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2013 Update of Antifreeze in Sprinkler Systems

Cecil Bilbo, Academy of Fire Sprinkler Technology

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This seminar will discuss the current requirements for the use of antifreeze solutions in sprinkler systems.  The evolution of this issue has required the NFPA Standards Council and Committees to change their position a number of times.  We will discuss the history of antifreeze in sprinkler systems and show the events that led to these recent changes.  We will also discuss the emergency changes (TIAs) to many NFPA standards regarding this issue.  These changes affect everyone in the sprinkler industry and, at the least, apply to NFPA 13, 13D, 13R, and 25.  Attendees will learn how these changes apply to you and the work you do. 

Learning objectives:  (1) Identify the events that led to these changes.  (2) Explain the reasons for the changes to the NFPA standards.  (3) Employ the recent emergency changes in your work.

 


AFSA Insurance Program at a Glance

Robert Leonhart, Blue River Underwriters Programs Division


 

A complete description of the AFSA Insurance Program designed by AFSA contractors will be provided to attendees.  Fire sprinkler company owners and administrators will receive tips to more effectively manage their business insurance requirements.  This course will explain the new lines of coverage available to contractors and includes a discussion of actual coverages and their importance to you. 

Learning objectives: Upon completion of this seminar, participants should be able to apply proper training to admin and foremen/supervisors as to how safety relates to direct company expenses and explain how proper insurance coverages can save the assets of the company.

 


Back to Basics: Making Lemonade Out of Lemons

Bob Caputo, CFPS, CET, Fire & Life Safety America

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Tougher markets and lower prices are finally breaking through to better times with greater project opportunities in many of our markets. Unfortunately, project profitability isn’t coming back as quickly and most of us are stuck trying to make lemonade out of the lemons in our backlog. Those projects we hoped would produce at a better return rate than when we estimated them… This session will provide details about AFSA’s Project Management Tools program along with open dialogue with the speaker to address common problems and specific jobsite experiences you can take home to immediately turn a few of those lemons into lemonade.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this seminar, participants should be able to plan and execute projects in a chronological order, segmenting work into manageable parts with identifiable indicators of positive and negative results; obtain information including forms, form letters and procedures contained in the Project Management Tools program; identify projects trends and specific points in each phase of work where actions must be taken to ensure a positive outcome.

 


CPVC Best Practices and Applications Update

Donald Townley, PE, FBC Building Solutions of the Lubrizol Corporation

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This seminar will discuss compatibility, customer notifications, supplies/fabrication requirements and installation techniques. Attendees will learn what best practices to follow when installing CPVC fire sprinkler systems. New CPVC listing enhancements will also be addressed. Additionally, the UL Listing which allows CPVC to be used in residential basements constructed with engineered wood trusses will be discussed.

Learning objectives: Attendees will be able to determine how to estimate and design CPVC systems in any exposed basement whether it is solid wood joist or engineered wood trusses.  A questions and answer secession will follow the presentation. 

 


Design and Layout of Fixed Spray Systems

E. Parks Moore, CFPS, SET, S&S Sprinkler Company

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This seminar will address design and layout of fixed spray systems in accordance with NFPA 15.  We will cover spacing and positioning of nozzles and detectors, support of piping, and design objectives and requirements for various types of applications for fixed spray systems. 

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to identify applications where fixed spray systems should be employed and describe how these systems should be designed and installed.

 


Developing Business Plans That Work

James Schug, FMI

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Owners who do an effective job of planning are usually more successful than those who don’t. Determine where your company is headed and what it needs. The answers help determine whether you need a strategic plan for leadership or a business plan for management.

Learning Objectives: In this course you will learn to recognize the basics of business and strategic plans; describe the importance of setting short-term and long-term goals; identify effective ways to start a real direction for your company; discuss how to obtain better control over your company’s future; and translate management direction into motivation for your employees.

 


Financial Management for Non-Financial Managers

Randy Stutzman, FMI

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Nobody got into the fire protection business because he enjoyed the financial aspects of the business. Few use financial statements to really understand the business and make the right decisions. Discover information that financial managers use to increase profits.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course, you should be able to determine how much working capital is enough; evaluate the financial structure of your firm; recognize whether your company is price-sensitive or volume-sensitive and what to do about it; and describe how to use financial ratio to take a financial physical.

 


Fire Protection System Design for Aircraft Hangars

Christopher Born, PE, Clark Nexsen

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Aircraft hangars pose a significant hazard and the fire protection systems for these facilities are some of the most challenging to design. Oftentimes, the value of the contents is far greater than that of the building, so multiple systems with different objectives are provided. Additionally, different stakeholders such as the U.S. Air Force or the U.S. Navy have significantly different design approaches to how they protect these facilities.

Learning Objectives: At the conclusion of this seminar, the attendee should be able to: 1) describe the different types of fire protection systems used; 2) determine a particular hangar’s Group classification under NFPA 409 and the corresponding system requirements; 3) discuss system design requirements for the U.S. Air Force and U.S. Navy and how they differ from NFPA 409; and 4) describe systems testing requirements.

 


Gwyn’s Dirty Dozen Subcontract Clauses: How to Spot Them & Negotiate Around Them

A. Holt Gwyn, Esq., Counsel for AFSA’s Carolinas Chapter, Conner Gwyn Schenck, PLLC

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It is important for fire protection contractors, if hired as subcontractors, to understand the legal effect of subcontract clauses and negotiate through them at the commencement of a project.  It is, of course, too late to renegotiate a burdensome clause once a problem occurs during the job.  Even if a subcontractor cannot renegotiate the deletion or modification of these clauses, it is still important to understand their effect so that care can be taken during the job to mitigate the risk of extra costs and other damages such clauses might cause. 

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this seminar, participants will be able to recognize risk of additional field labor, overhead, and supervision costs caused by one-sided subcontract scheduling and manpower terms; recognize and evaluate risk of non-insurable indemnity provisions within subcontracts; and recognize and evaluate risk of “scope creep” and “scope gap” subcontract terms.

 


How to Hire, Train, Motivate & Retain the Best Employees

James Schug, FMI

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As the labor market continues to tighten, it is critical to know what attracts people to our industry and what keeps them motivated to perform at optimum levels. In a rapidly changing culture, it is imperative to stay on the cutting edge by understanding how successful companies are getting outstanding results from their people.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion, you should have insight and skills to identify Generation Xers – why money may not be enough; Baby Boomers – what you can expect as they age; recognize leadership styles that motivate people and create a productive environment; and obtain “buy in” from key personnel.

 


NFPA 13, 2010 Ed. to 2013 Ed.: The What and Why Behind the Change

John Denhardt, PE, Strickland Fire Protection

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This seminar will help the attendee identify and apply the technical changes from the 2010 to 2013 edition of NFPA 13.  Specific changes that have a major impact will be covered in depth.  The reasons and discussion that led to the technical changes will be incorporated into the seminar.


NFPA 13 Obstruction Rules Explained

Bob Caputo, CFPS, CET, Fire & Life Safety America
Matt Klaus, PE, NFPA

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To ensure that sufficient water reaches the fire, it is imperative that sprinklers are positioned in accordance with the “obstruction rules” of NFPA 13. The obstruction rules can be very confusing because of numerous variables that need to be identified to make sure the correct rule is being followed. This program will walk attendees through the various obstruction rules, looking at the logic behind the rules, and real world examples of obstructions and the options for addressing them.

Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to identify various obstruction rules by type; describe logic behind obstruction rules; and apply rules to real world scenarios.

 


NFPA 20 Overlooked Installation Issues: Did Our Proposal Cover That? Did We Just Void Our Supplier Warranty?

John Denhardt, PE, Strickland Fire Protection

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This seminar will help the attendee recognize improper installation, fabrication, and design issues of fire pump systems.  Real world examples, deficiencies, and standard complying approaches will be discussed.  Applicable requirements and intent of NFPA 20, along with manufacturer’s literature and the listings, will be also presented. 

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this seminar, the participant should be able to identify proper use of fire pump equipment; verify compliance with manufacturer’s warranty requirements; prepare proposals for new projects.

 


NFPA 20 Update

Hans Stewart, A-C Fire Pump Systems

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This seminar will outline the revisions to the 2013 edition of NFPA 20 and will include a background discussion (technical substantiation) of the changes and discussion of the impact of the more significant changes from a fire pump committee member perspective. 

Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to describe the 2013 edition revisions and implement these changes in the design and layout of fire pump systems.


NFPA 25, 2014 Ed.: Changes to Internal Pipe Inspections (Ch. 14) & to Table A.3.3.7

Terry Victor, SET, SimplexGrinnell

 

Chapter 14 of NFPA 25 will look totally different with a new title, “Internal Piping Condition and Obstruction Investigation,” and a new section, “Assessment of the Internal Condition of Piping.”  Participants will learn what proposals, comments, and task group recommendations led to these changes and the new requirements for determining the internal condition of sprinkler system piping.  We’ll also discuss classification of test or inspection findings using the newly refined terms noncritical and critical deficiency and impairment.  These terms were refined and further clarified then moved to a new table in Annex A. We’ll discuss how findings are classified and where gray areas still exist.

Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to recognize the difference between internal pipe inspection and assessment of internal condition of piping; apply appropriate method for assessment of the internal condition of pipe; restate definitions of noncritical deficiency, critical deficiency, and impairment; and apply appropriate classification for findings based on various factors.

 


NFPA 25, 2014 Ed.: New Requirements & Classifying Deficiencies

Russ Leavitt, CFPS, SET, Telgian Corporation

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This seminar reviews some of the more controversial topics during the latest NFPA 25 revision cycle including scope, classification of deficiencies, record keeping, repairs and correction of deficiencies, underground and standpipe flow testing, fire pump testing, main drain tests, and obstruction inspections and investigation. Emphasis will be placed on classifying deficiencies, a major challenge for many contractors. We will examine strategies and options for contractors to consider while meeting the purpose of NFPA 25 and maintaining good customer relations. Protect yourself and your customer by developing consistent, realistic, and defensible methods for classifying deficiencies.’


One-Stop Fire Protection: Should You Add Products and Services?

Dave Sornsin, Rapid Fire Protection

 

 

Seminar Cancelled.

 


Permissible Sprinkler Omissions

Bob Caputo, CFPS, CET, Fire & Life Safety America;
Matt Klaus, PE, NFPA

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The basic premise of NFPA 13 is to put sprinklers everywhere, unless there is a specific provision that outlines a “permissible omission.”  This program will focus on NFPA 13, Section 8.15.

Learning Objectives: Participants will be able to identify areas where sprinklers can be omitted; navigate Chapter 8 code sections to properly reference a permissible omission; and describe why some areas need to be sprinklered, even though many designers leave sprinklers out.


Recovering Overhead: The Key to Knowing Your Costs

Randy Stutzman, FMI


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Getting profitable work is the key to long-term success when you can budget and plan work accordingly. Learn successful business techniques that are currently practiced by thousands of contractors. 

Learning Objectives: Upon completion, you should be able to evaluate the financial structure of your firm; recognize the benefits of profit budgeting using your experience for reliable forecasting; describe the importance of establishing margin contribution objectives by job type; and estimate the right jobs to get work that can be profitable.

 


Rewarding Employees Through Effective Incentive Compensation Plans

Randy Stutzman, FMI

 

A properly designed and skillfully implemented incentive compensation plan is a powerful management tool. The goals of any incentive compensation plan should be to retain your current employees, attract new employees, and reward employees for superior performance.

Learning Objectives: After this session, you should be able to recognize different types of incentive plans; discuss current compensation issues and trends; determine what works, what doesn’t, and why; identify methods to link pay to performance; and use effective methods to implement the plan.

 


Seismic Bracing Layout

Ken Wagoner, CFPS, SET, Parsley Consulting

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Protection of fire sprinkler systems from damage due to earthquakes is mandated by building and structural codes in areas where seismic activity is more likely.  The level of protection mandated by NFPA 13 is extensive, and understanding those requirements can at times be very confusing.  Layout of the braces and restraints, and the necessary calculations to support the layout will be addressed in this seminar, which will consist of a review of the requirements for bracing & restraint, and will include an exercise for attendees.  Evaluation of brace capacity, method attachment limits, and tips for obtaining the short-period response parameter, as well as the seismic coefficient, and the calculations for horizontal force factors will be part of the discussion.  Additionally, information will be provided on new information and revisions to existing seismic protection requirements in the 2013 edition of NFPA 13.  This seminar will also provide a sneak peek at two seismic bracing courses currently offered online at eCampus (www.sprinklerecampus.com). 

Learning Objectives:  (1) Accurately locate 4-way, lateral, and longitudinal braces, as well as branch line restraints to conform to spacing requirements of NFPA 13, 2013 Ed.  (2) Calculate horizontal force factor created by seismic bracing, both on the structure and on the main itself.  (3) Recognize maximum allowable lateral loads for different types of pipe, based on size of pipe and brace spacing.  (4) Identify locations where single brace might serve multiple purposes.  (5) Determine when maximum loads on the fasteners are exceeded, and describe means to compliance.  (6) Perform lateral and longitudinal seismic brace calculations.

 


Special Hazards and the Fire Sprinkler Contractor

John Denhardt, PE, Strickland Fire Protection;
Dave Sornsin, Rapid Fire Protection

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Working on special hazard projects can expose contractors to overlooked issues and pitfalls.  This seminar will help the sprinkler contractor negotiate the hurdles involved with special hazard projects involving high expansion and AFFF foam, clean agents, deluge and preaction systems. 

Learning Objectives: Completion of this seminar will allow the attendee to recognize common items that the specifying engineer and owner often leave for the sprinkler contractor and others to figure out. This seminar would be of interest to estimators, designers, and fitters involved that are considering getting involved in this more complex area of fire protection.

 


Standpipe Systems – An Update on the 2013 Ed. of NFPA 14

Cecil Bilbo, Academy of Fire Sprinkler Technology

 

 

The 2013 edition of NFPA 14 has been released and there are some interesting changes to the document that happened during the last cycle of committee meetings.  Attendees will learn about the new requirements for outlets on a fire department connection.  Discussion will include proposals that the NFPA 14 committee sent to the committee for Fire Pumps, new requirements for standpipes at horizontal exits, and proposals submitted by building code officials and members of the insurance industry. 

Learning objectives: (1) Identify the latest changes to the standpipe standard. (2) Explain how these changes impact the work performed in our industry. (3) Employ the recent changes in estimates and designs of standpipe systems.

 


Stationary Fire Pump: It’s Installed, Now What?

Hans Stewart, A-C Fire Pump Systems

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This seminar will cover the code requirements for equipment commissioning and the acceptance test including flushing requirements for suction pipe; hydrostatic testing and required certificates; pump room electrical wiring; system demand; flow testing; electric motor driven requirements; diesel engine test requirements; controller acceptance tests; and alternate power supply. 

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this seminar, the attendee will be able to define requirements for acceptance testing as required by Chapter 14 of NFPA 20 (2013 Ed.), including system hydrostatic testing and system flushing; analyze performance test data; explain test procedures and required test equipment; describe pre-startup requirements for engine/electric driven installations; employ requirements for critical path component replacement/retest.

 


Storage 101

Russ Leavitt, CFPS, SET, Telgian Corporation


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More than 60% of NFPA 13 is devoted to the protection of storage. With the continuing development of new sprinkler technology, new applications, and change in protection scenarios, contractors, designers, and AHJs must keep abreast of the changes. This seminar examines the basics of storage protection, including commodity classifications, determining design approaches, and using the standard to find the most efficient protection scenarios. This seminar focuses heavily on using activities to problem solve. Both beginners and experienced individuals will benefit.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion, participants will be able to apply steps for classifying commodities; explain various design approaches for protecting storage; and analyze storage arrangements for determining the most cost efficient design.

 


Strategic Planning From the Ground Up

James Schug, FMI

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No good deal lasts forever. Because your markets, your customer, and even your products and services change, you need a strategic plan that will help your company adapt and grow. Strategic planning helps senior executives envision the company’s future and develop it.

Learning Objectives: In this session you’ll learn to prepare for the planning process; build an effective planning team; identify and shape your corporate culture; conduct a situational analysis of both your internal and external environment; and use teamwork to achieve long-lasting results.

 


Understanding the Roles and Responsibilities Defined in NFPA 25

Cecil Bilbo, Academy of Fire Sprinkler Technology;
Bob Caputo, CFPS, CET, Fire & Life Safety America;
Russ Leavitt, CFPS, SET, Telgian Corporation

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This seminar will discuss three different roles and their associated responsibilities as defined in NFPA 25. When an inspector or owner does not fill their role properly, they may be subject to liability in the event of any issue involving a water-based system.  We will discuss each individual role and how to transfer responsibility for certain actions and procedures.  We will also discuss what can happen when the roles are performed as defined in NFPA 25

Learning objectives: (1) Identify the roles outlined in NFPA 25. (2) Describe the responsibilities for each role. (3) Explain the liability that may occur in not performing the appropriate tasks found in NFPA 25.


What’s Wrong With This Picture?

Ken Wagoner, CFPS, SET, Parsley Consulting

 

 

Fire sprinkler system installation, as well as inspection, testing and maintenance activities when done in accordance with adopted standards and codes increases the protection of life and property from fire.  When the installation requirements are not followed correctly, or the ITM activities aren’t conducted, the ability of the system to do its job can be compromised, perhaps to the point where it would not work at all.  This seminar will use photographs collected from numerous sources to illustrate potential problems which should be addressed, either by the installing contractor, or those performing ITM.  An awareness of such conditions will be helpful in improving the reliability of fire sprinkler systems. 

Learning Objectives:  (1) Identify the problem represented in each of the photographs displayed.  (2) Interpret the installation requirement not being met in each photograph.  (3) Discuss corrective measures for the conditions in the photographs.


 

AHJ Seminars

AHJ Seminar: Plan Review for the Fire Service Professional

Steven Scandaliato, CFPS, SET, SDG, LLC;
Ken Wagoner, CFPS, SET, Parsley Consulting

 

 

The seminar will guide attendees in a discussion of the requirements for plans and calculations contained in Chapter 23 of NFPA 13 (2013 Ed.), and will include an exercise in hands-on review of a fire sprinkler system plan, including overall design concept, hydraulic calculations, seismic bracing, and the underground supply system.  Evaluation of decisions made by the system designer dealing with hazard and commodity classification, sprinkler selection and spacing, and materials selection will all be among the topics part of the review.  This seminar relies heavily on attendee participation and will include a Q&A session.  Plan reviewers and field inspectors should find this seminar helpful, and will most likely find areas where their own review checklist can be modified or improved.  An architect's scale and a copy of the 2013 edition of NFPA 13 are strongly recommended for attendees.

Learning Objectives:  (1) Demonstrate ability to accurately read a set of fire sprinkler plans.  (2) Perform a review to determine compliance, or lack thereof, with requirements for fire sprinkler systems in NFPA 13, and their own jurisdiction.  (3) Calculate coverage area for each sprinkler, using the S×L=A method, identifying fire sprinkler locations that exceed coverage limits.  (4) Discuss items on the plan that conflict with each other.  (5) Solve equations to develop minimum flow and pressure requirements for each sprinkler.  (7) Interpret which portion of the system is the most hydraulically remote.  (8) Complete a detailed letter informing the contractor of non-compliance, and advising of the resubmittal process.

 


AHJ Seminar: Rough-In Inspections and Final Acceptance Tests

Steven Scandaliato, CFPS, SET, SDG, LLC;
Ken Wagoner, CFPS, SET, Parsley Consulting

 

 

Among several milestones found in the process of sprinkler system design and installation, the rough-in inspection is arguably the most important.  Rarely are sprinkler systems inspected and tested by the same personnel that perform the shop drawing review.  Typically, installers and fire service inspectors are our last chance to “get it right” regardless of design intent and plan review accuracy.  With the issues surrounding the scopes of NFPA 25 and 72, “getting it right and keeping it right” are proving to be quite a challenge.  This seminar will explain the synergy between the design and installation of systems, exposing critical areas of each, and highlight the significant role inspector’s play in the process. 

Learning Objectives: (1) Identify construction definitions for each compartment and validate approved shop drawings. (2) Identify and compare critical portions of actual installation with shop drawings. (3) Recognize and apply proper obstruction types and associated rules. (4) Recognize the long term effects an inaccurate system inspection or acceptance will have on the goal of saving lives and property.

 

     

 

 


Future Conventions:

  • 2014 Sept. 27 -Oct. 1: Orlando, FL
  • 2015 Oct. 10 - 14: Phoenix, AZ
  • 2016 Sept. 20 - 24: Nashville, TN

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