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NPL's Keith Bevan elected Chair of the Coordinate Metrology Society

The National Physical Laboratory's (NPL) Keith Bevan was elected as Chair of the Coordinate Metrology Society (CMS) at the 2016 Coordinate Metrology Society Conference in Tennessee, USA. Bevan is the first non-US citizen to assume this role.

Founded in 1984, the CMS is a membership body of users, providers and manufacturers of coordinate measurement technology. The CMS is dedicated to expanding the use of mobile coordinate measurement systems through training programmes, workshops, demonstrations, and hands-on experience. Bevan has previously served one year as Vice Chair of the CMS, will serve one year as Chair, and then a final year as Past Chair.

Bevan commented: "It's an honour to be able to take on the role and I'm looking forward to the challenge. With my background in training, I really want to focus on education, to demonstrate how knowledge and best practice complements the measurement technology."

See the video below for an interview with Bevan, conducted by the Quality Digest, on his past experiences with the CM:

The Measurement Zone

Bevan has been actively involved in the CMS since 2010, and has managed the Measurement Zone exhibition area at the annual CMS Conference for the last six years. Bevan has developed the Measurement Zone into a highlight of the Conference, and it now plays a pivotal role in the CMS's mission and in the continued growth of the Conference.

This year NPL acted as joint headline coordinator of the Measurement and Education Zones. Conference delegates were invited to engage in a range of educational activities, open to beginners to measurement, through to advanced users.

A floorplan of the 2016 CMS Conference Measurement and Education Zones
A floorplan of the 2016 CMS Conference Measurement and Education Zones

Coordinate measurement good practice

Bevan's election as Chair of the CMS coincides with the publication of a Coordinate Measurement Good Practice Guide, co-authored with NPL Training's Nikita Marwaha and written in collaboration with the CMS. The guide provides support for the CMS certification scheme in portable coordinate measurement, and highlights the knowledge required to develop a coordinate measurement strategy and to promote good practice when using portable coordinate measuring systems.

This guide was made available to the attendees of the 2016 CMS Conference, along with the A Beginner's Guide to Measurement and the A Beginner's Guide to Uncertainty of Measurement Good Practice Guides.

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Last Updated: 22 Aug 2016
Created: 18 Aug 2016


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