SAWE Conference Update – Standards and Practice Day changes

We have changed the format of SnP Day on Tuesday of the SAWE Conference in Norfolk VA.  We will only have a 30 minute opening an no recap session at the end of the day.  This will give each industry committee more time for discussions and some other exciting activities. The industry committee meetings will be from 8:30 to 5:00PM with the traditional coffee breaks and SnP Luncheon from 12:00 to 1:30 PM.

I am pleased to announce the following additional activities:

RP C- 9 Data Exchange – ISO-10303-242 Meeting from 3:30-5:00 in room 1783

Sebastian-Verian Herda will lead a meeting to define the scope of their project titled Mass Properties Digital Data Attributes for PLM data exchange & Reporting,  The purpose of the meeting is to review and to agree on a Project Proposal.   As I understand it (Andy Schuster VP-SnP), the purpose of the project  is create cconsistent PLM data and exchange protocols will simplify MPD functionality set up in PLM & ERP systems. The STEP AP 242 file (ISO 10303-242) is a system independent file format and is the best established specification within the Automotive, Aerospace, and Defence industries. It specifies the application protocol for Model based 3D engineering.  The STEP effort will be added to the other data exchange methods used by SAWE members such as MPEX, and RP M-1 to create a Cross Industry Function Recommended Practice.  The meeting will clarify my interpretation.

Mass Properties Engineer Certification Discussions

Each Industry Committee has set aside an hour of the day to discuss the impact of this program to their industry.  The program will be presented in a 90 minute presentation on Monday afternoon during the technical session.  The program leaders Yi-ling Tam, John Hargrave, Bill Boze and Clint Stephenson, will visit each meeting to get feedback based on a set of open ended questions to draw out your opinions.  From discussions at the SnP Standards Review Board meeting, we know that the impact of the Mass Properties Engineer Certification program will be dramatically different between industries, and we want to know how dramatic.  For example the Marine and Military Aircraft industries may want everything in English, while the Offshore industry may want the training materials and exams in English, Portuguese and Korean so that the detailed design and construction workers can do things in their native language.  The committee would like your thoughts on the program.

Weight Engineers Handbook – Update Discussions

Damian Yanez, and Andy Schuster will visit each Industry Committee for a 30 minute discussion of what should be updated in the new revision of the handbook.  For example :

  • We know that some sections are so out of date (i.e. Crew Systems and Power Systems from the 1960’s Mercury program), and need to be updated.  The existing sections will not help us  to get to the moon in 2024 or mars in 2035. 
  • We will also  ask each IC to commit to reviewing sections in the handbook that apply to their industry, by the end of the summer.  All we want to know whether the 2011 edition has the right information..  For example we’ll ask the marine Industry Committee to review the Marine section of the Handbook for errors omissions, etc.
  • Finally, we will get commitments from those Industry Committees such as the offshore, for their schedule to provide a new section to the handbook.

The Gulfstream team of MPE’s is about a third of the way through converting the old handbook into MS Word.  This is a significant accomplishment!!!  We owe it to them to assure the data they convert or include is up to  date and accurate. 

Andy Schuster

Technical Content Update for the 78th International Conference

SAWE has been blessed with a great supply of technical content for our May conference in Norfolk VA. Earlier the technical committee had started to refuse submissions due to a lack of presentation slots. It is now planned to open up an additional technical track, and so be able to include all of the initially proposed as well as some later incoming papers. We hope this is another great reason for you to attend our conference. Attendee’s receive electronic copies of our technical content as well.  So get registered, and get your accommodations. Remember, registrations conducted after May 3rd incur a $50 late charge, and training course registrations are to be completed no later than April 19th.

Standards Public Review

ANSI-SAWE STD M-4 is in the committee draft review stage and has been posted on the Standards Public Review page. Any comments should be submitted by 5/1/2019.


RP A-7 is in the committee draft review stage and has been posted on the Standards Public Review page. Any comments should be submitted by 5/1/2019.  

RP O-3 is in the public draft review stage and has been posted on the Standards Public Review page. This document is available for anyone to review (general public or SAWE member). Any comments should be submitted by 4/26/2019.


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

Your organization needs competent mass properties engineers

According to a survey conducted by the Society of Allied Weight Engineers in 2018, organizations that design, build and/or operate aeronautical, marine, offshore or land vehicles need to promote the value of mass properties engineers within their organization to ensure vehicles can operate to their intended performance and safety parameters.  Simultaneously, organizations must focus on replacing and transferring the knowledge and experience of mass properties engineers who will be leaving in large numbers in the next 5 to 10 years.

The aforementioned is the leading paragraph to a letter being distributed to the leaders in government and industry to promote the value of mass properties engineering, while also inviting them to learn more about SAWE and how SAWE can address the collective needs of those organizations who need competent mass properties engineers.  The attached letter and accompanying enclosure have been distributed to the leadership of over 200 addressees  worldwide.  We want to increase the reach of this letter by asking you to share it with your fellow mass properties engineers and elevate this letter up your management chain to garner support for increased organizational awareness and involvement.  We also encourage you to utilize this letter to secure financial support for attending the next SAWE International Conference in May in Norfolk, Virginia.

Regards,

Bill Boze

President, Society of Allied Weight Engineers

Mass Properties Engineer Certification Program

An email was sent to membership about a Mass Properties Engineer Certification. Below is the email you should have received along with a survey. This is an important opportunity for the Mass Properties career field, and we strongly encourage all members of SAWE to take the survey.

SAWE is exploring creating a Mass Properties Engineer Certification program.  The envisioned program would provide mass properties engineers with credentials of their qualifications in a tiered level of experience structure.  It would provide organizations with confidence that certified mass properties personnel have qualifications recognized by industry standards that will produce safe, efficient, and top quality results for their products.  Eventually we envision qualifiying this certification program for ANSI accreditation and ISO compliance. 

The following is a survey to get your feedback and thoughts about Mass Properties Engineer Certification.  The program is currently in development and results of our exploration will be reviewed this May at the International Conference both at the Board of Director’s Meeting and in a special forum on Monday afternoon.  Please take the survey and give us your thoughts and feedback.


Mass Properties Engineer Certification Survey

Spring Journal Articles

If you are interested in writing an article for the Spring Journal, submissions are due April 19th.

Please feel free to reach out to VP Publications Nick Marickovich (nmarickovich@gmail.com) or the Deputy Publications Melissa Gray (melissa.gray@sawe.org) if you have questions. The subjects can vary from mentoring to projects/papers you have been involved in.

If you have ever considered writing for the Journal, now is the time!

Please send all Journal Articles for submission to Melissa Gray (melissa.gray@sawe.org)

Calling All Student Members!

The Society of Allied Weight Engineers (SAWE) would like to extend a special conference invitation to our student members.  The SAWE organization, invested in encouraging and mentoring the next generation of mass properties engineers, is excited to host our student attendees in Norfolk, Virginia, May 18th – 23rd, with either free (for student presenters) or reduced cost (for non-presenting student attendees) registration for the entire conference, including the welcome reception; admittance to all paper sessions; standards and practices meetings and luncheon; a 90% reduced rate on the automotive lateral stability class; and the awards banquet at the conclusion of the conference.  In addition, our student attendees are invited to try their reasoning skills in the Escape Room, where you’re tasked to observe your surroundings, search for clues, and solve complex puzzles to find that special item in your room and escape in a defined amount of time – as challenging (but more fun) than a final exam! There are 1st Place ($1,000), 2nd Place ($750), and 3rd Place ($500) awards for the top three student papers. You do not have to attend the conference and present your paper to win, but you need to submit your abstract on or before March 1st.  We hope you can attend the 78th International SAWE Conference – with or without having written a paper – and find it a wonderful opportunity to talk to and interact with our professional members, vendors, and industry sponsors.  We are happy to answer your questions and share our professional journeys with you!

Dr. Donna Gerren

Vice-President, Academic Affairs

University of Colorado Boulder

Social Media Committee

Over the last year+ we have worked to grow our social media presence as a Society. We believe this has been an important step forward and has greatly helped keep members connected.

The two main items that we have put our focus on is the SAWE Blog and the Monthly Bulletin. I believe we are at a good place and routine with both of these items and it is time to start growing and focusing on other platforms we can have a presence.

We, as a Society, need to grow our LinkedIn presence. We want members to be able to attach SAWE to their resumes on the site. We also believe this will be a great way to reach potential members.

If you are interested in helping us grow our Social Media presence, please contact me, Melissa Gray (melissa.gray@sawe.org). I am hoping to add multiple members to the Social Media committee. Anyone that has experience with LinkedIn or is looking to get more involved in the Society, this is a great opportunity!

Melissa Gray

Social Media Committee Chair

The Rocky Mountain Chapter January ’19 Adventure

It is winter here in the Rocky Mountains.  Snow falls almost every day, and finally our property looks like what one would expect for a home in the mountains in the winter.  Gone are the swaths of brown grass with occasional patches of snow, the roof of the house and shop are covered in white just like the trees and ground.  The driveway is bordered by snow cliffs where the snowblower hasn’t touched, and despite repeated runs of the snowblower, the driveway itself is snowpacked as the sun has failed to melt the last little bit.  Exercise means using the treadmill and shoveling the porch and boardwalk, as the trail system is obliterated under a carpet of white.

My driveway is snowpacked!

Rather than be snowbound, the SAWE Rocky Mountain Chapter scheduled a fun day and we headed southwest down US 285 towards the ski town of Breckenridge.  The objective – the annual International Snow Sculpting Festival.

20 ton cubes of packed snow

They start with 20 ton cubes of packed snow for each entry.  The artists then use saws, chisels, planes, shovels, and other implements to create works of art in the town square.  We had been there in 2015, and really enjoyed it, so a repeat trip sounded like fun.

The drive to Breckenridge was an adventure on its own.  We had kept our eye the weather report, and supposedly it would be clear but cold and windy in Breckenridge.  The weather cleared as our driver, Ric Roy, started up the north slope of Kenosha Pass.  Claire and I were passengers in the car with Ric and his wife Lisa.    The road was snowpacked but obviously plowed which eventually became dry pavement near the 9997 foot MSL summit.  For the only time on the trip is was prudent to drive anywhere approaching the speed limit.  From the top, South Park (yep THAT South Park, just like the TV show) beckoned below, covered in blowing snow.  Rounding the turn towards the west, we were hit by strong, gusty winds that blew snow across the road, which only got stronger as we descended into South Park.  At times, the visibility was only a few dozen or so feet with a wind reaching 50 mph.  We drove into Fairplay, where the wind finally died down.

Here we are entering the town of Alma, the highest incorporated town in North America at 10,361 feet MSL, at the base of Hoosier Pass

The drive over Hoosier Pass (11,542’ MSL) was relatively benign.  Coming into Breckenridge we hit ski traffic 5 miles out of town, and crept into town, where we found a parking space a couple of blocks away from the town square.  We walked down to see the sculpturing taking place.

The customary Breckenridge Brewery Bar
The view from the southern entrance
The Chinese showing off their Taikonauts
Dancing Hippos reminiscent of Fantasia taking shape
The finished Hippo sculpture
The local (Breckenridge) team’s entry, featuring the Snow God Ullr (pronounced Ooler) and his sack of snowballs with which he blesses the town of Breckenridge and the surrounding mountains with plentiful snowfall
1st place went to Team Mexico and their depiction of the mythical Cenote Monster (sorry, it was very cold and my gloved hand got in the picture)
And as a finale, Ric freezes his hands trying to get a picture
We had a meandering path from the car to the exhibits and to lunch before heading back home

After lunch at Moe’s Original Barbecue, we drove back to Pine, where Ric and Lisa dropped us off and we went our separate ways – although both Ric and Lisa and I were ultimately headed into central Denver!

As a final picture, this is looking Northwest from my house (elevation 8463 MSL) towards the 13,575 foot MSL Mount Rosalie and that triangular bump to her right is 14,246 foot MSL Mount Evans.

Robert Zimmerman

Rocky Mountain Chapter President

Do you know who this SAWE member is?

A gentleman by the name of Bruce Jacobs wrote to the society with a “historical question”.  He found a badge belonging to his grandmother with our name on it.  He was asking if we could supply any information we might have on her.  He only supplied her married and maiden name.
I responded to his email asking the obvious questions of where she worked and approximately when she retired.  His response was that she retired in the early 80’s from Rockwell or Northrop and worked on the space shuttle engine systems in some capacity.
Now comes the fun part—–he also sent a picture of Edna Jacobs Badge he found.  It shows that Edna Jacobs was a member of the Los Angeles Chapter of the Society of Aeronautical Weight Engineers.  Note the 3rd word.  This means the badge was from before we changed our name from Aeronautical to Allied.  This means before 1973!!
If anyone has any more information, Bruce would enjoy reading it.  I do not want to post his email address on the blog for obvious reasons, but I would be more than happy to pass the information to him.
Please respond to Ron Fox (ron.fox@sawe.org) to pass along any information you might have for Bruce, or he can get you in contact with him!