Southwest Section - T&R Update and Smart Tow Presentation

When:  Feb 18, 2020 from 5:00 PM to 8:00 PM (PT)
Associated with  Southwest Section
Please join the SNAME Southwest Section for a meeting on T&R and Smart Tow from our section and national T&R representative, Rick Ashcroft.

We will discuss the latest T&R activities in 2019 and current major efforts as well as the below efforts on the Smart Tow system.

The United States Navy Supervisor of Salvage is in the process of developing a tow monitoring system for use during tows of high-value Navy assets. This system, known as Smart Tow, is intended to provide the tow master with important information about the status of high value tows. It was also desired to develop a system which would integrate the USN standard suite of existing fire and flood alarm sensors with a system which would allow the measurement and real time display of tow motion, position, heading, speed, wind speed and direction, and the status of the fire and flood system. All information was to be provided on a computer display on the bridge of the tug. The prototype of this system was developed, and on 28 February 2001 it was installed aboard the USS Iowa (BB 61) and the Crowley tug Sea Victory for the nearly 7,000-mile tow from Newport, RI to the ready reserve fleet in Suisun Bay, CA. The trip was accomplished without incident and the behavior of the tow was well documented during the entire tow. Experience obtained during this tow was used to refine the prototype system during Smart Tow Phase II. Presentation includes Phase II modifications and update on the status of the U.S.S. Iowa.

Presenter Name & Bio
Rick Ashcroft, SNAME T&R Representative

Rick lived in Ann Arbor, MI from 1971 – 1991 where he attended the University of Michigan, earning a BSE in Naval Architecture and Marine Engineering. He managed the (then named) Ship Hydrodynamics Laboratory before moving to Escondido in November of 1991 to become Manager of the Hydrodynamics Group at Arctec Offshore. In 1993 Rick joined Scientific Marine Services as a naval architect and later became a Vice President. From 2006 until 2018 Rick was a Principal Engineer in Functional Engineering at General Dynamics NASSCO. Retiring from NASSCO in July 2018, he is currently the SNAME Director of Technology and Education (part time position) and doing some consulting. Rick has authored more than 25 papers on instrumentation, modeling, and structural monitoring. As a SNAME Volunteer he was the Functional Vice President - Technology and Chair the T&R Steering Committee from January 2014 through December 2019, a past Chair of the Southwest Section, the Hull Structure Committee, the current Chair of Panel EC-14 Underwater Radiated Noise, and a member of several other Panels.

Event Schedule:
5:00 - Happy Hour
6:00 - Dinner
6:45 - Presentation

Member - $28
Non-Member - $33
Student - $14

Please RSVP to SNAME Southwest Secretary, Essie Wazal-Chin, no later than Monday, February 17th at

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