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University Art Collections


University Art Collections

September 23, 2018
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Click on images for more information.   Links to the consensus documents that establish the standard of care in designing, building, operating and maintaining academic art collections appear at the bottom of this page.

Bowdoin College Museum of Art | View on the Hudson | George Inness

University of Vienna Ceiling Paintings (Medicine)


Princeton University Art Museum | “Water Lilies and Japanese Bridge” | Claude Monet (1899)

Yale University Art Museum | “Young Woman and Child | Berthe Morisot (1966)

Princeton University Art Museum | “Mount Adams, Washington” | Albert Bierstadt (1875)

Michigan State University | Broad Art Museum


“Boathouses and Lobster Pots” | Fairfield Porter | Amherst College Art Museum


Harvard University | In the Sierras, Lake Tahoe (Albert Bierstadt)

Stanford University Art Museum


Stanford University | “The Burghers of Calais” by Auguste Rodin


University of Texas | Indians of the Northwest (Thomas Hill)

Arizona State University Art Museum



Yale University | The Battle of Bunker Hill (John Trumbull)


Dante Gabriel Rossetti | La Pia de Tolomei | University of Kansas Art Museum



University of Minnesota Art Museum



Code for the Protection of Cultural Resource Properties – Museums, Libraries, and Places of Worship

American Alliance of Museums | Facilities and Risk Management Standards

FM Global Special Protection Systems

Illumination Engineering Society | Museum and Art Gallery Lighting Committee

Association of Academic Museums and Galleries

Cultural Resource Properties

September 23, 2018
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A significant part of the education industry builds and maintains cultural resource properties that are covered by local adaptations of regulatory products developed by the International Code Council and the National Fire Protection Association.  We have an opportunity to revisit safety and sustainability concepts in the next revision of NFPA 909 – Code for the Protection of Cultural Resource Properties – Museums, Libraries, and Places of Worship.  From the document prospectus:

This code describes principles and practices of protection for cultural resource properties (including, but not limited to, museums, libraries, and places of worship), their contents, and collections, against conditions or physical situations with the potential to cause damage or loss.

• This code covers ongoing operations and rehabilitation and acknowledges the need to preserve culturally significant and character-defining building features and sensitive, often irreplaceable, collections and to provide continuity of operations.

• Principles and practices for life safety in cultural resource properties are outside the scope of this code. Where this code includes provisions for maintaining means of egress and controlling occupant load, it is to facilitate the evacuation of items of cultural significance, allow access for damage limitation teams in an emergency, and prevent damage to collections through overcrowding or as an unintended consequence of an emergency evacuation.

• Library and museum collections that are privately owned and not open to the public shall not be required to meet the requirements of this code.

Public input is due January 3, 2019.   Facility managers in the education industry are encouraged to contribute to the 2021 revision of NFPA 909 by logging in here:   This document, like the entire span of the NFPA regulatory products, is a standing item on our weekly (Wednesday 11 AM Eastern) Open Door teleconference to which everyone is welcomed.   Click here to log in.

Issue: [15-258]

Category: Fire Safety, Public Safety

Colleagues: Mike Anthony, Josh Elvove, Joe DeRosier

Link to legacy workspace: Fire Protection for the Education Facilities Industry


University of Wisconsin

Entertainment Events & Facilities

September 23, 2018
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Globe Theater | Southern Utah University

Many colleges and universities host entertainment and education events; many of which have significant risks to manage.  The  Entertainment Services and Technology Association is one of the first names among accredited standards developers in this space.

ESTA Technical Standards Program

A new batch of redlines are now open for public review:

ESTA Public Review Documents

Comments on a variety of entertainment arts technologies and practices that are common in education facilities are due September 25th through November 6th.

We encourage front line media technicians and managers in the education industry to participate in ESTA’s leading practice discovery and standards setting.   We encourage the supervisors and the managers to whom these technicians report to hasten idea upflow by approving  resources for time and travel for these front line technicians.

All ESTA standards are on the standing agenda of our weekly Open Agenda teleconference — every Wednesday, 11 AM Eastern time.  CLICK HERE to log in.

Because the safety and sustainability of special events is multidisciplinary and cuts across many regulatory products developed by ICC, NFPA, IEEE, NEMA, IES, ASHRAE and ESTA that generally stream out of step with one another we will devote a one hour teleconference covering arts and entertainment facilities on September 13th, 11 AM Eastern time.   CLICK HERE to log in

Issue: [Various]

Category: Arts & Entertainment Facilities, Risk Management, Electrical, Fire Safety

Colleagues: Mike Anthony, Jim Harvey

* From our archive:

* PLASA and ESTA are international affiliates

Posted June 2, 2018

Michigan Stadium tricked out for Winter Classic | Photo by Jerry Lai USA TODAY Sports (Click on image)

The Entertainment Services and Technology Association (ESTA — formerly PLASA) has notified the American National Standards Institute that it will be entering a new revision cycle of an existing standard and the launching of a new standard:

 E1.21-201x, Entertainment Technology – Temporary Structures Used for Technical Production of Outdoor Entertainment Events (revision of ANSI E1.21-2013) This document establishes a minimum level of design and performance parameters for the design, manufacturing, use, and maintenance of temporary ground-supported structures used in the production of outdoor entertainment events. The purpose of this guidance is to ensure the structural reliability and safety of these structures and does not address fire safety and safe egress issues. Project Need: The standard is being opened for revision to clarify and reorganize OMP information, guidance, and content. Stakeholders: Entertainment event producers, event production companies, technicians, and performers. BSR E1.47-201x, Entertainment Technology – Recommended Guidelines for Entertainment Rigging System Inspections (revision of ANSI E1.47-2017) The standard offers guidance on inspecting entertainment rigging systems, which are systems used to lift and support scenery, luminaires, and other equipment overhead in entertainment venues, such as theatres, video/film studios, amphitheatres, and arenas used for live performances or special events.

BSR E1.62-201x, Minimum specifications for mass-produced portable platforms, ramps, stairs, and choral risers for live performance events (new standard) The standard would cover serially manufactured portable platforms, stair units and ramps used with those platforms, and choral risers. It would also cover railings provided as fall protection accessories for these units. It would not cover custom platforms or complete stage systems. It would give minimum payload and sideways force handling specifications. Project Need: There is no American National Standard that unambiguously covers the products within this proposed standard’s scope. The IBC gives a minimum distributed load rating for portable platforms, but does not provide a point load rating, a sideways load specification, or deflection criteria. DIN 15921 covers much of this material, but it is in German, and has a fairly low force specification for railings, below that for an OSHA “standard guardrail”. Stakeholders: Portable platform and choral riser manufacturers, specifiers, buyers, and users. The latter includes the technicians who must set up the portable platforms and risers and the people who must stand on them.

Information about how to participate in the development of these standards is available on ESTA’s Technical Standards Program website:  Contact: Karl Ruling, (212) 244-1505,   ESTA (Entertainment Services and Technology Association) 630 Ninth Avenue Suite 609 New York, NY 10036-3748

Issue: [17-343]

Related post: ESTA Theater Rigging Systems

Murphysboro High School Madrigal Choir

ISO/TC 36 Cinematography

September 23, 2018
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The education industry in every nation provides a locus for community cultural art production, enjoyment and instruction.   It is both a consumer and producer; with the expansion of massive open online curricula drawing from the visual arts of cinematography.  The International Organization for Standardization administers leading practice discovery and promulgation of the standards in these enterprises through Technical Committee 36.  From the ISO/TC 36 prospectus:

Standardization of definitions, dimensions, methods of measurement and test, and performance characteristics relating to materials and apparatus used in silent and sound motion picture photography; in sound recording and reproduction related thereto; in the installation and characteristics of projection and sound reproduction equipment; in laboratory work; and in standards relating to sound and picture films used in television.

Executive Summary

The American National Standards Institute is the ISO TC/36 Secretariat and the Society of Motion Picture and Television Engineers (SCTE) is the US Technical Advisory Group Administrator (US TAG).    We find SCTE present in safety and sustainability standards settings forums in many facility types in the education industry.  It provides expertise to the Institute of Electrical and Electronic Engineers, the National Fire Protection Association, and the International Code Council, among others.

SCTE Standards Home Page

As commenting opportunities that are relevant to the US education industry present themselves, we will identify them here.  As data from the US Bureau of Labor Statistics indicates, the demand for skill in this discipline is accelerating; with the education industry itself as a large consumer.  We encourage students, faculty and staff to communicate directly with Mr. Thomas Bause Mason at SCTE, 3 Barker Avenue, Fifth Floor, White Plains, 10601, Phone: (914) 761-1100, Email:  Educational institutions in other nations should contact their national representative to ISO TC/36

Issue: [Various]

Category: Academics, Arts & Entertainment Facilities, Electrical, Telecommunication, Facility Asset Management

Contact: Mike Anthony, Jim Harvey, Richard Robben,


Education Management Systems

September 23, 2018
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Since 2013 we have been following developments in an International Organization for Standardization committee: ISO 288 – Educational organizations management systems – Requirements with guidance for use;  a committee spun off from the committee that develops the more widely known ISO 9000-family of quality management standards prepared for industries and global regulatory agencies.  The global Secretariat is South Korea; with 40 participating member nations and 11 observing nations.  The status of this project can be tracked at the link below (You will need login credentials)

ISO Working Area

It is noteworthy that the US education industry is not a participant in this global standard which will likely have implications for standards setting for all aspects of educational organizations including the management of Massive Open Online Courses which we have covered in previous posts.

Link to 2016-2018 Coverage

The ISO/TC 288 has reached a milestone with its May 1st of the First Edition (Click on image):

All ISO consensus documents are on the standing agenda of our weekly Open Door teleconferences every Wednesday, 11 AM Eastern time.  Anyone is welcomed to Click Here to login and help prepare user-interest comments on documents open to public review:

Issue: [13-100]

Contact: Mike Anthony, Christine Fischer, Jack Janveja, Rich Robben

Category: Academic Interest, Management, Finance & Administration, International Standards


Musical Instruments

September 23, 2018
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We are seeking an update on the status of this proposed standard.  It is likely that even if the United States does not participate through an ANSI administered US Technical Advisory Group; other nations will.   We will identify that action as the information becomes available and collaborate with other universities as those opportunities present themselves.

Posted April 8, 2018

As the U.S. member body to the International Organization for Standardization (ISO), the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) encourages its members and relevant stakeholders to comment on an ISO new work item proposal focused on musical instruments.

Link to ANSI Announcement

The proposal, submitted by the Standardization Administration of China (SAC), notes that currently there are no existing technical committees or subcommittees directly related to musical instruments inside ISO or the International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC). The main work of the new committee would focus on the standardization of musical instruments and related products, including standardization of terminology, classification, test methods, products, and assessment rules.

A new committee would consider systematically, comprehensively, and globally the current situation of musical instruments and related products and develop standards for terminology, methods, and major musical instrument products, thereby providing a valuable guide to relevant stakeholders in this field.

Standardization is proposed to be carried out mainly in three areas:

– The first aspect would focus on common standards, including classification and terminology;

– The second aspect would focus method standards, including the assessment of musical performance and test methods of limits of hazardous substances for musical instruments;

– The final aspect would focus on standards for application-oriented products and accessories, including main musical instrument products like piano, violin family (including violin, viola, cello, double bass), guitar, accordion, aerophones, bow, string.

All interested U.S. parties are invited to review the proposal, which includes an initial proposed work plan as well as information on how it may relate to existing international standardization work as well as relevant stakeholders and organizations.

Comments are due April 13th.  Please submit comments to Steve Cornish, ANSI senior director of international policy,  Based on the input received from U.S. stakeholders, a recommended ANSI position and any comments will be developed and presented to the ANSI ISO Committee (AIC) for approval before the ISO voting deadline of May 17, 2018.



Issue: [18-68]

Category: Academic


Instrument Associations

Global Academic Competition on Standardization Challenges

September 23, 2018
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Seoul National University

The International Electrotechnical Commission (IEC), Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE), and the Korean Agency for Technology and Standards (KATS) have collaborated a Call for Papers addressing “Future challenges in standardization.”  The winners are scheduled to be announced in October during the 2018 IEC General Meeting in Busan, Korea.

This collaboration presents opportunities to faculty and staff from the fields of technology and engineering, economics, social science, policy and the law to share diverse perspectives and insights on future challenges in standardization.  Monetary prizes will be awarded to the three best submissions. LEARN MORE HERE.

Note that this opportunity is similar in its goals as ANSI’s Annual Student Paper Competition.

The U.S. National Committee (USNC) is the U.S. member body to IEC. The USNC is a totally integrated committee of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). Learn more about the USNC and its work at  Feel free to click in to any of our daily teleconferences or our next monthly international standards teleconference on October 18th, 11 AM Eastern time.   We always use the login credentials available at the upper right of our home page.

Link to original ANSI announcement

Link to related post on ISO Educational organization management systems led by South Korea

Standards Curricula Program

September 23, 2018
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NIST Headquarters (Click on image)

The Standards Coordination Office of the National Institute of Standards and Technology conducts standards-related programs, and provides knowledge and services that strengthen the U.S. economy and improve the quality of life.  Its goal is to equip U.S. industry with the standards-related tools and information necessary to effectively compete in the global marketplace. 

Every year it awards grants to colleges and universities through its Standards Services Curricula Cooperative Agreement Program  to provide financial assistance to support curriculum development for the undergraduate and/or graduate level. These cooperative agreements support the integration of standards and standardization information and content into seminars, courses, and learning resources. The recipients will work with NIST to strengthen education and learning about standards and standardization. 

The 2019 grant cycle will require application submissions sometime in April 2019.   Specifics about the deadline will be posted on the NIST and ANSI websites.  We will pass on those specifics as soon as they are known.*

The winners of the 2018 grant cycle are Bowling Green State University, Michigan State University,  Oklahoma State University, and Texas A&M University. (Click here)

Information about applying for the next grant cycle is available at this link (Click here) and also by communicating with Ms. Mary Jo DiBernardo (301-975-5503;


* Last year the application submissions were due at NIST on April 16, 2018Click here for link to the previous announcement.   It is likely that the deadline for the current year grant cycle will follow the same pattern.

Student Paper & Video Competition

September 23, 2018
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“The School of Athens” | Raphael

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), coordinator of the U.S. voluntary standardization system, and its Committee on Education (CoE) hosts a paper competition every year.  The purpose of this competition is part of an ANSI-led effort to raise awareness about the strategic importance of standards and conformance among U.S. undergraduate and graduate students.

The ANSI Committee on Education is in the process of judging the 2018 papers but it is not soon for students and faculty to begin drafting 2019 entries.   Copies of winning papers are linked below.

ANSI Home | Public Library | Committee on Education Student Paper Winners

Entries are due sometime in April 2019.   The ANSI Committee on Education will announce the topic of the competition and the exact due date very soon.  When that information is released to the public we will pass that information on.

Since video and multi-media entries also qualify we have linked some video examples below:

Faculty and students are welcomed to click in to our weekly Open Door teleconferences — every Wednesday 11:00 AM Eastern time — to become familiar with the the nuts and bolts of standards advocacy from our point of view (ABOUT).   Click here to log in.


Category: Academics

Colleagues: Mike Anthony (, Christine Fischer (, Paul Green (


April 27, 2018

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI), coordinator of the U.S. voluntary standardization system, and its Committee on Education (CoE) hosts a paper competition every year.  The purpose of this competition is part of an ANSI-led effort to raise awareness about the strategic importance of standards and conformance among U.S. undergraduate and graduate students.

The 2017 winners are:

Tiana Ashley Khong of San Jose State University of California is the first-place winner with a paper titled, “The World of 2050: Safety by Design”  which introduces readers to a futuristic world in which international governments and technology companies have created safety-by-design service standards with the motto “safety before innovation.” The paper emphasizes how the rise of Internet of Things (IoT) will lead to innovative intelligent buildings, autonomous vehicles, and smart roads—and these systems will increasingly rely on service safety standards to ensure optimal security for consumers and the public.

Qahtan Al Jammali of the City University of New York is the second-place winner with a paper titled,  “Cyborg Gen2330”  which is a letter written by a hybrid human machine, and highlights standards’ critical role in the compatibility and safety and well-being of all biological and mechanical constituents of the universe.

There was a cash prize and travel funding to attend World Standards Week earlier this month.

Information about submitting papers and/or videos for the 2018 competition is available at this link (Click here) or by contacting Lisa Lisa Rajchel ( or Monte Bogatz (

Entries are due by 5:00 p.m. ET on Friday, April 27, 2018.

The 2016 winners were:

Karmin Chong of the City College of New York are the first-place winners:


Amanda Goetz, Branden Hill, Libby Lee, and Jennifer Pattillo of Michigan’s Ferris State University are the second-place winners.


See related blog post:  Five Universities Receive Funding to Develop Standards Curricula



Contact: Mike Anthony (, Christine Fischer (, Paul Green (


2021 Life Safety Code

September 22, 2018
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As described in previous posts, the first stage of Life Safety Code development was completed on June 26th.  The second stage begins on February 27, 2019 when the First Draft Report will be posted online at the link shown below:

2021 NFPA 101 Life Safety Code Development Schedule

Comments are due May 8, 2019.

Standards Michigan has been advocating in this document since the 2009 revision cycle.  Tenure in the standards space is significant because many life safety concepts, even when original, take 6 to 9 years to be accepted and, in many states, take another 3 to 12 years to become incorporated by reference into enforceable public safety law.  We advocate in nearly 100 standards suites and in 1000 individual documents developing globally and we find NFPA 101 among those standards that are remarkable for the “long runway” of its safety concepts.

It is worthwhile noting the breakdown of education industry presence on NFPA 101 technical committees (i.e. individuals who are on the direct payroll of a school district, college or university):

University of Texas at Austin (User)

Drexel University (Enforcement)

University of Maryland (Enforcement & Special Expert)

Oklahoma State University (Special Expert).

University of Kentucky (User)

John Jay College of Criminal Justice (Special Expert)

University of Michigan (User)

Indiana University (User)

Emory University (Enforcement)

Some universities are large enough that they have both a User Interest and an Enforcement interest which can lead to challenges in reconciling safety and cost issues within the same university.   In any case, investment in expertise in contributes to the long term safety and sustainability goals of the largest non-residential building construction market in the United States — the US education industry.

Because of the sudden disruption of the standards advocacy enterprise in July 2016 (See ABOUT), we were only able to a limited number of proposals; most of which focused on structural changed to the Education Facility chapters.  Access to transcripts of Standards Michigan public input for the 2021 edition is available to email subscribers. (Contact   We are happy to share these proposals online any day during our standing 11 AM live access teleconference, or again during our monthly fire protection meeting scheduled for October 16, 2018, 11 AM.  Join by using our live link login information at the upper right of our home page.

Issue: [18-90]

Category: Fire Safety, Public Safety

Colleagues: Mike Anthony, Josh Elvove, Joe DeRosier

Link to legacy workspace: Fire Protection for the Education Facilities Industry



Posted June 1, 2018

 The Life Safety Code — a regulatory product developed by the National Fire Protection Association — is the most widely used source for strategies to protect people based on building construction, protection, and occupancy features that minimize the effects of fire and related hazards.   It is the only document that covers life safety in both new and existing structures.   It forms the template for another NFPA product — NFPA 5000: Building Construction and Safety Code — which is a competitor product to the International Code Council’s flagship document: International Building Code.

The education industry is the largest non-residential building construction market in the United States (LEARN MORE HERE) — logging in about $80 billion annually in construction spend; a number that may be confirmed anecdotally with the unending presence of cranes and construction crews on US campuses all year long.

With our tenure in education facility codes and standards advocacy for over 20 years (see ABOUT) we continue to advocate in both the ICC and NFPA standards suites.  We encourage all other education industry trade associations to support subject matter experts (front line working point professionals in the life safety disciplines) to contribute.

We have been advocating in this document since the 2003 edition in which we submitted candidate code changes such as the following:

• Student residence facility life safety crosswalk between NFPA 101 and IBC

• Refinements to Chapters 14 and 15 covering education facilities

• Identification of an ingress path for rescue and recovery personnel toward electric service equipment installations.

• Risk-informed requirement for installation of grab bars in bathing areas

• Modification of the 90 minute emergency lighting requirements rule for small buildings and for fixed interval testing

• Modification of emergency illumination fixed interval testing

• Table 7.3.1 Occupant Load revisions

• Harmonization of egress path width with European building codes

There are others.  It is typically difficult to make changes to any consensus standard though some of the concepts were integrated by the committee into other parts of the NFPA 101 in unexpected, though productive, ways.

Public input is due June 27, 2018.  We reach out to facility managers, subject matter experts and trade associations — collaborating where possible – but at least reporting on the progress made on behalf of the user/owner/final fiduciary in this industry.  This document is a standing item on our weekly (Wednesday 11 AM Eastern) Open Door teleconference to which everyone is welcomed.   Click here to log in.

Issue: [18-90]

Category: Fire Safety, Public Safety

Colleagues: Mike Anthony, Josh Elvove, Joe DeRosier

Link to legacy workspace: Fire Protection for the Education Facilities Industry



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