Issue 4 - Summer 2011

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What’s New

S&C Establishes FY12 Strategy Map

July 1 marks the beginning of a new fiscal year for ASME. Along with other sectors of the organization, Standards & Certification will continue to focus on the three overarching areas of Global Impact, Workforce Development, and Energy. Key to S&C’s strategic vision is the facilitation of global trade; the enhancement of public safety and quality of life; and meeting the needs of industries and governments through advancing the understanding, relevance and use of ASME standards, training, and conformity assessment programs throughout the world.

To achieve its vision, S&C will aim to foster alliances with organizations from industry, government, and academia in order to promote and adopt industry consensus standards and facilitate participation in standards development activities. ASME will also be offering more webinars and distance learning courses, as well as offer local instructors for on-site courses. Continued emphasis will be placed on ensuring that personnel training and certification programs provide world-class quality.

Lastly, S&C recognizes that it must use its resources on developing new content that addresses the needs of our core customers. To that end, it is anticipated that S&C’s energy product portfolio will increasingly focus on the commercialization of nuclear, fossil, alternative, and renewable energy technologies.

S&C Continues Focus on Fukushima Daiichi and Potential Impact on Standards

S&C continues to monitor developments and interact with stakeholders involved with the Fukushima Daiichi power plants. During the May 2011 meetings of the Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code committees, ASME hosted representatives from the Japan Nuclear Technology Institute (JANTI) and during the June 14, 2011 meeting of the Council on Standards and Certification, Junichi Hakii, group manager from Tokyo Electric Power Company (TEPCO), provided a comprehensive status report.  Also at the June 14 meeting, incoming Council Chair and Senior Vice President of Standards & Certification Ken Balkey provided a summary of ASME’s ongoing response. Efforts to date include a letter to the Japan Society of Mechanical Engineers from S&C leadership; a letter from ASME President Bob Simmons to President Obama, underscoring the need for maintaining a balanced energy policy; sustained coverage on; an analysis of the potential impact on ASME nuclear standards; the formation of a new task group under the Committee on Nuclear Risk Management to identify potential impact on probabilistic risk assessment (PRA) standards; and a proposal to establish a Board on Nuclear Codes and Standards task group on Design Basis Events and Response to Severe Accidents. Additionally, ASME has established an enterprise-wide, presidential task force to “develop, and disseminate ASME’s perspective on the impact of these events on the future direction of the Nuclear Power Industry and ASME’s role in addressing issues and lessons learned from these events.” Deliverables from the presidential task force are anticipated to include a series of white papers, reports, and/or position statements.

For more information on Standards & Certification’s activities related to Fukushima, contact Christian Sanna (+1.212.591.8513). For information on ASME’s enterprise-wide Fukushima task force, contact John Koehr (+1.212.591.8511).

Wilfred LaRochelle Receives 2011 ASME Bernard F. Langer Codes and Standards Award

Wilfred C. LaRochelle (photo, at right), principal nuclear consultant with HSB Global Standards (Hartford, Conn.), was presented with ASME’s Bernard F. Langer Nuclear Codes and Standards Award on May 12, 2011, during meetings of the Boiler & Pressure Vessel Committee in Las Vegas. Established in 1977, the award 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. 

During his 35 year career at HSB Global Standards, LaRochelle has held key supervisory and management positions, all related to safety inspections during the fabrication and operation of boilers, pressure vessels and nuclear components in accordance with technical codes and regulations.  His main areas of expertise include quality assurance and quality control manual requirements, ASME accreditation issues and ASME general nuclear requirements. He has co-authored two HSB Global Standards publications, How to Obtain Nuclear Certification and Section III Quick Reference Guide, which identifies the rules for constructing a nuclear reactor pressure vessel.

LaRochelle’s current ASME leadership positions include vice president and chairman of the Board on Conformity  Assessment; chair of the Subcommittee on General Requirements for Nuclear Power; chair of the Subcommittee on Boiler and Pressure Vessel Conformity Assessment, and vice chair of the Committee on Nuclear Certification.  Other ASME posts include the Council on Standards and Certification; the Board on Codes and Standards Operations; the Board on Nuclear Codes and Standards; and the Standards Committee for Qualification of Authorized Inspection.  He has represented ASME on delegations to South Africa, France, Italy, Korea, Japan, India and China. Past ASME awards include a Certificate of Achievement, Certificate of Acclamation and a Dedicated Service Award.

Dedicated Service Award Recipients Announced

On April 7, 2011, the Standardization & Testing Dedicated Service Award was presented to Theodore Vorburger during the B46 (Surface Qualities) Standards Committee meeting in Detroit.  Vorburger is a supervisory physicist with the National Institute of Standards and Technology.

On April 22, 2011, the Safety Codes and Standards Dedicated Service Award was presented to Donald Alexander during the PALD (Portable Automotive Lifting Devices) Standards Committee meeting in Cincinnati. 

Five Dedicated Service Awards were presented at the May 2011 Boiler and Pressure Vessel Committee meetings in Las Vegas:

    Louis Hayden (VP, Pressure Technology Codes and Standards) presented the 2011 Pressure Technology Codes and Standards Dedicated Service Award to Mohinder L. Nayyar of Bechtel Corp.

    Bryan Erler (VP, Nuclear Codes and Standards) presented the 2010 Nuclear Codes and Standards Dedicated Service Award to Raymond (Ray) A. West of Tennessee Valley Authority (TVA) and the 2011 Award to Robert I. Jetter.

    Madiha Kotb (Board of Governors) presented a Dedicated Service Award to Ralph S. Hill of Westinghouse Electric Co LLC.

    Lastly, Wilfred LaRochelle (VP, Conformity Assessment) presented Michael F. Sullivan with the 2011 Conformity Assessment Dedicated Service Award.

ASME Conducts Webinar on Surface Qualities

The B46 Committee on Classification and Designation of Surface Qualities held a free one hour webinar on March 17, 2011, in order to present an overview of the latest B46.1-2009 standard titled “Surface Texture (Surface Roughness, Waviness, and Lay)”. The webinar was broken into a 30 minute presentation that covered the importance of measuring surface roughness properly, surface measurement equipment used and how to use the B46.1 standard to measure surface roughness.  There also was a 30 minutes question and answer session. Over 150 people participated in the webinar.  The committee plans to hold additional webinars in the future. 

For more information, contact Fredric Constantino (+1.212.591.8684).

Standards & Certification Seeks Input on Water Usage in Thermoelectric Power Generation Plants and Other Industrial Facilities

ASME Standards & Certification is conducting a survey on water usage in thermoelectric power generation plants and other industrial facilities. Issued to a targeted audience of some 10,000 individuals, the questionnaire is intended to assist in the identification of methods to improve the efficiency of water usage.

According to the International Energy Outlook 2010 (IEO2010), global net electricity generation is expected to increase 87 percent from 2007 to 2035. As the anticipated demand for energy increases, so too will the demand for water. Competition for water on a national and global level highlights a need for efficient processes and new technology critical to meeting energy challenges, and the work of Standards & Certification in this area ties-in to the enterprise wide focus on the energy-water nexus, a primary track at the 2011 International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exhibition scheduled to take place November 7-11 in Denver, Colorado.

For more information, contact Fredric Constantino (+1.212.591.8684).

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New and Revised Publications

AG-1b-2011 Addenda to ASME AG-1-2009, Code on Nuclear Air and Gas Treatment 4/11/11

AG-1b-2011 is the second addenda to the Code on Nuclear Air and Gas Treatment, which provides requirements for the performance, design, construction, acceptance testing, and quality assurance of equipment used as components in nuclear safety-related air and gas treatment systems in nuclear facilities.

B18.18-2011 Quality Assurance for Fasteners 4/14/11

This quality-focused standard establishes in-process and final inspection requirements for fastener products, as well as a receiving inspection plan for fastener purchasers. The standard identifies four categories of quality assurance in order to provide organizations flexibility to meet their varying objectives.

B30.18-2011 Stacker Cranes (Top or Under Running Bridge, Multiple Girder with Top or Under Running Trolley Hoist) 4/29/11

B30.18 applies to the construction, installation, operation, inspection, and maintenance of hand-powered and power-driven overhead and gantry cranes that have a top or under running multiple girder bridge with a vertically guided carriage, with or without a top or under running trolley. The requirements included in this volume also apply to stacker cranes having the same fundamental characteristics, such as cantilever gantry and semi-gantry stacker cranes.

B31.9-2011 Building Services Piping 5/31/11

This code has rules for piping in industrial, institutional, commercial and public buildings, and multi-unit residences, which does not require the range of sizes, pressures, and temperatures covered in the B31.1 Code for Power Piping. It contains requirements for the design, materials, fabrication, installation, inspection, examination and testing of piping systems for building services. It includes piping systems either in the building or within the property limits.

PCC-2-2011 Repair of Pressure Equipment and Piping 4/28/11

This standard provides methods for repair of equipment and piping within the scope of ASME Pressure Technology Codes and Standards after it has been placed in service. These repair methods include relevant design, fabrication, examination, and testing practices and may be temporary or permanent, depending on the circumstances. The methods provided in this Standard address the repair of components when repair is deemed necessary based on appropriate inspection and flaw assessment. These inspection and flaw evaluation methods are not covered in this document, but are covered in other post-construction codes and standards. Only technical procedures and information are provided; administrative or policy requirements are outside of the scope of this standard.

PTC 18-2011 Hydraulic Turbines and Pump-Turbines 6/10/11

PTC 18-2011 applies to all sizes and types of hydraulic turbines or pump-turbines. It defines methods for ascertaining performance by measuring flow rate (discharge), head, and power, from which efficiency may be determined. Requirements are included for pretest arrangements, types of instrumentation, methods of measurement, testing procedures, methods of calculation, and contents of test reports.

This new standard—addressing this significant form of renewable energy—contains updated, accurate and reliable test techniques for continuous performance improvement in response to concerns over cost, delivery and impact on global climate of traditional energy sources. The test methods contained in this standard were selected according to their applicability to contemporary test requirements and frequency of use. They are presented with increased emphasis on electronic data acquisition and, in case of the Ultrasonic Method, increasing flow-measurement accuracy with additional paths.

RTP-1-2011 Reinforced Thermoset Plastic Corrosion-Resistant Equipment 5/31/11

This Standard applies to stationary vessels used for the storage, accumulation, or processing of corrosive or other substances at pressures not exceeding 15 psig external and/or 15 psig internal above any hydrostatic head.

STS-1-2011 Steel Stacks 4/26/10

STS-1 applies to stacks where the primary supporting shell is made of steel and covers many facets of design (including considerations for wind and seismic-induced vibrations and lightning protection), fabrication, construction, access, maintenance, and inspection. Although many of the topics within these guidelines may be used for all stacks, this standard is intended to provide design guidelines for stacks containing non-flammable gases such as combustion exhaust gases at low internal pressures.

See full listing of recently published standards

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Global Outreach

ASME Makes Strides in Spanish Language Translations of Two Popular Standards

As part of its ongoing efforts to better serve global markets, ASME is anticipating the availability of a Spanish language edition of ASME B31.8S-2010, Managing System Integrity of Gas Pipelines (Gestión de Integridad de Sistemas de Gasoductos) in July 2011.

Additionally, S&C’s Board on New Development recently approved the formation of a new committee to facilitate the Spanish translation of ASME Y14’s standards which govern the documentation of a product throughout its life cycle, including geometric dimensioning and tolerancing and related certification activities. Individuals interested in participating on this committee are requested to contact Umberto D’Urso (+1.212.591.8535).

B30 Committee on Cranes and Related Equipment Establishes Interest Review Committee

The B30 Committee on Cranes and Related Equipment recently established a B30 Interest Review Committee to facilitate the participation of individuals who are unable to attend meetings in person, but would nonetheless like to be involved with the development process. At its most recent meeting, the B30 Committee approved the appointment of Jin Hui, associate professor of engineering mechanics at Southeast University, China; Mark Osborne, president of E-Crane International; and William Rumburg, president of Crane Consultants, Inc. to the newly established group.

For more information, contact Kate Hyam (+1.646.957.1358).

ASME Signs Memorandums of Understanding in China and Korea

In April, ASME signed MOUs with the Nuclear Power Institute of China (NPIC) and the Korea Agency for Technology and Standards (KATS). Both MOUs focus on information exchange; support for standards development and reference/adoption of ASME standards; promotion of ASME Conformity Assessment; committee participation; and potential cooperation in training and workshops.

For more information, contact Robert Lettieri (+1.212.591.8573).

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Energy Spotlight

Energy Assessment Committee Establishes Project Team on Fan System Assessment

To complement the existing ASME Energy Assessment portfolio of eight Standards and Guidance Documents, a new Project Team on Fan System Assessment, has been established by the Energy Assessment Standards Committee to provide a standardized framework for conducting energy improvement assessments for industrial fan systems. This proposed standard will set the requirements for conducting and reporting the results of an industrial fan system assessment that considers the entire system, from energy inputs to the work performed as the result of these inputs, and is designed to be applied primarily at industrial facilities, with many of the concepts being appropriate in other facilities, such as those in the institutional and commercial sectors.

This effort is part of an ongoing collaboration with the U.S. Department of Energy’s Industrial Technologies Program (DOE/ITP), which initiated the concept of Superior Energy Performance (SEP) as a means to encourage improved industrial energy efficiency and environmental performance. The DOE/ITP mission is intended to provide a mechanism to help corporations assign greater value to energy efficiency improvements, independently verify resulting energy savings, receive public recognition for achievements, and "raise the bar" for industrial energy efficiency overall.

For more information, contact Ryan Crane (+1.212.591.7004).

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Conformity Assessment

ASME to Sunset Qualification and Certification of Hazardous Waste Incinerator Operators Program

In order to implement a decision to sunset the QHO program, the standard, development committee, and certification program will be phased out in August 2015 (in conjunction with the expiration of the last valid certificate).

For more information, contact John Millman (+1.212.591.8584).

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Training and Development

ABC Code Essentials Courses to be Available Soon

Scheduled for availability in the summer of 2011, the Essentials of ASME Standards comprises a series of self-study courses introducing individual standards. Each of the courses provides an overview of the standard and its requirements. The first courses include:

ASME B31.1 Power Piping Code
ASME B31.3 Process Piping Code
ASME B31.8 Gas Transmission and Distribution Piping Systems
ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code (BPVC) Section V Nondestructive Examination
ASME BPVC Section VIII Division 3: Alternative Rules for Construction of High Pressure Vessels
ASME BPVC Section IX Welding & Brazing Requirements
ASME BPVC Section XII-Rules for Construction and Continued Service of Transport Tanks
ASME PVHO-1 Pressure Vessels For Human Occupancy Standard
ASME Bioprocessing Equipment (BPE) Standard

ASME Assessment Based courses are self-study courses structured as a series of easily digestible modules. Participants complete an end of modules assessment with a required pass rate of 70 percent or above, before moving on through the class. An ASME Certificate and Professional Development Hours (PDHs) are awarded to participants who successfully complete all modules and examinations.

For more information on new course offerings, visit the ASME Training & Development website.

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Government Relations

Standards & Certification Submits Comments on the Role of Standards in Facilitating U.S.-EU Trade

ASME recently submitted comments in response to a May 3, 2011 Request for Information (RFI) published by the U.S. Department of Commerce within the Federal Register seeking to “identify opportunities for cooperation between the United States and the European Union to reduce or eliminate divergences in regulatory measures that impede trade in goods in the transatlantic marketplace, in ways that may be unnecessary, as well as any existing or emerging sectors that may benefit from transatlantic regulatory cooperation.” ASME’s recommendations included expanding the December 16, 2010 U.S.-EU High Level Regulatory Cooperation Forum Joint Statement on Standards in Regulation to ensure policies are non-discriminatory towards U.S.-domiciled standards developing organizations; advocating for markets freedom to choose among technical standards; and the development of reports summarizing existing cooperative standards activities as well as metrics demonstrating the openness of access of the EU’s standards and regulatory processes.

For more information, visit Docket ITA-2011-006 on

ASME to Co-Sponsor 2011 U.S. Celebration of World Standards Day

Scheduled for Thursday October 13 in Washington D.C., the theme of the U.S. celebration of  World Standards Day 2011 is “Advancing Safety and Sustainability Standards Worldwide” and will recognize the crucial role of standards, codes, and conformity assessment in assuring the health and safety of people and the environment, today and for future generations.

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Calendar of Events

PTC 12.1 Feedwater Heaters
Jul 11 2011 01:30 PM - Jul 12 2011 12:00 PM   |   Denver, Colorado, United States

Pressure Vessels For Human Occupancy
Jul 11 2011 08:00 AM - Jul 13 2011 06:00 PM   |   San Antonio, Texas, United States

A112 Committee Meetings - Plumbing Materials and Equipment
Jul 11 2011 08:00 AM - Jul 14 2011 05:00 PM   |   Rosemont, Illinois, United States

Turbine Water Damage Prevention Main Committee
Jul 14 2011 01:00 PM - 05:00 PM   |   Denver, Colorado, United States

Special Committee H213 Harmonization of Dimensional & Geometrical Product Specifications and Verification
Jul 18 2011 08:00 AM - Jul 19 2011 03:00 PM   |   Schiller Park, Illinois, United States

ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Committee Code Week
Aug 05 2011 - Aug 13 2011   |   Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Committee on Nuclear Air and Gas Treatment
Aug 09 2011 08:00 AM - Aug 11 2011 05:00 PM   |   Baltimore, Maryland, United States

B73 Standards Committee on Chemical Standard Pumps Meetings - Fall 2011
Aug 30 2011 08:00 AM - Aug 31 2011 05:00 PM   |   Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, United States

A17 Maintenance and Existing Installations Committee Meetings
Sep 12 2011 01:00 PM - Sep 16 2011 05:00 PM   |   New Orleans, Louisiana, United States

B30 Standards Committee on Cranes and Related Equipment
Sep 18 2011 08:00 AM - Sep 23 2011 05:00 PM   |   Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

B31 Piping Committee
Sep 18 2011 - Sep 23 2011   |   Denver, Colorado, United States

A17 Elevator Code Week: September 19-23, 2011
Sep 19 2011 08:00 AM - Sep 23 2011 05:00 PM   |   Montreal, Quebec, Canada

Y14 Committee Meetings on Engineering Drawing and Related Documentation
Oct 03 2011 08:00 AM - Oct 07 2011 05:00 PM   |   Nashville, Tennessee, United States

A17 Emergency Operations and Hoistway Committee Meetings
Oct 04 2011 08:30 AM - Oct 06 2011 05:00 PM   |   Seattle, Washington, United States

Bioprocessing Equipment (BPE) Committee Meetings
Oct 10 2011 08:00 AM - Oct 13 2011 03:00 PM   |   Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, United States

Nuclear Quality Assurance (NQA)
Oct 18 2011 08:00 AM - Oct 20 2011 05:00 PM   |   St. Petersburg, Florida, United States

B20 Standards Committee on Conveyors and Related Equipment
Oct 20 2011 08:30 AM - 04:00 PM   |   Tampa, Florida, United States

BPV Committee on Fiber-Reinforced Plastic Pressure Vessels, Reinforced Thermoset Plastic Corrosion Resistant Equipment Committee, and B31.3 Process Piping Taskgroups
Oct 24 2011 08:00 AM - Oct 27 2011 05:00 PM   |   Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

B1 Standards Committee on Screw Threads and Subcommittee Meetings
Oct 25 2011 08:00 AM - Oct 27 2011 06:00 PM   |   Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

B5 Machine Tools Annual Meeting
Nov 02 2011 08:00 AM - Nov 05 2011 01:00 PM   |   Sarasota, Florida, United States

MFC Standards Committee on Measurement of Fluid Flow in Closed Conduits
Nov 08 2011 08:00 AM - Nov 10 2011 01:00 PM   |   Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

A120 Standards Committee Meeting
Nov 17 2011 09:00 AM - Nov 18 2011 06:00 PM   |   Clearwater, Florida, United States

A17 TGs on Use of Elevators by Firefighters and Occupant Egress
Nov 30 2011 08:30 AM - Dec 02 2011 05:00 PM   |   Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Committee on Operation and Maintenance of Nuclear Power Plants/ISTOG Winter 2011 Meeting
Dec 05 2011 08:00 AM - Dec 09 2011 01:00 PM   |   Clearwater, Florida, United States

Bioprocessing Equipment (BPE) Committee Meetings
Jan 16 2012 08:00 AM - Jan 19 2012 03:00 PM   |   San Juan, Puerto Rico, United States

A17 Emergency Operations and Hoistway Committee Meetings
Mar 06 2012 08:30 AM - Mar 08 2012 05:00 PM   |   Clearwater Beach, Florida, United States

B18 Standards Committee on Fasteners and Subcommittee Meetings
Apr 17 2012 08:00 AM - Apr 18 2012 12:00 PM   |   San Antonio, Texas, United States

See full committee meeting calendar

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