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NMI celebrates World Metrology Day 2017

NMI recently celebrated World Metrology Day 2017 by hosting, "In Conversation" a breakfast and expert panel discussion exploring the theme "Measurement for transport".

Article date:
24/05/2017 12:00 AM

On 22 May, NMI, Lindfield joined the international community in commemorating World Metrology Day, which marks the anniversary of the signing of the Metre Convention in 1875.

This year’s theme was Measurements for transport.

NMI's Acting CEO, Bruce Warrington cutting a cake to mark the 70th anniversary of Australia joining the Metre Convention
NMI's Acting CEO, Bruce Warrington cutting a cake to mark the 70th anniversary of Australia joining the Metre Convention

NMI hosted an expert panel discussion - ‘In Conversation’ at its Sydney Lindfield site which centred on the theme.

ABC award-winning journalist Sophie Scott facilitated the panel discussion with three industry experts:

  • Mr Nick Koukoulas - Chief Executive, Austroads
  • Mr Mark McKenzie - Chief Executive Officer, Australasian Convenience & Petroleum Marketers Association
  • Dr Mark Ballico - Section Manager, Mechanical, Thermal and Optical Standards, National Measurement Institute Australia.

The panel explored the measurement techniques used in the transport sector. The lively discussions sparked a range of questions about measurements for road safety, the maintenance of transport devices and the vital role measurement plays in the transport sector.

'In Conversation' panelists Sophie Scott, Nick Koukoulas, Mark McKenzie and Dr Mark Ballico
'In Conversation' panelists Sophie Scott, Nick Koukoulas, Mark McKenzie and Dr Mark Ballico

NMI also recognised the outstanding achievements of an Adelaide University researcher working on precision measurement with the Barry Inglis Medal.

Professor Andre Luiten, was awarded the medal which acknowledges outstanding achievement in measurement research and excellence in practical measurements. His team pioneered new techniques for extremely precise and accurate measurement. A special ceremony will be held later in the year to formally present Professor Luiten with his award. For more information, read the media release here.

NMI also took guests on a tour of Lindfield’s laboratories including the pattern approval, electricity, time and frequency, and gas testing labs.

As well as marking World Metrology Day, NMI also recognised the seventieth anniversary of Australia joining the Metre Convention. The anniversary was marked by a cake cutting ceremony and displaying a copy of the letter that advised of the Australian Government’s decision to become a signatory to the Metre Convention in 1947.

NMI would like to thank our special guests, Sophie Scott, the expert panel and everyone who participated in this special event.

We look forward to celebrating World Metrology Day again next year.