ASSE and ASPE agree to develop joint plumbing dictionary

CHICAGO AND WESTLAKE, OHIO — The American Society of Sanitary Engineering (ASSE) and the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE), the two global leaders serving the sanitary and plumbing engineering professions, have agreed to work together to develop a joint plumbing dictionary. The dictionary will combine the current publications issued by each organization, bringing the plumbing community one step closer to having consistent, globally accepted terminology.

ASSE President Jim Bickford stated, “Both ASSE and ASPE have a strong focus on providing technical expertise in helping to ensure that plumbing systems are designed, installed, and maintained in a manner to ensure public health and safety. We see this joint venture with ASPE as a first step in building a stronger collaboration between both our organizations.” William F. Hughes Jr., CPD, LEED AP, FASPE, President of ASPE, notes, “ASPE is honored to join with ASSE on this important project. ASSE has had a positive impact on plumbing design and public health for over 100 years, and it is my sincere hope that ASPE, working in collaboration with ASSE on these types of projects, will further advance the entire plumbing community in providing safe and efficient plumbing systems.”

A joint committee has been formed comprising both ASSE and ASPE members, and the committee will begin its work in the very near future. It is anticipated that the finished product will be ready for release sometime in 2012. Ronald L. George, CPD, a long-time member of both ASSE and ASPE, is the current ASSE Plumbing Dictionary editor and ASSE Nomenclature Committee chair. He will be chairing the joint ASSE/ASPE committee.

For more information on the project or to provide input, please contact ASPE Editorial Director Gretchen Pienta at [email protected] or ASSE Managing Editor Ben Ryan at [email protected].

About ASPE
ASPE is the only professional organization devoted to the training and certification of plumbing engineers and designers. ASPE and its 6,200 worldwide members are dedicated to protecting the health, welfare, and safety of the public through the dissemination of technical data and information to expand the base of knowledge among plumbing engineers, designers, contractors, code officials, inspectors, and manufacturers. For more information, visit

About ASSE

ASSE is an ANSI Accredited standards developer and certification body that is comprised of individual and sustaining members who represent all disciplines of the plumbing industry. Its mission is to continually improve the performance, reliability and safety of plumbing systems. ASSE’s product performance standards, professional qualifications standards, professional certification and product listing programs are developed in the interest of public health and the society’s motto: “Prevention Rather Than Cure.” For more information, visit

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