January 16, 2018: Protected Buildings Under Construction, Bob Upson
Buildings under construction pose special challenges for fire protection. This presentation will examine the requirements of NFPA 241 Standard for Safeguarding Construction, Alteration, and Demolition Operations and IBC Chapter 33 Safeguards During Construction.
February 20, 2018: Discussing Design Approaches, Louis Guerrazzi, EIT
Chapter 11 of NFPA 13 (2016) provides a layout technician the tools to determine the hydraulic design approach for a fire sprinkler system. While the pipe schedule method is still permitted for small systems which meet the requirements of Chapter 11, essentially all systems are now required to be hydraulically calculated based on Section 11.2.3. This seminar will discuss the available hydraulic design options, including the density/area method, room design method, and special design approaches, such as residential sprinklers, water curtains and a discussion on deluge systems.
March 20, 2018: Understanding the 2017 Edition of NFPA 25, John Corso
This seminar will address significant changes to the 2017 edition of NFPA 25, Standard for the Inspection, Testing and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems, including an overview of the changes in the reference tables. This seminar will also discuss clarifications of existing rules, addition of newly required procedures, adjustments to reference tables and changes in various time requirements for inspections and testing procedures.
April 17, 2018: An Overview of Corrosion in Sprinkler Systems, Mark Hopkins, P.E.
This presentation identifies design limitations and installation pitfalls which influence corrosion in sprinkler systems. Topics will include how corrosion is commonly detected and why it is a problem. The basic forms of corrosion, its effects on system reliability, and failure mode concepts will be described. The basic framework for conducting corrosion investigations, factors for consideration in determining whether to salvage or replace a system, and possible corrosion management strategies will also be discussed.
May 15, 2018: 2015 and 2018 Changes to Building Codes for Sprinkler Contractors, Jeff Hugo, CBO
Building codes reference installation standards and while layout technicians and contractors know the installation standards well, there are numerous building code rules that affect layout and system design. This course highlights changes to the 2015 and 2018 International Building Code, International Fire Code and NFPA’s Life Safety Code as it relates to the fire sprinkler contractor.
June 19, 2018: Hydrant Flow Tests per NFPA 291, Roland Asp
Water-based fire protection systems rely on a reliable source of water and the municipal water system is a common source of this water. The characteristics of a municipal water supply is typically determined through hydrant flow tests. NFPA 291, Recommended Practice for Fire Flow Testing and Marking of Hydrants, highlights the proper procedures, equipment and data collection for these vital tests. This seminar will highlight the requirements of this recommended practice and will include valuable information on the various aspects of hydrant flow testing including: Procedures, Test Layout, Equipment and Determination of Discharge as well as proper data collection and limitations of the tested data.
The seminars will start at 10:30 a.m. EST.