ASME Y14.5.  Both the 1994 and 2009 standard will be covered.  This course is suitable for those individuals needing a basic understanding of the concepts related to 2D drawings and CAD model definition.

The course will cover:               

  • Fundamental Rules
  • Symbol interpretation
  • Feature Control Frames
  • Datums and Datum Reference Frames
  • Material Conditions (MMC & LMC)
  • Position
  • Profile
  • Orientation
  • Runout



Sunday, July 27, 2014
8:00AM - 12:00PM / 1:00PM – 5:00PM
T11- 1 Day – Europe 3
Pipette Calibration, Use, and Uncertainty for the Metrologist, Assessor and Laboratory User

Mark Ruefenacht, Heusser Neweigh, George Rodrigues, Artel

Pipettes and other Piston Operated Volumetric Apparatus (POVA) are taking an increasingly important role in the laboratory for accurate small volumetric measurements.   These devices are numerous, relatively inexpensive and deceptively simple in appearance and function.  Experience shows many misconceptions and inconsistencies in use, calibration and uncertainty analysis of pipettes. This hands-on workshop will address proper pipette usage, pipette calibration, volume measurement methods, and uncertainty analysis.   

Participants will learn and practice proper pipetting technique, and investigate the impact that technique variation has on accuracy and precision of dispensed volume. Sample uncertainty budgets for the calibration and use of pipettes will be shared and reviewed.  Both gravimetric and photometric methods of volume measurement will be included, along with means for establishing traceability to the SI.  Participates will use gravimetric and photometric equipment to evaluate the impact that user, pipette and measurement method have on the overall uncertainty to the calibration process.  Documentary standards and other resources for pipette user training, specification setting, and creating or evaluating calibration methods will be provided. At the end of this workshop, using your handouts and notes, you will demonstrate good pipette technique, describe the sources of errors in pipette calibrations, and list the major components for estimating measurement uncertainty in pipette calibrations and use. This workshop is recommended for metrologists, calibration technicians, ISO/IEC 17025 assessors, accrediting body personnel, and users of pipettes and POVA in the laboratory.


Sunday, July 27, 2014
8:00AM - 12:00PM / 1:00PM - 5:00PM

T12- 1 Day – Oceanic 2
Root Cause Analysis

Rob Knake, A2LA 

This one day tutorial will focus on internationally recognized approaches to conducting effective internal audits. The techniques learned promote the involvement of laboratory personnel. It will include easy-to-implement methods for continual improvement and preparing for external assessments. Also, we will discuss when root cause analysis is required and provide tips and tools that can be used to identify the true root cause for identified problems/non-conformities. Many standards such as ISO/IEC 17025 and ISO 9001 require your quality management systems have a procedure for investigating and eliminating the root cause of a non-conformance during the corrective action process. At the end of this course you should be able to identify potential root causes using the tips and tools provided. With a good root cause analysis you should be able to implement an appropriate corrective action to avoid recurrence of non-conformities.

Target Audience:
Much of the discussion will be related to the requirements of ISO/IEC 17025:2005 and ISO 9001:2008. However, this class would apply to anyone who has is responsible for internal audits and the corrective action and root cause analysis process at their organization.

Course Outline:
The morning will focus on internal auditing and include:

  • How to plan and conduct internal audits within laboratories
  • Auditing principles and techniques
  • Required skills

The afternoon will focus on defining terms associated with root cause analysis, providing clarity on when a root cause analysis is required, and providing tips and tools for performing root cause analysis. A lot of time will be spent with class participation in activities to use the tips and tools to perform a root cause analysis. This will include participants going through provided scenarios and using tools such as interview, fish bone diagrams and the 5 whys to identify a root cause. Participants are encouraged to bring real life examples of problems/non-conformities for the class to work through and perform root cause analysis.

Sunday, July 27, 2014
8:00AM - 12:00PM / 1:00PM - 5:00PM

T13- 1 Day – Oceanic 4

Applying LEAN techniques in a Calibration Laboratory Environment
Dean Williams, Tom Knight

This hands-on and practical interactive one day tutorial provides participants with a basic knowledge of the history and principles of LEAN and how those principles might apply to a calibration laboratory environment.  The tutorial will also present examples of actual recent LEAN initiatives applied at the Duke Energy Standards Lab and other industry Labs which reduced waste and calibration turn times while streamlining overall operations.  The participants will then use this background knowledge to identify and develop strategies for application to their own specific calibration operation.  All participants will be provided with a student workbook which documents the information that was presented, contains useful exercises, and provides a list of helpful resources for future reference and study.


Sunday, July 27, 2014
8:00AM - 12:00PM / 1:00PM – 5:00PM

T14- 1 Day – Europe 4

Auditing, Traceability and Auditing Traceability

Kari Harper, National Voluntary Laboratory Accreditation Program (NVLAP); Isabelle Amen, National Research Council Canada (NRC)

This tutorial will be of interest to managers and staff of laboratories with new or mature quality systems. It will cover what constitutes objective evidence by stepping through the internal audit process, including skills that an auditor needs to have to be effective.  The tutorial will emphasize the importance of records for all aspects of the management system including reference documents, method validation and their interdependency with metrological traceability and reporting results. Using the described internal audit process prior to an on-site assessment companies new to the accreditation process as well those with mature quality systems will be able to prepare better for an upcoming on-site assessment.


Sunday, July 27, 2014
8:00AM - 12:00PM

T15- 1/2 Day – Europe 5
Measurement Uncertainty

Suzanne Castrup, Integrated Sciences Group

This half-day tutorial provides an overview of important uncertainty analysis principles and methods contained in NCSLI RP-12-2013 Determining and Reporting Measurement Uncertainty.  Best practices, procedures and guidelines for applying these principles and methods will be discussed and illustrated.  This tutorial is intended for metrology and quality assurance personnel responsible for estimating and reporting measurement uncertainty.


Sunday, July 27, 2014
8:00AM - 12:00PM

T16- 1/2 Day – Oceanic 1

Fundamentals of Torque Calibration
Henry Zumbrun and Bill Lane, Morehouse Instruments, Inc.

This presentation is a review of the fundamentals of torque calibration.  Topics include an overview of torque standards including ASTM-E2428 and BS7882, uncertainty of torque calibration standards, Type A and B uncertainty analysis, torque calibration equipment, calibration and testing of torque transducers, proper calibration techniques, error sources associated with torque calibration, and why proper torque measurement is more than just a traceable length and mass calibration. This segment will cover torque transducers as well as proper torque wrench use.  There will be a “hands on” demonstration on how to properly use a torque wrench and the errors associated with improper handling.  This segment is intended for those who are involved with torque calibration, those wanting to minimize the errors associated with improper use of torque equipment, and for those who have questions that need to be answered.

Sunday, July 27, 2014
8:00AM - 12:00PM

T17- 1/2 Day – Oceanic 6

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

There are a large number of books on dimensional metrology, and a few classes and tutorials, but nearly all of them are at the beginner level - how to use the instruments for inspection. Thermal expansion, elastic deformation, stability, refractive index of air, closure and reversal methods, and the large collection of tricks-of-the-trade that make up Dimensional Metrology are generally ignored. This tutorial will be an overview of important techniques and concepts not covered in books and classes. Each concept will be presented with examples of how the techniques make measurements more accurate, and in some cases, more efficient.

Sunday, July 27, 2014
1:00PM – 5:00PM
T18- 1/2 Day – Oceanic 5

Interval Analysis Concepts and Methods

Howard Castrup, Integrated Sciences Corporation

This half-day tutorial provides an overview of calibration interval analysis concepts and methods.  Attendees will be introduced to risk analysis concepts, measurement reliability modeling methods, statistical interval analysis techniques, calibration interval objectives and potential interval analysis spin-offs such as equipment outlier identification.  Concepts are illustrated using commercially available software and selected freeware.

This tutorial is intended to provide quality and calibration managers, systems analysts, equipment managers and metrology engineers with a practical basis for selecting, developing, implementing and operating a calibration interval analysis system.

Sunday, July 27, 2014
1:00PM – 5:00PM
T19- 1/2 Day – Oceanic 1

Force Calibration
Henry Zumbrun, Morehouse Instruments, Inc.

This course will cover applied force calibration techniques and will include live demonstrations using secondary standards to exhibit potential measurement errors made in everyday force measurement.  The measurement errors demonstrated and discussed will include errors associated with improper alignment, use of different and/or incorrect adapter types, thread depth and thread loading as well as some load cell troubleshooting techniques.  This course will also cover the importance of calibrating force measurement devices in the manner in which they are being used to reduce measurement errors and lower uncertainty.    Recommended skill level for the course is anyone who has experience with force equipment and wants to learn how they can minimize potential measurement errors.

Learning Objectives:    

  • The student will be able to identify potential force measurement errors and be able to reduce and/or quantify the uncertainty associated with these errors in their uncertainty analysis for force measurement in their calibration facility.  
  • The student will leave with the ability to implement proper force calibration techniques as discussed and demonstrated in the class.  
  • They will also be able identify various types of calibration equipment and perform some basic troubleshooting methods.    
  • Using material provided in the training, class students will be able to put together an expanded uncertainty budget for force equipment used as secondary standards. 

Sunday, July 27, 2014
1:00PM – 5:00PM

T20- 1/2 Day – Europe 5

Fundamentals of Radiation Thermometry Calibration
Frank Liebmann, Fluke Calibration

This presentation is an overview of the basic knowledge necessary to perform radiation thermometer calibrations. The presentation is divided into two parts. The first part is a lecture covering the basics of radiation temperature measurement and infrared thermometry calibration. The second part is a hands-on portion which covers the steps necessary to make a calibration measurement, plus a number of tests to determine measurement uncertainty, and the computation of uncertainties following international standards. The attendee will be provided with a spreadsheet to facilitate the computation of uncertainty. The type of radiation thermometer covered in this presentation is an infrared thermometer with a thermopile detector and an 8 – 14 µm bandwidth. However, the principals taught are applicable to other classifications of radiation thermometers to include radiation thermometers with pyroelectric detectors and thermal imagers. The presentation is geared to those who are new to radiation thermometer calibration, those who need a refresher on the subject, and to those who would like to perform better calibrations.


Sunday, July 27, 2014
1:00PM – 5:00PM

T21- 1/2 Day – Oceanic 6
Fundamentals of Temperature Calibration

Mike Coleman, Fluke Calibration

This presentation is a review of the fundamentals of temperature calibration. Topics include calibration equipment, calibration techniques, curve fitting issues, and the mathematics important to thermometry. Types of thermometers covered include platinum resistance thermometers, thermistors, thermocouples, and combined thermometer/readout systems. This segment is intended for those who are new to temperature calibration, those who need to validate what they already know, or those who just have some nagging questions that need to be answered.

Sunday, July 27, 2014
8:00AM – 12:00PM

T24 – 1/2 Day Oceanic 5
A Humidity Calibration Tutorial

Jeff Bennewitz, Thunder Scientific Corporation; Mike Hamilton, Thunder Scientific; Christopher Meyer, NIST; Bob Hardy, RH Systems

This tutorial will provide an overview of basic information regarding humidity definitions, dew point, frost point, and relative humidity. Participants will practice humidity calculations and conversions using the HumiCalc humidity conversion software. Instructions will be given for the humidity calibration technique using the 2 pressure humidity calibration standard. The instructor will demonstrate a typical calibration setup of a hygrometer and dew point instruments. Discussion will be held regarding response time and calibration procedure using the 2 pressure humidity standard. Calibration and maintenance of the 2 pressure humidity calibration standard will be discussed in detail.


Sunday, July 27, 2014
1:00PM – 5:00PM

T25 – 1/2 Oceanic 3
Microwave Measurement Basics

Ron Ginley, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)

Have you ever wanted to learn more about microwave measurement techniques?  This session is the place to be!  An introduction to the measurement concepts for microwave power and scattering-parameters will be covered. Specific topics covered will include transmission line theory, practical handling or the do’s and don’ts for transmission lines and microwave connectors, Vector Network Analyzer calibration/measurements and real world sources of uncertainties, microwave power detectors types, power measurements and uncertainties, and the session will conclude with a discussion of verification techniques for microwave measurements.




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