Issue 11 - Spring 2013

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What’s New 

New Edition of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code to be Available in July 2013

For over 100 years, ASME's boiler and pressure vessel code has helped to ensure public safety by establishing criteria governing the design, fabrication, and inspection of boilers and pressure vessels. Starting with the 2013 edition of the Code, ASME will shift from a three-year cycle to a two-year cycle and eliminate annual addenda.

The 2013 edition of the BPVC also includes substantial changes, including new mandatory appendices that provide rules for establishing the governing Code/Addenda edition for new construction and parts in Sections I, IV, VIII, X, and XII; a rewrite of the guideline on the approval of new materials in Section II, Part D (Materials); changes in Section V (Non-Destructive Examination) to recognize certain International Organization for Standardization (ISO) and American Society for Nondestructive Testing (ASNT) standards towards training, experience, and examination requirements; new guidance within Section VIII, Division 1 (Pressure Vessels) on the responsibilities of Users and Designated Agents; and a new Part to Section IX (welding and brazing qualifications) addressing plastic fusing.

Learn more about the 2013 edition of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code.

Two New Standards Committees Chartered by ASME

ASME has recently chartered two new standards committees. The first, the Committee on Certification of Non-Destructive Examination (NDE) Personnel and Quality Control Technicians, will establish the requirements for third party, central certification programs for NDE personnel and QC technicians. The program features will be consistent with personnel certification best practices.

The second, the Committee on Water Efficiency Guidelines for Power and Other Industrial Facilities, will develop guidance documents to promote the efficient use of water in applications within power and other industrial facilities and to aid in evaluation of technical options. Topics will potentially include, but are not limited to, cooling systems, the use of fresh and non-fresh water resources, and innovative water reuse and water recovery technologies.

For more information on the NDE Committee, contact Anthony Amato (+1.212.591.7003)

For more information on the Water Efficiency Committee, contact Frederic Constantino (+1.212.591.8684)

ASME Standards & Certification Issues Report Outlining Strategic Issues

In October 2012, ASME Standards & Certification (S&C) held a general assembly with the purpose of communicating S&C's diverse initiatives, exploring key trends impacting the organization and its many stakeholders, and for seeking input on strategic initiatives and priorities. A report summarizing the two-day event was issued to ASME S&C volunteers and staff in March of 2013. The report, titled "Strategic Issues for Enhanced Relevance for Today and Beyond" highlights findings, insights, and potential actions.

S&C volunteers can download the report from the Council on Standards and Certification's Board on Strategic Initiatives website.

For more information, contact Joseph Wendler (+1.212.591.8524)

ASME Hosts Plenary Meeting of ISO Technical Committee on Lifts, Escalators, and Moving Walks

On April 25-26, ASME hosted a plenary meeting of the International Organization for Standardization (ISO) Technical Committee (TC) 178 on Lifts, Escalators, and Moving Walks at its New York headquarters. ASME, developer of elevator and escalator standards used in North America and in other parts of the world, currently serves as Secretary of the U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) to ISO TC 178.

The meeting provided stakeholders from around the world the opportunity to exchange information on a multitude of topics of interest to those in the vertical transportation industry, including coordination on essential safety requirements; fire containment and testing of landing doors; energy performance; and other areas.

ASME Hosts Plenary Meeting of ISO Technical Committee on Lifts, Escalators, and Moving Walks
Delegates pose for a group photo during the 2013 plenary meeting of ISO TC 178.

ASME serves as the Secretariat to a 40 US TAGs to ISO and 4 ISO committees.

For more information about the 2013 Plenary Meeting of ISO TC 178, contact Geraldine Burdeshaw (+1.212.591.8523).

Learn more about ASME administered Secretariats to ISO Committees

U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission Issues Guidance on Use of ASME Certification Marks for Use with Section III of the Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code

In an April 3, 2013 enforcement guidance memorandum (EGM), the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission granted enforcement discretion for the use of American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) Certification Marks in instances where ASME Code Symbol Stamps are required by Section III of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code. According to the memo, the EGM will remain in effect until the NRC completes its rulemaking to incorporate by reference the 2009 through the 2011 Addenda of the ASME Code. The status of the rulemaking can be tracked at:

For more information, contact Kevin Ennis (+1.212.591.7075)

Robert J. DeBoom Named Recipient of ASME Patrick J. Higgins Award

Robert J. DeBoom Named Recipient of ASME Patrick J. Higgins Award
Robert J. DeBoom, left, is presented the ASME's Patrick J. Higgins Medal on May 2, 2013 at The University of Texas at Dallas. Presenting the award is DeBoom's grandson, Michael Dippel, President of the ASME Student Chapter at the University of Texas at Dallas.

Robert ("Bob") DeBoom, of Allen, Texas, was presented with ASME's Patrick J. Higgins Medal on May 2, 2013 at the University of Texas at Dallas. DeBoom was recognized for his substantial contributions in the development and promotion of consensus-based standards in the field of measurement of fluid flow in closed conduits. DeBoom has served as member of the ASME MFC Standards Committee on Measurement of Fluid Flow in Closed Conduits for over twenty years and as a committee officer since 1998.

The Patrick J. Higgins Medal recognizes an individual for contributions to the enhancement of standardization through the development and promotion of ASME codes and standards or conformity assessment programs in specific areas. The award was established by ASME's Board on Standardization & Testing in 2007 in honor of Patrick J. Higgins, a long-standing Chairman of the A112 Committee and a member of the Board on Standardization.

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New and Revised Publications 

New and Revised Standards:

B5.57-2012 Methods for Performance Evaluation of Computer Numerically Controlled Lathes and Turning Centers

B16.5-2013 Pipe Flanges and Flanged Fittings: NPS 1/2 through NPS 24 Metric/Inch Standard

B16.9-2012 Factory-Made Wrought Buttwelding Fittings

B16.34-2013 Valves—Flanged, Threaded, and Welding End

B16.49-2012 Factory-Made, Wrought Steel, Buttwelding Induction Bends for Transportation and Distribution Systems

B18.2.1-2012 Square, Hex, Heavy Hex, and Askew Head Bolts and Hex, Heavy Hex, Hex Flange, Lobed Head, and Lag Screws (Inch Series)

B18.3-2012 Socket Cap, Shoulder, Set Screws, and Hex Keys (Inch Series)

B30.3-2012 Tower Cranes

B30.29-2012 Self-Erecting Tower Cranes (NEW STANDARD)

B31.8-2012 Gas Transmission and Distribution Piping Systems

NQA-1-2012 Quality Assurance Requirements for Nuclear Facility Applications

OM-2012 Operation and Maintenance of Nuclear Power Plants

QME-1-2012 Qualification of Active Mechanical Equipment Used in Nuclear Facilities

Y14.1-2012 Decimal Inch Drawing Sheet Size and Format

Y14.1M-2012 Metric Drawing Sheet Size and Format

Y14.24-2012 Types and Applications of Engineering Drawings

See full listing of recently published standards

New Standards Technology LLC Publications

NTB-1 Training Program Reference Material for Use with ASME/ANS RA-Sa-2009

PTB-5 ASME Section VIII—Division 3 Example Problem Manual

STP-PT-056 Extend Stress-Strain Curve Parameters and Cyclic Stress-Strain Curves to All Materials Listed for Section VIII, Divisions 1 and 2 Construction

STP-NU-57 ASME Code Development Roadmap for HDPE Pipe in Nuclear Service

STP-TS-060 Coal-Fired Plant Decommissioning Investigation Report

See full listing of ASME Standards Technology Publications

ASME Standards Open For ANSI Public Review

Public comments may be submitted on proposed new ASME Standards drafts and on proposals to revise, reaffirm, or withdraw approval of existing ASME Standards.

A112.19.1/CSA B45.2 Enamelled Cast Iron and Enamelled Steel Plumbing Fixtures

A112.19.2/CSA B45.1 Ceramic Plumbing Fixtures

B1.20.1 Pipe Threads, General Purpose (Inch)

B16.14 Ferrous Pipe Plugs, Bushings, and Locknuts With Pipe Threads

B16.40 Manually Operated Thermoplastic Gas Shutoffs and Valves in Gas Distribution Systems

B16.50 Wrought Copper and Copper Alloy Braze-Joint Pressure Fittings

B18.21.3 Double Coil Helical Spring Lock Washers for Wood Structures

B30.20 Below the Hook Lifting Devices

B31E Standard for the Seismic Design and Retrofit of Above-Ground Piping Systems

B40.100 Pressure Gauges and Gauge Attachments

MFC-5.3 Measurement of Liquid Flow in Closed Conduits

POM 101 (formerly PTC 101) Performance Related Outage Inspections

PTC 55 Gas Turbine Aircraft Engines

RTP-1 Reinforced Thermoset Plastic Corrosion-Resistant Equipment

QEI-1 Standard for the Qualification of Elevator Inspectors

Y14.100 Engineering Drawing Practices

See full listing of ASME Standards Open for ANSI Public Review

New Standards Projects in Development

New Standards Projects are either first time editions or revisions of existing standards.

ANDE Central Qualification and Certification Program for Nondestructive Examination and Quality Control Personnel

RA-S-1.4 Core Damage Frequency (Level 1) and Severe Accident Progression and Radiological Release (Level 2) PRA Standard for Nuclear Power Plant Applications for Non-LWRs

See full listing of New Standards Projects

Global Outreach 

ASME Offers Perspective at EU-U.S. High Level Regulatory Cooperation Forum Stakeholder Session

On April 10-11, 2013, the U.S. Chamber of Commerce hosted a public meeting in order to solicit input on potential actions to promote greater transatlantic regulatory compatibility. The meeting, which preceded the EU-U.S. High Level Regulatory Cooperation Forum, included a panel session focused on transatlantic experiences of standards developing organizations. During the panel session, ASME staff member Heidi Hijikata provided an overview of ASME experience in the areas of standardization of pressure technology, commercial nuclear power, and elevators (lifts), and advocated that any changes to the existing regulatory frameworks should continue to provide flexibility and multiple paths for the acceptance and use of standards.

Both events were held in anticipation of the Transatlantic Trade and Investment Partnership negotiations, which are expected to include standards and regulatory cooperation when formally launched later this year. While the Forum has no official link to the negotiations, it provides a setting for senior officials from all areas of both governments to discuss regulatory policy matters of mutual interest; standardization and the link between standards and regulations have been discussed in the Forum for several years.

For more information, contact Heidi Hijikata (+1.202.787.1260)

Learn more about the EU-U.S. Regulatory Cooperation Forum

ASME Participates in Pan American Standards Commission (COPANT) General Assembly

From April 21-26, ASME staff participated in the 2013 Pan American Standards Commission (COPANT) General Assembly and related meetings held in St. Lucia as part of the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) delegation representing the United States. COPANT, which focuses on the areas of technical standardization and conformity assessment programs, is comprised of National Standards Bodies from the Americas and currently has 28 active members and nine adherent members. In conjunction with the meetings, ASME Standards and Certification sponsored a workshop on "Sustainable Construction in Commercial Buildings through Building Codes and Standards".

For more information, contact Jim Ramirez (+1.212.591.8033)

Learn more about COPANT

Standards and Conformity Assessment Workshops Held in Mexico, Brazil

From May 7-8, ASME Standards & Certification held a workshop in Mexico City, Mexico in collaboration with the ASME Mexico Section, IHS, the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors, Hartford Steam Boiler. The event provided over 100 local stakeholders the opportunity to gain first-hand information related to the practical application of technical standards, including the latest developments in ASME standards for pressure vessels as well as information about ASME codes for operating nuclear power plants and boiler operation and maintenance.

For more information, contact Jim Ramirez (+1.212.591.8033)

A similar workshop, focusing on the technical requirements for welding contained in Section IX of the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code and the National Board Inspection Code, is scheduled to take place on June 18 in conjunction with the 2013 Conference on Equipment Technology (COTEQ) in Porto de Galinhas, Brazil. To be held in collaboration with the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors, the Brazilian Institute of Petroleum (IBP), the Brazilian Association of Non-Destructive Examination and Inspection (ABENDI), the Brazilian Association of Corrosion (ABRACO), and IHS, the workshop will also include a session on ASME's conformity assessment programs applicable to Brazil's oil and gas sector.

For more information, contact Mark Sheehan (+1.212.591.8530)

ASME to Cosponsor 2013 Meetings of Pacific Area Standards Congress/Pacific Accreditation Cooperation

ASME is among eleven sponsoring organizations for the 2013 joint meetings of the Pacific Area Standards Congress and the Pacific Accreditation Cooperation to be held from May 18-26 in Hawaii. The event, hosted by the American National Standards Institute, will include participants from 20 countries throughout the Pacific Rim and provide a central venue for discussions that will shape the future direction of Asia Pacific Economic Cooperation (APEC) member economies.

Established in 1973, the Pacific Area Standards Congress provides a forum of member countries to:

  • strengthen international standardization programs and to improve the ability of Pacific Rim standards organizations to effectively participate
  • improve the quality and capacity of standardization in economies of the region
  • support free trade within the region and with economies in other regions
  • support improvement of economic efficiency and development of the region through the promotion of standardization
  • interact with other bodies that represent elements of the standardization technical infrastructure, industry, consumers and government

For more information, contact Robert Lettieri (+1.212.591.8573)

Learn more about PASC/PAC 2013

Boiler and Pressure Vessel Workshops Slated for India, UAE

ASME is planning a series of boiler and pressure vessel workshop in India and Dubai. The workshops will be one-day events and cover the latest developments in ASME BPV Section I (Power Boilers) and Section VIII (Pressure Vessels). Sponsored locally by Book Supply Bureau, the workshops will give users of the subject standards timely insights into changes that will be appearing in the 2013 editions due to be released in July. The schedule is as follows:

May 31 - Delhi
June 4 – Chennai
June 5 - Dubai
June 8 - Mumbai

For more information, contact Mark Sheehan (+1.212.591.8530)

Public ASME/U.S. Coast Guard Workshop Being Held to Help Advance Marine Standards and Technology

The workshop, which is open to the general public, provides a unique opportunity for classification societies, industry groups, standards development organizations, governments and interested members of the public to come together for a professional exchange on a board range of topics having technological impact on the marine industry with corresponding coverage in related standards and government regulations. To be held on July 24-25 in Washington D.C., the workshop will feature five panel sessions covering equipment and materials; liquid nature gas (LNG) and compress natural gas (CNG) technology; human element and risk management; offshore marine technology; and regulations and classification societies. ASME Board of Governors member Robert Sims will be presenting on two panels, and ASME Deputy Executive Director June Ling will be providing an opening keynote.

For more information, visit the event website.

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Energy Spotlight  

Recent Survey Shows Interest in Exploring Standards Development for Energy Storage Devices and Systems

A recent ASME survey issued to targeted members of ASME volunteers revealed an emerging interest in developing technical and commercial standards for various types of energy storage components and systems including battery; compressed-air; pumped; high-speed flywheel; electrochemical capacitors; and others. Over 85 percent of respondents indicated a belief that "guidance, codes or technical standards on energy storage would be useful."

Based on the strong response and interest, ASME will be exploring the initiation of new activities, including the potential formation of a new standards development committee on energy storage.

For more information, contact Jack Karian (+1.212.591.8552).

Upcoming Free Energy Forum Webinars to Focus on Waste-to-Energy, Wind Power

As part of its recently launched series exploring the technical aspects of a renewable and alternative energy sources and related technologies, ASME will be conducting its next two webinars on waste-to-energy and wind power.

The Energy Forum series provides engineers, industry professionals, and policymakers with information on what they need to know today — how energy sources work; technical issues and challenges; and economic factors and implications.

The waste-to-energy and wind power webinars will be held in May and July, respectively.

For more information, visit the ASME Energy Forum website or contact Gita Sheth (+1.212.591.7865).

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Training and Development  

Training & Development Event Announced for Dubai

From June 23-26, 2013 ASME Training & Development will offer a series of public courses in Dubai. The special four-day training event - the first ASME Training & Development event to be held in the Middle East - will focus on three of ASME's most popular continuing education courses for engineers and technical professionals, including pressure vessels (Section VIII of the Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code); welding and brazing (Section IX of the Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code); and process piping (B31.3). Each course will be taught by an ASME-approved expert.

For more information, visit the registration website.

ASME Adds to Portfolio of Assessment Based Courses

ASME's Assessment Based Courses (ABC) are topical, short-length eLearning programs offering PDHs covering a wide range of topics specifically developed for engineers and technical professionals. Recent additions to its ABC portfolio include courses on Geometric Dimensioning and Tolerancing of Castings, Forgings and Molded Parts (Y14.8); Rules for Construction of Heating Boilers (BPV Section IV); Pressure Relief Devices (PTC 25); Testing Steam Turbines (PTC 6); and Rules for Construction of Single-Failure-Proof Cranes and Cranes (NOG-1 and NUM-1).

Each self-paced and highly affordable Web-based ABC training course features:

  • convenient self-study modules
  • multimedia files with audio commentary and review questions
  • end-of-module assessment tests
  • ASME certificate and professional development hours (PDHs)

For more information, visit For information on bulk discounts contact Paul Francis (+1.973.244.2304)

Spanish Language Courses - Cursos en Español

In response to increasing demand from Latin and South American countries, ASME is offering online instructor-supported eLearning courses in Spanish.

Nuestra plataforma de E-learning cuenta con herramientas interactivas que le permitirán llevar el curso virtual de su elección a la hora que usted desee - se encuentra disponible las 24 horas del día, los 7 días de la semana.

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Calendar of Events  

All meetings of ASME standards developing committees are free and open to the public.

ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Committee Code Week
May 10 2013 - May 17 2013 | Miami, Florida, United States

B30 Committee on Cranes and Related Equipment
May 13 2013 08:00 AM - May 17 2013 02:00 PM | Denver, Colorado, United States

B46 Surface Quality and B89 Dimensional Metrology Meetings
May 13 2013 09:00 AM - May 17 2013 05:00 PM | Plymouth, Minnesota, United States

B31.1 Power Piping Committee
May 20 2013 - May 22 2013 | Clearwater Beach, Florida, United States

PTC 12.1 Feedwater Heaters
May 20 2013 02:00 PM - May 22 2013 12:00 PM | Atlanta, Georgia, United States

B18 Standards Committee on Fasteners and Subcommittees
May 22 2013 01:00 PM - May 23 2013 12:00 PM | Indianapolis, Indiana, United States

ASME Bioprocessing (BPE) European Conference and Exhibition
Jun 10 2013 08:00 AM - Jun 13 2013 03:00 PM | Dublin, Ireland

A17 Committee on Elevators and Escalators - Emergency Operations and Hoistway Committee
Jun 11 2013 08:30 AM - Dec 12 2012 05:00 PM | Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada

B31.12 Hydrogen Piping and Pipelines Section Committee
Jun 11 2013 | Aurora, Colorado, United States

Committee on Cranes for Nuclear Facilities
Jun 11 2013 08:00 AM - Jun 14 2013 12:00 PM | Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

A17 Escalator & Moving Walk Committee
Jun 12 2013, 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM | Providence, Rhode Island, United States

Joint Board on Nuclear Codes and Standards/Board on Pressure Technology Codes and Standards
Jun 12 2013 - Jun 13 2013 | Aurora, Colorado, United States

Committee on Operation and Maintenance of Nuclear Power Plants
Jun 17 2013 08:00 AM - Jun 20 2013 01:00 PM | Portland, Oregon, United States

B31.8 Gas Transmission and Distribution Piping System Meeting
Jun 18 2013 - Jun 20 2013 | Seattle, Washington, United States

2013 ECCOMAS Thematic Conference on Multibody Dynamics
Jul 01 2013 - Jul 04 2013 | Zagreb, Croatia

Committee on Nuclear Air and Gas Treatment
Jul 09 2013 08:00 AM - Jul 11 2013 05:00 PM | Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

A112 Standards Committee and Project Teams on Plumbing Material and Equipment

Jul 16 2013 08:00 AM - Jul 18 2013 05:00 PM | Boston, Massachusetts, United States

PTC 6 Steam Turbines
Jul 30 2013 08:00 AM - Jul 31 2013 05:00 PM | Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Performance Test Code Standards Committee
Aug 01 2013 08:00 PM - Aug 02 2013 12:00 PM | Boston, Massachusetts, United States

B73 Standards Committee on Chemical Standard Pumps
Aug 27 2013 09:00 AM - Aug 28 2013 12:00 PM | Nashville, Tennessee, United States

A17 Elevator Code Week
Sep 09 2013 08:00 AM - Sep 12 2013 05:00 PM | St. Johns, Newfoundland, Canada

B31 Pressure Piping Committee Code Week
Sep 23 2013 - Sep 27 2013 | S. Portland, Maine, United States

B1 Standards Committee on Screw Threads and Subcommittee
Oct 08 2013 08:00 AM - Oct 09 2013 08:00 PM | Scottsdale, Arizona, United States


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