Training Seminar at TÜBİTAK UME in Cooperation with BIPM

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A two day training seminar was held on March 27-28 for participants in the second cycle of the “BIPM – TUBITAK UME Project Placements”, organized by TÜBİTAK UME in cooperation the Capacity Building and Knowledge Transfer (CBKT) Programme of the BIPM.

Mr. Andy Henson, Director of the International Liaison and Communication Department and Mr. Chingis Kuanbayev, International Liaison Officer, from the BIPM participated as lecturers in the seminar which focused on the CIPM Mutual Recognition Arrangement (CIPM MRA), which forms the backbone of the international metrology system by providing mechanisms to ensure the equivalency of national reference measurement standards and the international recognition of the calibration certificates issued by participating institutes.

Mr. Henson and Mr Kuanbayev gave lectures on the global quality infrastructure and metrology’s role in it and the importance of the Metre Convention before delving into the specifics of the CIPM MRA: it’s interactions with the global quality infrastructure, CIPM requirements and documentation on quality systems and the different approaches taken by regional metrology organizations, the organization and performance of comparisons under the CIPM MRA, CMC declarations and reviews, and the fundamentals of the Key Comparison Database (KCDB).

TÜBİTAK UME staff contributed to the seminar through presentations on the development and organization of the quality infrastructure in Turkey, EURAMET’s functions as a regional metrology organization and its activities related to the CIPM MRA, EURAMET’s approach to quality system and CMC reviews, TUBITAK UME’s experience in implementing a quality system in compliance with CIPM MRA requirements, how to participate effectively in comparisons, and the calculation of uncertainty budgets.  Additionally, each of the participants in the “BIPM – TUBITAK UME Project Placements” programme gave a presentation on the work they are performing at TÜBİTAK UME.

Under the  “TÜBİTAK UME – BIPM Project Placements” programme, TÜBİTAK UME offers ten selected metrologists from countries that have either newly signed the CIPM MRA or have the prospect of doing so in the near term the opportunity to perform research in TÜBİTAK UME laboratories for periods ranging from one month to three months.

10 metrologists were accepted to participate in the second cycle of the programme which began on March 1, 2019. Currently, Ms. Esma Music from the Institute of Metrology of Bosnia and Herzegovina, who is performing research in the field of power and power quality measurements; Mr. Nesredin Nezir Hassen from the National Metrology Institute of Ethiopia, studying electrical resistance calibrations; Ms. Khadijeh Norouzzadeh from the National Metrology Center of Iran, studying wavelength measurements; Mr. George Maswai from the Kenya Bureau of Standards, performing research on pressure balance calibrations, Mr. Fareef Bin Sait from the National Metrology Institute of Malaysia, focusing on  dimensional measurements; Mr. Khaltarmaa Battur from Mongolian Agency for Standardization and Metrology, studying AC-DC voltage standards; Mr. Ahmed AlJawan from the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization studying S-parameter measurements; Mr. Alfred Emil Nkhama from the Tanzania Bureau of Standards, concentrating on thermometry calibrations; Mr. Javokhirjon Nosirov of Uzbek National Institute of Metrology, who is studying in the area of mass standards, and Mr. Najyy Al Yami of the Saudi Standards, Metrology and Quality Organization, focusing on gas metrology, are participating in the programme.

The programme aims to support capacity building in emerging national metrology institutes through in depth knowledge transfer to technical personnel in areas of interest to the personnel and their insitutes and to enhance their engagement with the international metrology community and the BIPM.

The “BIPM – TÜBİTAK UME Project Placements” is TÜBİTAK UME’s contribution to the Capacity Building and Knowledge Transfer (CBKT) Programme implemented by the BIPM, which aims to increase the visibility and participation of emerging metrology systems in the world-wide metrology community. Other contributors to the CBKT Programme include NIST of the United States, PTB of Germany, METAS of Switzerland, NIM of China and NMISA of South Africa.