The National Metrology Institute of South Africa (NMISA) will be hosting two organised industry conferences on the 13th, 15th and 16th of May 2019, at the Capital Hotel, Menlyn Maine in Pretoria, South Africa.

The conferences are being held to promote awareness by introducing the implementation of the Revised International System of Units (SI). The activities for the week will conclude the celebration of World Metrology Day on the 20th May 2019. The themes for the conferences include “Metrology meets the 4th Industrial Revolution (IR)” and “Shorten the Traceability Chain for Africa”.

The conferences will provide Metrologists with a clear outlook of the revised SI, its effect on new technologies and how the redefinition may impact Africa, and how the continent should respond.

The “Metrology meets 4th IR” conference will be held on the 13th of May 2019. The programme includes an overview of the previous industrial revolutions, what the current revolution is achieving, its effects, current strategies of the African Union to meet the future challenges, and how stakeholders in Africa can cooperate, not only to negate disruptive technologies, but how to benefit from it.

There will be various delegated speakers and African Scientists that will unpack presentations. Furthermore, there will be robust discussions on Industry 4.0 technologies and how they can be used to benefit Africans as well as the consequences of not engaging with the 4th IR in rural and urban communities and workplace environments. Prominent delegates from the African Union Commission (AUC) will provide the regional perspective, while industry representatives and experts of the 4th IR will highlight the impact on industry, as well as challenges and plans.

The “Revised SI Conference” on the 15th and 16th of May 2019, will focus on the impact of the revised SI on Africa, strategies to ensure traceability to the SI units and the linkage to the African Continental Free Trade Area (AfCFTA).

The international context will be provided by Dr Wynand Louw, President of the International Committee of Weights and Measures (CIPM). Metrology experts will also explain the technicalities of the revision and plans to realise the revised definitions of 4 of the 7 base SI Units. Moreover, prominent delegates in academia will introduce research programmes to develop the realisation techniques with international training experts who will be sharing their knowledge on how to train Metrologists, Scientists and Learners to use the Revised SI. At the close of the conference, Metrologists will have the opportunity to visit the NMISA laboratories on the morning of 17 May.

NMISA is part of the Department of Trade and Industry’s (the dti) family of Technical Infrastructure (TI) Institutes. The TI is responsible for the National Measurement Standards and measurement sciences and certified reference materials (NMISA), South African National Standards (SABS), Legal metrology and regulations (NRCS) as well as accreditation (SANAS) that gives confidence in goods and products and allows for successful prosecution in cases of non-compliance.

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