Issue 21 - Fall 2015
Nov 10, 2015
Standards & Certification Update
Fall 2015 EDITION
A quarterly newsletter to keep you informed about ASME Standards & Certification activities
ASME Extends Relationship with China Special Equipment Inspection and Research Institute (CSEI)
Reflecting the sustained and far-reaching interest in its standards, ASME has revised and extended a license agreement with the China Special Equipment Inspection and Research Institute (CSEI). Signed on October 13, 2015 by ASME Executive Director Tom Loughlin and CSEI President Lin Shu Quin in a ceremony at ASME’s New York headquarters the license will allow CSEI to continue to translate and distribute the ASME A17 series of standards including QEI-1. In addition, on October 12, 2015, ASME welcomed two associates from CSEI. The individuals, Mr. Chen Zhiwei (Senior Engineer) and Mr. Wang Haoyang (Engineer), are participating in a three month program to provide a comprehensive background in ASME’s Standards & Certification activities, including orientations on technical and programmatic areas of focus, participation at key events, and the opportunity to meet with representatives from other relevant stakeholder groups. This reflects the latest in a series of collaborations between ASME and CSEI, which include;
- Demonstrating the role of ASME Conformity Assessment and Standards play in promoting safety and standardization
- Communicating the value of participating in ASME standards development
- Making ASME standards related training more available and more relevant to local needs
The collaborations are undertaken in order to greater the understanding and acceptance of standards and certification and support ASME’s overall mission.
For more information, contact Robert Lettieri (+1.212.591.8573).
ASME Launches New Standards & Certification Hub Page on ASME.org
In order to better serve its many stakeholders, ASME has established a new Standards & Certification hub page on ASME.org. Intended to be a central portal for information about ASME’s standards and conformity assessment programs, including opportunities for participation and links to popular resources, the page will also feature highlights of committee activities.
Visit the new Standards & Certification hub page
Deadlines Approaching for ASME Standards & Certification Honors and Awards Nominations
Each year, ASME Standards & Certification issues numerous honors and awards to recognize the contribution and service of individuals involved with its standards development activities. Nominations for 2016 awards are currently open. A summary of award information is included below. Please refer to each award for submission and deadline information.
Dedicated Service Awards - honors dedicated voluntary service to the Society marked by outstanding performance, demonstrated effective leadership, prolonged and committed service, devotion, enthusiasm and faithfulness. Nomination is open to any individual with at least 10 years of service on a standards committee, board, or council.
Melvin R. Green Codes and Standards Medal – recognizes outstanding contributions by an individual to the development of documents, objects or devices used in ASME programs of technical codification, standardization and certification. This award is sponsored by the Council on Standards and Certification. Patrick J. Higgins Medal – recognizes an individual who has significantly contributed to the enhancement of the broad fields of standardization and testing through the development and promotion of codes and standards or conformity assessment programs. This award is sponsored by the Board on Standardization and Testing. Bernard F. Langer Nuclear Codes and Standards Award – recognizes an individual who has significantly contributed to the enhancement of nuclear power plant industry through the development and promotion of codes and standards or the ASME Nuclear Accreditation Program. This award is sponsored by the Board on Nuclear Codes and Standards. Safety Codes and Standards Medal – recognizes an individual who has significantly contributed to the enhancement of public safety through the development and promotion of the codes and standards. This award is sponsored by the Board on Safety Codes and Standards. J. Hall Taylor Medal – recognizes an individual who has significantly contributed to the enhancement of the broad fields of piping and pressure vessels through the development and promotion of codes and standards or conformity assessment programs. The award is sponsored by the Board on Pressure Technology Codes and Standards. Performance Test Codes Medal – recognizes outstanding contributions to the development and promotion of Performance Test Codes. The award is sponsored by the Board on Standardization and Testing.
Certificate of Appreciation - issued to selected individuals for outstanding leadership and/or significant service in the development of codes and standards. Requires committee recommendation to the cognizant board.
Certificate of Achievement - available annually to each standards committee to recognize significant personal achievement in the development and promulgation of codes or standards under the committee’s jurisdiction. Nominations require approval by 90% of the membership of the consensus committee and is then subject to approval by the cognizant board for action on behalf of the Council on Standards and Certification.
Certificate of Acclamation - available annually to each standards committee for recognition of excellence in the development of a specific work product (e.g. new document, major revision) and are presented to an individual or a small group of individuals most responsible for the work product. The standards committee Chair may make nominations to the cognizant board for the issuance of Certificates of Acclamation.
Membership Grade of Fellow – ASME’s highest level of membership. Available to ASME Members who have 10 or more years of active practice and at least 10 years of active corporate membership in ASME. Conferred by the ASME Committee of Past Presidents to worthy candidates to recognize their outstanding engineering achievements.
To learn more visit ASME’s Honors and Awards webpage or reference the relevant committee operating procedures.
U.S.-China Boiler Energy Efficiency Standards Collaboration
On September 14, 2015, ASME participated on a U.S.-China Boiler Energy Efficiency Standards Collaboration Workshop in Beijing, China. The workshop focused on strengthening mutual understanding and providing practical learning experiences in developing industrial boiler efficiency standards. Organizers and supporters included: General Administration of Quality Supervision, Inspection and Quarantine (AQSIQ), National Development and Reform Committee (NDRC), China Promotion Association for Special Equipment Safety and Energy-Saving (CPASE), China Special Equipment Inspection and Research Institute (CSEI), China National Institute of Standardization (CNIS), Shanghai Industrial Boiler Research Institute (SIBRI), Lawrence Berkeley National Laboratory, and the U.S. Department of Energy. Future efforts will include identification of gaps and potential collaborative efforts for standards development.
On October 23, 2015, ASME participated at the 6th U.S.‐China Energy Efficiency Forum at the Ronald Reagan Building in Washington DC. The forum was hosted by the U.S. Department of Energy (DOE) Office of Energy Efficiency and Renewable Energy in partnership with China’s National Development and Reform Commission (NDRC). Over 200 leading stakeholders convened to assess current collaboration on energy efficiency policy and programs and identify emerging opportunities for mutually beneficial collaboration and partnerships.
For more information, contact Ryan Crane (+1.212.591.7004).
ASME Among Invited Organizations to Address Polish Industry for the Construction of Nuclear Power Plants
On September 22-24, 2015, through an invitation to ASME Past President J. Robert Sims, ASME presented four tracks at the Polish Ministry of the Economy’s Conference for the Preparation of the Polish Industry for the Construction of Nuclear Power Plants in Warsaw, Poland. The workshop included 125 attendees from Poland, France, United Kingdom, Canada, Finland, Spain, Czech Republic, USA, and others. Plans are underway for the development of an ASME‐focused workshop in 2016 to support the Polish nuclear power industry.
For more information, contact Ryan Crane (+1.212.591.7004).
ASME to Build on Success of International Working Groups (IWG) in Mexico, Caribbean, and Latin America
On December 9, 2015, ASME will meet with prospective subject matter experts from Argentina to investigate the formation of new Nuclear International Working Groups in new construction, inspection, and operation and maintenance. Established as a mechanism to gather industry experts that express a desire to contribute to the work of a standards development committee, ASME has found an increasing amount of interest in its IWG engagement platform. This meeting follows an October 29th meeting with industry stakeholders from Mexico. In addition to serving the nuclear industry, ASME has received interest in the formation of IWGs for its standards supporting the oil and gas, materials, inspection, vertical transportation, and material handling industries.
For more information on ASME Standards & Certification’s activities in Latin America or the Caribbean, contact James Ramirez (+1.212.591.8033).
Free Update Notification Service Launched
ASME is pleased to introduce a new service that provides automatic notifications when new editions of standards have been published in its product catalog. Subscribing to the service is free and simple.
MasterClass Series to be Offered at Boiler Code Weeks
From February 14-19, 2016, ASME will host four MasterClass courses at the Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Week in Henderson, NV. New courses on “Developing Effective Bolted Flange Joint Assembly Procedures using ASME PCC-1”, “Run-or-Repair Operability Decisions for Pressure Equipment & Piping Systems using ASME PCC-2”, and “Creating and Implementing Effective Inspection Plans for Pressure Equipment & High Energy Piping Systems using ASME PCC-3” will be offered.
From May 8-13, 2016, ASME will host five MasterClass courses at the Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code Week in Orlando, FL. The courses cover topics ranging from heat exchanger mechanical design rules, Fitness-For-Service assessment techniques, to boilers and piping.
Subject Matter Experts Solicited for New Committees on Distributed Generation, Verification & Validation for Manufacturing
The ASME Standards Committee on Power Plant Reliability, Availability, and Performance (RAP) recently approved forming the RAP Subcommittee on Distributed Generation Equipment. The subcommittee will establish the methodologies for testing, measuring, and reporting performance of distributed generation equipment and related systems.
The ASME Standards Committee on Verification and Validation in Computational Modeling and Simulation (V&V) recently approved forming the V&V 50 Verification and Validation in Computational Modeling in Manufacturing which includes data-driven, physics-based and hybrid approaches.
ASME is making a call for participants for these and other ASME committees. By volunteering, you will help shape tomorrow’s ASME – The engineers whose energy and knowledge help keep the world running.
For more information on RAP Subcommittee on Distributed Generation Equipment, contact Angel Guzman (+1.212.591.8018).
For more information on V&V 50 Verification and Validation in Computational Modeling in Manufacturing, contact Marian Heller (+1.212.591.8514).
Public comments may be submitted on proposed new ASME Standards drafts and on proposals to revise, reaffirm, or withdraw approval of existing ASME Standards.
New Standards Projects are either first time editions or revisions of existing standards that are not on continuous maintenance.
All meetings of ASME standards developing committees are free and open to the public.