"Open-minded. Open for change." This was the title of this year's General Assembly of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO). Standards contribute to decisions for market access options and competitive positions, they control knowledge transfer and promote innovation. The meeting was about shaping the future of standardisation in all these facets; more specifically: early identification of new standardisation topics, acquisition of young experts and developing cooperation through forums and consortia.
BAM supports many standardisation bodies at a national and international level. An international delegation from this General Assembly therefore took the opportunity to visit BAM as part of their programme of visits and to get to know the divisions’ work. The focus was on quality management and unique experimental facilities.
Dr. Pedro Dolabella Portella, Head of the Department of Materials Engineering, welcomed the guests with a brief overview of BAM and its tasks. He also gave an insight into the quality management system and BAM’s integration into numerous standardisation projects of the German Institute for Standardisation (DIN).
The visit continued with a guided tour through the experimental facilities of the Department of Materials Engineering and the Divisions of Fire Engineering and Building Materials: Dr. Sascha Hothan and Dr. Hans-Carsten Kühne explained the technical facilities, tasks and research projects. The guests were very impressed and took good memories back to their home countries.
This year's 40th ISO General Assembly met in Berlin in September 2017 in connection with the 100th anniversary of the founding of the German Institute for Standardisation (DIN). The ISO is an independent non-governmental organisation of 162 national standardisation organisations, including DIN. This year's General Assembly accommodated standardisation organisations from 134 countries.