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ASNE is the leading professional engineering society for engineers, scientists and allied professionals who conceive, design, develop, test, construct, outfit, operate and maintain complex naval and maritime ships, submarines and aircraft and their associated systems and subsystems.  ASNE also serves the educators who train the professionals, researchers who develop related technology, and students who are preparing for the profession.  Society activities provide support for the U.S. Navy; U.S. Coast Guard; U.S. Marine Corps; U.S. Merchant Marine and U.S. Army.

ASNE is the seventh oldest technical society in the United States.  It was founded in 1888 by a group of naval engineering pioneers, most of them officers of the U.S. Navy's Engineering Corps, who sought a unified approach to their profession in order to make the most of new advances in technology. The purposes of ASNE are:           

  • to advance the knowledge and practice of naval engineering in public and private applications and operations,
  • to enhance the professionalism and well-being of members, and
  • to promote naval engineering as a career field.

For 125 years, the Society’s objectives have been strengthened and preserved to meet the changing needs of a time-honored profession. Today ASNE conducts a variety of technical meetings and symposia, publishes the highly regarded Naval Engineers Journal and a number of other technical proceedings and publications, and fosters professional development and technical information exchange through technical committees, local section activities and cooperative efforts with government organizations and other professional societies.

The Society's annual meeting, ASNE Day, is typically held in February of each year in the Washington, DC, area. The meeting features major addresses by high level industry and government leaders and panel discussions by leading members of the profession.  It also includes presentation and discussion of technical papers on a variety of timely naval engineering topics, presentation of the Society's prestigious annual awards and a large exposition with government and industry exhibits covering the full spectrum of naval engineering technology. ASNE Day is highlighted by the Society’s annual Honors Gala, attended by hundreds of executives and senior managers from both government and industry.

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Title: The OPV Phenomenon

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Instructor: Richard Delpizzo, ABS Director, International Government Services

Course Description:
Many fleets around the world are trying to increase their fleets while still holding to budgetary constraints. One viable solution is to build classes of smaller platforms, using mostly commercial standards and hardware, to boost fleet numbers. At the forefront of this category is the Offshore Patrol Vessel, or OPV.

Like most other ship categories, it is difficult to use absolutes to define the OPV. While its category can be defined broadly in terms of length, tonnage or speed, defining a specific mission or missions for this category of ship can prove elusive. But in general, OPVs are large patrol vessels designed for extended range and patrolling duration. Most range in the median category of approximately 700 and 3,700 tons and 50 - 110 meters, but again these numbers can vary greatly. The ships are designed for extended endurance, range and adequate sea-keeping necessary for continuous patrolling for weeks, or even months, in duration. OPVs are often built to commercial standards, though may incorporate space and weight margins for future weapon upgrades. To accommodate these upgrades, certain naval standards and weapons effects criteria may be incorporated.

This webinar will attempt to answer these questions regarding the estimated $60 billion (US) OPV market:

  1. Define OPVs
  2. Explain the need for OPVs and their various missions
  3. Provide examples of OPVs around the world
  4. Describe the current OPV market

Maximum Attendance: 40

Date: February 22, 2018

Time: 12PM – 1PM


Registration Fee & Costs:
Member FREE
Non Member $20

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