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ASME 2012 Verification & Validation Symposium


May 2-4, 2012  |   Planet Hollywood Resort  |  Las Vegas, Nevada

The first large-scale symposium dedicated entirely to verification, validation, and uncertainty quantification of computer simulations is being held May 2-4 in Las Vegas.  This symposium will bring together engineers and scientists from all disciplines that use computational modeling and simulation to discuss and exchange ideas and methods for verification of codes and solutions, simulation validation, and assessment of uncertainties in mathematical models, computational solutions, and experimental data.  The call-for-abstracts resulted in an outstanding response with over 240 abstracts received from a wide variety of industries throughout the world and we are excited for the attendees opportunity to share and learn verification and validation methods, approaches, and ideas for the future.  The conference program will begin with two plenary sessions with four distinguished experts, followed by four parallel technical tracks, and will conclude with a regulatory perspective panel session and open discussion for future activities and works.

New ASME Fellow – Clark McCarrell

Long time Silver State Member Clark McCarrell has been elevated to ASME Fellow by his peers.  To read his bio and those of other Fellows from our section please click here.

The New LEED-Certified Bureau of Reclamation Building in Boulder City

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On September 30, 2011 our members had the opportunity to tour the Bureau of Reclamation’s new building in Boulder City, Nevada.  At approximately 50,000 gross sq. ft. for around 170 staff, the building will achieve a Leadership in Energy and Environmental Design (LEED) Platinum certification, the highest level attainable and the third DOI project to reach this standard.

The $17.3 million design-build project, funded by the 2010 American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (ARRA), included planning, regulatory compliance, contracting, design, construction, and construction management for the building, site improvements, and solar field.

Features include 38% less gross energy consumption than a typical office building as well as using reclaimed water from the cooling towers at the central chiller plant to flush toilets. We’ll see many more features during the tour, including how this new efficient building maintained historic appearance requirements.

The photovoltaic solar panel farm is estimated to produce 240 MWh per year, around half the annual building energy use.

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