Recognising 100 years of pressure equipment standards

Energy - News - 100 years of ASME - Boiler - 306x172This week, the American Society of Mechanical Engineers (ASME) will recognise an astounding history: 100 years of publishing the Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code (BVPC).

The ASME BVPC is recognised worldwide as a leading global standard concerning the design, fabrication, and inspection of boilers, pressure vessels, and nuclear power plant technologies, conceived in the wake of several tragic boiler explosions in the United States and around the world in the 19th century. Its first edition in 1914 was a single 114-page book. Today’s 2013 edition contains 28 books and tens of thousands of pages. The Lloyd’s Register’s subsidiary, LR Insurance, Inc. has been an ASME Authorised Inspection Agency for more than 40 years.

The code is devised from the collective knowledge of technical committees consisting of mechanical engineers and others who represent various facets of their industries, from manufacturers and installers to insurers, inspectors, distributors, regulatory agencies and end users meeting over the years, 

ASME offers interested parties an opportunity to participate in our standards development process regardless of nationality or residency. There are now more than 700 standing technical committees with more than 5,000 members. These professionals play a vital role in defining the norms and benchmarks of their industries and of mechanical engineering. Four times a year, they come together to participate in BPV (Boiler & Pressure Vessel) Code Week. 

This week the second quarter meeting for 2014 is being held in Bellevue, Washington. Normally, these meetings are held somewhere in the U.S. or Canada. More than 600 professionals will meet and discuss matters related to the code, with more than 100 committee meetings spread throughout the week. 

What is ASME (Boiler & Pressure Vessel) Code week?

The Boiler Code Week is a forum for business leaders and policymakers to discuss high profile topics related to the ASME Boiler and Pressure Vessel Code and Lloyd’s Register has five members on various committees. 

This gives our delegates an opportunity to:

• Gain a greater understanding of the codes;

• Obtain advanced notice of impending changes to codes and standards;

• Influence revisions based on best practice as an agency;

• Work with internationally recognised experts and stakeholders and customers; 

• Pursue particular issues of our clients and inspectors on the various committees.

Who meets at the Boiler Code Week?

Attended by over 600 professionals, participation includes representation from 

  • government agencies
  • multinational corporations 
  • plant owners 
  • utilities 
  • pressure equipment fabricators 
  • insurance companies
  • Authorised Inspection Agencies
  • designers 
  • materials suppliers 

Committees are represented by: 

  • manufacturers
  • installers 
  • insurers 
  • inspectors 
  • end users
  • distributors 
  • regulatory agencies
For more information on LR’s ASME services, visit our ASME services section.