80th SAWE Conference - Training

80th SAWE International Conference on Mass Properties Engineering
October 2-6, 2021
Cocoa Beach, Florida
Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront

Training Program

Dan Rowley
Vice President - Training 
Northrop Grumman Corporation
               William  Milianta
Conference Training Coordinator 
Northrop Grumman Corporation 

The Society of Allied Weight Engineers Training Committee invites you to the 80th Annual International Conference on Mass Properties in Cocoa Beach, Florida and is pleased to offer you these 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 outside of your area of expertise or industry to broaden your technical capabilities. We hope that after taking these classes, you will emerge more knowledgeable and learn how special the discipline of mass properties engineering is across multiple industries.

This year, the Training Program will take place at Cocoa Beach Hilton, Cocoa Beach, Florida from October 2 through October 6, 2021. The SAWE has a long-proven track record of delivering outstanding training, and we hope that you will enjoy training with us here in Cocoa Beach.

This year SAWE Training is excited to offer two classes which have not been previously offered at an International Conference: Vendor Weight Control and Structural Optimization for the Mass Properties Engineer.

You will find a list of classes, instructors, and descriptions of the classes on the following pages.

Designing the Aircraft of the Future
Andy Walker – SAWE Member – Lockheed Martin Aeronautical Systems

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.

Vendor Weight Control
Whidy Kiskunas – SAWE Fellow – Collins Aerospace

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. 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 to produce and provide guidance on how to achieve these requirements.

Structural Weight Optimization for Mass Properties Engineers
Raj Bishnoi - Altair

This one-day class 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.

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.

Ship Inclining
William Fox, P.E. – SAWE Honorary Fellow – Retired

This one-day class will discuss the inclining of a vessel in order to determine its displacement (weight) and center 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 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 light ship 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 center 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 well as transportation to and from the inclining site.

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.

Developing Basic Parametric Methods
Andy Walker – SAWE Member – Lockheed Martin Aeronautical Systems

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.

Automated Weight and Balance System (AWBS) Software Training
Harold Smoot – SAWE Fellow – Lockheed Martin

This one-day class will present the features of the Automated Weight and Balance System in a hands-on software training class. The class will include explanations of the charts and forms (Chart A, Form B, Chart C, and Form F) explained in RP7 to maintain proper operational weight and balance of military aircraft. The basic approach of the class is to give computer demonstrations followed by student exercises that provide the students with a good understanding of AWBS Version 10.0 features and capabilities. The instructor will also address students’ specific AWBS questions. All students are required to bring their own laptop computer running Microsoft Windows with AWBS 10.0 installed.


Training Classes for Oct 2021




Vendor Weight Control

Saturday, Oct 2

Vidas (Whidy) Kiskunas

Designing the Aircraft of the Future

Saturday Oct 2 - Sunday, Oct 3

Andy Walker

Structural Weight Optimization for MPEs

Sunday, Oct 3

Raj Bishnoi

Ship Inclining

Sunday, Oct 3

William Fox, PE

Developing Basic Parametric Methods

Monday October 4

Andy Walker

Aircraft Weight and Balance

Monday Oct 4 - Tuesday, Oct 5

Tom Oole

Automated Weight and Balance System (AWBS) Software

Wednesday October 6

Harold Smoot

All training class attendees will receive a course completion certificate with the appropriate Professional Development Hours (PDH). This is being done in order to assist trainees in satisfying any necessary professional development requirements that they must meet.

Training Registration Fees

Conference Venue

Hilton Cocoa Beach Oceanfront
1550 North Atlantic Ave
Cocoa Beach, Florida 32931
Phone: 321-799-0003

Special Conference Rate: