Professional Organizations
for
Engineering and Manufacturing Personnel

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1. CAS    Chemical Abstracts Service
CAS, a division of the American Chemical Society , provides a broad range of scientific information products, from focused topical publications to comprehensive online sources. CAS also offers various specialized services and worldwide customer support. Includes STN Internationals online database services.

2. CCA     Canadian Construction Association
The Canadian Construction Association is the national voice of Canada's dynamic construction industry. This multi-faceted sector has long played a major role in contributing to the economic well-being of our nation by providing the physical capital and infrastructure required to build a prosperous and competitive country. The homes we live in, the schools our children attend, the roads we travel on and the vast road and highway infrastructure spanning the nation are all products of this industry's work.
Few Canadians realize just how important the construction industry is to the Canadian economy.

CCA's 20,000 member firms from coast to coast are involved in all aspects of this diverse industry. They carry out industrial, commercial, institutional, marine, heavy and sewer and watermain construction as well as build multi-unit residential complexes. These firms include general contractors, specialty contractors, heavy constructors and road builders, industrial contractors and manufacturers and suppliers of construction equipment and materials along with hundreds of other firms which service this important sector.
Since 1918, CCA has represented the interests of the construction industry in the nation's capital, ensuring that its views are well-understood and listened to by Parliamentarians and senior government officials alike. With federal legislation and regulations affecting the business operations of all construction firms, it is critical that construction's voice in Ottawa is a strong one and that the Canadian Construction Association continues to provide well-developed and carfully articulated positions to the government, whether commenting on a federal budget, fighting against the tax burden imposed on small business or presenting the industry's views on social security reform.

3. CFMA     Construction Financial Management Association
To unite individuals having financial responsibilities in the construction industry; To provide a forum through which the Association's members can meet to exchange ideas; To develop and coordinate education programs dedicated to the purpose of improving the professional standards of construction financial managers; To enhance the role and promote the image of the construction financial manager; To be a recognized authority on construction financial management.

4. CIBSE  The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers
The Chartered Institution of Building Services Engineers (CIBSE), as the professional body representing those concerned with the Built Environment and its Services, is committed to protecting and enhancing the indoor, local and global environment.
CIBSE advocates a co-ordinated approach to environmental issues at all stages of the life cycle of buildings and their components, including briefing, conception, procurement, design, construction, use and ultimate disposal. CIBSE and its members support inter-disciplinary and industry wide approaches to meet the following aims:
To provide better information for the industry, its clients and the users of its products and services; To improve environmental awareness through education; To influence the location and physical characteristics of buildings to minimise their adverse impact and maximise their positive impact, on the environment; To develop and improve design techniques for predicting building performance to provide an increasingly reliable basis for energy labelling; To minimise the environmental consequences of the construction process, taking account of the manufacture, transport and life cycle use of components; To encourage programmes to conserve resources, recycle materials and substitute less environmentally damaging alternatives where reasonably practical; To evaluate performance-in-use of new and refurbished buildings by monitoring against progressively upgraded energy targets.
CIBSE and its members actively pursue these aims by participating in initiatives to support the environment, including:- Liaising closely with other professionals within the whole construction industry; Encouraging feedback as part of the building design process; Recommending systems and products to minimise waste and pollution; Promoting all aspects of environmentally conscious building services; Contributing to ISO, CEN and BSI Environmental Standards; Participating in the drafting of Building Regulations; Supporting R&D dissemination projects to minimise adverse environmental impacts.
CIBSE maintains a list of sources of guidance on environmental matters for individual members to consult in the course of their professional duties.
This policy is subject to regular and structured review.

5. CII         The Construction Industry Institute
The Construction Industry Institute is a research organization with a singular mission: improving the competitiveness of the construction industry. In 1983, the CII founding members were convinced of the serious need for construction-related research. This need was clearly identified by The Business Roundtable Construction Industry Cost Effectiveness Project, a five-year study that produced over 200 recommendations for improving the industry. One recommendation was to establish a national research center for construction. The founding members then established CII at The University of Texas at Austin, where today it is considered the national forum for construction research.
CII is unique: a consortium of leading owners and contractors who have joined together to find better ways of planning and executing capital construction programs. Many members view CII as the one organization that contributes significantly to the expansion of their employees' views of industry counterparts. Networking has been noted by members as CII's principal benefit overall. In addition, CII has been used as a model to establish similar organizations such as the European Construction Institute and CII-Australia.
CII is funded by its membership. Annual membership is represented by an unrestricted grant to UT Austin in the amount of $36,000 per year. More important are the contributions of experienced people working voluntarily on CII projects.
Each member company designates a representative to the CII Board of Advisors. The Board meets in the spring to review progress in the research, implementation, education, benchmarking, globalization, and breakthrough areas of CII. Then in the fall, the Board meets to select new areas of study and to create teams to lead the research. The teams are made up of representatives from CII member companies, and it will guide the research effort. CII also selects an academic expert in the subject area to be the principal investigator for the research team.
CII concentrates in six areas: research, implementation, education, benchmarking, globalization, and most recently, in breakthrough research. Since its beginning, however, CII has shown that the research is the center of its efforts.
For more information about CII, please look through our orientation presentation (Microsoft PowerPoint 97 file or Adobe Acrobat PDF file). Adobe Acrobat Reader is available for free download.

6. CMA    Chemical Manufacturer's  Association
The Chemical Manufacturers Association (CMA) was founded in 1872 and is one of the oldest trade associations in North America. CMA sponsors Responsible Care®, the industry's commitment to the public to continuously improve its health, safety and environmental performance. It also serves as the focal point for the chemical industry's collective action on legislative, regulatory and legal matters at the international, national and state levels. 

7. Construction Alliance MCAA, NECA & SMACNA working on common interests...
The Alliance represents 12,000 union-employing construction contractors within the Mechanical Contractors Association of America (MCAA), National Electrical Contractors Association (NECA) and the Sheet Metal and Air Conditioning Contractors National Association.
The establishment of the Mechanical-Electrical-Sheet Metal Alliance is a reflection of the stability and success of unionized construction in the mechanical, electrical and sheet metal contracting fields. Alliance firms remain successful and profitable in the highly competitive private and public construction market becasue they produce high quality and cost effective construction. Union contractors epitomize the very best of the free enterprise system, providing good pay, excellent pension plans and extensive health care coverage for employees and their families; and superior training and safety programs yielding a highly skilled and notably stable workforce.

8. CPWR  Center to Protect Workers' Rights
Activities - Ongoing projects involving CPWR and cooperating organizations.
Environmental hazard protection training to protect construction workers during hazardous waste clean-up and lead and asbestos abatement. Training in up to 10 courses, funded by the National Institute for Environmental Health Sciences, is provided for Superfund sites and Department of Energy sites. Members of minority groups in selected cities are trained in life skills, pre-apprenticeship, and environmental worker courses (lead, asbestos, and hazardous waste clean-up).
The National Resource Center for OSHA Training (OSHA's Region III Education Center), based at CPWR, provides basic and advanced training and education courses in safety and health. The course subject matter emphasizes OSHA policies and standards, as well as hazard recognition and hazard abatement techniques. These courses are designed to build a more effective workforce and to aid in professional development.
DOE former-workers projects. CPWR is leading a consortium to develop a notification and medical screening program for former construction workers exposed to potential health hazards during past work at Department of Energy sites in Hanford, Washington and Savannah River in South Carolina. CPWR is also involved in a similiar program, led by the University of Cincinnati, at the Oak Ridge, Tenn, site.

9. CTN    Canadian Technology Network
The mission of the CTN is to provide technology and business related services to Canadian firms. This site has both an English and French version, and has links to the Canadian Plastics Institute, Canadian Welding Institute, Consulting Engineers of Ontario, and others.

10. DBIA    Design-Build Institute of America
In response to the emergence of design-build project delivery as a significant force in the design and construction field, the Design-Build Institute of America (DBIA) was founded (in 1993) to provide a voice supporting this integrated process. Fundamentally, design-build embraces architecture/engineering and construction services under a single contract, thereby re-combining the vital roles of designer and constructor. Design-build practitioners come from a long tradition of excellence and, while honoring their past, look to the future with innovative design and information-age management techniques to continue those high standards.
The Institute's purpose is not only to provide a voice for its members and all design-build project owners and practitioners, but also to improve the level of practice on a continuing basis; to disseminate educational information; and to furnish advice and support to facility owners and users. DBIA members are remaking the image of America's construction industry - in this country and worldwide. Using modern communication tools, such as this web site, it's now possible to reach a wider audience, faster than ever before. And DBIA puts this ability at the service of design-build practitioners and facility owners across the globe.

11. EF     Engineering Foundation
The Engineering Foundation is a department of the United Engineering Trustees, a not-for-profit corporation. The Engineering Foundation was established in 1914 in response to Cleveland manufacturer Ambrose Swasey's offer to provide funds for research in science and engineering and the advancement of engineering in general. It awards Grants for Exploratory Research and Grants for the Advancement of Engineering, cosponsors the Engineering Journalism Award with the American Association of Engineering Societies, and conducts an extensive program of leading edge, interdisciplinary conferences.

12. EGSA      Electrical Generating Systems Association
The Electrical Generating Systems Association (EGSA) is one of the most active associations of its kind, and it is the world's largest organization that focuses on the entire on-site power generation industry. This includes the manufacture, sale, distribution, and use of a broad range of products and services, such as generators, engines, switchgear, controls, voltage regulators, governors, enclosures, generator sets, fuel cells, and much much more.

13. Ei        Ei Village, Engineering Information, Inc.
If you live in the Village, you have it all: the best of cyberspace, singled out, reviewed, and set on your doorstep. You have the best of the library, easy access to the formal database research you need to know about. Plus hard news, engineering news, engineering discussion groups, e-mail, full Internet access, and more. To save you time, we spent months on the speedway, zetetics of the galaxies, seeking out sites worthy of inclusion in your world. Now we've housed them in the Village so you can find them quickly, easily, then find them again should you want to go back.

14. ES      The Electrochemical Society
The Electrochemical Society is an international educational, nonprofit organization concerned with a broad range of phenomena related to electrochemical and solid state science and technology with more than 6,000 scientists and engineers in over 60 countries worldwide who hold individual membership.

15. EWI Edison Welding Institute
The Edison Welding Institute is dedicated to uniting people and technology by enhancing U.S. manufacturing through improved materials joining technology. EWI advances all aspects of materials joining technology and applies these developments to the shop floor of member companies who represent a broad range of joining needs, from conventional materials and processes to advanced composites and automation.

16. FIZ-Karlsruhe     Fachinformationszentrum (FIZ) Karlsruhe Fachinformationszentrum (FIZ) Karlsruhe is a non-profit organization set up to provide information and information services for academic and industrial research & development, as well as for business and administration. In cooperation with its partners in the USA and Japan, FIZ Karlsruhe is operating the host STN International, offering public access to databases with scientific, technical, and supplementary business information, including patents.

17. GPA    Gas Processors Association
Gas Processors Association (GPA) is an organization of operating and producing companies engaged in the processing of natural gas. GPA had its beginnings in 1921 and has developed and evolved along with the Gas Processing Industry. Throughout its history, GPA has had the same organizational structure and identical objectives as a stabilizing influence in the industry it serves. It has become the focal point of progress and the clearing-house of issues and developments in the gas processing industry.
GPA today is an incorporated, non-profit trade association made up of approximately 140 corporate members, all of whom are engaged in the processing of natural gas into a merchantable pipeline gas, or in the manufacture, transportation, or further processing of liquid products from natural gas.

18. GPIM     Groupement Provincial de l'industrie du Médicament
•Promouvoir l'intérêt des membres:

1.auprès des administrations publiques, particulièrement les organismes réglementaires et de remboursement de médicament;
2.auprès des pouvoirs publics qui adoptent lois et règlements;
3.auprès de l'opinion publique et de ceux qui la façonnent.

•Promouvoir une plus grande collaboration entre les membres; •Assister les membres sur une base individuelle sur toute question qui est compatible avec l'intérêt génér