Two of the maritime industry's internationally respected organizations are sponsoring a two-day Extreme Loads Response Symposium to be held October 19-20 at the Sheraton National Hotel, Arlington, Va.

The symposium is being arranged by the interagency Ship Structure Committee and The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME). It is the third in an extremely successful series of conferences the organizations have sponsored starting with a ship structures symposium in 1975. The second technical symposium, held in 1975, was concerned with ship vibration.

The Extreme Loads Response Symposium brings together more than 400 representatives from the maritime community, including shipowners, operators, builders, designers, researchers, government agencies, and classification society officials, to discuss all aspects of structural response under extreme loadings.

The nine technical sessions will feature papers covering a broad range of topics including load definition, response assessment, materials properties, fabrication requirements, reliability, design criteria, design methods, and service performance.

According to John B. O'Brien, chairman of the symposium, "In recent years, the statistical nature of structural loadings and responses has become better understood and means for consideration in the design process developed." The high cost of shipbuilding and repair, he said, require that full advantage be taken of this knowledge and its related technology in future ship designs.

"It is timely that the problems of extremes and available technology for their treatment be exposed and discussed in an open forum." The technical program will begin with welcoming remarks by chairman O'Brien, John J. Nachtsheim, president of SNAME, and Rear Adm. C.T. Lusk Jr. of the U.S. Coast Guard.

The symposium banquet will be held at 7 p.m. on Monday, October 19, at which Judge Charles S.

Haight Jr. of the U.S. District Court will be the featured speaker.

He will treat the subject of the engineer as an expert witness.

John Vasta, a well-known and respected structural engineer, will be honored at Monday's luncheon for his contributions to the disciplines involved in shipbuilding.

The volume of technical papers and discussions to be published after the symposium also will be dedicated to Mr. Vasta.

The technical program was organized by Walter Maclean. The members of the arrangement committee were: William S. Siekierka, Richard W. Rumke, Theodore W. Chapman, James A. Sanial Jr., Trevor Lewis-Jones, and David B. Anderson.

The Ship Structure Committee is the standing U.S. interagency committee whose responsibility is to conduct a research program to improve the design, materials, and construction of ships and marine structures. Its members are: U.S. Coast Guard, Naval Sea Systems Command, Military Sealift Command, Maritime Administration, American Bureau of Shipping, and the U.S. Geological Survey.

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