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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 size and criteria infrastructure and guarantee the supply of crucial reference facts and dimension services. At NIST's request, the nationwide study Council (NRC) contains out a biennial evaluation of the seven MSL. The evaluation 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 team of workers may be able to fulfil the MSL challenge. This file offers an total evaluation of the MSL through special checks of every of the seven laboratories.

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NIST provides a vital service with this facility. However, since the flowmeter companies use the NIST-calibrated meters as reference standards to calibrate the meters that they sell, the demand is relatively small (15 to 20 meters calibrated annually). • Increased staffing in Computational Chemistry Group. The division has increased its investment in the Computational Chemistry Group (partially through personnel realignments), resulting in an increase in staffing from four staff members 7 years ago to nine staff members currently and almost an equal number of full-time, postdoctoral guest researchers.

BED has continued its success in developing and promoting the BACnet standard for building automation system communications, providing an excellent example of how BED can work in an industry and move it forward. The technical quality of BED work in computer-integrated building processes is at the leading edge in this field. Through continual participation in key national and international building industry organizations—including Fully Integrated and Automated Technology (FIATECH); the American Society of Heating, Refrigerating, and Air-Conditioning Engineers (ASHRAE); the American Institute of Steel Construction; the International Alliance for Interoperability; and the International Organization for Standardization—the BED maintains a broad knowledge of and strong links with work being done by others in the field.

In the areas of CFD models, information systems (library and Web resources), and metrology, NIST is outstanding. In most projects the work is complementary to or builds on the state of the art. The Large Fire Laboratory facilities are very impressive. The FRD has developed the facilities and expertise to respond effectively to many of the fire disasters and issues that compromise fire safety in order to increase personal and national safety and security. In a few areas, FRD is engaged in capability building to reach the level that exists elsewhere.

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