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Successful Conference Planning Meeting in Hamburg

SAWE Blog - Mon, 2019-10-07 11:58

The European Chapter host committee has selected an excellent venue for SAWE’s 79th International Conference. We’re very excited to share the charm, ambiance, and hospitality of the Privathotel Lindtner at the conference next May. It’s a beautiful facility, has great meeting room accommodations, and the food is amazing.

The Executive Committee was represented on site by President-John Hargrave, Executive Director-Bill Boze, and Senior VP-Errol Oguzhan. In addition VP Technical-Robert Zimmerman, VP Internet-Greg Ray, Executive VP-Clint Stephenson, and Financial Chairman-Fred Brown supported via Zoom Telecom.

This meeting was held Saturday, Sep 28th at the conference hotel site. It was a full day of event planning, facilities tour, schedule coordination, and budget planning. It was hard work, but the result is a fantastic SAWE Conference experience for you next May. Make your plans now to attend and follow the announcements on SAWE.org for more details.

On Monday Bill, Errol, and John were invited by Kim Mittler to address the Airbus mass properties group about SAWE.  The meeting was a great opportunity to meet additional mass properties engineers and to discuss benefits and activities of SAWE membership.

Pictured from left to right are: Werner Sellner, Sebastian Herda, Kim Mittler, Dirk Petersen, Claudia Rosenberger, John Hargrave, Georg Garbers, Errol Oguzhan, Bill Boze, and Ruben Gonzalez Left to right. John Hargrave, Ruben Gonzalez, Errol Oguzhan, Werner Sellner, Claudia Rosenberger, and Bill Boze.
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SAWE using ZOOM for online meetings. And you can too!

SAWE Blog - Thu, 2019-09-26 11:16

As some might have become aware, SAWE is now using a conferencing app called Zoom. We’re encouraging everyone to use this for SAWE meetings over Join.me or any other service. SAWE has purchased a pro license with 2 host accounts that will allow unlimited time and up to 100 people in an online meeting. Bill Boze is the main admin for this and can assign host role as needed.

However you don’t need to depend on Bill to schedule meetings or ask to host a meeting. There is a free version open to everyone with all the same features as the pro license, except the meeting length is limited to 40 minutes. The work around for this is to plan back to back meetings if you expect to need more time. If you want to hold a 1 on 1 meeting to screen share something, there is no time limit. If you have a need to host a recurring meeting for SAWE business, contact Bill to get something scheduled.

Go to zoom.com to try it out and sign up for an account. We did some testing before making the switch from Join.me and found that Zoom will work behind most company firewalls. There is a downloadable Zoom app for computer and mobile devices that will provide the best full-featured experience. If you can’t get the app installed the web based version should also work without issues.

I’m attaching some notes that Bill compiled on using Zoom. Some of these notes apply only to the advance features on the Pro license but still good to look thru. Give this tool a try and leave any feedback you might have in the comments.

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SAWE Academic Liaisons

SAWE Blog - Wed, 2019-09-18 22:28

At the last Society of Allied Weight Engineers Board of Directors meeting, Dr. Donna S. Gerren, our VP SAWE Academic Affairs, proposed SAWE establish Faculty Liaisons with university and college professors. The rationale for doing so were:

• We are still very weak in our position to gain a foothold with the college community. The reasons are many but the first and foremost is that our discipline is not recognized at the college level. This must be addressed. We continually touch on it but in reality, have made little progress.

• Creating a Liaison position may be the first step in getting some help from within the colleges to assist in moving forward toward the creation of curriculum that can be introduced as an elective course in Mass Properties.

• We need specific short- and long-term goals laid out to convince a college professor to spend a little more of the precious free time at hand in assisting SAWE. WE need to convince a candidate the endeavor is worth the effort.

Therefore, as approved by the Board of Directors, SAWE will focus this year and beyond on developing and sustaining our relationships with Academia. In order to do so, we need the active participation from you, our local SAWE chapters.

SAWE requests:

 Each Chapter provide a name and corresponding email address of a chapter member that would act as a representative of the SAWE to the University Academic Liaison in order to support the interface between Industry and Academia.

Dr. Gerren and SAWE Academic Committee is in the process of contacting and soliciting focal points within Universities to secure Faculty Liaisons. Once these liaisons are established, nearby SAWE chapters will communicate through their respective Faculty Liaison with e-mail announcements, flyers, or any other form of communication events happening within their nearby local SAWE Chapter. The SAWE Academic Committee will be responsible for informing Faculty Liaisons of SAWE activities including SAWE regional and international events, including training opportunities and eventually Mass Properties Certification opportunities.

Please consider becoming a chapter representative of the SAWE with the University Academic Liaison.  If interested, please coordinate position availability with your chapter leadership and provide your contact information to Dr. Gerren at Donna.Gerren@colorado.edu.

As Dr. Gerren stated to the Board of Directors, “We must get universities involved”.

Sincerely,

Clint Stephenson
SAWE Executive Vice President
executivevp@sawe.org
1.832.647.5599

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Standards Public Review

SAWE Blog - Thu, 2019-09-12 12:24

RP A-7, Management and Control for Military Aircraft, is in the public draft review stage and is posted in the Standards Public Review page. This document provides the means for establishing a system of mass properties management and control during the development, follow-on development, and throughout the life cycle of military aircraft programs. The Review period for RP A-7 ends November 7, 2019.

RP M-4, Supplier Weight Control for the Marine Industry, is also in the public draft review stage and is posted to the Standards Public Review page. This Recommended Practice (RP) is intended for use by vessel Designers/Builders and the marine supplier community. For the Designer/Builder, it outlines an effective methodology for involving marine industry suppliers in the shipyard’s comprehensive weight control plan. For the supplier of shipboard equipment, it provides a framework of what the shipyard needs in terms of mass properties input to effectively manage the overall mass properties of the vessel. It is hoped that this RP will help establish the foundation for a productive vessel Designer/Builder – marine supplier working relationship. The review period for RP M-4 ends October 26, 2019.

http://sawe.org/technical/rp/publicreview

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Impromptu Conference Finance and Training Meeting

SAWE Blog - Tue, 2019-09-03 07:23
Fred Brown, Conference Budget Coordinator; Errol Oguzhan, Senior VP; Bill Boze, Executive Director

While Errol was in town for other work, an impromptu meeting at O’Conner Brewing in Norfolk, VA was held to discuss Conference Finance and Training. Executive Director, Senior VP and Conference Budget Coordinator attending.

Don’t hesitate to reach out to local chapters while you are in town on work! Whether you meet up with one person or just happen to be in town for a chapter event, this is a great opportunity to network! It is always great getting to be with SAWE members outside of the International Conference as well.

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SAWE Provides AWBS Training at Sierra Nevada Corporation at Moody AFB

SAWE Blog - Wed, 2019-08-21 07:00

The Society of Allied Weight Engineers instructor, Harold Smoot, travelled to Sierra Nevada Corporation’s facility at Moody Air Force Base (Valdosta, Georgia) to provide Automated Weight and Balance System (AWBS) training to a group of Sierra Nevada Corp students.  The students were presented with all the new features of Version 10 of the US Air Force’s Automated Weight and Balance Software in a hands-on training class. The class began with a discussion of the terms and developmental history of AWBS, minimum system requirements, and software installation followed by a complete overview of the software features to support weight control programs for military aircraft.

AWBS training students and instructor Harold Smoot (far right) stand in front of an A-29 Embraer Super Tucano aircraft. 

For those individuals or organizations interested in attending or arranging for an on-site training class, see http://sawe.org/training/awbs for a complete course description and utilize our contact page to learn more http://sawe.org/contact.

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SAWE Scholarship Recipient Follow up

SAWE Blog - Mon, 2019-08-12 07:40

SAWE’s scholarship awards are making a difference in the successful career development of member’s children and grandchildren.  We don’t often get this type of follow up feedback from scholarship recipients.  It’s rewarding to know more about the career paths of the students.

Sean Greiner, an SAWE Scholarship recipient, recently sent SAWE the following message:

I wanted to extend my sincere appreciation for supporting me throughout my undergraduate career at Clemson University. I recently graduated in May and am continuing on in my education as I seek a medical degree from the Medical University of South Carolina. Words cannot express the difference that your scholarship has made in my education. 

Because of your financial support, I was able to devote significant time to experiments in a DNA repair lab at Clemson. The work that I have done, in concert with many other lab members, will be published in scientific journals in the coming years and we hope will significantly add to our knowledge about DNA repair pathways and metastatic melanoma. 

Thank you again for your support. 

Sincerely,

Sean Greiner”

John Hargrave, President, replied:

Sean, SAWE would like to congratulate you for your recent graduation from Clemson.  We appreciate your thoughtfulness in sharing news of your accomplishments and future plans with us.  It’s great to know more about you as an SAWE scholarship recipient and the direction of your career path.

We wish you the best in all of your future endeavors.  SAWE membership is very proud of you and we’re honored to have participated in your career development. 

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SAWE working to produce Recommended Practices for Airline Passenger and Bag Weights

SAWE Blog - Sat, 2019-07-20 01:13

SAWE is partnering with the Society of Aircraft Performance and Operations Engineers (SAPOE) to generate a recommended practices (RP) document that will produce standards for the development of standard average weights to be used in passenger carrier operations.
The FAA has recently released Advisory Circular 120-27F Weight and Balance Control. Revision F deviates most significantly from previous versions of AC120-27 in that standard weights for passengers and bags are no longer specified. The AC provides guidance to the operators stating that passenger and bag weights should be calculated based on (1) use of Center for Disease Control National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (for body weights) and (2) use of surveys (for body weights where NHANES data are not appropriate and for all bag weights).
The reluctance of the FAA to publish results in AC 120-27 allows for a possibility for inconsistent application of statistical methods. The major problem with the AC is that it will lead to varying and inconsistent practices and assumptions among different carriers, as a result of the desire to have each operator responsible for development of its own standard weights. Analysis of the CDC NHANES data for body weights and design, execution and analysis of bag surveys are highly technical tasks requiring personnel with specific skill sets. Variability due to inappropriate application of methods and even due to pursuing an opportunity to obtain a competitive advantage will result in nonsensical standard weights. For example, the same passenger and their bags will be assumed to have different weights on each airline they fly.
To address these concerns, SAPOE created a “Tiger Team” in January 2017. The Tiger Team’s primary focus is to develop standards to be used in (1) analysis of CDC NHANES body weights, and (2) construction of checked and carry-on baggage surveys. Engineers from Delta Air Lines, United Airlines, JetBlue Airways, Southwest Airlines, Allegiant, Alaska Airlines, Hawaiian Airlines, American Airlines, NetJets, American Aeronautics, Boeing and Airbus have been involved as Tiger Team members. The Tiger Team has been meeting regularly with the following planned activity:
• Publication of an industry standard weight for passengers and bags
• Development of the industry standard weights to be accomplished using agreed-upon methods
• CDC NHANES data analysis will be published for body weights (unclothed) – a fresh NHANES survey is due to be published this fall
• Carry-on and checked bag weights will be surveyed by participating operators.
• Data will be shared and SAPOE members will have access to results
• Standard average weights and best practices documentation (user guidance) will be published by SAPOE (format to be determined)
• Work with FAA to revise weight & balance program Op Specs (A096/A097/A098/A099) to accommodate the necessary changes
• Work with SAWE to create a Recommended Practices standards document
If you are interested in working on this project – data collecting, data analysis or development of the RP, please contact Mike Byham at michael.byham@aa.com.

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Passing of Ian (Mac) MacConochie

SAWE Blog - Tue, 2019-07-16 07:55

It is with regret we pass along the passing of a Hampton Roads SAWE member on June 20, 2019. Information on his career, involvement in SAWE, services to be held on August 3rd and 4th in Yorktown, VA and Charlottesville, as well as his obituary are posted to the HR website https://www.sawe.org/hamptonroads/2019/06/30/sawe-hr-member-ian-mac-macconochie-obituary/

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2019 Conference Awards

SAWE Blog - Wed, 2019-06-26 07:32

The SAWE is proud to be able to confer recognition to our members via the presentation of awards.  These awards are handed out at the conclusion of the International Conference at the Awards Banquet.  The basic categories are: Membership Awards; Paper Awards; President’s Awards; and Publication Awards.

MEMBERSHIP AWARDS

There are four categories of Membership Awards, which are determined by a multi-step process that begins with a person receiving a nomination for a award and continues with an assessment by the Awards Committee consisting of Honorary Fellows.  The Awards Committee presents the year’s prospective awardees to the Board of Directors, who vote on each nominee, and then those who receive the Board of Directors approval are revealed at the Awards Banquet and receive their Award.

This year, we honored three individuals for their continued and sustained service to the SAWE.  The Board of Directors approved the elevation of two members to Fellow and one to Honorary Fellow.

Fellow Awards

Fellows are those who have achieved Distinction in Mass Properties Engineering or who have Materially Contributed to the advancement of the Society.  .

The first member elevated to Fellow was Ms. Amanda Cutright.  Amanda was co-chair of the 78th Annual SAWE Conference, was an SAWE Outstanding Young Engineer in 2011, nominated for Outstanding Young Engineer of the Year by the Peninsula Engineering Council in 2012 and INCOSE in 2013.  Ms. Cutright was the mass properties lead for the Orion MPCV Pad Abort 1 Flight Test and has been lead system engineer on multiple programs.  She has authored 3 papers, including one SAWE paper, and starred in an SAWE podcast.

The Board of Directors also approved the elevation of Mr. Nicholas Marickovich to Fellow.  Nick works at Newport News Shipbuilding where he has received two Shipbuilding Excellence Awards (2011 and 2018), and in a feat of endurance has hiked over 2000 miles on the Appalachian Trail and written a paper describing the mass properties aspects of this endeavor.  Mr. Marickovich has served in the Hampton Roads Chapter as Secretary and Director.  More significantly, Mr. Marickovich served as Deputy Vice President of the SAWE for Publications, and has now taken over the role of Vice President – Publications.

Honorary Fellow Awards

Honorary Fellows are those who have achieved Eminence in Mass Properties Engineering or have made Outstanding Contributions to the advancement of the Society.

This year, Mr. Errol Oguzhan was raised to Honorary Fellow status.  Errol has chaired/co-chaired two SAWE International Conferences, in 2001 and 2017.  Mr. Oguzhan was instrumental in integrating Training into the International Conference curriculum and is a major reason for many mass properties practitioners to come to conferences.  Mr. Oguzhan chaired a committee that is looking at ways to increase technical interchange while lowering costs to members who attend or would like to attend conferences.  Mr. Oguzhan is our incoming SAWE Senior Vice President.

PAPER AWARDS

The SAWE evaluates every paper submitted, and assigns a numerical rating to each paper.  This numerical rating is used to determine which paper or papers deserve special commendations.  For Student Papers, the top three papers receive a cash prize along with their certificates.  Other paper submissions vie for the Best Paper Award, named for founding member Mike Hackney.  In special cases, a Special Merit Award may be given for an outstanding paper.  This year, in Norfolk, two papers were granted Special Merit Awards.

Student Papers First Prize – $1,000

University of Colorado Team – Marcos Mejia, Alexander Sandoval, Alexis Sotomayor, Ashley Montalvo, Brandon Santori, Brindan Adhikari, Colin Chen,Junzhe He, Michely Tenardi, and Quinter Nyland – Paper S3725 HERMES: Hazard Examination Reconnaissance Messenger for Extended Surveillance

Second Prize – $750

NASA Space Habitat Intern Team  – Maxwell Devoe (University of Albany), Ariel Tokarz (Georgia Institute of Technology), and Samuel Park (University of California San Diego) – Paper S3726 Toolchain Integration for Space Habitat Design

Third Prize – $500

NASA Intern – Brittany Johnston (Old Dominion University) – Paper S3730 Path To Be An Engineer

Mike Hackney – Best Paper Award

Anjie Emmett – Paper 3710 Application of The Law of Propagation of Uncertainties To A Weight And CG Measurement System

Special Merit Award

Colin MacFarlane and Manuela Bucci – Paper 3719 Modernising Ship Stability: Lightship Evolution Diagnostics With In- Service Stability Measurements

Special Merit Award

Giorgio Previati and Federico Ballo – Paper 3727 Trifilar Pendulum: Non-Smalloscillations And Calibration

PRESIDENT’S AWARDS Zimmerman – VP Technical

The VP-TD authored several blog and journal entries with the expressed intent on encouraging the SAWE membership to continue to excel and inculcate the Mass Properties message within their communities and companies.  A new, easy-to-use PowerPoint Template was issued to bring uniformity and readability to our visual presentations – for this I would particularly like to thank Mr, Doug Fisher of the San Diego Chapter for his excellent aid in developing this template.  Other authoring duties were shared with Honorary Fellow Alan Titcomb in distilling the results of the Mass Properties Survey into a concise presentation that can be used by our members to help receive backing for mass properties activities within their organizations.  Also assisted me with writing the letter to the over 200 leaders of industry and government organizations informing them of what SAWE was doing to address the risks and opportunities in mass properties discipline. In appreciation, SAWE  President would like to recognize his service to the organization and mass properties community.

Damian Yañez

SAWE as the Director of the Southeast Chapter.  As one of the original authors of the 2000 revision to the SAWE Engineering Handbook, Damian saw the need to once again step up and upgrade this key document.  By converting the decades-old handbook text and tables to the current Standards and Practices’ MS Word Template, he improved the accuracy, legibility and consistency of the Handbook, and made it much more conducive to future upgrades.  His efforts also provided a mentoring opportunity to get new members involved with SAWE, and to familiarize them with our SAWE technical resources.  Damian acted as the project leader, chief editor of the entire document, and conversion author for several sections.  This effort involved hundreds of hours of his personal time.  Damian also recruited other members to assist in this endevour:

  • Peter Stubbers
  • Ross Campbell
  • Dell Ruff
  • Thomas Tanner
  • Luis Alberto Lopez

We look forward to Damian and his expanding team’s final result planned for release next May of 2020, where we will fully acknowledge the completed efforts of this team’s two-year commitment.  In appreciation, SAWE President would like to recognize Damian’s leadership and service to the organization and mass properties community.

Yi-Ling Tam and John Hargrave

President Bill Boze appointed this special committee as a result of the 2018 Mass Properties Survey, with Yi-Ling Tam as the chair and John Hargrave as the co-chair. In December 2018, Yi-Ling and John attended a two-day American National Standards Institute (ANSI) seminar to learn what was required to achieve ANSI accredited personnel certification, in accordance with the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) 17024 standard. 

The committee was expanded in February to include: Clint Stephenson, Andy Schuster, Dan Rowley, John Nakai, Jeff Cerro, Robert Zimmerman, and Darren Gamble.   With Yi-Ling’s and John’s leadership, they and their committee

  • Reviewed and assessed the ANSI/ISO requirements.
  • Performed a gap analysis revealed that about 150 new policies/procedures would be required to be written
  • Created a certification scheme to ANSI/ISO requirements
  • Established sub committees
  • Conducted a 2019 marketing survey of our community of SAWE members & partners
  • And briefed us at this conference on Monday of their activity and plan going forward.

The SAWE President would like to recognize their service to the organization and mass properties community.

Publication Awards Best Website award:  Los Angeles Chapter

The LA Chapter website had good aesthetics, had been updated recently, and all the links presented were functional.  A good example for any chapter getting ready to start or update their website.

Best Journal Article:  Making a Thriving Career in Mass Properties Engineering, by Robert Zimmerman

This article appeared in the Winter 2019 edition of Weight Engineering (Vol 78 Issue 2).  This very well written, highly recommended article contained advice for the Mass Properties Engineer at any stage of their professional life.

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2019 Conference Vendor and Sponsor Presentations

SAWE Blog - Wed, 2019-06-26 07:18

Every year the SAWE conducts an International Conference on Mass Properties Engineering.  This is a major undertaking and requires support from our officers, the host committee, and from our Corporate Partners, Conference Sponsors, and Vendors.  Our Vendors and Sponsors host booths and give presentations during the conference.  These presentations allow conference attendees to experience the products and services our vendors and sponsors provide to the Aerospace, Marine, Offshore, Land and Allied industries.

However, only a small proportion of SAWE members are able to attend a conference.  Therefore, these presentations reach only a small portion of their potential audience.  Starting with the just concluded 78th International Conference on Mass Properties Engineering held in Norfolk Virginia in May, the SAWE will be making these presentations available to all who visit our website.  It is our sincere desire that these presentations will aid our members in making decisions as to what products and services they choose to enhance their company’s products and the members’ capabilities as mass properties practitioners.

The 2019 Vendor and Sponsor presentations are available on the SAWE website at:

https://www.sawe.org/2019conf_vendor_presentations

Please visit this page and learn what resources are available for your own use as an engineer and for your projects which require mass properties control.

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