Automation of Testing Procedures in Accredited Metrology Laboratories

  1. French College of Metrology
  1. A. Silva Ribeiro1,
  2. J. Alves de Sousa2,
  3. M. Pimenta de Castro1 and
  4. R. Barreto Baptista2

Published Online: 3 FEB 2010

DOI: 10.1002/9780470611371.ch67

Transverse Disciplines in Metrology

Transverse Disciplines in Metrology

How to Cite

French College of Metrology (2009) Automation of Testing Procedures in Accredited Metrology Laboratories, in Transverse Disciplines in Metrology, ISTE, London, UK. doi: 10.1002/9780470611371.ch67

Author Information

  1. 1

    National Laboratory of Civil Engineering, Lisbon, Portugal

  2. 2

    Madeira Regional Laboratory of Civil Engineering, Funchal, Portugal

Publication History

  1. Published Online: 3 FEB 2010
  2. Published Print: 1 JAN 2009

ISBN Information

Print ISBN: 9781848210486

Online ISBN: 9780470611371



  • automation;
  • metrological processes;
  • redundancy;
  • validation procedure;
  • practical applications


The automation of measurement processes has advantages but also has risks, generally related to the integrity of the data. Depending on the nature of the operations to be carried out and the required robustness and reliability, the use of automation in acquisition, processing and control should be adequately assessed by a validation procedure in order to assure the fulfilment of its requirements.

It is also important to have information about metrics that are able to evaluate the performance of these tools, allowing the traceability of errors and the knowledge of the complete set of data necessary to any correction procedure. The main risks involved, the performance evaluation and some notes on future trends are discussed.