Hampton Roads SNAME Hears Paper On Shipboard Piping

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The Hampton Roads Section held its most recent dinner/technical meeting at Fisherman's Wharf in Hampton, Va. The evening's paper titled "A Survey of Shipboard Piping Design and Fabrication" was presented by Lamar E. Williams and Bob S. Oglesby. A large turnout of 139 members and guests was present to hear this informative paper. Mr. Williams is presently employed as a senior engineer in the Hull Technical Department of Newport News Shipbuilding. Mr. Oglesby is employed as supervisor of outfitting in the Industrial Engineering Department of Newport News Shipbuilding.

Their paper discussed the domestic and foreign practices relative to shipboard piping design, fabrication, and installation. Although the paper's emphasis was on commercial shipbuilding, many practices discussed applied to both commercial and Naval work. Individually defined phases of piping design, fabrication, and installation were discussed, as well as various "integrated" approaches to each of these activities. Material presented was based largely upon on-site surveys by the authors of 22 domestic facilities, including 13 shipyards, four design agents, two piping f a b r i c a t i on equipment manufacturers, two piping fabricators, and one research facility. Material from onsite surveys by the authors of four Western European shipyards was also presented.

Following the presentation of the paper it was commented on by Harry Sheridan of David W. Taylor Naval Ship R and D Center, L.D. Chirillo of Todd-Seattle, Per Bech of Odense Steel Shipyard Ltd., George Uberti of NASSCO, and George Ponton of Advance Marine Design. All were in agreement that the paper is a valuable addition to the store of knowledge about the shipbuilding environment, and will prove to be a useful tool for increasing the productivity of the shipbuilding community.

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