74th International Conference on Mass Properties Engineering

Standards and Practices Day

74th SAWE International Conference
on Mass Properties Engineering
May 18-21, 2015
Crowne Plaza Hotel
Alexandria, Virginia, USA


Andy Schuster
Standards and Practices Committee Chairman
SBM Offshore

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. The underlying 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. Much of this work has centered on RPs (Recommended Practices) of many types including requirements, best practices, and product and/or process standards. SPC activities are not limited to RPs alone. Past examples have included textbooks, handbooks, and industry surveys. Now the SPC has expanded into ANSI Standards.

SAWE was approved as an ANSI Standards Accredited Developer in July 2014, based on our plans to develop standards that have a national and, potentially, international implementation. The details of the process are outlined in SAWE’s RP T-02. It is also supported with materials on the SAWE Document Management System (DMS) under the member’s only page.

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, and Airline Affairs.

In these sessions, sample topics of discussion include:

  • Where do the committees stand with respcect 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.

SAWE Standards & Practice Committee Chair/Member Training class – FREE to ALL SAWE MEMBERS

To encourage young or new members to participate on or support SPCs, the senior SPC Chairs have put together one-hour training class to explain what needs to be done, how you can contribute, what to expect, etc, as a committee member and even as a co-chair. This class will be open to the public, with copies of the presentations available on the SAWE DMS. So if you cannot make the conference or the training session, you can still become familiar with how you can participate and how to support standards development.