Training Program

71st Annual Conference on Mass Properties Engineering
The Monarch
Bad Goegging and Manching
Bavaria, Germany
May 5 - 10, 2012


George Lindberg
VP - Training
General Electrodynamics Corporation

As the Society of Allied Weight Engineers Training committee prepares to welcome you to the 71st Annual International Conference on Mass Properties in Bad Gögging and Manching, Germany, we would like to present our preliminary slate of classes for your professional development. These classes are offered to expand your expertise as a Mass Properties Engineer (MPE), and we hope that many of you will register for classes in fields outside of your area of expertise or industry. We hope that after taking these classes you will emerge more knowledgeable and learn how special the discipline of weight engineering is across the multiple industries. This year, the Training Program will take place at the Cassidian plant in Manching, which is 25 km west of Bad Gögging. Shuttle buses from the Hotel to Manching and back will be provided for all students. The SAWE has a track record of delivering excellent training and hope you will enjoy it with us here in Germany. 

Day Date Class Title
Saturday 5/5 SAWE RP-07: Mass Properties Mangement and Control of Military Aircraft
Typhoon UMP Training
Principles of Weight Management and Weight Estimating Methods for the Offshore Oil Industry
Sunday 5/6 Aircraft Weight Estimating and SAWE RP-08: Weight and Balance Reporting Forms for Aircraft
Monday 5/7 Aircraft Weight and Balance
 - Day One
Tuesday 5/8 Aircraft Weight and Balance
 - Day Two
Wednesday 5/9 AWBS Version 10.0



SAWE RP-07: Mass Properties Management and Control of Military Aircraft
Dudley Cate, SAWE Fellow, NAVAIR-Retired

This full-day 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. The primary objective will be to acquaint participants with the major considerations for successful weight control during the development phases of a program, to include: concept exploration, demonstration, validation, and full-scale development. These major elements incorporate planning, organizing, staffing, subcontractor control, requirements allocation, risk reduction, data collection, analysis, tracking, controlling, weight reduction programs, validation, verification, and test support.



Typhoon UMP Training - Canceled
Gregor Lehnertz, CASSIDIAN

This one-day course is restricted to participants already being involved in the Typhoon UMP process with more or less experience gained in their specific application role. Starting with a brief process presentation, the focus will switch towards evaluation and discussion of available process application experience, additionally highlighting critical aspects. Furthermore, special features like weighing period management as well as special budget management will be outlined, owing to their increasing relevance in the future. The course will also introduce and provide failure investigation routines and advice and finally discuss potentials and risks of future process optimisation and customization. As the course will be held in a normal classroom, there are no special requirements regarding clothing.



Aircraft Weight Estimating and use of SAWE RP-08: Weight and Balance Reporting Forms for Military Aircraft
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. Included will be descriptions 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 RP-08 will address the three major parts contained therein. The basic RP-08 concept of allocation by function will be explained, and the important RP-08 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. 



Principles of Weight Management and Weight Estimating Methods for the Offshore Oil Industry
Andy Schuster, SBM Offshore, SAWE Honorary Fellow

Weight Management is a critical element of design, construction, and operation of an offshore oil system. Keeping the weight and center of gravity within predefined limits can be challenging. However, application of proven principles and tools will result in achieving these goals.

The principles involved in weight management for the offshore oil industry will be presented and explained. The student will develop an understanding of technical topics such as development of preliminary and detailed weight estimates, application of weight contingencies and allowances to cover ‘known unknowns,’ control of changes to designs, and weight saving techniques. The student will develop an appreciation of how weight information is used by other project team members such as cost control, scheduling, transport and lift contractors, and others. Also, the student will learn about some of the techniques that can be used to successfully manage the weight.

A key to Weight Management is the initial weight estimate. Therefore, an overview of weight estimating methods as defined in SAWE RP-14 and applied to the offshore industry is included. For example the application of proven methods - based on historical weight data and experience - is employed to determine preliminary weights for offshore structures.

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. This class was jointly taught and developed by Andy Schuster (SBM Offshore) and Dave Bennett (WorleyParsons) for the 2011 International Conference in Houston, Texas, as two half day classes. It is being offered in 2012 in a full day to better serve the SAWE membership. 



Aircraft Weight & Balance Course
Tom Oole, SAWE Honorary Fellow, United States Air Force - Retired

This two-day course assumes a basic knowledge of weight and balance. The class will demonstrate and teach proper procedures for weighing and completing forms for military aircraft. The intent of this class is to provide the student with an understanding of the weight and balance system within the United States Air Force and “pitfalls” involved in weighing aircraft. Students should bring basic calculators, paper, and pens/pencils for use in examples and exercises. Students should also dress appropriately for the trip to the aircraft hangar. Wear rubber-soled, closed-toed shoes. 



Automated Weight and Balance System (AWBS) Software Training - Canceled
Harold Smoot, Lockheed-Martin or Pat McIntyre, General Electrodynamics Corporation

This one-day class will present the features of the 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 10.0 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 bring their laptop computer. A version of AWBS 10.0 will be required for the class.