2018 SAWE Fall Regional Conference & Planning Meeting – Norfolk, VA

The Hampton Roads Coastal Virginia Regional Conference and Planning Meeting on Mass Properties Engineering was a big success! 

Thank you to all who attended, especially those that exhibited, presented, and instructed.  We had a great planning meeting for the May 2019 International, a long day of papers and presentations, a great lunch speaker about America’s Cup, a full room of exhibitors, and a full class on Saturday. 

The delay from September due to Hurricane Florence was inconvenient, but the hotel being completely decorated for Christmas was a nice touch for those that could make it. 

We hope to see you in May at the 78th International Conference!

Hello and welcome to the SAWE’s 2018 Hampton Roads Coastal Virginia Regional Conference & Planning Meeting on Mass Properties Engineering website.  We are still building our site as we continue to finalize the conference program, but please find the information below that has been finalized to date including the technical content, registration and training.  Registration is open here and we are actively seeking sponsors/exhibitors to showcase their products and services and authors/presenters for the conference technical session.  Thank you for visiting us and we welcome any feedback or questions you may have!

SAWE HR Chapter 2018 Regional Conference Flyer

The Hampton Roads Chapter of the Society of Allied Weight Engineers located in the Coastal Virginia region cordially invites you to the 2018 Fall Regional Conference on Mass Properties Engineering in Norfolk, VA at the Hilton Norfolk – “The Main” from November 29- December 1, 2018.  The venue is downtown Norfolk’s newest and most modern hotel, located in the heart of downtown Norfolk, with a large selection of restaurants, museums, shopping, and other local attractions all within walking distance.

  • Meet members from your regional chapters
  • Attend technical presentations
  • Build technical skills through onsite training courses
  • See exhibits from mass properties vendors
  • Experience local attractions in downtown Norfolk
  • Visit the hospitality suite


Hilton Norfolk – The Main
100 East Main Street
Norfolk, VA 23510
TEL: +1-757-763-6200
FAX: +1-757-763-6299

Reservations for hotel rooms for attending the SAWE conference can be made here.

Update:  The reduced rate cut-off date has passed on November 7th, but rooms are still available at the regular room rate based on the latest information from the hotel.

We have a reduced hotel room rate of $129/night plus fees for the nights of Wednesday, 11/28, Thursday, 11/29, and Friday, 11/30.  This rate will also be honored 2 days before and after those dates if standard rooms are available should you wish to extend your stay with us.  The reduced room rate cut-off date is November 7th.  Free Wi-Fi is included in all sleeping and meeting rooms for SAWE attendees at check-in.

We have a block of standard rooms reserved for our conference, which we will try to monitor and increase as they fill up as long as the hotel still has standard rooms available.  However, don’t hesitate to make your room reservations early.  If you run into any problems, please don’t hesitate to contact our Registration Chair, Anjie Emmett, at Anjie.L.Emmett at nasa.gov.

If the Hilton Norfolk is not an option, there is also the Norfolk Waterside Marriott diagonally across the street from the conference hotel.  Also, the Sheraton Norfolk Waterside Hotel and the Courtyard by Marriott Norfolk Downtown are just a few blocks away from the conference and within easy walking distance.


Planning Meeting for 2019 International, Thursday, 11/29 – $30 (Lunch included)

Mass Properties Technical Conference, Friday, 11/30 – $60 (Lunch included)

Registration cost for the technical conference includes attendance to all technical content, vendor and exhibitor displays, a technical lunch with presentation, and food & beverage during breaks.


Registration is now open here!  Registration is possible for everything including the planning meeting, the technical session, sponsors and exhibitors, and for training classes.

Registration will be due by November 21, 2018. 


Norfolk International Airport is the major airport serving Coastal Virginia and northeast North Carolina. The airport is located one mile east of I-64, Norview Avenue exit, at 2200 Norview Avenue, Norfolk, Virginia 23518. The IATA airport code for Norfolk International Airport is ORF.

Allegiant, American, Delta, Frontier (eff 8/12/18), Southwest and United offer convenient access to hundreds of cities worldwide.

The hotel does not offer a shuttle from Norfolk International Airport, however, a taxi ride can be made for approximately $25.  See the hotel’s website here for information on getting to and from the hotel as well as parking on site.  In addition to the hotel’s own parking deck, which has both self and valet parking, there is also city parking just a block from the hotel at the West Plume Street Garage.


Detailed Schedule Coming Soon!

Thursday, November 29 = 2019 International Conference Planning Meeting

Friday, November 30 = Technical Presentations, Vendor Presentations and Exhibits, Standards and Practices Discussions, Technical Forums, and Lunch with a Guest Speaker on a Technical Topic

Saturday, December 1 = Training Courses


We have a full day of technical content, with status of some of the latest in vendor capabilities, and some very interesting special topic presentations. Please join us on Friday for:

Time Presentation Presenter Company
8:00 Opening  Remarks Amanda Cutright
Melissa Cooley
8:15 Designing the World’s Largest Mining Truck Mr. Joshua Brown (P.E.) Liebherr
8:45 Vendor Presentation – Intercomp
9:00 Welcome to SAWE Damian Yanez Gulfstream
9:30 Open Slot – New item pending
10:00 Break
10:30 Ascent Abort 2 Integrated Flight Test Vehicle, how mass properties are used to manage flight test objectives Amanda Cutright NASA LaRC
11:00 Vendor Presentation
Ray DelDin Altair
11:15 Mass Simulator of Orion, Space Launch System (SLS) Stephen Cutright NASA LaRC
11:45 Vendor Presentation – ShipWeight Runar Aasen BAS
12:00 Lunch
The Technology of the America’s Cup
Jeanne Willoz-Egnor

Director of Collections at the Mariner’s Museum

Mariners Museum
13:30 Educator Professional Development
Teacher Resource Training
Balancing Act-Spacecraft Mass Properties
Anne Weiss
Rosemary Smith
Texas State Univ.
Oklahoma State Univ.
14:00 Laser tracking a moving object during Orion CM boilerplate mass properties test Will Austin WL3 Solutions
14:30 Application of the Law of Propagation of Uncertainties to a Weight and CG Measurement System Anjie Emmett Analytical Mechanics Associates
15:00 Break
15:30 Satellite Historical Weight Growth Database (Updated since Temecula) Yi-Ling Tam Aerospace Corp
16:00 Vendor Presentation – Aerospace Corp. Yi-Ling Tam Aerospace Corp
16:15 Vendor Presentation – The Scale company Chris Buck The Scale Company
16:30 Health of Mass Properties Engineering Bill Boze President
17:00 Conference Closing Amanda Cutright
Melissa Cooley

We are very happy to have Mr. Joshua Brown of  Liebherr Corporation be able to present some very interesting material on developing the worlds largest mining truck, built right here in Hampton. Also our special lunchtime speaker, Ms. Jeanne Willoz-Egnor, Director of Collections at the Newport News VA Mariner’s Museum making a lunchtime presentation to all attendees on the state of technology in America’s Cup racing. We will close with a review of the state of Mass Properties Engineering and our role based upon survey results compiled by Bill Boze of Huntington Ingalls – Newport News Ship Building, and our  current International SAWE president. 

A Regional conference can serve as a great opportunity to present a technical paper or technical presentation as an initial pitch prior to the 2019 International Conference on Mass Properties Engineering.  Note the Call for papers for the May international is posted now.

For information on presenting technical content now or in May, please contact Jeff Cerro at Jeffrey.A.Cerro at nasa.gov or contact Bryce Horvath at Bryce.L.Horvath at nasa.gov.


Training Registration is available through the main registration link!  For questions on training, please contact Alan Bird at R.AlanBird at gmail.com.

The following training courses will be offered :

  • Sat, December 1st – Developing Basic Parametric Methods

Cost: $500
Length:  Full Day (8 hours)

Instructor: Andy Walker 

Description: Have you ever needed to estimate the weight of something you know very little about?  This course will feature correlation methods to estimate the weight of complex vehicles without much information.  The course will cover such topics as Basic Statistical Terminology, Statistical Correlation Processes, Parametric Estimation Pitfalls.  There will also be working examples of how develop parametric weight estimates for aircraft and marine vehicles. 

Instructor Bio:  Andy Walker is a senior Mass Properties engineer with the Lockheed Martin Aeronautics Company. He has 13 years of experience in the aerospace industry estimating Mass Properties in all phases of design for the Skunk Works© and the Integrated Fighter Group. He started his career during the detail design phases of the F-35 and F-16 modernization programs. Later, he transferred to the Conceptual Design group and earned a Master of Science degree in Aerospace Engineering from the University of Texas at Arlington. He currently works on conceptual and preliminary design programs. He also teaches parametric weight estimation courses for the Society of Allied Weight Engineers.

  • Sat, December 1st – Introduction to Marine Weight Engineering for Non-Naval Architects (New Course) – CANCELLED

Cost: $250
Length: Half Day (4 hours) 8:00 AM – 12:00 PM

Instructor: Dominick Cimino

Description: The objective of this half day 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.

  • Sat, December 1st – Marine Systems Weight Estimating Methods based on SAWE Recommended Practice 14 – CANCELLED

Cost: $250
Length: Half Day (4 hours) 1:00 PM – 5:00 PM
Instructor: Andy Schuster

Description: This half-day class will cover the fundamental and practical methods of estimating the weight for marine systems. The class will review weight estimating methods described in SAWE RP 14 “Marine Weight Estimating and Margin Policy Guidelines,” followed by practical examples. The class will cover the theory and application of these methods on specific examples for whole ship design. Students will develop practical examples of method usage. Students will develop a ship weight estimate for a 200-foot ship by the end of the class. Students will be provided a copy of SAWE RP 14 for review prior to the conference after they have registered for the class online.


The Hampton Roads Chapter is actively seeking exhibitors and sponsors for the SAWE 2018 Hampton Roads Coastal Virginia Fall Regional Conference and Planning Meeting on Mass Properties Engineering.  Please contact David Cash at David.S.Cash at hii-nns.com if you would like to sponsor the conference and/or be an exhibitor.

SAWE Hampton Roads 2018 Regional Sponsor and Exhibitor Flyer

Registration is available for exhibitors and sponsors through the main registration site located here!

Thank you for your support!  Our current exhibitors and sponsors include:

Intercomp Company:  Exhibitor and Break Sponsor

Aerospace Corporation:  Silver Sponsor (Includes Exhibit Space)

Space Electronics:  Silver Sponsor

ShipWeight by BAS Engineering:  Exhibitor

Huntington Ingalls Industries:  Exhibitor

The Scale People:  Exhibitor

Altair:  Exhibitor

General Electrodynamics Corporation (GEC):  Break Sponsor

This conference is hosted by the Hampton Roads Chapter located in the Coastal Virginia region.

Interested in presenting a technical paper? Helping out with the conference?  Please contact a conference co-chair.

Conference Co-Chairs:

Amanda Cutright

Email: Amanda.M.Cutright at nasa.gov

Melissa Cooley

Email: Melissa.Cooley at hii-nns.com