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ASD Simplified Technical English and its Maintenance Group
Orlando Chiarello, Chairman February 2011
Simplified Technical English
A worldwide standard
Technical writers started to use ASD Simplified Technical English, ASD-STE100 (STE), in the 1980s.
It was initially applicable to commercial aviation. Then, it became also a requirement for military projects.
Primary texts for Maintenance Manuals, Data Modules and Service Bulletins for the commercial and military aircraft are written in STE.
Vendors of components for these aircraft write their Component Maintenance Manuals and Data Modules in STE.
It is the best known one and a model writing standard for other industries. Ogden wrote the “Basic English” in 1930. But STE was the first controlled language used in aerospace maintenance. ASD-STEMG 2011 3 .C. Caterpillar first used their Fundamental English (CFE) in the 1970s. Other industries used Controlled Languages.Simplified Technical English Why Simplified Technical English? What is it? STE is not a new idea… Professor K.
1987 – 1989 . The SEWG became the SE Maintenance Group (SEMG). 1983 – 1986 . Also. The “European Association of Aerospace Industries” (AECMA) agreed to find a solution and started the project with the Simplified English Working Group (SEWG). the Aerospace Industries Association (AIA) of America sent their representative in the SEMG.First release of the SE Guide (AECMA Document PSC-85-16598). 1995 – After a long clean-up work.Simplified Technical English Historical Background 1979 . the SEWG set the writing rules. a controlled dictionary and examples. the SEWG released the SE Guide with many new features and the examples included in the Dictionary (Issue 1.After the analysis of many maintenance texts. 1986 .The Association of European Airlines (AEA) thought that a simplified language applicable to the aircraft maintenance documentation was necessary.ATA and S1000D made AECMA SE a mandatory requirement. ASD-STEMG 2011 4 . 15 Sep 1995).
2009 – ASD-STE100 presentation at EASA and FAA. 15 Jan 2004). 2008 – The European Handbook for Defence Procurement (CEN WS10 framework) recommended S1000D and STE as its best practice standards for documentation. 1998 – The AIA Canada (AIA-C) got full SEMG membership.Simplified Technical English Historical Background 1997 – Some airlines representatives became SEMG Associate Members. The SE Guide became the Specification ASD-STE100 with the word “Technical” added to its name (Issue 3. APRIL 2010 – RELEASE OF ISSUE 5 ASD-STEMG 2011 5 . EC Trademark (Issue 4.2001 . 2004 – Full revision of the SE Guide (Issue 2. 2007 – Full revision of the Specification. 1998 .0 opened to Land and Sea (SE not only for Aerospace).Updates and amendments of the SE Guide (Rev 1 and Rev 2). 2003 – S1000D 2. 15 Jan 2005). 2006 – Some military representatives became STEMG Associate Members. 15 Jan 2007) included. 2005 – AECMA became ASD. SEMG became STEMG.
Simplified Technical English SIMPLIFIED TECHNICAL ENGLISH Specification ASD-STE100 European Community Trade Mark No. 004901195 International specification for the preparation of maintenance documentation in a controlled language ASD-STEMG 2011 6 .
And we hope this will help other industries in their standardization work. The Simplified Technical English specification ASD-STE100. which is in line with the European Commission work program fostering an Innovation-Friendly Europe. represents groundbreaking work in standardization. ASD Press Release. “In practice this means that the good results we have achieved are now being acknowledged by an audience outside the aerospace industry. ASD-STEMG 2011 7 . October 2006.Simplified Technical English ASD-STE100 Simplified Technical English has received European Community trademark. Secretary General ASD Europe.” François Gayet.
“The Aerospace and Defence Industries Association of Europe.Simplified Technical English An important resource for Flight Safety Controlled grammatical structures and vocabulary make text more easily understandable. a champion of simplified English. The association's involvement demonstrates what often drives simplified English: the need for safety. has devised a system that uses no more than 900 words. An easy and correct text can decrease the maintenance errors and the Human Factors risks. 26th August.” (The Financial Times. 2008) ASD-STEMG 2011 8 .
Distribution of the Specification Users can get a copy of the Specification from: http://www.aspx?Product=110 Price $ 140.00 ATA Members $ 200.00 https://publications.airlines.org/sales/asdocs.org/CommerceProductDetail.00 ATA Non-member ASD-STEMG 2011 9 .asd-stan.asp Price € 150.
The STE Maintenance Group Why the Simplified Technical English Maintenance Group? What does the STEMG do? ASD-STEMG 2011 10 .
ASD-STEMG 2011 11 . The STEMG has the following primary tasks: To keep the Specification ASD-STE100 up to date and to improve it if necessary. To control the production of electronic master files for output and distribution. To provide advice to users on the interpretation of the Specification ASD-STE100. develop and maintain the Specification ASD-STE100. To report to the ASD Product Support Group (PSG) on current activity as required. Promote ASD-STE100 in general.STEMG Terms of Reference The STEMG MISSION is: To control. To process change requests (Change Forms) and take the appropriate amendment actions.
Sweden ADS .United Kingdom AAIG .Italy GIFAS .Austria Non ASD Member Countries AIA .USA AIA-C – Canada ANAC – Argentina Associate Members Airlines SAS Associate Members .France BDLI .STEMG Structure ASD SIMPLIFIED TECHNICAL ENGLISH MAINTENANCE GROUP (STEMG) ASD MEMBER Countries AIAD .Spain SAI .Germany TEDAE .Militaries UK MOD German Bundeswher Royal New Zealand Navy The National Coordinators are responsible for coordinating ASD-STE100 matters in their respective countries. ASD-STEMG 2011 12 .
A. Hamburg) Encarnacion Belmonte (Airbus Military. Seville) SWEDEN UK ASD-STEMG 2011 Alexander Lowe (SAAB AB) Maria Luisa Macdonald (UK CeB. Toulouse) Claudia-Maria Hofbauer (Schiebel Elektronische Geraete) GERMANY SPAIN Duane Eilertson (Airbus.) Chairman Shirley Blume (Airbus.STEMG Structure – ASD Member Countries ITALY FRANCE AUSTRIA Orlando Chiarello (Secondo Mona S.p. Bristol) 13 .
STEMG Structure Non-ASD Member Countries USA Rick Wojcik (Boeing) CANADA Fred Primmer (Bombardier) ARGENTINA Melina Ruiz Arias (Unitrados) ASD-STEMG 2011 14 .
Russia and South Africa. Brazil and India.STEMG Structure – Associate Members Airlines e Militaries Scandinavia UK Robert McIntyre (SAS) John Sweeney (UK MOD) Roland Südmersen (German Bundeswher) Stuart Wilkie (Royal New Zealand Navy) Germany New Zealand The STEMG used to have in the past members (full or associate) from Swiss and Turkish Airlines. ASD-STEMG 2011 15 . The Netherlands. Czech Republic. Interest in possible future participation from Korea.
Reporting ASD Secretary General Services Commission Product Support Group (PSG) ILS Specification Group ASDSTE100 S1000D S2000M S3000L S4000M S5000F ASD-STEMG 2011 16 .STEMG Structure .
ILS Specification suite ASD SX000I Integrated Logistic Support Management under discussion S3000L INTERNATIONAL APPLICATION HANDBOOK for LOGISTIC SUPPORT ANALYSIS LSA S1000D INTERNATIONAL SPECIFICATION for TECHNICAL PUBLICATION utilizing a COMMON SOURCE DATA BASE S2000M INTERNATIONAL SPECIFICATION for MATERIEL MANAGEMENT INTEGRATED DATA PROCESSING for MILITARY EQUIPMENT S4000M INTERNATIONAL PROCEDURE HANDBOOK for SCHEDULED MAINTENANCE ANALYSIS S5000F Service Data Capture and Analysis under development ASD-STEMG 2011 17 .ASD-STE100 INTERNATIONAL SPECIFICATION FOR THE PREPARATION OF MAINTENANCE DOCUMENTATION IN A CONTROLLED LANGUAGE The ASD .
Once the Specification is ready. ASD-STEMG 2011 18 . the STEMG has the authority to release Issues of the Specification as and when required. The STEMG will consider / discuss and decide on submitted Change Forms at its meetings. the position of the Chair (and ViceChair) is allocated to National Coordinators from the ASD member countries. Since the STEMG is an ASD Group.STEMG Operating Rules Basic Rules and Procedures: The STEMG is chaired by a National Coordinator. Such queries – usually Change Forms – are directed to the STEMG. On the basis of the Change Forms received and the subsequent assessments. Users can raise queries to seek guidance and help in understanding of the ASD-STE100 principles and rules. the STEMG will produce the MASTER copy and deliver it to ASD-STAN and ATA for distribution. elected by the existing group.
STEMG Meetings STEMG meets normally: Twice a year (Spring and Fall) and the meetings are hosted on rotation basis within the participating countries Spring Meeting: Main meeting. plenary. usually two days. all members Fall Meeting: Secondary meeting. most members ASD STEMG: currently 14 members 28 years of activities (1983 – 2011) 63 Meetings in total! ASD-STEMG 2011 19 . usually four days.
A.org email@example.com@secondomona.Additional Information? Please visit: www. Via Carlo del Prete. 1 – 21019 Somma Lombardo .Italy orlando.org Please contact: Thank you for your attention Orlando Chiarello Chairman of the ASD STE Maintenance Group Product Support Manager SECONDO MONA S.com ASD-STEMG 2011 20 .
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