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Measurement, uncertainty and calibration

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Date(s): 8 August 2018; 15 August 2018;
Times: 8 August 2018 - training held in Lower Hutt
15 August 2018 - training held in Auckland
Each day begins at 9am (registration and coffee from 8.30 am) and ends at approximately 5:00pm.
Venue(s): Alan MacDiarmid Centre - Lower Hutt; Callaghan Innovation - Auckland Central;
Cost: EARLY BIRD Rate $895 + GST. From 30 June 2018 $945 + GST Includes tuition, lunch, refreshments, and study materials
Contact: Rod White

Course overview

Measurements are the basis of all commercial decisions influencing quality, plant operation, and product sale and purchase.

Measurement traceability ensures integrity of measurement results, and that the results will be understood by other people.

Uncertainty in measurement enables an assessment of the risk, the likelihood of making poor decisions based on the measurement.

Calibration is the process that ensures measuring instruments are accurate and reliable.

The course is suitable for anyone making or designing measurements, but especially designed for staff operating under ISO 17025: General Requirements for the Competence of Testing and Calibration Laboratories.

By the end of the day you should be able to design a complete technical procedure for a calibration or other measurement, including a complete uncertainty analysis.

Programme Outline

Topics include

  • Definitions of measurements
  • Reporting measurements and measurement scales
  • Making sense of measurements
  • Traceability
  • Type A and Type B uncertainty assessments
  • Combining and propagating uncertainty
  • Best measurement capability
  • Calibration principles
  • Design of technical procedures
  • Calibration reports
  • The SI system (if time allows)

The day will finish with a joint calibration exercise that will show how all of the topics relate to the design and execution of a technical procedure.

Presenter Profile

Peter Saunders is the head of the Temperature Section of MSL, and has specialised in radiation thermometry for more than 20 years. His research interests include modelling of the various errors and uncertainties that occur in industrial applications of radiation thermometry, and methods for improving calibration systems for thermometry. He is author of a text book on radiation thermometry, and is on the Radiation Thermometry Working Group of the international Consultative Committee on Thermometry.

Rod White has over 25 years experience in measurement including, consultancy, technical assessments, and research. He has won awards for his contribution to temperature measurement in NZ, and is author of Traceable Temperatures, a book used world wide for Temperature Training courses. He is also chairman of the Uncertainty Working Group of the international Consultative Committee on Thermometry.

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