73rd International Conference on Mass Properties Engineering

Standards and Practices Day

73rd Annual International Conference 
on Mass Properties Engineering
May 17-21, 2014
Renaissance Long Beach
Long Beach, California


Alan Titcomb
Standards and Practices Committee Chairman
Huntington Ingalls Industries

The objective of the SAWE’s Standards and Practices Committee, or SPC, is to serve the mass properties profession by providing a non-proprietary, consensus forum for the development of industry products that respond to the needs of our members and their customers. Much of this work centers on Recommended Practices, or RPs, of many types including requirements, best practices, product and process standards. SPC activities are not limited to RPs alone. Just about any activity that serves the society membership in a given industry sector is acceptable. Past examples have included textbooks, handbooks, and industry surveys. An unofficial objective of the SPC is to foster the development of products that make our professional activities more efficient, more consistent, and more valuable for the professionals of today and tomorrow as well as clearer and more understandable to our customers.

You may be interested in reviewing the process SAWE has proposed to become an Accredited Standards Developer, it was posted for public review as an ANSI Standards Action, release date 31 January 2014

Planned SPC Events

The SPC is such an important activity that the SAWE dedicates an entire day to it. That day will feature the following highlights:

Opening Session– A kickoff to the day’s activities at which the year’s progress will be reviewed, our progress towards becoming an official ANSI-recognized Standards Developing Organization will be presented, and future objectives will be discussed.

SPC Breakout Sessions – During these meetings chaired by industry and government leaders, industry needs and opportunities are reviewed, the year’s activities are presented, and future activities are planned. Present standards are reviewed for currency and new standards are formulated. Specific industry breakout sessions include: Marine, Military Aircraft, Offshore Systems, Missiles and Space Systems, Airline Affairs, and Ground Systems.

In these sessions, sample topics of discussion include:

  • Where do the committees stand with respect to work in progress?
  • How did the committees do with respect to the objectives established during last year’s conference?
  • What new standards are needed by industry?
  • What is the highest priority for each committee to accomplish in the coming year?

The SPC welcomes all members and visitors to participate and improve the mass properties profession as it relates to your specific industry. We always welcome new ideas, new participants, and new contributions. Help us improve our profession by participating in SAWE SPC activities.


Standards and Practices Luncheon Speaker

Dave Davis

Dave Davis

Mr Davis is in his 36th year with the United States Air Force (USAF) Space and Missile Systems Center (SMC).  He spent the first ten years supporting the Global Positioning System (GPS) Program and Defense Meteorological Satellite Program (DMSP) working primarily satellite hardware manufacturing, quality and test.  He is currently the SMC Chief Systems Engineer and supports the Engineering Directorate for center wide application of systems engineering, parts, materials and processes, radiation hardening, specifications and standards, industrial base, manufacturing/quality engineering, space flight worthiness criteria assessment and was the lead engineer for several of these initiatives.  In addition, he is involved with the individual program acquisition planning and execution.  Previously, he was the interim acting director of engineering.