S N A M E To P l a y M a j o r Role I n C o n v e r t i n g M i l s p e cs T o C o m m e r c i a l S t a n d a r ds

The Society of Naval Architects and Marine Engineers (SNAME) in cooperation with the Naval Sea Systems Command (NAVSEA), and the American Society for Testing and Materials (ASTM), is going to make a major effort to help develop more U.S. Shipbuilding Standards.

The Technical and Research (T&R) Steering Committee of the society has approved a plan for technical experts of the T&R panels to review and update selected naval specifications and standard drawings before their development into voluntary shipbuilding standards. This will serve to speed up the National Shipbuilding Standards Program.

There are many thousands of MILSPECS, a portion of which are ideal for converting into commercial shipbuilding standards.

SNAME will do the job of updating with the aid of T&R volunteers, and turn them over to the ASTM Committee F-25 on shipbuilding for development into published standards.

SNAME officials said it is an accepted fact that an extensive and comprehensive set of shipbuilding standards can be instrumental in lowering costs and improving the shipbuilding process.

The ASTM program to develop shipbuilding standards was begun in 1977 with the reactivation of the SNAME Panel SP-6 (Standards and Specifications) of the Ship Production Committee of the society. Panel SP-6 has been serving as the industry's guidance committee as the standards are being developed through ASTM consensus process and published by that organization.

Panel SP-6 will serve as SNAME's control committee on this expanded program of commercializing the MILSPECS, coordinating the flow through the SNAME organization to the ASTM committees.

Maritime Reporter Magazine, page 41,  Mar 1983

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