Issue 14 - Winter 2014

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Winter 2014

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National Public Radio's "The Takeaway" Program Brings the Importance of Technical Standards in Everyday Life into Focus

Several ASME staff members and volunteers were recently featured in a four-part series entitled "Meeting the Standard" on NPR's "The Takeaway".

ASME staff members Noha El-Ghobashy (managing director, Engineering Workforce & Global Development) and Mark Sheehan (managing director, Development, Standards & Certification) along with ASME volunteers Kenneth Balkey (senior vice president, ASME Standards and Certification) and Heather Fleming (Engineering for Global Development committee member and CEO of Catapult Design) were interviewed about the impact of codes and standards on everyday life.

Hosted by John Hockenberry, "The Takeaway" program airs on hundreds on NPR affiliates across the country.

Listen to the series.

Symposia on Elevated Temperature Application of Materials, Small Modular Reactors Planned for Spring

ASME will be conducting a Symposium on Elevated Temperature Application of Materials for Fossil, Nuclear, and Petrochemical Industries from March 25-27, 2014 at the Renaissance Seattle Hotel in Seattle, Washington. The symposium will provide a unique opportunity for fossil, nuclear, and petrochemical industry groups, standards development organizations, government, and interested members of the public to come together to determine how best to revise and upgrade design and construction practices of pressure equipment such as boilers, pressure vessels, and piping components that will operate at elevated temperatures where materials are subjected to creep, creep-fatigue, embrittlement, and other environmental factors. The symposium will consist of a series of panel sessions carried over a 3-day period covering a variety of topics. Individuals interested in attending the symposium may register on the conference website.

From April 15-17, ASME will be conducting a Symposium on Small Modular Reactors (SMRs) in Washington, D.C. Among the seven tracks will be one addressing codes and standards, covering design, operation and maintenance, in-service inspection, quality assurance, performance-based and risk-informed concepts, and licensing. The symposium will also include a session focusing on safety and risk management, incorporating lessons learned from Fukushima Daiichi. Keynotes will be given by Commissioner William C. Ostendorff, of the U.S. Nuclear Regulatory Commission, and Deputy Assistant Secretary for Nuclear Reactor Technologies John E. Kelly, of the U.S. Department of Energy.

Committee on Water Efficiency Guidelines Seeks Additional Members

The Committee on Water Efficiency Guidelines (WEG) for Power and Other Industrial Facilities has recently established three subcommittees to tackle various aspects of its charter and is currently seeking additional members.

  • The WEG Subcommittee on Innovative Water Conservation, Reuse, and Recovery Technologies will develop guidelines of best practices, performance assessments, and evaluation and reporting criteria in the field of innovative water conservation, reuse and recovery technologies.
  • The WEG Subcommittee on Use of Fresh and Non-Fresh Water Resources will develop guidelines describing the aspects of facility development based on water resources availability. This includes, but is not limited to, providing best practices, performance assessments, evaluation methods and reporting criteria for optimal use of fresh and non-fresh water.
  • The WEG Subcommittee on Cooling Systems will develop guidelines for best practices, performance assessments, and evaluation and reporting criteria for the efficient use and conservation of water in power plant and industrial cooling systems.

There are no fees to join. The subcommittees recently held their inaugural meetings and each plans to conduct monthly one hour teleconferences in order to advance their work.

For more information, or to express interest in participating, contact Frederic Constantino (+1.212.591.8684) or visit the WEG website.

ASME Seeks Comments on Standards Needs for Distributed Generation Systems

ASME recently issued a survey to help identify and assess the need for guidance and/or standards for Distributed Generation Systems. Distributed Generation is seen by many as a distinct, increasingly useful, and potentially high-growth niche in the future energy profile of the United States and many other regions around the world.

The survey is free and open to all. Participate in the survey.

For more information, contact George Osolsobe (+1.212 591 8554).

ASME Verification & Validation Symposium to Enter Its Third Consecutive Year with Expanded Program, Partnership with Sandia National Laboratories

In response to successful ASME Verification and Validation (V&V) symposia held in 2012 and 2013 featuring a wide-variety of international participants, the third large-scale symposium dedicated entirely to the emerging field of verification, validation, and uncertainty quantification of computer modeling and simulations will be held May 7-9, 2014 in Las Vegas. This unique event will bring together engineers and scientists from various disciplines, who normally do not have an opportunity to interact, to discuss and exchange ideas of methods, approaches, success and failures, and ideas for the future.

New to the program in 2014 is a partnership with Sandia National Laboratories, who will be conducting a Verification and Validation Challenge Problem Workshop. During the workshops, participants will be provided a common “end-to-end” engineering scenario, from models and data through final prediction and decision. Participants will have the opportunity to demonstrate different V&V methods and approaches with the intention of creating an environment to act as both V&V practitioner and decision-maker for assessing the credibility of simulations.  Learn more about the workshop.

The ASME V&V Standards Committee and four V&V Subcommittees will also hold their meetings in the days prior to the Symposium in an effort to broaden participation and to discuss additional topics for standards development.

For more information contact Ryan Crane, P.E. (+1.212.591.7004) or visit the ASME V&V website.

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Two New ASME Brochures Highlight the Value of Standards

In an effort to help raise awareness of the value of standards, ASME has released two new brochures.

The Why and How of ASME Standards & Certificationprovides a brief history of ASME’s role in standards development, highlights the value of independent consensus standards, and provides answers to frequently asked questions.

Targeted towards students of engineering, Examples of Use of Codes and Standards for Students in Mechanical Engineering and Other Fields provides a more in-depth understanding of the practical application of codes and standards. Examples of use in specific industries and disciplines, including plumbing, dimensioning and tolerancing, nuclear risk management, material handling, and elevators and escalators are provided.

For more information, or to participate in future updates to the student brochure, contact Donnie Alonzo (+1.212.591.8034).

Standards & Certification Volunteers Among Recipients of ASME Awards

ASME recently presented several prestigious standards-related awards.

ASME President  Madiha El Mehelmy Kotb presents Dr. Sidney Bernsen with the Melvin R Green  Codes and Standards Medal at the 2013 ASME Honors Assembly

ASME President Madiha El Mehelmy Kotb presents Dr. Sidney Bernsen with the Melvin R Green Codes and Standards Medal at the 2013 ASME Honors Assembly

In November, Sidney A. Bernsen, Ph.D., was honored with ASME’s highest Standards & Certification Award, the Melvin R. Green Codes and Standards Medal. Dr. Bernsen was recognized for his distinguished leadership and professionalism in the development, advancement, promotion, and acceptance of ASME codes and standards; and for pioneering efforts in the development and standardization of quality assurance and nuclear risk management programs for application in power plants and other facilities. 

The Melvin R. Green Codes and Standards Medal recognizes outstanding contributions to the development, promulgation or management of documents, objects or devices used in ASME programs of technical codification, standardization and conformity assessment. The award was presented to Dr. Bernsen at the Society’s annual Honors Assembly held in conjunction with the 2013 ASME International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition (IMECE), Nov. 15 through 21, in San Diego.

Bernsen, an ASME Fellow, was the first chair of the ASME Standards Committee on Nuclear Quality Assurance; he served on the committee for 30 years and is now an honorary member.  He also served on the ASME Nominating Committee and the Codes and Standards’ Redesign Team.  He is a founding member of the ASME Board on Nuclear Codes and Standards and has served continuously for more than 38 years.  In 1998 Bernsen was appointed the first chair of the ASME Standards Committee on Nuclear Risk Management, and he continues as a member and serves on the Executive Committee.  He was also a member of the ASME Standards Board on New Development and has served as vice chair.  He received an ASME Dedicated Service Award in 1989 and the Bernard F. Langer Nuclear Codes and Standards Award in 2000.

Bernsen is an Honorary Member of ASME’s Committee on Nuclear Quality Assurance and past director of the American Nuclear Society.

Patrick McHale, P.E.

Patrick McHale, P.E.

Also recognized during the 2013 ASME Congress was Patrick M. McHale, P.E., vice president of McHale & Associates, Inc. (Redmond, Wash.). McHale, who was presented with ASME’s Performance Test Codes Medalfor significant contributions to the development of numerous test codes to improve the efficiency of electrical generation; and for serving ASME and the profession during the past several decades with exemplary dedication on performance test code committees and on its governing board. 

McHale has more than 50 years of management and engineering experience in performance testing, startup, plant betterment, operation and maintenance, and life extension of cogeneration, fossil- and nuclear-fueled, geothermal and hydroelectric generating stations, as well as U.S. Navy nuclear and marine power plants.  He is an experienced power plant startup and testing manager, and manager of all architect engineer home office startup support activities.

McHale is a member of the ASME Board on Performance Test Codes (PTCs) and currently serves on two PTC committees: PTC 46–Overall Plant Performance and PTC 4.4–Gas Turbine Heat Recovery Steam Generators. Previously he served on PTC 23–Atmospheric Water Cooling Equipment and PTC 30–Air-Cooled Heat Exchangers.

Bryan Erler, P.E.

Bryan Erler, P.E.

In August, Bryan A. Erler, P.E., president of Erler Engineering Ltd., was presented with the 2013 ASME Bernard F. Langer Nuclear Codes and Standards Award, which recognizes an individual who has contributed to the nuclear power plant industry through the development and promotion of ASME nuclear codes and standards or the ASME Nuclear Certification Program. Mr. Erler was presented with the award during Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code meetings held Aug. 12 through 16 in Montreal

Erler has been involved with ASME Nuclear Codes and Standards for 40 years. He has served on the Boiler and Pressure Vessel (BPV) committees on Construction of Nuclear Facility Components (Section III) and Nuclear Inservice Inspection (Section XI), and the ASME Board on Nuclear Codes and Standards since 1991. He is chair of the Board on Conformity Assessment, serves on the Council on Standards and Certification, and currently chairs the Task Group on Design Basis and Response to Severe Accidents. As a featured expert for numerous domestic and international delegations and workshops, Erler has helped foster an in-depth understanding and acceptance of ASME's nuclear standards and certification products. He received an ASME Dedicated Service Award in 2006.

Erler has been an executive in the nuclear power industry for more than 42 years, participating in and directing the design of numerous coal, gas and nuclear power plants worldwide. He spent 35 years with Sargent & Lundy, Chicago, including 18 years as senior vice president and owner of Sargent & Lundy LLC where he retired in 2004.

In February, David L. Berger, senior staff engineer/scientist at PPL Generation, LLC, was honored by ASME as the recipient of its J. Hall Taylor Medal. He is being recognized for extraordinary leadership and professionalism in consensus building and global recognition of ASME codes and standards for pressure equipment; and for dedication to the integrity of the ASME codes and standards development process. 

David Berger

David Berger

The medal commemorates the pioneering work of J. Hall Taylor in the standardization of industrial products and safety codes for their usage and is awarded for distinguished service or eminent achievement in the codes and standards area pertaining to the broad fields of piping and pressure vessels. The award will be presented to Mr. Berger during ASME's Boiler and Pressure Vessel Committee Meeting on Power Boilers, to be held in San Diego on Feb. 13, 2014.

Berger's career with PPL Generation, LLC has centered on process safety in fossil power plants. His primary responsibility is to manage inspection of pressure equipment: boilers, pressure vessels and piping.

An ASME Fellow, Berger enjoys the synergy between his inspection work at PPL and his volunteer role on ASME committees, which began in 1986. He chairs the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Committee on Power Boilers (BPV I) and has served as a member of the Post Construction Standards Committee since its inception in 1995. He has been a member of the Board on Pressure Technology Codes and Standards since 2003 and serves as an at-large director on the executive board of ASME's Anthracite-Lehigh Valley Section.

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ASME Convenes Workshop, Launches India International Working Group on Nuclear Components in Mumbai

On December 9, 2013, ASME, in collaboration with the Nuclear Power Corp. of India Ltd. (NPCIL), held a workshop focused on supporting safe development and deployment of commercial nuclear technology in India. Key participants from ASME included President Madiha Kotb, Mark Sheehan (S&C Managing Director of Development), and Madhukar Sharma (President of ASME India Pvt Ltd.). During the workshop, which was attended by approximately 85 representatives of India's nuclear power industry, Dr. Srikumar Bannerjee, former Chairman of the India Department of Atomic Energy, provided a keynote speech entitled "Energizing the Indian Nuclear Equipment Industry to Prepare for the Future". Other topics covered during the workshop included ASME standards and certification systems (including mechanisms for global participation), rules for nuclear piping design, and nuclear materials and quality assurance.

On the margins of the workshop, ASME convened a meeting of the newly established India International Working Group (IWG) on Boiler and Pressure Vessel Section III (Nuclear) Components. During the meeting, nominees for IWG officers were selected, including Ms. Bitika Basu (Larsen & Toubro) as Chair, Mr. G. Maltrivanan (Bharat Heavy Electricals Ltd. – Trichy) as Vice Chair, and Mr. Braham Parkash (Nuclear Power Corp. of India, Ltd.) as Secretary. The IWG members agreed to meet four times per year, with the next meeting to be held on February 22, 2014.

India has several commercial reactors under construction, and according to the World Nuclear Association, aims to supply 25% of electricity from nuclear power by 2050.

For more information, contact Christian Sanna (+1.212.591.8513).

ASME Standards & Certification Launches C&S Connect v4.0

On December 19th ASME launched C&S Connect version 4.0. Key changes include:

  • ability to conduct "out of cycle" recirculation ballots
  • ability to conduct administrative board approval of records
  • ability for committee members to download ballot comments and responses to work offline
  • ability to submit and track requests for interpretation of ASME standards via C&S Connect

Learn more about v 4.0 updates to C&C Connect.

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ASME to Offer MasterClass Training on Regulatory Requirements for Commercial Grade Dedication

Held in conjunction with the ASME 2014 Small Modular Reactors Symposium, a one-day MasterClass on Commercial Grade Dedication (CGD) will take place on April 14, 2014 in Washington DC. Led by Douglas Brown, an instructor with over 42 years’ experience within the nuclear power industry, the course focuses on the application of Commercial Grade Dedication to meet current industry needs and requirements. Case studies and best practices – with an emphasis on non-traditional dedications such as software, calibration, and other services – will be used to demonstrate the application of current Commercial Grade Dedication requirements and the roles and responsibilities of Owners, EPCs, and Suppliers. The requirements of ASME NQA-1 2012 - Quality Assurance Requirements for Nuclear Facility Applications are used as the framework for this discussion.

For more information, visit the course website.

ASME International Petroleum Technology Institute, Training & Development to Join Forces for Pipeline Training Week Event

From April 14 to 18, 2014, numerous experts from the onshore pipeline industry will host a comprehensive Pipeline Training Week in Denver, Colorado. The training will be tailored specifically for engineers and project managers involved in the design, operation, maintenance and integrity assurance of piping systems, and will comprise 10 courses focused on updates to ASME standards, safety issues, and industry technical challenges. 

For more information, download the event brochure.

Opportunities for ASME Course Developers and Instructors

If you are an expert in engineering or an experienced teacher in the field, we want to talk to you. We are currently seeking course developers and instructors for live classroom and eLearning courses, as well as instructors who can teach for us worldwide.

For more information, contact Mike Dodge (+1.212.591.7120) or visit our website.


American National Standards Institute (ANSI) Solicits Input on Energy Efficiency Standardization Roadmap

The American National Standards Institute (ANSI) is currently soliciting comments on v 1.0 of its draft Energy Efficiency Standardization Roadmap. Developed under the purview of ANSI’s Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination Collaborative and released on January 29, 2014, the draft roadmap outlines 116 action-oriented recommendations to advance energy efficiency in the built environment through standards and conformance activities. Recommendations focus around five strategic areas, including building energy and water assessment and performance standards; system integration and systems communications; building energy rating, labeling, and simulation; evaluation, measurement, and verification; and workforce credentialing.

Established in 2013, the Energy Efficiency Standardization Coordination Collaborative (EESCC) is a cross-sector, neutral forum and focal point for broad-based coordination among energy efficiency activities involving or impacted by standards and/or regulations. Its membership includes representatives from both public and private organizations, including ASME.

The deadline for submitting comments on the draft roadmap is March 15, 2014. To read the report, and for information on submitting comments, visit the EESCC website or contact Ryan Crane (+1.212.591.7004).


A17.1-2013/CSA B44-13 Safety Code for Elevators and Escalators
A112.19.1-2013/CSA B45.2-13 Enamelled Cast Iron and Enamelled Steel Plumbing Fixtures
A112.19.2-2013/CSA B45.1-13 Enamelled Cast Iron and Enamelled Steel Plumbing Fixtures
A112.19.14-2013 Six-Liter Water Closets Equipped with a Dual Flushing Device
ASSE 1016-2011/A112.1016-2011/CSA B125.16-11 Performance Requirements for Automatic Compensating Valves for Individual Showers and Tub/Shower Combinations (with Update No. 2)
B1.20.1-2013 Pipe Threads, General Purpose, Inch
B16.14-2013 Ferrous Pipe Plugs, Bushings, and Locknuts with Pipe Threads
B16.15-2013 Cast Copper Alloy Threaded Fittings: Classes 125 and 250
B16.51-2013 Copper and Copper Alloy Press-Connect Pressure Fittings
B18.6.3-2013 Machine Screws, Tapping Screws, and Metallic Drive Screws (Inch Series)
B29.21-2013 700 Class Chains, Attachments, and Sprocket Teeth for Water and Sewage Treatment Plants
B29.26-2013 Fatigue Testing Power Transmission Roller Chain
B30.20-2013 Below-the-Hook Lifting Devices
B30.24-2013 Container Cranes
B30.25-2013 Scrap and Material Handlers
B40.100-2013 Pressure Gauges and Gauge Attachments
B73.1-2012 Specification for Horizontal End Suction Centrifugal Pumps for Chemical Process
B89.1.13-2013 Micrometers
PCC-1-2013 Guidelines for Pressure Boundary Bolted Flange Joint Assembly
POM 101-2013 Performance-Related Outage Inspections
QEI-1-2013 Standard for the Qualification of Elevator Inspectors
PTC 4-2013 Fired Steam Generators
PTC 55-2013 Gas Turbine Aircraft Engines
RAM-1-2013 Reliability, Availability, and Maintainability of Equipment and Systems in Power Plants
RA-Sb-2013 Addenda to ASME/ANS RA-S-2008—Standard for Level 1/Large Early Release Frequency Probabilistic Risk Assessment for Nuclear Power Plant Applications
RTP-1-2013 Reinforced Thermoset Plastic Corrosion-Resistant Equipment
Y14.3-2012 Orthographic and Pictorial Views

See full listing of recently published standards


STP-PT-065 Branch Leg Study for Bioprocessing Equipment
STP-PT-064 Evaluation of Fracture Properties Test Methods for Hydrogen Service
STP-NU-062 Comprehensive Comparison of International Quality Standards

See full listing of ASME Standards Technology Publications


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

ASME B31.1 - Power Piping

ASME B5.18 - Spindle Noses and Tool Shanks for Milling Machines

ASME B5.1M - T-Slots, Their Bolts, Nuts, and Tongues

ASME B5.52 - Power Presses: General Purpose, Single-Point Gap Type

ASME B5.56M - R20XX, Specification and Performance Standard, Power Shears

ASME B5.61- Power Presses - General Purpose - Single Action Straight Side Type

ASME B5.9 - Spindle Noses for Tool Room Lathes, Engine Lathes, Turret Lathes, and Automatic Lathes

ASME B89.1.7 - Surveying Tapes

ASME B89.4.22 - Methods for Performance Evaluation of Articulated Arm Coordinate Measuring Machines

ASME B94.19 - Milling Cutters and End Mills

See full listing of ASME standards open for ANSI Public Review


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

ASME QFO-1, Standard for the Qualification and Certification of Operators of High Capacity Fossil Fuel Fired Plants (Revision of existing standard)

ASME Y14.41.1, 3D Model Organization Schema (New standard)

See full listing of New Standards Projects


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

Pressure Vessels for Human Occupancy
Feb 24 2014 12:00 PM - Feb 27 2014 05:00 PM | Las Cruces, New Mexico, United States

A90 Safety Standard for Manlifts Committee
Feb 25 2014, 02:00 PM - 06:30 PM | Omaha, Nebraska, United States

PTC 34 Waste Combustors with Energy Recovery
Feb 25 2014 09:00 AM - Feb 26 2014 12:00 PM | Juno Beach, Florida, United States

Board of Nuclear Codes and Standards at Oregon State University/ 
Feb 26 2014 - Feb 27 2014 | Lake Oswego, Oregon, United States

SRB Standards Committee
Mar 03 2014, 08:00 AM - 05:00 PM | Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

A17 Earthquake Committee
Mar 04 2014 09:00 AM - Mar 05 2014 05:00 PM | Scottsdale, Arizona, United States

B31.4 Section Committee
Mar 04 2014 08:00 AM - Mar 05 2014 02:00 PM | Austin, Texas, United States

A17 Emergency Operations and Hoistway Committee
Mar 04 2014 08:30 AM - Mar 06 2014 05:00 PM | Clearwater Beach, Florida, United States

B31.12 Committee
Mar 05 2014, 08:30 AM - 03:30 PM | Washington, District of Columbia, United States

Board on Pressure Technology Codes and Standards
Mar 06 2014, 08:00 AM - 03:30 PM | Washington, District of Columbia, United States

B31 Qualification of Pipeline Personnel Technical Committee  
Mar 11 2014 01:00 PM - Mar 12 2014 05:00 PM | Fort Myers, Florida, United States

ASME B16 Code Week
Mar 24 2014 08:00 AM - Mar 27 2014 05:00 PM | Chicago, Illinois, United States

Controls and Safety Devices for Automatically Fired Boilers
Apr 01 2014 08:30 AM - Apr 02 2014 04:00 PM | New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

B31.3 Process Piping Committee  
Apr 07 2014 08:30 AM - Apr 09 2014 05:00 PM | Austin, Texas, United States

MFC Standards Committee on Measurement of Fluid Flow in Closed Conduits (MFC)
Apr 08 2014 07:45 AM - Apr 10 2014 01:00 PM | Sarasota, Florida, United States

Nuclear Quality Assurance (NQA)  
Apr 08 2014 08:00 AM - Apr 10 2014 05:00 PM | Mesa, Arizona, United States

V&V 20 - Verification and Validation in Compuational Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer
Apr 22 2014 09:00 AM - Apr 23 2014 12:00 PM | Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

PTC 18 Hydraulic Prime Movers
Apr 23 2014 09:00 AM - Apr 25 2014 12:00 PM | Palm Springs, California, United States

B107 Standards Committee on Hand Tools
Apr 24 2014, 09:00 AM - 05:00 PM | Des Plaines, IL, Illinois, United States

Portable Automotive Service Equipment (PASE) Committee
Apr 28 2014, 11:00 AM - 06:00 PM | Scottsdale, Arizona, United States

BPV Committee on Fiber-Reinforced Plastic Pressure Vessels, Reinforced Thermoset Plastic Corrosion Resistant Equipment Committee, and Subcommittee on FRP Piping
Apr 28 2014 08:00 AM - May 01 2014 05:00 PM | Tampa, Florida, United States

Y14 Committee on Engineering Drawing and Related Documentation
Apr 28 2014 08:00 AM - May 02 2014 05:00 PM | Tampa, Florida, United States

A17 Elevator Code Week
May 05 2014 08:00 AM - May 08 2014 05:00 PM | New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

B18 Standards Committee on Fasteners and Subcommittee  
May 07 2014 09:00 AM - May 08 2014 12:00 PM | Toronto, Ontario, Canada

B46 Committee on Classification and Designation of Surfaces
May 13 2014 08:00 AM - May 14 2014 12:00 PM | Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

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