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European Co-operation in Environmental Engineering

The Confederation of European Environmental Engineering Societies, CEEES, is a forum for international co-operation and information exchange regarding the resistance and integrity of products and systems against environmental influences. It was created as a co-operative body for the leading European societies in this field.

vinjett.gif CEEES was created, some 30 years ago, as an independent non-profit organisation to promote the advancement of science and technology in the field of environmental engineering. Since its inception CEEES has organised and supported the exchange of information and experience in all the related fields. CEEES also promotes European participation in national symposia and arranges international conferences on environmental techniques and their application. It also encourages the member national societies to support each other's activities.

The CEEES stakeholders are active in the establishment of; national and international standards, codes of practice and the generation of educational material. Its stakeholders are particularly active in procedures related to ensuring the resistance and integrity of products and systems against environmental influences. CEEES technical advisory boards encompass mechanical and transportation stresses, stress screening, reliability and the effects of climate and pollution on equipment and structures.

The aims and objectives of CEEES include:

  • The advancement of science and technology related to the field of environmental.
  • The exchange of information and experience.
  • Arranging international symposia and workshops.
  • Participation in establishing standardization and best practices.
  • Encouraging members to support each other.
  • Achieving recognition of Environmental Engineering and Environmental Engineers.

CEEES welcomes and encourages participation from organizations and individuals. It especially, welcomes contribution from those with an interest in environmental engineering and working with design and testing methods to enhance the integrity, performance and service life of products and systems. CEEES activities are normally channelled through the national societies; however, it also collaborates with partner organisations including the U.S. Institute of Environmental Science and Technology. Within Europe it supports the founding of similar minded societies in countries, which at present do not have a national society promoting environmental engineering.

The CEEES brochure recently updated on behalf of CEEES, by GUS, the German National Society, can be downloaded here.

CEEES Autumn Meeting

CEEES Autumn Meeting 1 The CEEES autumn meeting took place at the LINDNER Hotel, Vienna, Austria on the 19th and 20th September 2017.

A combined meetings of the three CEEES Technical Advisory Boards occurred on the 19th September 2017. The three CEEES Technical Advisory Boards occasionally meet together to consider joint topics and those that are of interest to the entire group. In this case several areas of joint interest were discussed relating to standards activity and future European research activities. As a result of these discussions several national societies agreed consider future joint research activities.

CEEES Autumn Meeting 2. That evening, the Austrian society (OGUS) had arranged for the CEEES participants to take a horse carriage tour of Vienna. This was followed by a meal at the Brewery and Restaurant SALM BRÄU.

The CEEES General Assembly took place in the morning of the 20th September 2017. As part of that meeting an Extraordinary General Assembly occurred specifically to update the CEEES statutes to permit the registered address of CEEES to be moved from Bovenbostraat 77, B-3053 Haasrode, Belgium to Rue Royale 94, 1000 Brussels, Belgium (c/o Fraunhofer Brussels).

CEEES Autumn Meeting 3 The CEEES autumn meeting was planned to occur immediately prior to the 8th European Weathering Symposium which was held on the 21st and 22nd September 2017, also at the LINDNER Hotel Vienna. The Weathering Symposium in turn encompassed the 30th Colloquium of Danubian Countries on Natural and Artificial Ageing of Polymers and celebrated the 50th Anniversary of the Colloquia of Danubian Countries.

The CEEES meeting participants and the Weathering Symposium participants joined together on the Afternoon of the 20th September for a technical tour of the Vienna Climatic Wind Tunnel. These two tunnels are used to undertake climatic evaluation of complete train sets against solar, thermal, humidity and icing conditions they may encounter during operational running conditions. The wind tunnel permit the air conditioning of the train sets to be assessed as well as establishing the effects of ice and snow conditions.

Draft Standard for Public Comment

The International Electro-technical Commission (IEC) has introduced a new process allowing anyone to comment on publically available standards. Comments can be submitted even if you are not part of the National Committee working on that standard or even whether your country is an active participant in the creation of that standard.

The documents listed below are those currently available for public comment and which are also related to environmental testing or sustainability topics.

Anyone can register comments on publically available draft standards, by using the "Public Commenting on Draft Standards" button available on the home page of the International Electro-technical Commission (www.iec.ch). The button is on the right hand side of the gray bar, located about halfway down the home page. You need to register, but this is only so that any comments submitted this way will be forwarded via the appropriate National Committee. If you register, you can also opt to receive weekly notification of any new draft standards publically available for comment. Currently there are over 50 standards listed for comment and the commenting period is usually 12 weeks.

IEC 62788-1-7 ED1: Measurement procedures for materials used in photovoltaic modules - Part 1-7: Test procedure for the optical durability of transparent polymeric PV packaging materials
Document Ref. No: 82/1360/CDV, Issue Date, 15-12-2017, Comments Required by: 09-03-2018.

IEC 62899-202-5 ED1: Printed electronics - Part 202-5: Materials - Conductive ink - Mechanical bending test of a printed conductive layer on a substrate
Document Ref. No: 119/193/CDV, Issue Date, 15-12-2017, Comments Required by: 09-03-2018.

IEC 61189-2-630 ED1: Test methods for electrical materials, printed board and other interconnection structures and assemblies - Part 2-630: Test methods for base materials for rigid printed boards - Moisture Absorption after pressure vessel conditioning
Document Ref. No: 91/1471/CDV, Issue Date, 22-12-2017, Comments Required by: 09-03-2018.

IEC 61967-1 ED2: Integrated circuits - Measurement of electromagnetic emissions - Part 1: General conditions and definitions
Document Ref. No: 47A/1037/CDV, Issue Date, 29-12-2017, Comments Required by: 23-03-2018.

IEC 60704-3 ED3: Household and similar electrical appliances - Test code for the determination of airborne acoustical noise - Part 3: Procedure for determining and verifying declared noise emission values
Document Ref. No: 259/675/CDV, Issue Date, 29-12-2017, Comments Required by: 23-03-2018.

IEC 62830-4 ED1: Semiconductor devices - Semiconductor devices for energy harvesting and generation - Part 4: Test and evaluation methods for flexible piezoelectric energy harvesting devices
Document Ref. No: 47/2445/CDV, Issue Date, 05-01-2018, Comments Required by: 30-03-2018.

IEC 62047-32 ED1: Semiconductor devices - Micro-electromechanical devices - Part 32: Test method for the nonliear vibration of the MEMS resonators
Document Ref. No: 47F/301/CDV, Issue Date, 05-01-2018, Comments Required by: 30-03-2018.

CEEES Presidents Day

CEEES Presidents Day 01.jpg A meeting of the current Presidents of the National Societies comprising CEEES and the past Presidents of CEEES was inaugurated on the 4th July 2017 at the Royal Military Academy in Brussels. This unique meeting in the CEEES calendar had been instigated by the current CEEES President David Delaux and organised by the CEEES secretariat Patrycja Perrin.

The purpose of this Presidents day meeting was to allow the exchange of information on the current status and future direction of the individual National Societies and to identify future roles for CEEES.

The meeting started with short opening addresses from the current CEEES president and past presidents of the French and Belgium societies. After this, each National Society represented, gave a short talk on the status of their society and were it saw its future role. The majority of these talks were followed by a short question and answer session, allowing the remaining societies to establish a fuller understanding of the society’s future goals.

CEEES Presidents Day 02.jpg At the end of the session the current CEEES President summarised the situation and aims.

The Presidents day was punctuated by two breaks for cocktails to allow the current and past presidents to exchange ideas and to get know each other better. These breaks were also attended by the Presidents partners who were participating in a separate tour. After the meeting the Presidents and their partners adjourned to the nearby restaurant Le Monde est Petit, for a Presidents Day dinner.

These individual presentations as well as the CEEES President summary are assembled in the following downloadable document (13Mb). < CEEES_Presidents'_day_Bruxelles_2017.pdf>

CEEES Spring Meeting

CEEES Spring Meeting 01.jpg The 66th CEEES meeting took place at ESPOO Finland on the 15th to 17th March 2017. The meeting was planned to coincide with the celebrations for the 50th anniversary of the founding of KOTEL the Finnish national environmental engineering society. In addition to the 50th anniversary of the founding of KOTEL, Finland is in 2017 celebrating the 100th anniversary of the founding of the state of Finland.

CEEES Spring Meeting 02.jpg The meetings of the three CEEES Technical Advisory Boards, on the 15th March, were hosted by VTT at their environmental test laboratory. The CEEES General Assembly took place the following day and was again hosted by VTT.

Following the General Assembly meeting the CEEES participants joined with members of KOTEL in an anniversary get together and cocktails. The get together was hosted by Pasi Valimaki and the guest speaker was Sari Tasa, the project director of the Enterprise an Innovation Department at the Ministry of Economic Affairs. Her presentation was titled "The Rebooting of Finland". During the get together Pasi Valimaki made a number of awards to recognise the contributions made by a number of KOTEL members over the years.

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On the 17th March 2017, a conference took place at the Design Factory in Espoo. This conference, comprised presentations and discussions from both KOTEL and CEEES participants. The conference was well attended and produced a number of interesting and lively discussions.

France Take Over CEEES Presidency

At the 65th CEEES General Assembly, held at VALEO, La Verrière, France, on Tuesday 18th October 2016, responsibility for the CEEES Presidency and Secretariat were transferred from the German national society GUS to the French national society ASTE. The transfer occurred at the end of the meeting when the duties of the existing CEEES President (Dr Thomas Reichert) and Secretariat (Sabine Aref) were formally transferred. For the next two years the CEEES secretariat will be hosted by ASTE and led by Patrycja Perrin (pperrin@aste.asso.fr).

The new CEEES President is Prof. David Delaux, who is the Reliability Director at Valeo. He represents the French national society, Association pour le Développement des Sciences et Techniques de l'Environnement (ASTE). ASTE is one of the founder members of CEEES and is located at; 1 place Charles de Gaulle, F-78180 Montigny le Bretonneux, FRANCE (www.aste.asso.fr). The photograph below shows (from left to right): Dr Thomas Reichert, Sabine Aref, Patrycja Perrin and David Delaux.

The CEEES General Assembly was preceded, on the 18th October 2016, by a general meeting of all three CEEES Technical Advisory Boards. These Technical Advisory Boards discussed a number of issues including a mechanical and climatic Round Robin exercise proposed by ASTE. The meeting of Technical Advisory Boards concluded a guided tour of the Valeo research and test facilities at La Verrière, where automotive air conditioning system are developed and tested.

The CEEES General Assembly was followed by an evening guided tour of Versailles (see photograph) and concluded with a meal at a Versailles restaurant.

The following day (Wednesday 19th October 2016) ASTE had arranged a CEEES Workshop which was held at the Mercure Paris Vaugirard Porte de Versailles. The topic for the Workshop was "Methods for tailoring environmental". This workshop was well attended by both CEEES national representatives and ASTE members. This CEEES Workshop was organised along ASTELAB which was held at the same location on the 20th October 2016. In the evening of the 19th October 2016, ASTE had arrange a boat trip along the Seine in Paris for attendees of both the CEEES Workshop and ASTELAB.


From left to right: Dr Thomas Reichert, Sabine Aref, Patrycja Perrin and David Delaux.



Two pictures of CEEES Workshop and ASTELAB attendees during the evening boat tour through Paris on the Seine


A group of CEEES members await the start of the guided walking tour of Versailles, outside the palace.


Harri Roossien (a past President of CEEES) presents a paper on "How Reliability Test Programmes and Methods Evolve" at the CEEES Workshop.

New CEEES Brochure

The Gesellschaft für Umweltsimulation (the German National Society GUS), has recently commissioned an update to the CEEES brochure. A downloadable version of the brochure is available as well as a high resolution printable version.

CEEES liaison with the US Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST)

us1.gif The Confederation of European Environmental Engineering Societies (CEEES) recently refreshed its liaison with the US Institute of Environmental Sciences and Technology (IEST). The President of CEEES, Dr Thomas Reichert, met with the current IEST President, Shawn Windley, the President elect, Wei Sun and a number of other IEST officials, at the Annual Technical Meeting of the IEST. Thomas Reichert brought the IEST up to date with the objectives and work of CEEES, with the aid of the new CEEES brochure. The IEST President elect Wei Sun recognized the huge amount of environmental factors and influences the CEEES national associations dealt with.

During the informal discussions, Dr Reichert indicated that CEEES would like to invite a number of US Environmental experts to the CEEES Conferences in spring and fall, to facilitate closer association of the two organizations. CEEES would like to forge new links with IEST members as the former European liaison officer Mrs. Chris Peterson has now left IEST. It was agreed that the IEST direct points of contact, between the two organizations, should be David Sgro the Technical Vice President for Design, Test, and Evaluation and Executive Director Roberta Burrows. The CEEES point of contact would be the CEEES President, Dr Thomas Reichert.

us2.gif It was also agreed that CEEES will endeavor to stimulate the participation of European experts in the ESTECH conference. The historical participation from Europe at ESTECH was recognized and appreciated. The current European participation was mainly focused on mechanical influences. Christian Dindorf, from Robert Bosch GmbH, Germany and active with GUS (the German National association within CEEES), gave a presentation about fatigue damage calculation to compare single to multi axis shaker tests. Bram Cornelius, from Siemens Industry Software (former LMS part) Leuven representing the Belgium association, presented a mission synthesis procedure for sine-on-random excitations in an helicopter applications. More general climatic presentations were made by Dustin Aldridge from Raytheon Missile Systems and about weathering from Chelsea Todd from ATLAS MTT.

The next ESTECH conference is planned in Louisville, Kentucky on the 8 to 11th May 2017 and the next CEEES conference is planned for Paris on 19th and 20th October 2016.

CEEES is a confederation of the environmental engineering societies of

the United Kingdom (SEE),
France (ASTE),
Germany (GUS),
Sweden (SEES),
Switzerland (SSEE),
Finland (KOTEL),
Belgium (BSMEE),
the Netherlands (PLOT),
Italy (AITPA),
Czech Republic (NACEI)
Austria (ÖGUS)
Portugal (SOPSAR)