World Metrology Day 2016: Half-day seminar focuses on measurements in a dynamic world
A half-day seminar to mark the World Metrology Day 2016 was held this morning at the seat of the Mauritius Standards Bureau (MSB) in Moka. About 80 participants from the public and private sectors attended. The theme of the World Metrology Day this year is ‘Measurements in a dynamic world’.
Several presentations were on the agenda namely Hierarchy in measurement Traceability and International recognition of calibration and Measurement capabilities; Measurements in the meteorological environment; Legal Metrology Services; and New definitions of the International system of units (SI Units). The resource persons were Mr Veersingh Facknat, metrologist and Head of scientific and industrial metrology unit; Dr Ram Dhurmea from the Meteorological Services; and Mrs Bagha, Director from the Legal Metrological Services.
World Metrology Day
World Metrology Day commemorates the anniversary of the signing of the Metre Convention in 1875. This treaty provides the basis for a coherent measurement system worldwide that underpins scientific discovery and innovation, industrial manufacturing and international trade, as well as the improvement of the quality of life and the protection of the global environment.
The theme ‘Measurements in a dynamic world’ reflects both the challenge of accurately measuring dynamic quantities, for example the pressures in a combustion chamber, and the rapid pace of change in measurement science today.
Across the world, national metrology institutes continually advance measurement science by developing and validating new measurement techniques at whatever level of sophistication is needed. They also participate in comparisons coordinated by the Bureau International des Poids et Mesures (BIPM) to ensure the reliability of measurement results worldwide. The BIPM also provides a forum for its Member States to address new measurement challenges.
The Mauritius Standards Bureau
The national scientific metrology laboratories at MSB are responsible for the maintenance of all national standards of measurement as well as the dissemination of the SI unit values and provision of measurement traceability to the SI to all the stakeholders of the economy.
There are three accredited scientific metrologists in Mauritius who carry out the work to ensure measurement traceability through calibration services for the stakeholders who are from all the conformity testing laboratories, the industry, and the legal Metrology services for the trade sector.
Mauritius through the Metrology laboratories is a full member of the Southern African Development Community Cooperation in Measurement Traceability (SADCMET), the Intra-Africa Metrology System (AFRIMETS), Associate member of the BIPM and a signatory to the CIPM /MRA which is a framework through which National Metrology Institutes demonstrate the international equivalence of their measurement standards and the calibration and measurement certificates they issue.
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