21 May 2016 Current Affairs: World Metrology Day celebrates the signature by representatives of seventeen nations of the Metre Convention on 20 May 1875. The Convention set the framework for global collaboration in the science of measurement and in its industrial, commercial and societal application. The original aim of the Metre Convention the worldwide uniformity of measurement remains as important today as it was in 1875.
The World Metrology Day project is currently realized jointly by the BIPM and the OIML together with PTB International Technical Cooperation.
The theme for 2016 is "Measurement in a Dynamic World", referring to both the challenge of accurately measuring dynamic quantities and the rapid pace of change in metrology today. Numerous instruments are utilized in dynamical legal metrology, including:
- Automatic weighing instruments
- Electricity meters
- Instruments that measure the flow of water and other liquids or gases
Of course, metrology as a whole extends far beyond these instruments.
Whether you’re checking the time on your smartphone, planning your route to the office or looking up the weather forecast, there are thousands of metrologists across the world and down through history to thank for such seemingly mundane conveniences.