January 16, 2023 – Sargent & Lundy’s Ben Collison and Chris Olson have been appointed members on two American Society of Mechanical Engineers’ (ASME) Codes & Standards committees that define and develop worldwide norms and benchmarks of mechanical engineering.
Collison will join the B31.1 Power Piping Section Committee which develops and maintains the requirements for materials, design, fabrication, assembly, erection, examination, inspection, testing, operation, and maintenance of power piping systems. He’ll review and vote on proposed changes to and interpretations of ASME’s B31.1 Code on Power Piping. Collison joined Sargent & Lundy in 2008 and has held various roles in the firm’s energy and industrial engineering projects. He is also the secretary of the aforementioned ASME committee’s Subgroup on Operation and Maintenance and a member of its Subgroup on Design.
Olson will join the B31.3 Process Piping Committee Subgroup on High Pressure Piping which develops and maintains the standards related to design, manufacture, fabrication, test, installation, and operation of pressure piping systems, and in particular, high pressure piping, associated allowable stresses, and coordination with other chapters of the B31.3 code. His role is to review and vote on proposed code changes and interpretations and develop code change submission ballots for consideration. He has contributed his expertise to Sargent & Lundy’s oil and gas projects and other piping engineering projects since joining the firm in 2020. Olson’s other current ASME activities include leadership roles within the Petroleum Division LEAD Program and the Colorado Professional Section.
ASME committee participation allows Collison and Olson to gain valuable insight from their committee peers and integrate code changes within the firm to positively impact safety, quality, and innovation.
ASME develops technical standards and is a globally recognized leader in providing consensus standards relating to mechanical engineering. For more than 100 years, ASME standards and related product certifications have formed an interlocking system based on:
- Safety Standards: A set of requirements developed by volunteer technical experts using an open and transparent consensus process.
- Product Certifications: A program built upon the safety standards wherein the quality systems of a manufacturer are assessed and certified based on the manufacturer's demonstrated ability to meet the requirements of an ASME standard.
- Certification Mark: A mark used by certified companies that is placed on manufactured items. The symbol is designed to provide users with a high degree of confidence the stamped items conform to established safety standards.
As a supporter of ASME, Sargent & Lundy is proud to positively impact the organization’s mission to advance engineering for the benefit of humanity and to become the premier resource for the global engineering community. The firm shares with ASME a commitment to safety, quality, and innovation, which helps reinforce its leadership positions in the power, petroleum, carbon capture and sequestration, and hydrogen industries.
Learn more about ASME Standards here.