www.ceees.org - for product life and performance

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.

The SEEES Environmental Engineering Handbook

The recently re-published Environmental Engineering Handbook has been generated by the Swedish Environmental Engineering Society (SEES) and is available to member companies within the European Environmental Engineering Societies (CEEES) at a 10% discount from the 110 Euro cover price.

The original version of the Environmental Engineering Handbook was published as an aid to the education of the subject of environmental engineering. It was aimed at both high school pupils, under-graduates, graduates as well as those involved in the design and evaluation of products against the environmental conditions they may experience during their life. The new publication has been substantially updated and revised. It and provides a good source of basic and advanced information on the design, evaluation and testing of equipment exposed to a wide range of natural and man-made environmental situations.

The Environmental Engineering Handbook is intended to be used as an encyclopaedia. It give general guidance in the correct methodology for Environmental Engineering work, as well as fundamental rules and advice on how such work, correctly specified and verified, leads to a safe and reliable product. The Handbook can also used also as a basis for Environmental Engineering courses and tutorials.

The SEEES Environmental Engineering Handbook.png The Handbook follows a similar layout to the previous edition, but contains an extended index and content lists. The overarching content is:

1 Introduction.

2 Methodology.

This section contains an overview of environmental engineering process to both the design and evaluation of products. The process has been brought up to date against International standards and sets out the issues and process necessary to ensure that commercial equipment is suitably evaluated before it enters the market place.

3 Environmental Factors.

This substantial section (420 pages) considers the various natural and man-made environmental conditions a product could experience and how these can be addressed. Addressed are the natural (climatic) conditions such as temperature, humidity and solar radiation. Also addressed are precipitation, ice, low pressure, dust and sand as well as the effects of flora and fauna. The man-made or induced conditions are also addressed which may be mechanical, (vibration, shock and acceleration) chemical or electrical.

4 Glossary.

The glossary provides a good reference for identifying many terms used, in environmental engineering, which sometimes prevents a lay reader from gaining a good understanding of the subject.

5 Application Examples.

This section provides examples provided by experienced practitioners of the environmental engineering process on real world products.

The handbook is available from Technology Books Online https://www.technologybooks.online/produkt/environmental-engineering-handbook/

Dr. Hiltmar Schubert

Dr Hiltmar Schubert.png It is with considerable regret that we have to announce that that Prof. Dr. Hiltmar Schubert passed away on the 27th December 2020 at the age of 93.

Hilltmar was one of the three people who were instrumental in the founding of CEEES in 1984. He was the third President of CEEES (1988 to 1990) and also, from 1978 until 2006, the President of the German Society of Environmental Engineering (Gesellschaft für Umweltsimulation - GUS). He stepped down from that role shortly before his 80th birthday. In acknowledgement of his outstanding commitment to the improvement of relations between the USA and Europe, he was honoured in 1997 as a "Fellow of the Institute of Environmental Sciences" (USA).

Hiltmar was active member of CEEES and a strong advocate of its work. He provided direction and advice in many aspects of CEEES activities and was particularly influential in the growth of CEEES.

In 2006 Hiltmar Schubert was awarded as Honorary President of the GUS. In 2014, still in good health, he attended the CEEES Conference on Battery Testing at Fraunhofer ICT and enjoyed being an active participant in the General Assembly.

With him, both CEEES and Gesellschaft für Umweltsimulation loose a great networker and a friend of international cooperation in defence and civilian research fields. Our sincere condolences go to his wife Ingeborg Walther and all his relatives.

A Biography for Dr Schubert, written by his college Dr Karl Fredrich Ziegahn, published at the time of Hiltmar's first retirement in 1995, can be found on this website at http://www.ceees.org/presidents/Hiltmar%20Schubert.htm

An Introduction to Environmental Test Engineering

by Andy Tomlinson CEng HonFSEE
Published by New Generation Publishing, 2019. ISBN 978-1-78955-401-4. Hardcover.
Available on-line from Amazon, Waterstones, etc.

vinjett.gif This new book (published 17th January 2019) by Andy Tomlinson has grown out of a range of short courses which he has delivered for industry over the last 35 years, many in conjunction with the UK Society of Environmental Engineers. It provides a comprehensive introduction to the subject for the novice environmental test engineer and will be an essential reference book for the test laboratory.

Whilst, numerous publications are available covering the individual themes of vibration, shock, temperature, humidity, etc., this text draws together these important topics and provides, with a practical focus, an inclusive view from the perspective of an environmental test engineer.

Key features

Details of measurement, analysis and control procedures to simulate a wide range of test environments

Clear and concise explanations of concepts, techniques and pitfalls in testing

Includes derivations, pertinent formulae, charts, nomograms, calculation and empirical data needed on a day to day basis


Dynamic Testing Overview; Signals and their Representation; Vibration and Shock Measurement; Electromagnetic Vibration Generators; Power Supplies for E/M Generators; Mechanical (Classical) Shock; Shock Response Spectra; Signal Analysis Techniques; Vibration Fixtures; Vibration Control; Maximax Response Spectra; Fatigue Damage Spectra; Climatic Testing Overview; Temperature Testing and Measurement; Humidity Testing and Measurement; Climatic Control Systems; Heating and Refrigeration Plant; Altitude Testing; Solar Radiation; Measurement Uncertainty; Contamination Testing.

About the Author

Andy Tomlinson was a senior lecturer at Cranfield University, where he ran contract research activities and built a significant portfolio of training courses in environmental testing. After retiring from Cranfield he ran his own company which provided short courses on a variety of environmental testing topics, training over 4000 delegates from the UK and Europe. Andy is a professionally registered Chartered Engineer in the UK and an Honorary Fellow of the Society of Environmental Engineers.

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.

IEC 60034-9 ED5: Rotating electrical machines - Part 9: Noise limits
Document Ref. No: 2/2034/CDV, Issue Date, 29-01-2021, Comments Required by: 26-03-2021.

IEC 60800 ED4: Heating cables with a rated voltage of 300/500 V for comfort heating and prevention of ice formation
Document Ref. No: 20/1948/CDV, Issue Date, 29-01-2021, Comments Required by: 26-03-2021.

IEC 61587-1 ED5: Mechanical structures for electrical and electronic equipment - Tests for IEC 60917 and IEC 60297 series - Part 1: Environmental requirements, test set-up and safety aspects
Document Ref. No: 48D/735/CDV, Issue Date, 29-01-2021, Comments Required by: 26-03-2021.

IEC 61400-13/AMD1 ED1: Amendment 1 - Wind turbines - Part 13: Measurement of mechanical loads
Document Ref. No: 88/795/CDV, Issue Date, 05-02-2021, Comments Required by: 02-04-2021.

IEC 61340-5-3 ED3: Electrostatics - Part 5-3: Protection of electronic devices from electrostatic phenomena - Properties and requirements classification for packaging intended for electrostatic discharge sensitive devices
Document Ref. No: 101/618/CDV, Issue Date, 19-02-2021, Comments Required by: 16-04-2021.

IEC 62788-7-3 ED1: Measurement procedures for materials used in photovoltaic modules - Part 7-3: Environmental exposures - Accelerated abrasion tests of PV module external surfaces
Document Ref. No: 82/1838/CDV, Issue Date, 26-02-2021, Comments Required by: 23-04-2021.

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>

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 is a confederation of the environmental engineering societies of

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)