2019 SAWE 78th International Conference – Norfolk, VA

Hello and welcome to the SAWE’s 2019 78th International Conference on Mass Properties Engineering website.  We are just starting to build our site as we continue to finalize training opportunities and technical session details, but please find the information below that provides useful information for planning.  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.

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 $93/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

Please check back for the special hotel reservation website created just for this conference, which includes the special conference pricing. 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 will be available for everything including the technical session, sponsors and exhibitors, training classes, and special events.

Registration will be due by May 10, 2019. 


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.


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Call for Papers Hampton Roads 2019 International

We are actively seeking technical content for the conference.  For information on presenting technical content, please contact Jeff Cerro at 757-864-9151 or at Jeffrey.A.Cerro@nasa.gov or contact Bryce Horvath at 757-864-5830 or at Bryce.L.Horvath@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 19, 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)

Introduction to Mass Properties Measurement (1 day)

Advanced 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 Weight Control and 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 registration (when available) or contact David Cash at 757-688-4113 or at David.S.Cash@hii-nns.com if you would like to sponsor the conference and/or be an exhibitor.

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

Office 757-864-9334

Email Amanda.M.Cutright@nasa.gov

Melissa Cooley

Office 757-534-2503

Email Melissa.Cooley@hii-nns.com