ASME Involvement in Mobile Unmanned Systems

On September 28, 2017, ASME will continue its mobile unmanned systems standards development activities by attending the kick-off meeting of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Unmanned Aircraft Systems (UAS) Standardization Collaborative (UASSC). The UASSC will work on coordinating the development of standards and conformity assessment programs associated to UAS, commonly known as drones. ASME contributed in the May 19 ANSI meeting that established the collaborative. As part of ASME’s activities in this area, the Council on Standards and Certification approved initiating activities related to unmanned systems by authorizing the development of standards on “Application of Mobile Unmanned Systems (MUS) for inspections, monitoring, and maintenance of industrial facilities and power plants as well as equipment, transmission lines, and pipelines.”

In addition, the Board on Standardization and Testing has established a Special Working Group on the Use of Unmanned Aerial Vehicles/Systems (UAVs/UASs) for Inspection. The working group held its most recent meeting on August 7, 2017 during Boiler Code Week to discuss the current and emerging uses of (UAVs/UASs) for inspections of plants such as power plants, petrochemical plants, and manufacturing facilities.

ASME is currently soliciting subject matter experts and affected stakeholders to help support these efforts.

For more information, contact Claire Ramspeck (+1.212.591.8731).