Jan 2011

SAWE – CANADA CHAPTER                         


EXECUTIVE MEETING No 105 – by WEBEX – Minutes – 2011 January 19 

Attendees : 

Rod van Dyk, Stuart Norris, Robert Hargrave, April Barth, Anthony Vella


1.        Review of Action Items from previous meeting


  • Import existing Canada Chapter logo. (Action: OPEN G. Shpati, support from A.Vella)
  • “About” section of website requires information about our chapter including: purpose of our association, goals, etc. (Action: OPEN Roger Clapp)
  • Schedule a series of technical conferences via telephone/Webex for discussion with membership. (Action: ONGOING Executive) See proposed dates below…
  • “Technical Discussion on the Pros and Cons of Composite Weight Estimation”. (ONGOING Whidy to investigate the chance for an open forum via Webex)
  • Call for Awards Nominations – 2011 Award Nominations
  • Rod van Dyk provided positive feed back to Ken LaSalle for his “Weight Control Responsibility, Authority, and Accountability” paper & presentation, for its use & benefit in training material.  


2.        New Actions


  • The Executive agree to write the abstract for 52 old papers. Whidy, Robert, April & Stuart – 10 each, Rod & Anthony – 6 each. (March 18th).
  • Rod to post Ken Lasalle’s MP R&R on Chapter Website.


3.        Future Technical Discussions


  • Executive going ahead in hosting future technical conferences on “Training Requirements/Guidelines for Weights Engineers”.  Major topics are with the suggested the following dates and facilitators:


  • Weight Estimation – including all mass properties – Whidy – APR.28 – COMPLETE with some follow-up required (10 chapter participants, 2 non-chapter participants). Overall consensus was good.
  • Weight Projection – parametrics, analytical tools – Rod – TBA.
  • Weight Verification – actuals – Whidy – September Conference – COMPLETE.
  • Weight Management – trade studies, creating targets, dealing with suppliers, risk assessment – (Luc or Sylvain) ? – TBA.


  • Dates & 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.
  • Suggesting using 12:00 noon to 1:00 pm timeframe for all meetings, but will take into account the feedback from our membership.


4.        Next Meeting: Wednesday, February 9, 12:00 noon.

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