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Avoiding Change Order Confrontation

Jim Schug, FMI

 

 

In an economic environment where top-line revenue growth is constrained, successful contractors will focus on cost control and maximizing profit opportunities within their existing backlog. Unfortunately, change orders are often mismanaged and too often result in profit margin erosion and cash drain. This presentation offers both basic and advanced techniques for change order management to keep our change orders in the black.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion, you should be able to identify common problems with change orders and address them efficiently; describe strategies to maximize benefits and minimize negative effects of change orders; apply best practices for managing the change order process.

 


Building Information Modeling: What, How, Why

Ray Lambert, Western Fire Protection, Inc.

Kenneth H. Stowe, PE, Autodesk, Inc.

 


 

PRESENTED TWICE
This seminar will discuss how Building Information Modeling (BIM) technology is now being used in the fire sprinkler industry and what is required to successfully utilize it. Discussion will include how your company, design team, and sprinkler installers can benefit from the use of BIM and 3D design programs. Topics include design software, computer hardware requirements, training and upcoming advancements.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this seminar, participants should be able to describe the benefits of BIM and 3D programs; recognize why BIM is becoming a prerequisite on large construction projects, and identify software and hardware requirements for BIM use. See how the value of BIM can extend beyond pre-construction coordination by using “Total Station” technology to gain the true benefits of productivity and efficiency.

 


Cloud Computing: Bringing it Down to Earth

Karen Schar, Zumasys, Inc.

 

 

 

An introduction into the world of Cloud Computing and how to interpret the options available as it relates to your business needs – in plain English. This course will provide a high level of overview of the mechanics of computer technology and the applications you run in your business, offer insight on the evolution of onsite physical servers and the transition to the popular term of “The Cloud.”

Learning Objectives: Upon completing this course, you will be able to define the “Cloud” requirements that you should consider for your business, as well as articulate the value of spending financial resources on a service rather than more assets; define available options of Cloud Computing; and obtain tools and knowledge to build a financial justification for your organization to help make the determination if Cloud is right for your business.

 


Construction Safety for Management

Tracy Hadwin, Fire Tech Systems

 

Safety can no longer be a 5-minute weekly Toolbox Talk and a 30-minute monthly safety meeting. It takes making safety an everyday priority both when the Safety Person is around and when she isn’t. The best way to do that is to make sure your frontline supervisors and project managers incorporate safety into their daily routines on every job. When this takes place, employees are more likely to talk about safety, identify hazards, and stop unsafe behavior. In this seminar, we will discuss leadership behavior and practices that can create or destroy a successful safety culture. Participants should be able to begin using this information along with their own safety program to create an environment of safety excellence.

 


Contracts 101

Rick Gover, Canterbury, Gooch, Surratt, Shapiro, Stein & Gaswirth, P.C.

Russell Leavitt, CFPS, SET, Telgian Corporation

 

 

You have signed hundreds of contracts as a fire protection contractor. Do you read every contract before signing? Do you know that you might be taking on millions of dollars of financial exposure for a job worth a few thousand dollars? The contracts used by general contractors, architects, and owners are longer and more complex than ever and potentially very punitive to the subcontractor. This seminar examines and explains the current practice of using blanket indemnifications, warranties, and other trip wires to defer as much liability and financial exposure to the subcontractor. Protect your company by being aware of the issues and understanding the hidden risks found in many contracts in use today.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this training, participants should be able to define contractors; identify and analyze the liability and risks associated with the indemnification clauses found in many contracts; apply strategies to protect your firm from the financial risks being transferred to you by the owner and general contractor.

 


Coping & Complying With Federal Prevailing Wage Law

Rick Gover, Canterbury, Gooch, Surratt, Shapiro, Stein & Gaswirth, P.C.

 

 

This program will discuss the Davis Bacon Act and its requirements for paying prevailing wages as determined by the Secretary of Labor.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion, you should be able to understand how to shield personal information of your employees from unions, apply proper classification of workers, describe the importance of participation in prevailing wage surveys, and efficiently deal with the documentation.

 


Financial Management & Recovering Overhead

Randy Stutzman, FMI

 

 

Nobody got into fire protection because he enjoyed the financial aspects of the business. Few use financial statements to really understand the business and make the right decisions. Learn successful overhead recovery techniques that are currently practiced by thousands of contractors.

Learning Objectives: Discover the information that financial managers use to increase profits in order to: 1) determine how much working capital is enough; 2) evaluate the financial structure of your firm; 3) recognize whether your company is price-sensitive or volume-sensitive and what to do about it; 4) use financial ratio to take a financial physical; 5) describe benefits of profit budgeting – using your experience for reliable forecasting; 6) establish margin contribution objectives by job type; 7) seek jobs that can provide profit potential for your company.

 


Fire Pump Assessment

Bob Caputo, CFPS, CET, Telgian Corporation

 

 

TECHNICAL SEMINAR
Fire pump testing requirements can be found in both NFPA 20 and NFPA 25. Participants will learn how to perform fire pump acceptance and subsequent testing required by these standards, along with how to assess the results and possible corrective measures for under-performing pump units. Designers, inspectors, contractors and AHJs will find this presentation to be invaluable. Participants are encouraged to bring their NFPA 20 and NFPA 25 standards.

 


Fire Sprinkler Design: The Challenge of Special Situations

Steven J. Scandaliato, CFPS, SET, SDG, LLC.

 

 

PRESENTED TWICE
TECHNICAL SEMINAR
The layout and design of sprinkler systems can range from the smooth flat and simple to the obstructed sloped and complex. Arguably, the most important and time consuming part of sprinkler design is head layout. As such, Chapter 8 of NFPA 13 is where designers spend the majority of their time. Whether you have years of design experience or are just starting out, very few projects go by that do not include some kind of sprinkler location and spacing challenge. Ceiling or structural configurations, mixed hazard classifications, oddly spaced beamed ceilings, floating clouds, layered horizontal planes, atriums sixty feet in the air, and concealed spaces are all examples of situations that most engineers and designers will face at some point in their career. While Ch. 8 continues to expand to address many design issues, there are still several situations that have not and in some cases will never be addressed by the committee, leaving us to stare at our monitors asking “Now what?” This seminar is designed to focus on the special situations section of Ch. 8 including new sections for combustible concealed spaces and detailed information from the recently completed Research Foundation study on clouds and open ceilings.

Learning objectives: identify construction definitions to ensure correct sections regarding special situations are applied; identify the special situations and evaluate them with regard to hazard and occupancy, not just “what the book says”; determine if performance based designs will be required and how engineered solutions can be utilized.

 


FM Global and NFPA 13 Requirements; FM Approvals Certification Process and Listings

Richard Dunne, FM Approvals, LLC

Gary Keith, FM Global’s Center for Property Risk Solutions

 

 

TECHNICAL SEMINAR
This session’s focus is on the use of FM Global Engineering Standards “Data Sheets” and how they compare with NFPA 13 (differences and applications). Additionally, the process for obtaining FM Approval of fire protection loss prevention products and how they are listed in the FM Approvals online Approval Guide will be discussed.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion, attendees should be able to restate how FM Global and NFPA requirements compare; describe the process for requesting, obtaining, and maintaining FM Approval for property loss prevention products.

 


Internal Piping Condition and Obstruction Investigation

Bob Caputo, CFPS, CET, Telgian Corporation

Matt Klaus, PE, National Fire Protection Association

 

 

 

TECHNICAL SEMINAR
NFPA 25, 2014 edition, Chapter 14 has new and revised requirements for the performance of assessing the internal condition of sprinkler system piping and obstruction investigation procedures.

This program will clarify daily requirements for five-year internal assessments and requirements for internal investigation. It should be of special interest for contractors providing inspection, testing, and maintenance services, as well as inspectors, AHJs, and building owners & managers.


Liabilities and Pitfalls of Contract Clauses With Regards to Inspection, Testing & Maintenance

Rick Gover, Canterbury, Gooch, Surratt, Shapiro, Stein & Gaswirth, P.C.

Terry Victor, SET, SimplexGrinnell LP

 

This presentation will discuss the pitfalls and liabilities of contract clauses with regard to inspection, testing, and maintenance of fire sprinkler systems, including policies a contracting company should adopt to handle such clauses. Mr. Canterbury, General Counsel for AFSA, will discuss various contract clauses to better protect contractors performing inspection and service work; protection from liabilities by written reports of problems found during an inspection; and follow-up repair activities. Sprinkler contractor, Mr. Victor, will discuss his company’s policies on contract clauses.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this session, you should be able to identify the absolute requirement of written inspection contracts and clauses, such as limitation of liability and properly worded scope of service clauses to avoid excessive and possibly destructive liabilities; describe frequently tendered clauses to avoid indemnification beyond the scope of services and broadly worded warranty or guarantee clauses; explain importance of contract clauses to reduce liability; identify ITM activities that could expose a contractor to liability; compare various contract clauses to determine those most suitable for your business; recognize importance of consulting an attorney before including liability clauses in your contracts.

 


Marketing Sprinkler Service Agreements – Key to Success in Today’s Challenging Economic Environment

Joe Siderowicz, AfterMarket Consulting Group

 

 

This session will provide an overview of the current service market environment for life safety. We’ll discuss growing competition from fire alarm firms and how to analyze performance measurements.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion, participants should be able to describe successful service offerings in today’s market, create a value proposition that will make buyers respond, and effectively market service agreements efficiently.

 


Navigating the Affordable Care Act

Jim Rogan, M.E. Wilson

 

 

 

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this seminar, attendees should be able to recognize the difference between a private and public marketplace/exchange; discuss the concept of defined contribution; and explain the impact that the PPACA legislation is having on insurance pricing in general.


NFPA 13, 2013 Ed.: Storage Occupancies

Bob Caputo, CFPS, CET, Telgian Corporation

Matt Klaus, PE, National Fire Protection Association

 

 

PRESENTED TWICE
TECHNICAL SEMINAR
The design of sprinkler systems for storage occupancies can be a confusing proposition for estimators and designers. This program will provide an overview of the requirements for storage occupancies including commodity classification, storage arrangements, and options for protection based on a variety of sprinkler technologies. This program will benefit sprinkler contractors, designers, engineer and AHJs. Participants should bring their NFPA 13 and a scientific calculator.

 


NFPA 13: Obstructions

James Golinveaux, Tyco Fire & Building Products

 

 

 

PRESENTED TWICE
TECHNICAL SEMINAR
Obstruction rules have tightened up over the years and depending on the type of sprinkler being used, the rules can have a significant impact on the final design. Obstruction rules and shadow areas are confusing at best. This seminar will clearly outline the current obstruction rules in NFPA 13 as they apply to residential, CMDA, CMSA, ESFR, and special sprinklers.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion, you should be able to identify obstruction rule differences between various sprinkler technologies.

 


NFPA 13: Proposed 2016 Changes

James Golinveaux, Tyco Fire & Building Products

 

 

TECHNICAL SEMINAR
Significant changes have been proposed to the 2016 ed. of NFPA 13. Be the first to get a glimpse of what changes are being proposed and the impact it may have on design and installation of automatic sprinklers. (This class will not cover the proposed changes to the hanging and bracing chapter.) Everything from proposals to add new obstruction rules to new protection schemes in storage protection will be discussed.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion, you should be able to describe significant changes that might occur and the potential impact on design and installation.

 


NFPA 25, 2014 Ed.: Step-by-Step Instructions to Conduct Inspections and Tests

Tracey Bellamy, CFPS, PE, Telgian Corporation

Russell Leavitt, CFPS, SET, Telgian Corporation

 

 

 

TECHNICAL SEMINAR
The Handbook for the 2014 Ed. of NFPA 25 contains a section with step-by-step instructions on performing many inspections and tests. This information is a great guide for contractors to use when training inspectors and creating quality control procedures to ensure that inspections and tests are completed as mandated by the standard, including tests that are conducted less frequently such as standpipe and pressure reducing valve flow tests.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion, participants should be able to locate and apply the inspection and testing procedures found in the NFPA 25 Handbook; describe step-by-step procedures for conducting required inspections and tests; review and apply procedures for documenting completion of inspections and tests in accordance with standard industry practices. This seminar provides an opportunity to review and discuss these procedures directly with the authors and benefits anyone who sells, performs, or manages inspections and tests of fire protection systems.

 


NFPA 25, 2014 Ed.: The Water-Based Systems Owner’s Manual

Bob Caputo, CFPS, CET, Telgian Corporation

 

TECHNICAL SEMINAR
NFPA 25 is often referred to as the “Owner’s Maintenance Manual.” Almost everything in the standard is directed to the property owner, but most owners delegate many of the tasks to third party vendors. As a result, excellent communication between the property owner and the contractor is essential for an effective maintenance program. This seminar examines the tasks that are commonly performed by the owner, those that are commonly delegated to the contractor, and those only the property owner can perform. The standard has evolved to include many helps for contractors to ensure that they do not inadvertently take responsibility for tasks that are meant to be performed by the owner.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion, you should be able to define the terms “property owner” and “designated representative;” locate and apply requirements found in the standard for the property owner; apply methods for effective communication between the contractor and the property owner with regards to inspection, testing, and maintenance of water-based fire protection systems. This seminar provides proven ways in which contractors can work with owners to create a partnership ensuring that the purpose of NFPA 25 is met.

 


NFPA 25, Table A.3.3.7: Identifying and Classifying Deficiencies and Impairments

Terry Victor, SET, SimplexGrinnell LP

 

 

TECHNICAL SEMINAR
NFPA 25 requires inspections and tests of water-based fire protection systems and provides pass/fail criteria. Based on the results of an inspection or test, systems and/or components could be found to be deficient or even impaired. This session will instruct on the differences between an impairment and the two levels of deficiencies, and will help participants understand how to classify the findings of an inspection or test. Tagging requirements in several states will also be discussed and guidance given on what tag to use for the different levels of deficiencies. Table A.3.3.7 will be introduced and referenced during the session.

Learning Objectives:

  • Explain the difference between an impairment and a deficiency as applied by NFPA 25
  • Demonstrate how the results of an inspection or test should be classified
  • Examine photographic examples of impairments and deficiencies and properly classify them
  • Defend classification of an impairment or deficiency using guidance found in NFPA 25, Table A.3.3.7
  • Apply tagging requirements from several states to the classification found in Table A.3.3.7.
  • Explain to a building owner the urgency to have certain repairs done based on the severity of the impairment or deficiency.

 


Nitrogen Inerting for Corrosion Control in Fire Sprinkler Systems – Theory and Practice

Jeffrey Kochelek, Engineered Corrosion Solutions

 

 

PRESENTED TWICE
TECHNICAL SEMINAR
This seminar discusses the benefits and practical application of using nitrogen gas to inert wet and dry pipe fire sprinkler systems to prevent and manage internal corrosion. Under a nitrogen atmosphere, oxygen corrosion, which is the primary cause of corrosion related failures in sprinkler systems, can be completely controlled resulting in reduced risk (life safety, leak and business continuity), enhanced performance, and extended life of the fire sprinkler system. Excluding oxygen from both wet and dry (preaction) pipe fire sprinkler system piping by purging with nitrogen gas can reduce the corrosion rate in a fire sprinkler system by 99% and significantly extend the useful life of the piping.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this training, the participant will be able to (1) determine the level of corrosion related risk present in a fire sprinkler systems using various assessment parameters; (2) recognize likely locations for corrosion to occur in wet pipe and dry (preaction) fire sprinkler systems; (3) explain various options for corrosion control in fire sprinkler systems; (4) restate the wet pipe nitrogen inerting (WPNI) process and dry pipe nitrogen inerting (DPNI) process; (5) explain the critical performance elements associated with implementation of WPNI and DPNI; (6) implement a corrosion monitoring plan for a fire sprinkler system.

 


Ownership Transfer and Management Succession: An Accelerating Trend in the Construction Industry

Randy Stutzman, FMI

 

Transferring ownership in a construction company is a complex, technical, and emotional undertaking. Whether it’s to the next generation, a third-party buyer, or your employees, succession planning can be extremely challenging. The foundation of successful transitions is leadership planning and development. The demographic trend of the baby boomers aging out of the construction industry is creating the biggest challenge facing owners of closely held firms today – transferring the business’s ownership and management to the next generation.

Learning Objectives: identify why this is a significant issue in our current market; define components and steps to the business succession process; identify key facts unique to contractors and the implications to your plan; describe dangers of inadequate planning; develop strategies to overcome related issues; and address complexities unique to family businesses.

 


Seismic Bracing Layout

Kenneth Wagoner, CFPE, CFPS, SET, Parsley Consulting

 

 

PRESENTED TWICE
TECHNICAL SEMINAR
Seismic protection mandated by NFPA 13 is intended to address requirements and maintain active status of the fire sprinkler system after an earthquake. Discussion will include layout of braces and restraints, necessary calculations to support the layout, evaluation of brace capacity, method attachment limits, as well as tips for obtaining the short-period response parameter, seismic coefficient, and calcs for horizontal force factors. This presentation will also include an exercise and new information/revisions found in NFPA 13, 2013 Ed. Video captured from recent seismic testing illustrating increased challenges to the building will also be shown, along with a glimpse of two seismic bracing courses currently offered online at www.SprinklerEcampus.com

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this seminar, the attendee should be able to:

  • Identify building systems affected by an earthquake, and discuss the ability of the sprinkler system to meet those challenges.
  • Explain potential challenges with building structural design that must be addressed.
  • Illustrate the differences in the nine brace configurations found in NFPA 13.
  • Discuss limitations on load capacity for each brace configuration.
  • Locate 4-way, lateral, and longitudinal braces, and branch line restraint to conform with NFPA 13, 2013 Ed. requirements.
  • Calculate horizontal force factor created by seismic bracing, both on the structure, and on the sprinkler main.
  • Recognize maximum allowable lateral loads for different types of pipe, based on size of pipe and brace spacing.
  • Identify locations where single brace might serve multiple purposes.
  • Determine when maximum loads on the fasteners are exceeded and describe means to comply with the standard.
  • Perform lateral and longitudinal seismic brace calculations.
  • Analyze when excessive riser nipple length will require longitudinal bracing on branch lines and the resulting changes in lateral bracing for mains.

 


Strategies for Managing Costs and Fiduciary Requirements for 401(k) Plans

John Hershenberg, Pinnacle Financial Services

 

Attendees will leave with a greater appreciation for the current efforts by ERISA and the Dept of Labor in making 401(k) plans compliant with their mandates. Solutions provided will equip you to examine your own business approach to your current plan and what measures are needed to bring it to compliance. Topics include: (1) today’s legal climate for plan sponsors; (2) ERISA compliance requirements; (3) impact of full free disclosure; (4) outsourcing fiduciary roles and managing costs; (5) the multiple employer 401(k).

 


Train the Trainer – Importance of Having a Qualified Instructor Provide Your Training

Dwight Green, SimplexGrinnell LP

 

 

For much of our industry, the training provided for our installation workforce has been little more than OJT (on-the-job training). As code changes and safety requirements become more stringent, the need for more extensive and detailed training, including in a classroom setting, is required. While the content of the training is important, it is even more important to have a qualified instructor present the material. Your employee with the most industry knowledge might not be your best instructor. Qualifications need to include more than just industry knowledge. While industry knowledge is very important, effective instructors also need to know how to engage the students in a productive manner. In this seminar we will show the importance of engaging the participants in a class, how to control a room, and how to use different training tools to obtain maximum retention of learning content being delivered. Whether you have a comprehensive training program or you just want to do a better job training individuals, this seminar will benefit you.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this seminar the participant should be able to:

  • Illustrate the use of the different type of training tools, (flip charts, PPT, and white board).
  • Explain the different types of learning (tactile, visual, auditory)
  • Explain how to control a room
  • Explain how to engage a non-responsive individual or class
  • Demonstrate how to redirect a classroom back to the topic at hand

 


Use Facts to Influence Homebuilding and Water Purveyor Industries

Peg Paul, Home Fire Sprinkler Coalition

 

 

 

When it comes to increasing awareness about home fire sprinklers, two groups often present many challenges: home builders and water purveyors. Myths and misinformation among the homebuilding industry negatively impact both consumer choice and local fire sprinkler code requirements and updates. Since home fire sprinklers were added to national fire and residential codes, the National Association of Home Builders (NAHB) has launched an aggressive and well-funded anti-sprinkler campaign.

When questions and confusion arise about water supply for home fire sprinkler systems among water purveyors and local officials, it can hamper installations and result in needless costs to homeowners. Frequently, water authorities are not as familiar with residential systems as they may be with commercial systems, and therefore have questions and concerns about water supply. Lack of awareness often results in unnecessary and costly sprinkler add-ons and unfair fees that penalize homeowners and add ammunition to the homebuilders’ arsenal against sprinklers.

Education is the solution: HFSC’s outreach to homebuilders has proven that once they learn basic facts about design, installation and operation they are more open to learning about the technology and often change their attitudes about home fire sprinklers. Once water purveyors learn the differences between a commercial system and the requirements for an NFPA 13D system, it is typically easier for the fire service and sprinkler contractors to work with them.

This seminar will cover some of HFSC’s education programs developed to combat the widespread misinformation.

  • HFSC’s Water Guide will be reviewed during the seminar. It includes easy-to-use resources with information for members of the water industry and all stakeholders involved when sprinklers are required by code.
  • The seminar will detail HFSC’s education program for students interested in the construction industry, which works through local vocational schools and fire departments, and how fire sprinkler contractors can work with the fire departments and vocational schools to educate future leaders in the construction trades.
  • This seminar will also include the results of the Fire Protection Research Study that reviewed current home fire sprinkler system costs against the 2008 benchmark study to gain a better understanding of how increasingly widespread adoption of sprinkler ordinances impacts system cost.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of the seminar, attendees will be able to utilize HFSC’s free educational materials to help the local fire department implement a comprehensive education program with their local vocational school.

 


Water Mist Systems: A Manufacturer Roundtable

Robert Ballard, Victaulic

Mike Bosma, The Viking Corporation

James Golinveaux, Tyco Fire & Building Products

 

 

TECHNICAL SEMINAR
Water mist continues to be a topic of interest in our industry. The potential of minimizing water use in fire protection has been both an environmental and economically attractive concept ever since the first system design began to appear in the 1990s. Much has developed in both the hardware offerings and the standards available to guide you in its proper use.

Learning Objectives: This presentation will help you recognize the types of systems on the market, identify the advantages and limitations, and apply the standards available. We’ll have a roundtable discussion with technical participation by member manufacturers (Tyco Fire Protection Products, Victaulic, and The Viking Corp.) explaining the different types of mist systems, their Listings, advantages, and limitations.

 


What Clients Want From Contractors

Jim Schug, FMI

 

 

Understand how different customers view contractors and learn how to organize your company to meet the needs and demands of your clients.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this seminar, you should be able to analyze characteristics of customer-driven firms; evaluate customer “wants” vs. “expectations” vs. “demands”; build value from the client’s perspective; identify and meet customer “hot buttons”; build a customer-intimate culture.

 


 

AHJ Seminars

AHJ Seminar: Plan Review for the Fire Service Professional

Steven J. Scandaliato, CFPS, SET, SDG, LLC.

Kenneth Wagoner, CFPE, CFPS, SET, Parsley Consulting

 

 

TECHNICAL SEMINAR
Review of automatic fire sprinkler system plans has become very complex as the 2013 edition of NFPA 13 has been expanded to provide more information than ever before on fire sprinkler system design and installation. The seminar will guide attendees in a discussion of the requirements for plans and calculations contained in Chapter 23, and will include an exercise in hands-on review of a fire sprinkler system plan, including the overall design concept, hydraulic calculations, seismic bracing, and the underground supply system.  Evaluation of the decisions made on the part of the system designer dealing with hazard and commodity classification, building construction type, sprinkler positioning and spacing, and materials selection will all be among the topics which are a part of the review.  This seminar will rely heavily on attendee participation, and will generate a list of items which require further clarification or revisions.  A question and answer session will follow the completion of the plan review. 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:

  • Interpret the type of construction as defined in NFPA 13
  • Identify sprinkler position requirements
  • Demonstrate the ability to accurately read a set of fire sprinkler plans
  • Perform a thorough review to determine compliance, or lack thereof, with the requirements for fire sprinkler systems in NFPA 13, and their own jurisdiction
  • Calculate the coverage area for each sprinkler, using the SxL=A method from NFPA 13, and identify fire sprinkler locations which exceed the coverage limits of NFPA 13.
  • Discuss items on the plan that conflict with each other.
  • Solve equations to develop minimum flow and pressure requirements for each sprinkler.
  • Identify the portion of the system that is the most hydraulically remote.
  • Compose a detailed letter informing the contractor of noncompliance, and advising of resubmittal process
    • In that letter, describe items deemed noncompliant, and
    • Explain why such items are noncompliant, giving references from the standard to support that conclusion.

 


AHJ Seminar: Rough-In Inspections and Final Acceptance Tests

Steven J. Scandaliato, CFPS, SET, SDG, LLC.

Kenneth Wagoner, CFPE, CFPS, SET, Parsley Consulting

 

 

TECHNICAL SEMINAR
Among the many 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. As a team, installers and fire service inspectors are our last chance to ‘get it right’ regardless of design intent and plan review accuracy. This seminar will explain the synergy required in the design and installation process, exposing the critical areas of each needed to ensure that lives and property will be saved. Detailed discussions regarding activities included in this inspection and the importance they play will be presented.

Learning Objectives:

  • identify and confirm construction definitions for each compartment and validate the approved shop drawings
  • compare critical portions of the actual installation with the approved shop drawings
  • recognize and apply proper obstruction types and associated rules.

 

     

 

 


Future Conventions:

  • 2015 Oct. 10 - 14: Phoenix, AZ
  • 2016 Sept. 20 - 24: Nashville, TN
  • 2017 Sept. 24 - 27: Las Vegas

Past Conventions:

 

 

 



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