The Institute has a leading role in the development of pump standards in North America and worldwide. HI standards are developed within guidelines established by the American National Standards Institute (ANSI). HI members work through a number of technical committees to develop draft standards and to represent their company’s interests. Committee participation provides Young Engineering Leaders with an opportunity to learn from the best and the brightest engineers in the pump industry. The Institute primarily uses the ANSI Canvass Method, involving pump users and other interested parties to reach consensus on published standards. The Hydraulic Institute defines these categories as follows:
HI has also received approval to use the Balanced Committee Process, whereby pump manufacturers, pump users, and other interested parties participate in the standards writing process. HI standards are developed to define pump products, installation, operation, performance, testing, and pump life and quality. ANSI/HI standards are widely referenced in other standards such as those of API, ISO, AWWA, ANSI B73, and others and are accepted and applied globally.
The Institute is the Secretariat for the U.S. Technical Advisory Group (TAG) for ISO TC 115, the international committee responsible for writing pump standards. HI, in this regard, is responsible for developing U.S. positions on draft international standards and recommending the U.S. position regarding the approval of ISO Standards. The Institute also serves as Secretariat to ISO TC-115/Subcommittee 3 (SC 3). SC 3 is responsible for Pump Installation and Special Applications. Working Groups that report to this Subcommittee include WG-1 ISO 13709 (API-610), WG-2 ISO 13710 (API-674), WG-3 ISO 17766 (Viscosity Correction), WG-4 ISO 17767 (Pump Piping) and WG-6 ISO 21049 (API-682). HI members can participate in the ISO Standards writing process, lead an ISO committee, and learn first-hand about future international trends that may affect their organization.