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Countdown to CMSC

Published: Monday, May 20, 2013 - 09:30

Countdowns are usually reserved for events of significant importance, like the classic T minus 5, 4, 3, 2, 1, 0, ignition, heard so many times from Cape Canaveral. Or a countdown to a momentous occasion like a wedding or a long-awaited product launch.

At the time of this writing, another countdown is happening: We are at T minus 65 days and counting until the launch of the 29th annual Coordinate Measurement System Conference (CMSC) in San Diego, July 22–26, 2013.

Although the CMSC isn’t as visually stunning as a rocket launch, and doesn’t have the life-changing implications of a marriage, or bring the anticipation of a new product’s success, we do plan on rocking your metrology world at the conference.

First, the venue is the beautiful Sheraton San Diego Hotel and Marina, literally five minutes from the San Diego airport (and that’s only if the free hotel shuttle misses the stoplight). A three-minute walk takes you to the Marina Tower, which sits between two marinas and San Diego Bay. And just across the bay is the historic Coronado Island. Downtown San Diego is a 15-minute cab ride away. Group rates for conference attendees are available until July 5, 2013.

The conference will follow a format familiar to those who have attended in the past. For first-time attendees or if you’re still deciding on attending, let me give you a high-level tour of CMSC.

Tuesday, July 23, the conference begins; however, attendees get together on Monday evening for the Ice Breaker social. This is a great opportunity to renew acquaintances with folks you haven’t seen for a year or two. If you are new to the conference, this is your opportunity to start making new friends and connections.

On Tuesday morning after introductory remarks, we get down to the business of technical presentations. Once again the CMSC executive committee was blessed by the submission of more than 30 excellent technical presentations. The problem we had (and this was a good problem) was not deciding which technical papers made the cut, but rather which of these great papers would have to be cut due to our limit of 27 technical presentations.

Presentations generally start at 8:30 a.m. and run until 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday and Thursday. This schedule gives you plenty of time for breakfast, which is served from 7 a.m. to 8:30 a.m. Lunch is served just about the time you’re starting to feel hungry again between 12 p.m. and 1:30 p.m.

Did I mention that your paid conference attendance includes breakfasts and lunches for three days and a banquet on Wednesday night?

After lunch, it’s time to head for the exhibit hall. If you’re not busy with presentations in the morning, the exhibit hall opens at 10 a.m.

The best of the best in portable 3D metrology exhibit at the CMSC, whether it is hardware manufacturers, software developers, or service providers. If you have questions, bring them. Do you have a specific application in mind? The exhibit hall is the place to find a way to make your idea a reality. Do you have a metrology problem? These folks have probably seen it before and if not, have the expertise to solve it.

Wednesday night is our banquet (preceded by happy hour)—a great sit-down dinner with 350 of your closest (by now) friends.

Thursday is the last day of the conference proper. But on Friday there is a tour aboard the aircraft carrier U.S.S. Midway, now a floating museum. When you register for the conference, make sure you sign up for the carrier’s tour. There is a $25 per person charge for the tour. Kids under the age of 18 are free.

There will be workshops on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday. The conference is pleased to have the Large Volume Metrology Study back for its fourth year. Its focus is on how decisions affect our data. Data collection will be performed with articulated arms with scanners.

And finally, this conference is the first time the Coordinate Metrology Society will administer examinations for the Level-One Certification in Portable 3D Metrology. The Level-One Certification Program is the culmination of more than five years of effort by a diverse team that is passionate and knowledgeable about metrology.

Do you need more information? There’s a wealth of information on our website at www.cmsc.org, but I suggest you initially zero in on the information found under the Annual Conference menu.

I am really looking forward to this year’s conference. See you there.


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Robb McIvor

Robb McIvor is the 2012–2013 chairperson of the Executive Committee of the Coordinate Metrology Society and a toolmaker at Boeing Commercial Airplanes in Seattle, Washington.