Training

The SAWE has developed and is offering unique and valuable Mass Properties training classes. Reasonably priced and available online, at scheduled conferences or on-site at your location.

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A Certificate of Completion will be provided to all registered and accounted for class attendees at the time of class completion.  Replacement training certificates can be requested for $10 per copy by contacting training@sawe.org

Online / Recorded Training Classes

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SAWE is proud to announce its new Online Training courses.  The Online Training courses are recorded videos that allow you to keep up with classes and standards without conflicting with your schedule.  All the current courses are derived directly from presentations at the SAWE Annual Conferences.

Visit SAWE Online Training  to see the courses currently available. 

 

The courses currently being offered are: 

RP7: Mass Properties Management and Control of Military Aircraft

Instructor: Dudley Cate, SAWE Fellow, NAVAIR Retired

This class will familiarize students with effective control of the weight and other mass properties of an aircraft. The class will also expose students to other considerations associated with mass properties management and control described in SAWE RP-07.  (MORE...)

 

RP8: Aircraft Weight Estimating and SAWE RP8

Instructor: Dudley Cate, SAWE Fellow, NAVAIR Retired

The objectives of this one-day course are to provide an overview of weight estimating methods and the weight estimating process for aircraft, and to provide insight into the weight and balance reporting formats and requirements of SAWE Recommended Practice 8. (MORE...)

 

Structural Optimization for Mass Properties Engineers

Instructor: Brett Anderson, P.E., SAWE Fellow, The Boeing Company

This class covers structural design and analysis considerations and their impact on Mass Properties.   The course is for working engineers outside of the Stress or Loads organizations to provide insight into the decision tools and processes affecting structural integrity. (MORE...)

 

Conference Training Classes

The following classes are given at SAWE Conferences. (Click to view descriptions)

Advanced Mass Properties Measurement

Instructor: 

Paul Kennedy, Space Electronics

Class Description: 

Overview:

  1. To provide training in the measurement of moment of inertia, center of gravity, and product of inertia, with emphasis on the pitfalls that can result in measurement errors. Students will make actual measurements of all three mass properties using state of the art equipment in it's design lab.
  2. To demonstrate the process of measuring POI by making three moment of inertia measurements with the test item oriented in different positions, rather than by spinning the object.
  3. To review the process of calculating POI

Who Should Attend:

Anyone who has an interest in mass properties measurement This course covers the full range from the basics of measurement to the relatively specialized field of POI measurement using a torsion pendulum. It is taught by a well known expert in the field. 

Course Activities and Exercises:

  • Review of Mass Properties quantities & their units of measurement:
  • Review principles of mass properties measurement:
  • Discussion of Calibration, Tare, & Part measurements:
  • Center of Gravity Location
  • Moment of Inertia
  • Regroup in Measurement lab
  • Introduction to a Mass Properties measuring Instrument
  • CG and MOI Calibration
  • Measure CG and MOI Tares
  • Principles of Product of Inertia Measurement
  • Introduction to MOI method to find POI
  • Regroup in Measurement lab
  • Measure CG & MOI of part in 3 orientations
  • Set up machine for POI Measurements
  • Measure POI tare
  • Measure POI part
  • Regroup in Conference room
  • Calculate theoretical POI
  • Calculate POI using MOI data
  • Compare results of three methods

Vendor Weight Control

Instructor: 

Whidy Kiskunas – SAWE Fellow – Collins Aerospace

Class Description: 

This one-day class will discuss the various items included in RP100 Vendor Weight Control for the Aircraft Industry as well as RP 15/M-4 Vendor Weight Control for the Marine Industry. These two RPs share many common requirements from vendors, although some of the acronyms and definition may vary the data request is of a similar nature. The course will cover the major sections of the two RPs. Examples of what sort of data that is required in these sections will be presented followed by in class discussion on these section. Classroom discussion will provide a means to ask specific questions that may address problems or clarification of requirements. Topics that will be covered are: Introduction and purpose, Equipment and Supply Chain, Weight Control, Mass Properties requirements, Weight Reduction programs, Actual weighing and verification, and weight reporting. Other topics may be discussed time permitting. The goal of this course is to introduce you to vendor weight control, detail the different phases and types of deliverables you may be required and also provide guidance on how to achieve these requirements.

Aircraft Fuel System Calibration & Verification Course

Instructor: 

Rod Van Dyk – SAWE Fellow, Safran Landing Systems 

Class Description: 

Mass properties engineers are often requested to either participate in or generate a fuel system calibration and verification process for new aircraft in development or for aircraft whose fuel systems have been modified, since it involves having the aircraft supported on scales. This course gives all the pertinent steps to ensure that this process is completed in a safe, successful, and timely manner. This four hour class outlines the basic fuel usage process; including how fuel quantities are measured, fuel system calibration techniques, understanding terminology such as usable and unusable fuel, and all aspects of fuel usage that can be determined on the ground. Some hands-on non-flammable liquid density measurements representative of fuel density measurements will also be part of the class.

Aircraft Weight Estimating and Use of RP8 for Weight Allocation

Instructor: 

Dudley Cate, SAWE Fellow, formerly, Head of NAVAIR Mass Properties Group

Class Description: 

The objectives of this one-day course are to provide an overview of weight estimating methods and the weight estimating process for aircraft, and to provide insight into the weight and balance reporting formats and requirements of SAWE Recommended Practice 8. Included will be description of the many types of aircraft estimating methods, together with their applicability and limitations. Many other weight estimating considerations also will be addressed, including impacts of new technologies, estimating prototypes and derivatives, sources of weight data and estimating methods, and dealing with estimating uncertainty. Estimating aircraft center of gravity location and moments of inertia will be briefly discussed. The portion of the course devoted to RP8 will address the three contained therein. The basic RP8 concept of allocation by function will be explained, and the important RP8 allocation instructions will be covered. The requirements for structural increments and design information also will be addressed, along with why inclusion of those data is so important to weight estimating and weight control.

Aircraft Weight and Balance Class

Instructor: 

Thomas E. Oole, United States Air Force (Retired)

Class Description: 

The instructor will assume the student has basic knowledge of weight and balance. The class will demonstrate and teach proper procedures for weighing and completing forms for military aircraft. A take home test will be provided.

The class will consist of about 12 hours of lecture and 12 hours of a "hands-on session" that will include weighing an aircraft.

The lectures will use T.O. 1-1B-50, (T.O. 1-1B-50 is being replaced in 2009 with a joint service weight and balance manual, title is TBD), as a course reference. The classroom discussion will include definitions; instructions on the DD 365 series forms; and the use of the AWBS (Automated Weight and Balance System), AFF (automated Form F generators), load adjusters, and Vector diagrams.

The "hands-on" session will include actual weighing of and aircraft and demonstration of recommended procedures for aircraft handling, equipment techniques, leveling, jacking, and other tasks.

The intent of this class is to provide the student with an understanding of a weight and balance system and "pitfalls" involved with weighing aircraft. The class will conclude with a "take home" test to verify that the class has provided the student with the basic knowledge necessary to perform weight and balance on an aircraft without help from others.

Basic calculators, paper, pencils, pens, and "highlighter" may be needed for examples and exercises. Wear khakis or jeans since part of the class is in an aircraft hangar. For safety reasons, wear rubber soled shoes. No open toed shoes will be allowed. Students may be exposed to the hazards of weighing an aircraft and jet fuel vapors.

Automated Weight and Balance System (AWBS) Training

Class Description: 

This class will present 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 will begin with a discussion of the terms and developmental history of AWBS, minimum system requirements, and software installation. The basic approach of the class is to give computer demonstrations followed by student exercises that will provide the students with a good understanding of AWBS Version 10 features. Students will receive a complete overview of the software features to support weight control programs for military aircraft. The instructor will also allow time to address specific AWBS needs and questions of the students. Students are required to schedule a 30 minute set up session with the instructor prior to the class.  This session is to install AWBS v10 on the student's computer.. 

The basic approach of the course is to give computer demonstrations followed by student exercises that will provide the students with a good understanding of the following AWBS features and functions:

Converting From Older Versions of AWBS
New AWBS Database (No Data)
Multiple Databases
Database Utilities
Backup / Restore
Repair / Compact
Merge
Assign Personnel
Assignment / Relieve

Scheduler and Intervals
Sorting / Highlighting / Printing of Scheduler
Adding / Editing / Deleting of Intervals
Working Aircraft
Opening
Create / Delete
Exporting / Importing
Send Feature

 

Additionally, instruction will focus on Chart A, Form B, Chart C, and Form F generation, maintenance, and usage.

The instructor will also allow time to address specific AWBS needs and questions of the students. Both new and veteran AWBS users will benefit from the demonstrations, exercises, and discussions in this software training.

SAWE does not provide AWBS software, a license can be obtained by visiting the AWBS website at https://awbs.hill.af.mil .

Automotive Lateral Dynamics and Mass Properties

Instructor: 

Brian Paul Wiegand 

Class Description: 

The course objective is to enable the student to make reasonably accurate maximum lateral acceleration, rollover lateral acceleration, directional stability, and steering responsiveness determinations in the course of vehicle design. The student will also become acquainted with such things as the calculation of roll resistance, suspension roll center location, sprung mass roll axis inclination, sprung mass roll inertia, sprung mass roll moment arm, sprung mass roll angle under lateral acceleration, vehicle roll gain, vehicle dynamic index in yaw, transient center of rotation location, and transient yaw inertia. There will also be considerable time spent on the behavior of tires under lateral load and “Ackermann Steering Geometry” relationships.

 

This seminar is very important for anyone engaged in vehicle design, in particular those designing with an emphasis on performance, and special effort has been expended to make it particularly relevant for those involved in the SAE Student Formula Design Competition. However, no one completing this course will walk away without having acquired some degree of enlightenment, as well as a Certificate of Achievement, print-out of the course slides, electronic copies of SAWE Paper #3528 (“Mass Properties & Maximum Lateral Acceleration”), and the seminar’s “Maximum Lateral Acceleration Estimation Spreadsheet”.

 

Designing the Aircraft of the Future

Instructor: 

Jerry Pierson - SAWE Honorary Fellow – Retired 

Andy Walker – SAWE Member – Lockheed Martin Aeronautical Systems

Class Description: 
This two day class presents the principles of weight engineering in new Aircraft Design as described in the SAWE Aircraft Weight Engineering Textbook. Course topics include: requirements development, aircraft performance, conceptual aircraft design weight estimates & optimization, weight trades, engine selection, vendor weight selection, establishing target weights, operational weight, preliminary design studies, detail design and database management. The class will use the issues that occur with future trainer aircraft as an example of applied Weight Engineering.
 
Students attending the class will receive a copy of the Aircraft Weight Engineering Textbook.

 

Developing Basic Parametric Methods

Instructor: 

Andy Walker – SAWE Member – Lockheed Martin Aeronautical Systems 

Class Description: 

Have you ever been asked to predict the future?  With a little information, you can explore the solution-space around the problems you encounter on the job as a Mass Properties engineer.

The course will cover:

  • Parametric estimation and rapid aircraft mass properties assessments.  
  • Feasibility studies on detail design projects
  • Conceptual trade studies based on very limited information
  • Quantify predictive and descriptive uncertainty around your predictions 
  • Calculate the benefits of next-generation technologies 

Agenda items will include basic statistical terminology, statistical correlation processes, parametric estimation pitfalls, and a parametric fighter aircraft wing weight correlation example.  

Introduction to Marine Weight Engineering for Non-Naval Architects

Instructor: 

Dominick Cimino – SAWE Fellow – CSRA, Naval Marine Engineer Advisor 

Class Description: 

The objective of this class is to provide an overview of the fundamentals of naval architecture principles and standard practices, and provide a basic understanding of the weight engineering processes relative to the marine vehicles in a marine environment with the effects of buoyancy, wind, and sea conditions. The course highlights the differences in mass properties in the Marine Industry versus the Allied Industries, as well as discusses actual examples of practical impacts of weight engineering in the Marine Industry. The course includes practical examples and class exercises.

    

Introduction to Naval Architecture

Instructor: 

John Capin - Huntington Ingalls Industry

Class Description: 

The objective of the class is to provide the student with an understanding of the function of naval architecture in ship design. The course begins with the basic ship design spiral and then addresses the activities for each element of that design spiral. Definitions of common terms used in naval architecture will be provided. From this class, the attendee will gain an understanding of what the process of ship design is; how design decisions impact the whole ship, especially weight impacts; what design margins are, and how they are used; and how naval architects integrate all the desired features into the final ship. The course addresses the relationships of all engineering disciplines with naval architecture and overall ship design.

Marine Vehicle Weight Estimating Methodology

Instructor: 

David Hansch – SAWE Fellow - Huntington Ingalls Industry

Class Description: 

This is a full day class discussing the fundamentals of marine vehicle weight estimating.  A review of the weight estimating methods described in SAWE Recommended Practice 14 “Marine Weight Estimating & Margin Policy Guideline”.  The class will cover the theory, and application of these methods on specific examples and for whole ship design. The appropriateness of each method for each stage of ship design, construction and operation will be discussed. The students will work examples to estimate the weight of a vessel using multiple methods.  Historic examples of weight estimating errors will be discussed as an example of practices to be avoided.  Classroom materials and exercises will be provided. Students should review Chapter 24 in the Weight Engineers Handbook, and SAWE RP 14 found on the SAWE website before the start of the class.

Measuring Mass Properties

Instructor: 

H. Wayne Clay, Lockheed Martin

Jerry Pierson, Lockheed Martin

Class Description: 

This class will demonstrate and teach Mass Property measuring techniques for missiles and control surfaces. The Mass Properties Measurement class will contain both a classroom presentation and a laboratory session. The class will consist of approximately three hours of lecture and five hours of hands-on laboratory session with participants making mass properties measurements.

The classroom discussion will include Mass definition and Mass measurement techniques. Force measurement methods such as spring scales, load cells, strain gauges, and rebalance technology will be discussed. The MOI definition and its relationship to torque and acceleration and measurement techniques will be included. The definition of Product of Inertia (POI) will be discussed and how it relates to Principle Axes definition, measurement, and calculation techniques.

Laboratory Exercises will include Mass measurement, MOI measurement using a torsion rod and the bifilar method. POI measurement/calculation and Principle axis measurement /calculation will be taught.

It is the intent of this class to provide the student with an understanding of the methods for measuring moment of inertia. The class will conclude with the taking of a test to verify that the class has provided the students with the basic understanding of how to measure moment of inertia of a missile or a control surface.

Basic calculators will be needed for examples and exercises. Wear khakis or jeans since you will be in a laboratory. Wear rubber soled shoes. No open toed shoes please.

Mr. Wayne Clay of Lockheed Martin has extensive experience measuring mass moment of inertia for numerous sensitive product lines.

Principles of Mass Properties Management & Control for Military Aircraft – SAWE RP 7

Instructor: 

Dudley Cate, SAWE Fellow, formerly, Head of NAVAIR Mass Properties Group

Class Description: 

This class will familiarize students with effective control of the weight and the other mass properties of an aircraft. The class will also expose students to other considerations associated with mass properties management and control described in SAWE RP-07. The primary objective will be to acquaint participants with the major considerations for successful weight control during the development phases of a program: concept exploration, demonstration/validation and full-scale development. Those major elements include planning, organizing, staffing, subcontractor control, requirements allocation, risk reduction, data collection, analysis, tracking, controlling, weight reduction programs, validation, verification and test support.

Principles of Weight Management and Weight Estimating Methods for the Offshore Oil Industry

Instructor: 

David Bennett – SAWE Member – WorleyParsons   

Class Description: 

Due to the unique nature of design and construction of fixed and floating offshore oil facilities (very few of which are identical), the oil industry relies on accurate weight management to provide data to create information that is used for structural design, cost estimating and determining the most efficient means of transporting, lifting or towing a completed platform from a fabrication facility to its installation site.

Application of proven methods – based on historical weight data and experience – are employed to determine preliminary weights for offshore structures. This early data is used to calculate estimated design and fabrication costs that are part of an overall feasibility analysis to determine the commercial viability of development of an offshore oil eld. Numerous technical (severe environmental conditions, high production rates, corrosive environments, etc.) and monetary (high weight equals high cost) challenges must be overcome before an owner is comfortable with proceeding to exploit a new oilfield from discovery to production.

With floating production facilities being installed in water depths approaching 10,000 feet, it is critical to develop the correct platform type (semi-submersible, spar, FPSO (Floating Production, Storage and Offloading vessel). Weight management is one of the key tools used to determine the correct production scenario.

This training course will highlight the importance of weight management in the oil industry, present several of the methods typically used to create preliminary estimates of weight and center of gravity and walk through an example of estimating preliminary weight and CG data for a floating offshore platform.

After registration, please keep an eye out for an e-mail from the instructor. He will likely be sending out a list of reading material to review before the class.

Ship Inclining Experiment

Instructor: 

William A. Fox, Retired

Class Description: 

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his one-day class will discuss the inclining of a vessel in order to determine its displacement (weight) and centers of gravity. The primary emphasis will be on inclining in water, but inclining in air will also be covered. A classroom session on the theory, procedure, and results of inclining will be held, followed by an actual demonstration of inclining techniques aboard a waterborne vessel.

The objectives of the class are to provide the student with an introduction to the principles of naval architecture and to marine terminology, and to discuss and demonstrate the inclining of a vessel to determine its weight and center of gravity. ASTM F 1321-90, Standard Guide for Conducting a Stability Test, will be used as a text for this class. After a brief introduction to the principles of naval architecture, the theory and purpose of the inclining experiment will be presented. The lightweight survey will be described and then the inclining experiment itself will be discussed. Preparations required aboard the vessel and ashore will be described, and plans and equipment required will be discussed and demonstrated. Inclining procedures, data, and calculations will be reviewed and examples from an actual inclining will be examined in detail. Troubleshooting the results of the inclining, and matters of bias and accuracy, will be covered. Inclining of a small vessel in air will be discussed.

Following the classroom session, the class will travel to and board a vessel for a practical demonstration of an inclining. A brief light ship survey will be completed, drafts and specific gravity of the water will be taken, and inclining weight will be moved to obtain a plot of tangents and inclining moments. The resulting data will be processed and the vessel's light ship displacement and centers of gravity will be determined at the conclusion. After the inclining, the class will have lunch at a local restaurant or on board the vessel, then will return to the hotel for a summary and closing. The class will conclude with a short open-book test and exercise to confirm that the student has gained an understanding of the theory and practice of inclining a vessel. A conference room at the hotel will be provided, as will transportation to and from the inclining site. The R/V GOSPORT, a 200-foot research vessel, should be available for the inclining at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard. The GOSPORT has its own crane, and inclining weights are available in the shipyard. If this vessel is not available, then a commercial tugboat will be used, and the class participants themselves will serve as the inclining weights.

Basic calculators will be needed for examples and exercises. Students should wear casual clothes and rubber-soled shoes, as they will be boarding a vessel.

Class size will be limited to about 20 students.

Structural Weight Optimization for Mass Properties Engineers

Instructor: 

Raj Bishnoi, Altair

Class Description: 

This course will enable Mass Properties Engineers to identify and realize weight reduction opportunities through application of finite element analysis based structural optimization.  The course will cover the topics key to successful application of structural optimization which include (i) fundamentals of finite element analysis, (ii) fundamentals of structural optimization, (iii) identification of optimization opportunities, (iv) formulation of structural optimization problem, (v) design interpretation, (vi) design validation, and (vii) practical engineering aspects of structural optimization. Classroom instructions on these topics will be consolidated using hands-on exercises.

On-Site Training Classes

UPDATED August 2020:  Due to the COVID-19 health crisis, SAWE is not offering On-Site Training at this time.  However, AWBS Training virtual training is available at your site via ZOOM meeting.  This allows for live interaction between the instructor and the trainees without any health risk.  Please email training@sawe.org for pricing.

 

General Terms for On-site Classes

Terms

  1. Onsite classes will be held at a location identified by the company requesting the class
  2. Class dates are usually 4-8 weeks after a quotation is provided to the company requesting the class
  3. Final date based on mutual agreement between students and the instructor
  4. Price is a flat fee for 5 or less students, and includes all travel expenses.  Additional fees for additional students after the first five.
  5. Payment (P.O., check, credit card number) is due 14 days prior to the class dates. Payment is made to the SAWE Inc and sent to the SAWE Executive Director.
  6. Students are issued "Training Certificate" upon passing a short test after the class.

Pricing

Notes

  • A student is someone who attends the class, completes the exam, and receives a "Certificate of Completion".
  • All classes include materials
  • SAWE does not provide AWBS software, for which a license can be obtained by visiting the AWBS website at https://awbs.hill.af.mil for details. 

Contact Information

 

The following classes are eligible for On-Site Training. (Click to view descriptions)

Automated Weight and Balance System (AWBS) Training - Virtual

Class Description: 

This Ten Hour (two Five Hour sessions on Consecutive days) class will present 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 will begin with a discussion of the terms and developmental history of AWBS, minimum system requirements, and software installation. The basic approach of the class is to give computer demonstrations followed by student exercises that will provide the students with a good understanding of AWBS Version 10 features. Students will receive a complete overview of the software features to support weight control programs for military aircraft. The instructor will also allow time to address specific AWBS needs and questions of the students. Students are required to schedule a 30 minute set up session with the instructor prior to the class.  This session is to install AWBS v10 on the student's computer.

This virtual training will be conducted via Zoom Meeting.

The basic approach of the course is to give computer demonstrations followed by student exercises that will provide the students with a good understanding of the following AWBS features and functions:

Converting From Older Versions of AWBS
New AWBS Database (No Data)
Multiple Databases
Database Utilities
Backup / Restore
Repair / Compact
Merge
Assign Personnel
Assignment / Relieve

Scheduler and Intervals
Sorting / Highlighting / Printing of Scheduler
Adding / Editing / Deleting of Intervals
Working Aircraft
Opening
Create / Delete
Exporting / Importing
Send Feature

 

Additionally, instruction will focus on Chart A, Form B, Chart C, and Form F generation, maintenance, and usage.

The instructor will also allow time to address specific AWBS needs and questions of the students. Both new and veteran AWBS users will benefit from the demonstrations, exercises, and discussions in this software training.

SAWE does not provide AWBS software, a license can be obtained by visiting the AWBS website at https://awbs.hill.af.mil .

Request for Training Certificate

Request for SAWE Training Event Certificate

The Society of Allied Weight Engineers provides training certificates for all completed training to all registered students who have completed all course objectives and have provided validated contact information.  If the certificate is lost or misplaced and another copy is needed, there is a $10 replacement fee per certificate.