2019 SAWE 78th International Conference – Norfolk, VA

The SAWE 78th International Conference on Mass Properties Engineering, hosted by the Hampton Roads Chapter, was a big success! 

Thank you to all who attended, especially those that exhibited, presented, and instructed.  We had 11 classes, 13 company exhibitors, 2 technical tracks of papers, and a number of successful opportunities to collaborate and socialize on industry topics. 

We hope to see you in May 2020 in Hamburg, Germany for the 79th International Conference on Mass Properties Engineering! 

Hello and welcome to the SAWE’s 2019 78th International Conference on Mass Properties Engineering website.  We continue to update our site as we finalize our technical session details, but please find the information below that provides useful information for planning and registration for events.  For all the latest details, please see the current Conference Announcement.

Call for Papers Note: We have initiated the May International Call for Papers, see the Technical Section information below.

We are actively seeking sponsors/exhibitors to showcase their products and services and authors/presenters for the conference technical session.  See below for registration links.

Thank you for visiting us and we welcome any feedback or questions you may have!

SAWE 78th International Conference Flyer

The Hampton Roads Chapter of the Society of Allied Weight Engineers located in the Coastal Virginia region cordially invites you to the 2019 78th International Conference on Mass Properties Engineering in Norfolk, VA at the Hilton Norfolk – “The Main” from May 18 – 23, 2019.  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


A number of rooms have been blocked out for our conference for Friday night 5/17 through Wednesday night 5/22.  Availability of rooms at the hotel beyond that room block is subject to regular hotel availability, so don’t delay in making a reservation.  The conference hotel rate is $149/night + 15.0% room tax for standard rooms (1 king or 2 queens).  The Per Diem rate is $94/night + 15% room tax.  These rates are also available on a limited basis three nights before and two nights after the conference and based on hotel room availability.  If you are unable to get these room rates during your reservation for any reason, please contact us and we will work with the hotel to try to accommodate for our attendees.

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

There are two hotel reservation websites created just for this conference, which include the special conference pricing. The regular conference hotel rate can be found here and the government per diem rate can be found here.  Reservations should be made by the deadline on Sunday, April 28, 2019. 

Click here for their general website for all of the hotel’s amenities and services.


Conference registration fees will remain constant with recent International Conference registration fees and can be found at the bottom of the Conference Announcement.


Registration for exhibitors and sponsors is now open and can be found here along with the benefits that come with each level of sponsorship or as an exhibitor.

Registration for individual attendance can be found through the main SAWE website at www.sawe.org.

All registration will be due by May 3, 2019 to ensure that we can accurately plan for meals with the hotel, training classes, and preparation for technical material.


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.


Under construction as we finalize our technical program, but all our classes, guest events, social events, and speakers are discussed in the Conference Announcement at this time.


The current technical program status is contained within the Technical Tracks and Forum portion of the Conference Announcement.

If you would like to author a paper or presentation, see the:  Call for Papers Hampton Roads 2019 International .   Abstracts may be submitted at any time, and papers may be submitted later than the April 5th cutoff, but will then not be considered for inclusion as a best paper candidate.

General questions on technical papers and presentations may be directed to the SAWE VP for Technical content:  robert.zimmerman at sawe.org .

Additional local and venue related issues may be addressed to the  local technical content coordinators:

Jeff Cerro;               Jeffrey.A.Cerro at nasa.gov   or

Bryce Horvath;   Bryce.L.Horvath at nasa.gov


The following courses are being offered and details can be accessed via the Conference Announcement.  The instructors, schedule, and costs can be found at the end of the Conference Announcement.  Course registrations should be completed no later than April 26, 2019. 

Automated Weight and Balance System (AWBS) Software Training (1 day)

Aircraft Weight and Balance Course (2 days)

Designing the Aircraft of the Future (2 days)

Aircraft Fuel Calibration & Verification (1/2 day)

Introduction to Mass Properties Measurement (1 day)

Developing Basic Parametric Methods (1 day)

Ship Inclining (1 day)

Introduction to Marine Weight Engineering for Non-Naval Architects (1/2 day)

Introduction to Naval Architecture (1/2 day)

Marine Vehicle Weight Estimating Methodology (1 day)

Mass Properties & Automotive Lateral Dynamics (1 day)


The Hampton Roads Chapter is actively seeking exhibitors and sponsors for the SAWE 2019 78th International Conference on Mass Properties Engineering.  Please see this link for pricing and the link to registration or go directly to registration here.  Otherwise, feel free to contact David Cash at David.S.Cash at hii-nns.com if you would like to sponsor the conference and/or be an exhibitor.  As our sponsors and exhibitors grow, their information will be listed here as well.



Northrop Grumman


Space Electronics


Huntington Ingalls Industries

The Scale People

Lockheed Martin


General Electrodynamics Corporation

Aerospace Corporation




Gold Sponsors

Huntington Ingalls Industries


Silver Sponsors



Bronze Sponsors



Break Sponsors


SKF Aerospace

Space Electronics

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