Celebrating World Metrology Day

News | 31 May 2018

A large diverse audience attended the World Metrology Day celebration at MSL in Lower Hutt on Tuesday 22nd May.

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Co-hosted by the NZ Metrology Society of Australasia who, alongside MSL, created a full day programme with a variety of talks, workshops, lab tour options and a much valued networking opportunity at the end of the day.

It has proven the strength of the MSA within NZ and the great relationship with MSL, where combining forces is making excellent inroads towards raising the profile of metrology throughout NZ industry and government agencies.

A focus of the programme was the SI redefinition and the revised ISO 17025. Murray Early (MSL) gave a light hearted talk outlining the history of the SI and the reason for the Redefinition. Claire Jongenelen (IANZ) spoke to the audience about the 17025 changes and what accredited labs needed to be aware of as the changes take effect in July. Also presented were learning opportunities specifically targeted to labs about validating technical methods and determining calibration intervals as well as lab assessment preparation.

Attendees, while mainly from testing and calibration labs throughout NZ, also included many representatives from government agencies, universities and industries with a direct link to the NZ measurement infrastructure or those showing a desire to understand the impact metrology has for industry.

Feedback has proven extremely positive and indicates a need to keep the momentum going with more regular events and activities leading into the launch of the redefined SI on World Metrology Day 2019. We urge our measurement community to get involved, for example talk about metrology within your networks and promote the reasons why accurate measurement is critical to NZ Industry and the general public. If you have some ideas on what type of future events and activities you’d be interested in let us know - info@measurement.govt.nz

For a limited time you can access the presentations from the day below:

Redefinition of the SI [PDF, 5 MB] - Murray Early

Redefining the kelvin [PDF, 4.5 MB] - Rod White

The MSL Kibble Balance [PDF, 1.1 MB] - Yin Hsien Fung

NZS ISO/IEC 17025 2005 vs 2018 [PDF, 6.4 MB] - Claire Jongenelen

Getting the most out of your IANZ Assessment [PDF, 1.8 MB] - Claire Jongenelen and Laurie Christian

Developing and validating technical procedures [PDF, 389 KB] - Eleanor Howick

Calibration intervals and Tracking your instrument [PDF, 1.5 MB] - Chris Young