Jun 2010

SAWE – CANADA CHAPTER                            


EXECUTIVE MEETING No 100 – by WEBEX – Minutes – 2010 June 9


Attendees : 

Whidy Kiskunas, Rod van Dyk, Robert Hargrave, Stuart Norris



  1. Review of Action Items from previous meeting


  • Need a unique URL address (suggest sawecanada). (Action: OPEN G. Shpati)
  • Import existing Canada Chapter logo. (Action: OPEN G. Shpati, support from A.Vella)
  • Ensure G. Shpati is reimbursed for yearly fees. (Action: OPEN  R. Clapp)
  • “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…

  • Begin planning of Chapter Technical Conference in September. (Action: ONGOING R. Hargrave) see discussion below.


  1. New Actions
  • Call for papers/presentations for the Chapter Technical Conference in September.
  • Topics for open discussion.


  1. 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. Whidy to release minutes.
  • Weight Projection – parametrics, analytical tools – Rod –  JUNE 30
  • Weight Verification – actuals – Whidy – JULY 21
  • Weight Management – trade studies, creating targets, dealing with suppliers, risk assessment – Luc or Sylvain? – ? (Whidy to contact them)


  • We will be confirming our dates & facilitators over the next couple of weeks
  • 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.


  1. Canada Chapter Technical Conference – Sept 2010


  • Due to the positive response from our 2009 conference in Gananoque, we are beginning the preliminary plans to launch another conference at the end of Sept 2010. 
  • General agreement that the location be Kingston this year, and suggested date (Sept.18 or 25).
  • Possibly coincide with the Kingston Jazz Festival depending on date & availability.
  • Possibly alternate between Montreal and Toronto in future years.
  • There will be a registration fee for the event for a reasonable amount.
  • Members will be contacted by the Executive about attendance & preferred topics


  1. Membership Fees


  • Fees for 2010-2011 membership have been set at $50 CDN ($25 for retirees, and $15 for students), and are due now. 
  • General consensus to keep both options of paying the fees through the chapter or International office.


  1. Next Meeting: Wednesday, July 14, 12:00 noon.

Submitted by:

Stuart Norris

SAWE Canada Chapter – Secretary

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