Issue 7 - Spring 2012

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What’s New 

ASME Convenes Cross-Disciplinary Verification & Validation Symposium

Dr. William Oberkampf
Dr. William Oberkampf, a member of ASME's Committee on Verification and Validation in Computational Solid Mechanics (V&V 10), delivers one of four keynote addresses at the Verification & Validation Symposium.

From May 2-4, 2012, ASME held the first large-scale conference dedicated entirely to verification, validation, and uncertainty quantification of computer simulations. The ASME Verification and Validation Symposium brought together over 260 engineers and scientists representing a wide variety of industries (including nuclear power, civil engineering, defense applications, fluid and thermal mechanics, medical device design, mechanical engineering, high energy density physics, materials science, solid mechanics, space science and astrophysics, automotive, structural dynamics, government and regulatory agencies, and software vendors) to discuss and exchange ideas and methods for verification of codes and solutions; simulation validation; and assessment of uncertainties in mathematical models, computational solutions, and experimental data. The overall attendance, including significant international participation, exceeded the expectations and plans are already underway to schedule a second symposium in the Spring of 2013.

For information contact Ryan Crane (+1.212.591.7004).



First Standards & Certification Stakeholder Meeting Held on Efficient Use of Water in Power Plants and Industrial Facilities

On April 13, 2012, ASME held its first teleconference on the efficient use of water in power plants and other industrial facilities. The focus of this conference was to discuss topics selected as highest priority during an ASME survey submitted to industry. The topics discussed included cooling systems, use of non-fresh water resources, and innovative water reuse and water recovery technologies. During the conference, many participants expressed the need for guidelines to help with design, conducting water assessments, and how to conserve water throughout the system. Another meeting was planned to establish a committee and charter.

For more information, or to express an interest in participating in potential standards activities, contact Fred Constantino (+1.212.591.8684).

ASME Standards & Certification to Hold General Assembly for Council, Supervisory Boards

The Standards & Certification Sector of ASME will be holding a general assembly for the Council on Standards and Certification and its supervisory boards on October 15-17, 2012 in San Diego, CA. The program will include a plenary session devoted to strategic planning to enhance the coordination of ASME's codes, standards, and conformity assessment needs, as well as to establish S&C's role in implementing ASME's cross-sector enterprise objectives.

In addition to the Council on Standards and Certification, the week will include meetings of the Boards on Standardization and Testing; Pressure Technology Codes and Standards; Nuclear Codes and Standards; Safety Codes and Standards; and Conformity Assessment.

For more information, contact Romie Ares-Crowley (+1.212.591.8571)

Standards & Certification Volunteers Porco, Olsen Receive Awards

Richard D. Porco
Richard D. Porco, recipient of the 2012 ASME Bernard F. Langer Nuclear Codes and Standards Award.

Richard D. Porco, of Batavia, OH, has been named the 2012 recipient of ASME's Bernard F. Langer Nuclear Codes and Standards Award. President and chief operations officer of Ellis & Watts Global Industries, and current vice chair of ASME's Board on Nuclear Codes and Standards, Mr. Porco was cited for his executive experience, knowledge, leadership and dedicated service to ASME's Nuclear Codes and Standards Organization and for continually representing and supporting ASME in helping to open and develop new markets around the world.

The Bernard F. Langer Nuclear Codes and Standards Award was established in 1977 in honor of B. F. Langer, who was instrumental in the development of the rules for nuclear vessels.

Gene E. Olson P.E., of Kenosha, WI, was presented with a Dedicated Service Award during the April 10, 2012 meeting of the B107 Committee on Hand Tools held in Chicago, IL. An industry consultant formerly with Snap-on, Mr. Olson was recognized for nearly thirty five years of commitment to the improvement of standards for hand tools and accessories and for unwavering advocacy of ASME Standards & Certification activities.


Has Your Organization Benefitted from ASME Standards? We Want to Hear Your Story.

For over 125 years, ASME has been developing standards and conformity assessment programs designed to enhance public safety and improve the quality of life of people around the world. These standards are playing an increasingly large role in the global economy; by establishing trust between producers and users, and leveraging the practical experience gained from others, standards both serve as the language of international trade and facilitate the commercialization of emerging technologies. Many businesses also know that implementing standards and conformance tools enables them to streamline processes, trim costs, earn and maintain market access, and boost their bottom line.

Whether your organization's use of ASME standards and conformity assessment programs has resulted in a solution to a technical challenge or an improvement to your operations, we would like to hear from you. Please send your story (preferably under two pages in length) outlining your organization's challenge, solution, and results to S&

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New and Revised Publications 

New Standards:

B31.3-2010 (Spanish) Tuberías de Proceso (Process Piping)

B89.1.8-2011 Performance Evaluation of Displacement-Measuring Laser Interferometers

>V&V 10.1-2012 An Illustration of the Concepts of Verification and Validation in Computational Solid Mechanics

Revised Standards:

A112.1.2-2012 Air Gaps in Plumbing Systems (For Plumbing Fixtures and Water-Connected Receptors)

A112.19.7-2012/ CSA B45.10-12 Hydromassage Bathtub Systems

A112.19.15-2012 Bathtubs/Whirlpool Bathtubs with Pressure Sealed Doors

B18.2.6M-2012 Metric Fasteners for Use in Structural Applications

B29.100-2011 Double-Pitch Roller Chains, Attachments, and Sprockets

B31.12-2011 Hydrogen Piping and Pipelines

B133.8-2011 Gas Turbine Installation Sound Emissions

PTC 31-2011 High-Purity Water Treatment Systems

TDP-2-2012 Prevention of Water Damage to Steam Turbines Used for Electric Power Generation: Nuclear-Fueled Plants

See full listing of recently published standards

ASME Standards Open For ANSI Public Review

See full listing of ASME standards open for ANSI Public Review

New Standards Technology LLC Publications

STP-NU-051 Code Comparison Report for Class 1 Nuclear Power Plant Components

STP-PT-029-1 External Pressure Design in Creep Range

STP-TS-012-1 Thermophysical Properties of Working Gases used in Gas Turbine Applications

See full listing of ASME Standards Technology Publications

Global Outreach 

ASME Hosts China's State Nuclear Power Technology Corporation

On April 13th, ASME Standards & Certification staff hosted a delegation from China's State Nuclear Power Technology Corp (SNPTC), led by Chairman and Vice Minister Mr. Wang Binhua. The meeting was an extension of a November 2010 memorandum of understanding signed by the two organizations covering information exchange and cooperation in standards development.

ASME-SNPTC representatives
ASME-SNPTC representatives gather for the signing of a Declaration of Continuing Cooperation and Accomplishment. Sitting at the table are Ms. Ma Lu vice president and chief attorney of SNPTC and Ms. June Ling, associate executive director of ASME. Standing directly behind Ms. Ma is Mr. Wang Binghua, chairman of SNPTC.

During the meeting, a "Declaration of Continuing Cooperation and Accomplishment" was signed, marking the accomplishments to date and outlining a sharpened focus on cooperation in standards development, particularly in the use of ASME's nuclear standards in new industrial or national standards; greater participation by SNPTC subject matter experts via the China International Working Group on ASME Nuclear Codes & Standards; and promoting the value of ASME Conformity Assessment both within the nuclear power sector and other sectors.

Upcoming Standards Workshops Planned for Central and South America

On May 22-23, 2012, ASME will be conducting a standards workshop in Mexico City, Mexico. The event, intended for stakeholders within industry, academia, regulatory bodies, ASME professional and student sections, and government representatives, will focus on standards supporting the petrochemical and nuclear energy industry sectors. Sponsored by ASME, IHS, and the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors, the event will be held at the Hotel Camino Real and is free of charge.

A similar workshop is being planned for June 19-20, 2012, in Sao Paulo, Brazil. For more information contact Jim Ramirez (+1.212.591.8533).

ASME will be supporting the tenth Costa Rican Congress of Maintenance Engineering to take place from May 31-June 1, 2012 in San Jose, Costa Rica. This event, which is held every two years, is among the most heavily attended event of its kind in Central and South America. ASME staff and volunteers from the District I will be in attendance. At the last conference, ASME received a special welcome when Mr. Bernard Hrubala (former senior vice president of ASME Standards & Certification) and Jim Ramirez (vice president of business development for ASME Standards Technology, LLC) were featured on a nationally broadcasted radio show to discuss the importance of standards.

Standards & Certification Delegation Meets with French Counterparts

From March 27-29, 2012 ASME met with representatives from the French Association for the Rules Governing the Design, Construction and Operating Supervision of the Equipment Items for Electro Nuclear Boilers (AFCEN) in Paris, France. During the meeting, presentations were given updating related code developments in Russia, England, France, and the US. Topics included design rules for irradiated components, welding procedures and welder qualifications, potential convergence in standards for non-destructive examination, a new quality management program being developed by AREVA, and updates on the Multinational Design Evaluation Program (MDEP) and the Co-operation in Reactor Design Evaluation and Licensing (CORDEL). Representing ASME were Richard Barnes (Chair of ASME's Committee on Construction of Nuclear Facility Components) and staff member Ryan Crane.

New China International Working Group Planned for Section II (Materials) of ASME Boiler & Pressure Vessel Code

Building off recent success in developing an international working group for the Boiler & Pressure Vessel (BPV) Section III Code (Nuclear Components), on April 17, 2012 ASME held an organizational meeting for prospective members of a China International Working Group on BPV Section II Code (Materials). Hosted by the China Special Equipment Inspection and Research Institute (CSEI) the event was led by staff members Chris Sanna (Standards & Certification) and Zhang Qiang (Beijing Representative Office). Attendees were provided training on Standards & Certification's policies, processes, and committee operations, including the usage of web-based standards development tools.

Conformity Assessment 

ASME to Withdraw from the Accreditation of Personnel Certification Bodies

With ASME's strategic focus on workforce development, Standards & Certification has increased its endeavors on direct personnel credentialing (training, training certification programs, and personnel certifications) and on February 15, 2012 the ASME Council on Standards and Certification took action to withdraw from the accreditation of personnel certification bodies.

This action will have the effect of phasing out the Qualification of Elevator Inspectors (QEI) accreditation program and ASME's Conformity Assessment area is planning to withdraw all accreditations as of January 1, 2014. The responsibility for the requirements in the QEI-1 standard has been transferred to the A17 Standards Committee which will be working on updating the standard to reflect the withdrawal of ASME from the accreditation of personnel certification bodies, as well as to facilitate the continued relevance of the QEI-1 standard to help fulfill the needs of the elevator industry.

Applications Being Accepted for ASME Bioprocessing Equipment, Nuclear Quality Assurance Certification Programs

ASME is now accepting applications for its Bioprocessing Equipment Certification Program. The Certification Program covers organizations manufacturing or supplying tubing and fittings falling under the scope of the ASME BPE Standard for Bioprocessing Equipment.

ASME will also be accepting applications for the NQA-1 Certification Program for Quality Assurance Programs which meet the requirements of the 2008 or later editions of the ASME NQA-1 Standard. The certification recognizes a supplier's Quality Assurance Program for items and services necessary to achieve safe, reliable and effective utilization of nuclear energy generation and nuclear material processing. The program excludes weaponry and owners of nuclear facilities (power generation, spent fuel storage, waste management, fuel reprocessing and other related facilities).

Both programs are intended to aid both suppliers and purchasers by ensuring the quality of the supply chain.

For more information on these and other ASME certification programs, visit ASME's Conformity Assessment website.

Energy Spotlight  

Progress Made in Development of Standard for Concentrated Solar Power Plants

Over the past two years, ASME has been convening a group of subject matter experts focused on the development of a standard for concentrated solar power plants. Once complete, the standard will establish performance tests for several concentrating solar technologies, including parabolic trough, power tower, and linear Fresnel, and address aspects of thermal storage. The committee completed a preliminary draft and will be convening future meetings to collect and analyze additional information. Designated ASME PTC 52, the committee includes experts from Spain, Germany, and Israel.

For more information visit the PTC 52 committee page or contact Jack Karian (+1.212.591.8552).

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Training and Development  

training and development

New Inservice Inspection Training Program Established for 10-Year Program and 10-Year Program Updates for Nuclear Power Plant Components

ASME is offering a new public course to provide both new and experienced inservice inspection (ISI) engineers, owners, and licensing support personnel with the practical knowledge necessary to develop or update an ISI program that addresses ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Section III Class 1, 2, and 3 components and their supports. It covers the ISI program requirements in Section XI, Division 1 and the applicable requirements contained in the Code of Federal Regulations 10 CFR 50.55a.

For further information, please contact Marian Hess (+1 212 591 7161).

See more ASME Training & Development opportunities.



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Government Relations and Public Affairs  

ASME Responds to Request for Comments on Policy Governing Federal Participation in the Development and Use of Voluntary Consensus Standards and in Conformity Assessment Activities

On March 30, 2012, the U.S. Office of Management and Budget (OMB) submitted a request for information on OMB Circular A-119, Federal participation in the Development and Use of Voluntary Consensus Standards and in Conformity Assessment Activities. This Circular, first promulgated in 1998, guides Federal agencies' implementation of the National Technology Transfer and Advancement Act (P.L. 104-113), which directs Federal agencies to use voluntary consensus standards "as a means to carry out policy objectives or activities." ASME expressed its view that the purpose and goals established by the original Circular - which permits a flexible approach to the incorporation of standards into regulation by reference - are still relevant and essential to a Federal agency's ability to use the materials that best serve their mission and the public.

Read ASME's full comments at

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Calendar of Events  

B89 Dimensional Metrology Committee Meetings
May 16 2012 09:00 AM - May 18 2012 05:00 PM   |   Seattle, Washington, United States

PTC 18 Hydraulic Prime Movers
May 16 2012 09:00 AM - May 18 2012 05:00 PM   |   Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

Bioprocessing Equipment (BPE) Conference & Exhibition
May 21 2012 08:00 AM - May 25 2012 05:00 PM   |   San Diego, California, United States

Council on Standards and Certification
Jun 05 2012 08:30 AM – 4:30 PM   |   Montreal, Quebec, Canada

A17 Emergency Operations and Hoistway Committee Meetings
Jun 05 2012 08:30 AM - Jun 07 2012 05:00 PM   |   Calgary, Alberta, Canada

B31 Qualification of Pipeline Personnel Technical Committee
Jun 12 2012 01:00 PM - Jun 13 2012 05:00 PM   |   Portland, Oregon, United States

A17 Adhoc Committee on Door Protection
Jun 12 2012 08:30 AM - Jun 14 2012 05:00 PM   |   Newark, New Jersey, United States

A17 Escalator & Moving Walk Committee Meeting
Jun 13 2012, 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM   |   Kansas City, Missouri, United States

Board on Nuclear Codes and Standards
Jun 13 2012 08:00 AM - Jun 14 2012 05:00 PM   |   00260 Helsinki, Finland

B31.8 Gas Transmission and Distribution Piping System Meeting
Jun 19 2012 02:00 PM - Jun 21 2012 12:00 PM   |   Minneapolis, Minnesota, United States

Board on Pressure Technology Codes and Standards
Jun 20 2012 - Jun 21 2012   |   Bethlehem, Pennsylvania, United States

Pressure Vessels For Human Occupancy
Jun 25 2012 10:00 AM - Jun 28 2012 05:00 PM   |   Colorado Springs, Colorado, United States

PTC 19.1 Test Uncertainty
Jun 28 2012 09:00 AM - Jun 29 2012 05:00 PM   |   Victoria, British Columbia, Canada

P30 Planning for the Use of Cranes
Jul 16 2012 01:00 PM - Jul 18 2012 01:00 PM   |   Chicago, Illinois, United States

A112 Committee Meetings - Plumbing Materials and Equipment
Jul 17 2012 08:00 AM - Jul 19 2012 05:00 PM   |   San Francisco, California, United States

Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Week
Aug 13 08:00 AM - Aug 17 2012 05:00 PM   |   Washington, D.C, United States

Committee on Nuclear Risk Management (CNRM)
Sep 10 2012 08:00 AM - Sep 13 2012 05:00 PM   |   Denver, Colorado, United States

B31 Code Week
Sep 17 2012 - Sep 21 2012   |   Norfolk, Virginia, United States

CNF Standards Committee Meeting
Sep 19 2012 08:00 AM - Sep 21 2012 05:00 PM   |   Chattanooga, Tennessee, United States

B30 and BTH Meeting
Sep 23 2012 08:00 AM - Sep 27 2012 05:00 PM   |   St. Louis, Missouri, United States

A17 TGs on Use of Elevators by Firefighters and Occupant Egress
Sep 25 2012 08:30 AM - Sep 27 2012 05:00 PM   |   Boston, Massachusetts, United States

Bioprocessing Equipment (BPE) Committee Meetings
Oct 08 2012 08:00 AM - Oct 11 2012 03:00 PM   |   Baltimore, Maryland, United States

Y14 Committee Meetings on Engineering Drawing and Related Documentation
Oct 08 2012 08:00 AM - Oct 12 2012 05:00 PM   |   Del Mar, California, United States

A17 Emergency Operations and Hoistway Committee Meetings
Oct 16 2012 08:30 AM - Oct 18 2012 05:00 PM   |   North Austin, Texas, United States

See full committee meeting calendar

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