Apr 2011


Attendees : April Barth, George Shpati, Robert Hargrave, Rod Van Dyk, Whidy Kiskunas, Stuart Norris, Kathy Lacroix


1)      Review of Action Items from previous meeting

  • Update Minutes of Meeting up until April 2011. (Action: OPEN S. Norris)
  • Send out meeting invitation monthly through Webex a few days in advance of meeting. (Action: CLOSED R. Van Dyk)
  • EXECUTIVE has agreed to write the abstract for 52 old papers.  There are currently 10 left to finish. (Action: OPEN TBD)
  • Import existing Canada Chapter logo. Tony Vellas`son did the original draft. (Action : OPEN G. Shpati with support from A. Barth)
  • “About Us” section of website requires information about our Chapter including : purpose of our association, goals, etc. (Action: OPEN R. Van Dyk)
  • “Technical Discussion on the Pros and Cons of Composite Weight Estimation” (Action: ONGOING Whidy to investigate the chance for an open forum via Webex)

2)      New Actions

  • Get permission for K. Lacroix to add minutes to SAWE website. (Action: G. Shpati)
  • Update Minutes of Meeting from April 2011- on. (Action: K. Lacroix)
  • Send reminder for annual renewal fee which is coming up on April 30th, 2011.  Currently there are 10 of the 45 members which have renewed. (Action: A. Barth)
  • Bombardier Business Units to possibly pay SAWE membership dues.  Upper management needs business case to justify the benefits. (Action: K. Lacroix)
  • Blurb from International SAWE website to be put into Canada Chapter website. (Action: G. Shpati)
  • Provide more details regarding the global host website rates.  Need to look at different renewal costs (example 1, 2 or 3 year basis) (Action G. Shpati & A. Barth)
  • Minutes of Meeting board to possibly be reorganized.  For example, older Minutes to be archived and combined, organize Minutes by year / month / day, etc. (Action: G. Shpati & R. Van Dyke)
  • Fall Conference preparation to be held on either the weekend of Sept. 17, 18th or Sept. 24, 25th (Dates still need to be confirmed).  It was decided that the conference is to be held in Montreal this year.  Need to look at different hotels, etc. (Action: Executive)

3)      Future Technical Decisions

  • Executive going ahead in hosting future technical conferences on “Training Requirements / Guidelines for Weights Engineers”. Major topics are with the following dates and facilitators:
  • Weight Projection – Parametrics, analytical tools (Rod –TBA)
  • Weight Management – Trade Studies, creating targets, dealing with suppliers, risk assessment (Luc or Sylvain – TBA)
  • Dates and facilitators to be confirmed.
  • Existing SAWE publications, which can be accessed by all SAWE members,will be used as a starting point and reference for our discussions.
  • Suggestion using 12:00 to 1:00 pm timeframe for all meetings, but will take into account the feedback from our membership. 

4) Next Meeting : May 11, 2011 @ 12:00 noon


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