Issue 8 - Summer 2012

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What’s New 

ASME Conducts Joint Workshop with FinNuclear Association on Standards and Conformity Assessment for Nuclear Power Plants

On June 12, 2012, ASME conducted a joint workshop on nuclear standards and conformity assessment with FinNuclear Association, an industry association formed in 2007 to promote “preconditions, cooperation, competencies, and international profile in manufacturing, construction and service activities in the nuclear energy field”.

Held in Helsinki, Finland prior to the June 14, 2012 meeting of ASME’s Board on Nuclear Codes & Standards, the workshop comes as Finland is in the process of expanding its four operational nuclear units, with one under construction and two more slated for development. The workshop covered safety assessments in response to Fukushima, new reactor developments, and global standards and conformity assessment frameworks for the nuclear power industry, including application of ASME’s design, in-service inspection, and quality assurance standards and participation on ASME’s standards development activities.

For more information, contact Kevin Ennis (+1.212.591.7075).

ASME Council on Standards & Certification Approves Term Limits for Council and Board Members-at-Large

With the objectives of facilitating the infusion of additional innovative ideas and recommendations into its standards activities, and to augment the pool of potential Standards and Certification leaders, the Council on Standards and Certification approved revisions to its Operation Guide, as well as to the Operation Guides of the Boards that report to the Council, implementing a limit of two consecutive terms for members-at-large of the Council and its Boards.

The generic wording approved for the various Operation Guides was as follows:

    “The number of consecutive terms for members-at-large shall be limited to two. This limit can be exceeded for special circumstances if approved by the Council on Standards and Certification.”

Individuals interested in participating as a member of the Council or any of its Boards should contact the responsible ASME staff.

Frederick G. Parsons Named Recipient of ASME Patrick J. Higgins Award

Steve Weinman, director of ASME Standardization & Testing (r.) presents S&C volunteer Fred Parsons (l.) with the 2012 Patrick J. Higgins medal.

Fred Parsons was presented with ASME's Patrick J. Higgins Medal on July 13, 2012 at Mahr Federal Inc. (his former employer) in Providence, Rhode Island. Fred was recognized for his contributions to ASME over 30 years in developing and promoting a broad range of consensus based standards spanning dimensional metrology, surface metrology and engineering specification; and for consensus building leadership in working to align national and international standards development in these areas.

Fred has spent the last 38 years of his career in the precision engineering and metrology field where he has been responsible for the design and development of important precision measuring instruments in the field of dimensional metrology.

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 Medal was established by ASME's Board on Standardization & Testing in 2007, in honor of Patrick J. Higgins who was the long-standing Chairman of the A112 Committee and a member of the Board on Standardization.

ASME Offers Electronic Tools Training for Standards & Certification Volunteers

ASME's C&S Connect system enables quick and efficient voting on ballots, eases communications between committee members, and provides access to all committee business, making it a vital tool for all codes and standards development work. In order to ensure that volunteers are making optimal use of the system, ASME will be offering training sessions based on user needs and levels.

  • The beginning level serves as a system orientation for new members and as refresher for existing members.
  • The intermediate level includes instruction on voting on ballots and serving as a project manager.
  • The advanced level is intended for Committee officers at all levels. This training will be available during meetings of Boiler and Pressure Vessel committees and to others committees by request.

If you would like more information on C&S Connect Training, or have suggestions for system improvements, please contact

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:

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

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

Y14.37-2012 Composite Part Drawings

Revised Standards:

A112.19.5-2011/CSA B45.15-11 Flush Valves and Spuds for Water Closets, Urinals, and Tanks (with Update No. 1)

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

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

ASSE 1016-2011/A112.1016-2011/CSAB125.16-11 Performance Requirements for Automatic Compensating Valves for Individual Showers and Tub/Shower Combinations (with Update No. 1)

B18.9-2012 Plow Bolts

B20.1-2012 Safety Standard for Conveyors and Related Equipment

B31.1-2012 Power Piping

B31.12-2011 Hydrogen Piping and Pipelines

B133.8-2011 Gas Turbine Installation Sound Emissions

BTH-1-2011 Design of Below-the-Hook Lifting Devices

CSD-1-2012 Controls and Safety Devices for Automatically Fired Boilers

PTC 31-2011 High-Purity Water Treatment Systems

PVHO-1-2012 Safety Standard for Pressure Vessels for Human Occupancy

Y14.41-2012 Digital Product Definition Data Practices

See full listing of recently published standards

New Standards Technology LLC Publications

STP-PT-048 Criteria for Reliability-Based Design and Assessment for ASME B31.8 Code

STP-PT-050 An Investigation of Three Radiographic Access Port Plug Geometries and the Surrounding Pipe Wall Undergoing Creep

STP-PT-052 Align Mechanical and Civil-Structural Earthquake Design and Qualification Rules for ASME B31 Piping Systems and Pipelines

STP-NU-045-1 Roadmap to Develop ASME Code Rules for the Construction of High Temperature Gas-Cooled Reactors (HTGRS)

See full listing of ASME Standards Technology Publications

New Standards Under Development

BPVC Section II - Part E - Non-Metallic Material Specifications and Properties - provides material specifications and properties for non-metallic materials used in structural and pressure retaining applications (except concrete under the scope of Section III, Division 2 and fiber-reinforced plastics under the scope of Section X) in ASME construction codes.

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.

AG-1 - 20XX Code on Nuclear Air and Gas Treatment

B1.30 - R20XX Screw Threads: Standard Practice for Calculating and Rounding Dimensions

B107.110 - 20XX Socket Wrenches

BPVC – Section II Materials

See full listing of ASME Standards Open for ANSI Public Review

New Standards Project

See full listing of New Standards Projects


B32.5 - 1977 (R2010) Preferred Metric Sizes for Tubular Metal Products Other than Pipe

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Global Outreach 

ASME Standards & Certification and United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO) Explore Opportunities to Collaborate on Workforce Development

On June 14, 2012, ASME Standards & Certification staff met with representatives from the United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), a specialized agency of the United Nations that promotes industrial development for poverty reduction, inclusive globalization and environmental sustainability. UNIDO provides services for developing countries and transition economies, including the development of industrial policy; the promotion of technology diffusion and sustainable production; and the provision of energy. UNIDO is currently engaged in an effort to organize workforce development for Liberia and other post conflict countries and regions, and discussed technical training available through ASME, including courses on welding and fabrication.

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

ASME Conducts Standards Workshop in Brazil

On July 16, 2012 ASME - joined by partners from IHS, the National Board of Boiler and Pressure Vessel Inspectors, Hartford Steam Boiler, the Brazilian Association of Non Destructive Examination (ABENDI), and the Brazilian Association of Mechanical Sciences (ABCM) - conducted a workshop on the use of standards, conformity assessment and training solutions in São Paulo, Brazil. The event attracted a diverse mix of over 160 students, academics, industry members, regulatory and government agencies from areas including manufacturing, design, maintenance, non-destructive examinations, and piping and pipelines. Attendees were able to learn about the important role of standards in ensuring safety and product quality and facilitating trade, as well as how to resolve any issues they may have in applying standards in practice. View the workshop website.

For more information, contact Jim Ramirez (+1.212.591.8033).

Israel to Adopt ASME Standards for Pressure Vessels

In July 2012, Israel noted a change to its regulations permitting the option to use ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Section VIII Division I (Rules for the Construction of Pressure Vessels; Division II (Alternative Rules); and Division III (Alternative Rules for High Pressure Vessels) to plan, produce and test pressure vessels.

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

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Energy Spotlight  

ASME Presidential Task Force on Response to Japan Nuclear Power Plan Events Issues Report on Forging a New Nuclear Safety Construct

In June, an ASME Presidential Task Force released a comprehensive report which includes recommendations for a new nuclear safety construct that will reach beyond the traditional regulatory framework to enhance the safe operation of nuclear plants. The report, titled Forging a New Nuclear Safety Construct, examines the Fukushima Dai-ichi accident in the context of the broader lessons learned from a half-century of nuclear operations and proposes a cohesive framework for continued safe operation of nuclear plants.

Read the report.

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Training and Development  

ASME Pilots eLearning Standards Courses for Colleges and Universities

ASME has initiated a pilot program to deliver online Assessment Based Courses (ABC) to a selection of colleges with students pursuing degrees in mechanical engineering and mechanical engineering technology. The courses comprise a series of modules and case studies on the practical application of ASME's codes and standards and include approaches to solving real-world engineering challenges.

Faculty members from ten colleges are using these eLearning courses as supplemental material in existing curricula. The pilot is expected to finish later in 2012 with a wider implementation thereafter.

For more information, please contact Jackie Oppenheim (+1.212.591.7526).

Assessment Based Course on Essentials of B30 Safety Standard for Cableways, Cranes, Derricks, Hoists, Hooks, Jacks, and Slings Now Available

Building upon the success of ASME's seventeen Assessment Based Courses (ABC), ASME recently launched an ABC course on Essentials of B30 Safety Standard for Cableways, Cranes, Derricks, Hoists, Hooks, Jacks, and Slings. The course offers a useful introduction to those involved with ASME's standards governing the design, operation, inspection, testing and maintenance of cranes, hoists, and related lifting equipment.

See more ASME Training & Development opportunities.

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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
Aug 10 2012 - Aug 17 2012 | Washington, District of Columbia, United States

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

A17 Maintenance and Existing Installations Committee
Sep 11 2012 08:00 AM - Sep 12 2012 05:00 PM | Atlantic City, New Jersey, United States

PTC 12.1 Feedwater Heaters
Sep 13 2012 09:00 AM - Sep 14 2012 12:00 PM | Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

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

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

B30 and BTH
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

BPV IV SG meetings
Oct 01 2012 09:00 AM - Oct 03 2012 04:00 PM | Clearwater Beach, Florida, United States

A17 Elevator Code Week
Oct 01 2012 08:00 AM - Oct 05 2012 05:00 PM | Denver, Colorado, United States

Bioprocessing Equipment (BPE)
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
Oct 16 2012 08:30 AM - Oct 18 2012 05:00 PM | North Austin, Texas, United States

B89 Dimensional Metrology
Oct 17 2012 08:30 AM - Oct 19 2012 05:00 PM | San Diego, California, United States

B20 Standards
Oct 18 2012, 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM | Tampa, Florida, United States

V&V 20 - Verification and Validation in Compuational Fluid Dynamics and Heat Transfer
Oct 20 2012 - Oct 21 2012 | Albuquerque, New Mexico, United States

BPV Committee on Fiber-Reinforced Plastic Pressure Vessels, Reinforced Thermoset Plastic Corrosion Resistant Equipment Committee, and Subcommittee on FRP Piping
Oct 22 2012 08:00 AM - Oct 25 2012 05:00 PM | Las Vegas, Nevada, United States

A17 Earthquake Committee
Oct 23 2012 01:00 PM - Oct 25 2012 12:00 PM | Scottsdale, Arizona, United States

Pressure Vessels For Human Occupancy
Oct 29 2012 11:00 AM - Nov 01 2012 05:30 PM | Monterey, California, United States

PTC 47 Integrated Gasification Combined Cycle
Oct 31 2012 09:00 AM - Nov 02 2012 12:00 PM | Alexandria, Virginia, United States

B5 Machine Tools
Nov 06 2012 08:00 AM - Nov 10 2012 01:00 PM | Sarasota, Florida, United States

A17 Escalator & Moving Walk Committee
Nov 07 2012, 08:30 AM - 05:00 PM | Atlanta, Georgia, United States

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