World Metrology Day is an annual celebration of the signature of the Metre Convention on 20 May 1875 by representatives of seventeen nations.
In 2000, SADCMET designed a “WMD poster" to send to the NMIs of the (then) 14 member states to create awareness during planned events and media campaigns. The initiative was so well received, that the BIPM and BIML adopted the initiative, and has been officially running the process since 2006, by facilitating the design and global distribution of the annual poster. Each year a regional metrology organisation is asked to develop a poster, based on the chosen theme. The annual theme is jointly chosen by the International Bureau of Weights and Measures (BIPM) and the International Bureau for Legal Metrology (BIML), and is announced towards the end of the year for implementation in the following year. They consider several inputs such as the themes adopted by the international scientific community and newsworthy metrology topics.
World Metrology Day 2022
The theme for World Metrology Day 2022 is Metrology in the Digital Era. This theme was chosen because digital technology is revolutionising our community and is one of the most exciting trends in society today.
Across the world, National Metrology Institutes (NMIs) continually advance measurement science by developing and validating new measurement techniques at the necessary level of sophistication. World Metrology Day recognises and celebrates the contribution of all the people that work in intergovernmental and national metrology organisations and institutes throughout the year and additional information about this day can be found on www.worldmetrologyday.orgIn line with NMISA’s strategy, the institute used this year’s global theme to create an awareness of metrology in general and use it as an opportunity to market its recent projects that utilises technology, such as the kibble balance project and 3D printing project. In addition, NMISA also launched a launched a competition to demonstrate the Institutes’ support towards Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SME’s) and commitment to focus on entrepreneurship as per the Government’s drive to an inclusive economy for South Africa as exposed in the National Development Plan (NDP) 2030.
Ms Salochana Naidoo’s was randomly drawn as the winning entry on behalf of her son’s business, Amea Technologies. The company provides Information and Technology (IT) support and sales, as well as business solutions for Non-Profit Organisations (NGO’s), schools and Technical and Vocational Education and Training (TVET) colleges.
Mr Ndwakhulu Mukhufhi, NMISA’s CEO, handed over the competition prize officially to Mr Dylan Strydom on behalf of Amea Technologies