Measurement, Uncertainty and Calibration Workshop

Training course

This course gives a broad high-level overview of measurement and calibration principles, and calculation of uncertainty. The course is designed for experienced technical staff making, reporting, designing, or auditing measurements. It is especially useful for staff involved in testing and calibration.

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Measurements are the basis of all commercial decisions influencing quality, plant operation, and product sale and purchase.

Measurement traceability ensures integrity of measurement results, and that the results will be understood by other people.

Uncertainty in measurement enables an assessment of the risk, the likelihood of making poor decisions based on the measurement.

Calibration is the process that ensures measuring instruments are accurate and reliable.

By the end of the day you should be able to design a complete technical procedure for a calibration or other measurement, including a complete uncertainty analysis.

Note: This workshop will only proceed with sufficient numbers. If we need to cancel, you will be notified three weeks before the start date.

Book now to get the early bird discount, which ends on 31 May:

  • $965 for each of the first two attendees from an organisation, and
  • $675 for each additional attendee

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Peter Saunders

Distinguished Scientist | Temperature and Humidity

Peter has been working at MSL since 1993 in the area of radiation thermometry, carrying out research in both metrological radiation thermometry and industrial applications. He has worked as a visiting researcher for eight months at IMGC (now INRiM) in Italy, where he investigated the application of CCD cameras to radiation thermometry.
Peter has published more than 70 papers and articles on radiation-thermometry-related topics, and is author of the book Radiation Thermometry: Fundamentals and Applications in the Petrochemical Industry. He won the NZ Royal Society Cooper Medal in 2004 for research he carried out in understanding the physical basis of equations used in the calibration of radiation thermometers. He represents New Zealand on the CIPM’s Consultative Committee for Thermometry (CCT) is an active member of the CCT Working Group on Non-Contact Thermometry.
Scientific highlights for Peter include work on: the size-of-source effect in radiation thermometers, the measurement of non-linearity using a combinatorial technique, analysis of a double-wavelength technique for measuring thermodynamic temperature, calibration equations for radiation thermometers and uncertainty propagation, and reflection errors in industrial radiation thermometry.
Peter is a technical expert for many IANZ accredited thermometry laboratories in New Zealand.

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Ellie Molloy

Research Scientist | Light

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The Course is Suitable For:

Anyone making or designing measurements, but especially designed for staff operating under ISO 17025: General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories.

General Programme and Learning Outcomes:

Topics include:

  • Definitions of measurements
  • Reporting measurements and measurement scales
  • Making sense of measurements
  • Traceability
  • Type A and Type B uncertainty assessments
  • Combining and propagating uncertainty
  • Calibration and measurement capability
  • Calibration principles
  • Design of technical procedures
  • Calibration reports
  • The SI system

The day will finish with a joint calibration exercise that will show how all of the topics relate to the design and execution of a technical procedure.

Course Qualification:

Students will receive a course attendance certificate.

Date and Venue

7 August 2024

Lower Hutt

Callaghan Innovation
Alan MacDiarmid Centre
69 Gracefield Road, Gracefield
Lower Hutt 5010

0800 422 552

  • Free Parking
  • Report to Reception
  • Approximately 45 minutes drive from Wellington Airport and 30 minutes from Wellington CBD

Course Times

  • 8:30am - 9:00am

Welcome tea and coffee


  • 9:00am - 5:00pm

All courses commence at 9:00am sharp. All courses are expected to end by 5:00pm unless otherwise noted in the registration page.



Catering includes Morning Tea, Lunch and Afternoon Tea.  Please indicate dietary requirements on the registration form.