Reports from CAIP Affiliates: American Society for Mechanical Engineers

December 2004
In November ASME held its annual International Mechanical Engineering Congress and Exposition in Anaheim, CA. The Congress and Expo events provided a world-class forum for thousands of engineers, researchers, industry experts, government representatives and academic leaders from around the world.

An international reception was held for the Chinese Mechanical Engineering Society who we look forward to working with on the 2006 M.E. Education Conference, Engineering Management Certification Program and other cooperative ventures.

TURBO EXPO 2004 – IGTI’s TURBO EXPO 2004, was held June 14-17, 2004 in Vienna, Austria. A record number of papers were submitted for the Technical Congress. High-level executives from three leading European companies, MTU Aero Engines, Lufthansa, and MAN Turbo, were selected to present the keynote address.

Latin America: April 19-20, staff met with representatives from INDECOPI, the Peruvian standards association, in Lima, Peru. Information was obtained on the use of ASME standards in Peru and preliminary discussions were conducted about an MOU with INDECOPI to promote the further understanding and use of ASME standards in Peru. Contact information for various standards committees in Peru was obtained. This information will be used as a basis for identifying potential experts for participation on ASME committees through the new international Delegate program. Staff also participated in a Regional Operating Board meeting of a local ASME Chapter in Lima, Peru. A two-day student meeting of both Peruvian student Sections was also held, with ASME students attending from Bolivia, Colombia and Venezuela.

September 19 and 24, an ASME consultant met with representatives from Work Ministry in Venezuela and OSINERG in Peru to discuss their roles as enforcement authorities for pressure equipment in their respective countries.

Aero Engine Life Management Conference
IGTI sponsored the Aero Engine Life Management Conference March 2-3, 2004 in London, England. The conference is co-sponsored by the US Air Force and the US Navy, among others. The Advance Program was developed and distributed in November.

European Union: November 12-14, 2003 ASME conducted its 5th Seminar in Milan, Italy on use of ASME’s codes under the EC Pressure Equipment Directive (PED) and modernization of ASME Section VIII, Division 2.

Iraq Reconstruction: December 11, 2003 a teleconference was held among Coalition Authorities in Baghdad, NIST, ASME and several other US SDO’s. The Commerce Department has referred to NIST an urgent request for assistance from the Coalition Provisional Authority’s (CPA) new Program Management Office (PMO) in Iraq. During the teleconference it was agreed that information regarding US standards that would benefit the reconstruction program would be sent to Baghdad. ASME standards were provided to NIST and airlifted to Iraq to assist in the program. On January 7, 2004 RFP’s for contracts based on the relevant standards were issued for infrastructure reconstruction in Iraq.

Consortium for Standards & Conformity Assessment Beijing Office, ASME, ASTM, API and CSA America – In August 2004, the four organizations entered into an agreement and formed the Consortium for Standards and Conformity Assessment (CSCA), with ASME as the lead organization. Through an office in Beijing, the consortium will form/strengthen relationships with industry, associations, and other groups in China; monitor standards development; and promote acceptance of its members standards and conformity assessment systems. Once established and staffed, the CSCA Beijing office will prepare Chinese marketing materials and a website, obtain market and standards information of strategic importance, network with government agencies and standards officials, and conduct training. Start-up is planned for January 2005.

High Pressure Gas Safety Institute of Japan: February 9, staff hosted visitors from High Pressure Gas Safety Institute (KHK) of Japan for discussions related to development of pressure technology codes and standards for hydrogen infrastructure applications. A KHK intern has been working with C&S staff at the NY headquarters since February 2003.

Conformity Assessment: The first ASME Certificate in Tunisia was issued in October 2004. This brings the number of countries with companies having ASME accreditation to 67. During a 2-month reporting period, 234 Certificates were issued to 153 companies. Of the 153 companies, 42% were located outside the US. Over the last 12 months, the number of non-nuclear BPV Certificate Holders has decreased by 1.2% (52 companies). This reflects a 3.4% decrease in the US and a 4.1% increase internationally.

JNES Risk-Informed Technology Study: April 30, CSTI submitted a proposal to the Japan Nuclear Energy Safety (JNES) organization for sponsorship of a Risk Informed Technology Study. The goal of the study is to identify options for applying risk informed technology to Japanese nuclear power plants.

International Participation: March 31, proposed revisions to ASME’s accredited standards development procedures were submitted to the American National Standards Institute (ANSI) for reaccreditations of ASME’s procedures. The primary revision to the procedures was the addition of a new option for participation in ASME’s standards development activities through the creation of a new “Delegate” position. The purpose of this addition is to reduce the barriers to participation in ASME standards development activities by people living outside the U.S. and Canada, and strengthen ASME’s position that its standards are international standards. A delegate would be an individual who represents an organization that is outside the U.S. and Canada, and that is recognized within its country. The organization represented could be a group of jurisdictions, users, manufacturers, or other groups with a meaningful interest in the work of the committee on which they would like to participate.

India: May 24 – 28, staff met with representatives of the India Boiler and Pressure Vessel regulatory authorities in New Delhi, India. Means by which the use of ASME standards in India can be maintained or increased were discussed, including the extension of an offer to nominate a member for the ASME International Interest Review Group (IIRG) under the Boiler and Pressure Vessel Committee.

ISO: March 30, staff participated in a meeting of the ISO TC5/SC 10 committee on metallic flanges and their joints. This represented the first meeting of this committee in over a decade, with ASME as the Secretariat. Participating Member country delegates in attendance included those representing Canada, France, Germany, Republic of Korea, Japan, Sweden and the United States.

Technical Publishing
OFAC, Embargoed countries: A recent government ruling exempts our publishing process from U.S. government restrictions on papers from authors of embargoed countries, such as Iran and Cuba. Several papers, formerly in a hold pattern pending a resolve, have been released for publication.

Journal Publishing Tool

ASME offers were made, working with Marketing, to the iGroup representing consortia in China, Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Malaysia for online journal access. Trail access is in effect for client institutions in those countries.

Russia: June 26 – 29, staff participated in a European Subregional Board meeting and subsequent Codes and Standards workshop held in St. Petersburg, Russia. New concepts for organization of ASME’s European membership under Continuity and Change were introduced and Codes and Standards was identified as a major subject area around which interest groups can be formed. The Codes and Standards workshop was attended by around 70 technical experts from several sectors of Russian industry.

Global Training
A total of 23 Global Training courses were conducted in Mexico, Argentina, Egypt (5), Peru (3), Venezuela (3), Ecuador (2), Costa Rica, and Bolivia (8). We are currently negotiating with Canadian Standards Association (CSA) to run two programs with a combination of their and our courses in Toronto and Vancouver in FY 06.

Agreements were signed with Matthews Engineering to conduct global courses in UK and the Middle East and with Rusayl Institute to conduct courses in Oman and the Middle East. IES Singapore has identified three instructors to conduct ASME courses in Singapore.

In April, staff met with the engineers in Latin America who expressed interest in the new Engineering Management Certification and the new courses ASME is offering with AIChE in chemical engineering in Peru, with opportunities to develop courses in Spanish for the chemical industry.

Agreement was reached in October on using an association management company to create a field office presence in Europe in early 2005. A needs assessment that will identify key projects will be one of the first objectives.

Agreement of Cooperation:
An agreement of cooperation with the International Institute of Acoustics and Vibration was signed on January 8, 2004.

An agreement with The China Association for International Exchange of Personnel (CAIEP) on ASME Engineering Management Certification International (EMCI) in China has been drafted as well as a draft agreement with Tsinghua University who would be the Authorized Provider of EMCI training in China. Formal agreements were signed in Beijing in September.

Upcoming Conferences
The Society of Danish Engineers (IDA) has agreed to host the eighth International Congress of Mechanical Engineering Societies meeting from September 12 to 15, 2005. This meeting will have three main themes: Education, Engineering Societies and Engineering Ethics.

International Conference on Environmental Remediation and Radioactive Waste Management (ICEM) held kick off organizational meeting for 2005 ICEM; decided to hold conference in Glasgow, Scotland in September 2005.

2006 Mechanical Engineering Education Conference: A memorandum of understanding (MOU) between ASME and the Chinese Mechanical Engineering Society (CMES) was signed for conducting the 2006 Mechanical Engineering Education Conference in Beijing, China.