An Assessment of the National Institute of Standards and by National Research Council, Division on Engineering and

By National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Board on Assessment of NIST Programs

The nationwide Institute of criteria and know-how (NIST) Measurements and criteria Laboratories (MSL) supply technical management for the nation's dimension and criteria infrastructure and guarantee the provision of crucial reference info and size services. At NIST's request, the nationwide learn Council (NRC) consists of out a biennial evaluation of the seven MSL. The evaluate specializes in every one laboratory's technical caliber and advantage; and effectiveness. It additionally examines the relevance of the NIST courses and the way good laboratory amenities, apparatus, and body of workers may be able to fulfil the MSL undertaking. This record offers an total evaluate of the MSL by way of certain checks of every of the seven laboratories.

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The development of a unique facility for laboratory weathering studies (the SPHERE) is an outstanding effort, not equaled anywhere else. The MCRD Structures Group has highly qualified researchers and technical staff. In particular, the leadership on the WTC investigations is impressive and provides visibility well beyond the Structures Group for BFRL and NIST. In their supervisory role on the WTC investigations, BFRL researchers have significant interaction with the external research community and cutting-edge research and development (R&D) efforts.

As discussed below, however, there are several areas within the laboratory that are subcritical either for the tasks at hand or for those expected by the country to be needed in the future. There does not appear to be sufficient staff to properly cover all areas for the large number of projects in the Structures Group in MCRD. A serious staffing review and human resource development plan needs to be put in place to ensure that BFRL and the Structures Group can carry out their mission— not just now but 5 years from now.

The rest of this section focuses on these divisions individually. There is not another facility like the MCRD Construction Metrology and Automation Group’s laser radar (LADAR) calibration facility for the construction industry. The division’s Inorganic Materials Group is very well known internationally for its work on modeling of the properties of concrete, most of which is incorporated in the Virtual Cement and Concrete Testing Laboratory (VCCTL) program. In the United States, this is the premier group in concrete research, and it is one of the best in the world.

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