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Hydraulic Calculations

Understanding the principles of hydraulic calculations is at the core of estimating, design, and system approval.  This 8-hour seminar takes the attendee through the basics of hydraulic design including hazard analysis, design methods, criteria selection, water supplies, sprinkler flow and pressure, friction loss, and pressure balancing.  The attendees follow a step-by-step hydraulic calculation of a simple tree system to illustrate each principle.  Due to the limited time, attendees are required to bring a basic scientific calculator and possess an understanding of how to use the function keys.  This seminar will benefit engineers, plan reviewers, and layout technicians, particularly those working towards NICET certification.

8 Credit/Contact Hours; 8.0 CPDs (NICET); 0.8 CEUs, WI Appr#11757 (exp 7/15)

Technical Changes from the 2007 Ed. to the 2010 Ed. of NFPA 13

The 2010 editions of NFPA’s fire sprinkler standards have been available for some time yet many are still unaware of the benefits of being “in the know” as it relates to the most recent changes to these standards we use every day.  Having the latest and greatest knowledge provides an advantage over those who are not applying these changes.  Upon completion of this seminar, attendees should be able to identify new and revised requirements for fire sprinkler system design & installation; demonstrate an ability to navigate the standards utilizing the Table of Contents and Indexes provided; describe the navigational markings used by NFPA standards to identify changes between editions of the text; and apply the requirements of the latest editions of these standards to project specific designs and installations.  This course can be presented in 4-hr or 8-hr format.

4 Credit/Contact Hours; 4.0 CPDs (NICET); 0.4 CEUs; WI Appr#11955 (exp 9/15)

NFPA 13 (2010 Ed.) Installation of Sprinkler Systems – 2 Days

Properly designed and installed fire sprinkler systems are required in almost every building to meet code requirements and reduce fire losses.  This two-day seminar will explain the layout and requirements of NFPA 13 including design concepts, material requirements, and installation rules for automatic fire sprinkler systems.  Upon completion of this course, attendees will be able to recognize the layout & organization of NFPA 13; determine hazard classifications for occupancy use groups defined in NFPA 13; identify the requirements for sprinkler system components & hardware; recognize different types of sprinkler systems, their operation & application; identify requirements for installation, spacing, location & obstruction rules based on sprinkler types; apply the requirements for system hanging & bracing; determine the requirements for system design & water supplies; recognize the requirements of design deliverables for shop drawings & related hydraulic & seismic calculations; and determine systems acceptance testing requirements for commissioning of new sprinkler systems.  This program is intended for fire sprinkler system designers, plan reviewers, engineers, installers, maintenance personnel, inspectors, manufacturers; insurers, and project managers.

16 Credit/Contact Hours; 16.0 CPDs (NICET); 1.6 CEUs; WI Appr#11956 (exp 9/15); FL Appr#7052-16.0 (exp 9/12)

***  The two-day seminar does not cover the depth of application and hands on problem solving for Storage Occupancies covered in the three day session.

NFPA 13 (2010 Ed.) Installation of Sprinkler Systems – 3 Days

The 2010 edition of NFPA 13 is out and being adopted throughout the country.  With the current, ultra competitive environment, staying up to date with the latest information has never been more important.  This 3-day seminar is designed to provide a complete review of the critical issues regarding the design and installation of sprinkler systems.  Days 1 and 2 include a comprehensive review of the standard with a heavy emphasis on its application utilizing “real world” examples.  Day 3 focuses entirely on storage occupancies where major changes in design approaches are occurring.  Anyone involved with the specification, design, installation, or review of fire sprinkler systems will benefit from this seminar.  Attendees should bring a 2010 edition of NFPA 13 and a scientific calculator.

24 Credit/Contact Hours; 24.0 CPDs (NICET); 2.4 CEUs; WI Appr#11957 (exp 9/15); FL Appr#7052-24.0 (exp 9/12)

NFPA 13 (2010 Ed.) Installation of Sprinkler Systems – Ch. 12 Storage Occupancies

This seminar is based on the 2010 edition of NFPA 13 and includes a complete review of the design and installation requirements for storage occupancies, including design approaches with a variety of protection options (i.e. Control Mode Area/Density, Control Mode Special Application Sprinklers, ESFR, and in-rack sprinklers) found in Chapters 12-20 of the standard.  The class will identify significant changes in the 2010 edition of NFPA 13; define terms specific to storage occupancies; identify commodities and storage arrangements; identify correct design parameters for the storage arrangements; and describe building construction impacting design.  This one-day seminar may be presented as the third day of the NFPA 13 three-day seminar or as a standalone course for those interested in an in-depth look at storage occupancy requirements and design approaches.  This course incorporates group activities and problem-solving for a workshop atmosphere and hands-on learning experience.  It is designed for contractors, designers, architects, code officials, plan checkers, and inspectors.  Participants should bring a scientific calculator, highlighter, and 2010 ed. of NFPA 13.

8 Credit/Contact Hours; 8.0 CPDs (NICET); 0.8 CEUs; WI Appr#11958 (exp 9/15); FL Appr#7054-8.0 (exp 9/12)

NFPA 14 (2010 Ed.) Standard for the Installation of Standpipe and Hose Systems)

This seminar is designed to provide an overview of the standard as well as specific chapter-by-chapter discussion highlighting the specific requirements for the design and installation of standpipe systems and related components.  Participants will gain a greater understanding of the organization and layout of NFPA 14 and how standpipes are utilized in fire fighting techniques.  Upon completion of this seminar, the attendee should be able to explain the differences in the three classes of standpipes; describe difference between a manual and automatic standpipe; identify conditions in a non-high rise building when a standpipe may be designed without the use of a fire pump; determine which installation limitations are applicable, such as protection from freezing, or seismic events; complete the design of a floor control assembly for a combined standpipe; determine location of an FDC; calculate various pressure zones in a standpipe system; identify required pressure at the hose outlet for various types of standpipes; recognize the locations where 2 ½” and 1 ½” hose connections are required; determine required flow at each standpipe in a building for design purposes; and calculate friction loss in standpipe based on Hazen-Williams formula.  Estimators, engineers, designers, field personnel, inspectors, and plan reviewers will all benefit from this information packed seminar.  Participants should bring copies of NFPA 13 and 14 along with a scientific calculator.

4 Credit/Contact Hours; 4.0 CPDs (NICET); 0.4 CEUs; WI Appr#11952 (exp 9/15); FL Appr#7055-4.0 (exp 9/12)

 

NFPA 20 (2010 Ed.) Standard for the Installation of Stationary Fire Pumps for Fire Protection

This four-hour seminar gives attendees an overview of the requirements for the design and installation of pumps supplying liquids for private fire protection systems including the major revisions from the 2007 edition.  Along with a discussion of the types of pumps that are covered by the standard, the requirements for suction and discharge piping, valves, fittings, and related components along with the requirements for electric and engine drivers are reviewed.  The seminar concludes with a review of the acceptance testing requirements.  Upon completion of this seminar, the participants should be able to locate and supply the Scope and Purpose of the standard; identify and explain the different types of pumps; locate and apply the requirements for motor and engine driven pumps; describe the requirements for conducting acceptance testing of fire pumps and controllers.

4 Credit/Contact Hours; 4.0 CPDs (NICET); 0.4 CEUs; FL Appr#7056-4.0 (exp 9/12)

NFPA 25 (2008 Ed.) Standard for the Inspection, Testing & Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems

This one-day seminar provides a comprehensive review of the 2008 edition of NFPA 25.  Attendees will learn the scope of the standard, the owner’s responsibilities, requirements for record keeping, as well as the liabilities associated with performing this work on a contracted basis.  The changes from the 2002 edition will be highlighted along with the ongoing interpretations of how to apply the requirements of the standard.  Attendees will participate in an in depth discussion regarding the inspection and testing of wet and dry sprinkler systems, standpipe and hose systems, fire pumps, and the associated valves used in these systems. Attendees will leave the seminar with a greater understanding on how to apply the requirements for all water-based systems.  If you are a contractor, inspector, building owner or manager, AHJ, or engineer this seminar is for you.

8 Credit/Contact Hours; 8.0 CPDs (NICET); 0.8 CEUs; WI Appr#11749 (exp 7/15)

NFPA 25 (2011 Ed.) Standard for the Inspection, Testing & Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems

This seminar provides a comprehensive review of the 2011 edition of NFPA 25.  This latest edition contains a number of significant changes regarding the scope of the standard, owner’s responsibilities, and frequency changes for some of the more significant inspections and tests.  In addition, the standard contains direction regarding various levels of deficiencies and clarification regarding the requirements for dealing with internal obstructions. Attendees will learn the scope of the standard, the owner’s responsibilities, requirements for record keeping, as well as the liabilities associated with performing this work on a contracted basis.   Attendees will leave the seminar with a greater understanding of how to apply the requirements for water-based systems.  If you are a contractor, inspector, building owner or manager, AHJ, or engineer this seminar is for you. 

4 Credit/Contact Hours; 4.0 CPDs (NICET); 0.4 CEUs

Plan Review

This seminar has been developed to give attendees an introduction to the process of performing plan review of fire sprinkler system installation drawings and the supporting hydraulic calculations.  With the extensive information provided in the 2010 edition of NFPA 13, the design of fire sprinkler systems has become more complex requiring a more detailed approach to review.  Discussion and information provided will include topics such as identification of various construction types, commodity classes, occupancy hazards, system types, and sprinklers.  Several class exercises will assist attendees in determining coverage areas for various sprinkler spacings and the resulting minimum water discharge from the sprinklers protecting those areas.  Attendees will be given a plan and hydraulic calculations, a review checklist, and time to perform a review by following the checklist.  Upon completion of that review there will be a discussion of the deficiencies in the plan.  This seminar relies heavily on class participation, and those attending are encouraged to ask questions and engage in discussion.  Attendees should bring a copy of the 2010 edition of NFPA 13, and an architectural scale.  Plan Reviewers, Fire Inspectors, Insurance Representatives, Architects & Engineers will all find this to be a very beneficial source for information and learning.

8 Credit/Contact Hours; 8.0 CPDs (NICET); 0.8 CEUs; WI Appr#11759 (exp 7/15)

Project Management

Project Management has become one of the fastest growing positions in the construction industry.  No longer are general contractors the only ones who have such a position in their organization.  In fact, almost every contractor on a job site today has someone who is designated with this title.  Fire protection contractors are no different.  Finding qualified people for this extremely demanding position is difficult.  Therefore, many have turned to within their organizations to recruit and promote individuals to perform in this capacity.  It is very common in today’s construction environment to find key personnel, such as designers and field superintendents, in these project management roles as well.  Most of them have had to learn the hard way until now.  This program will introduce attendees to the world of project management.  This presentation includes an overview of project management and more specifically the procedures and forms intended to be utilized in organizing and managing projects, limiting liability and providing a systematic, team-spirited approach to problem solving. This seminar is introductory and is intended for Owners, Project Managers, Superintendents, Operational People, Key Foremen and Accounting Managers.

4 Credit/Contact Hours; 4.0 CPDs (NICET); 0.4 CEUs

Residential Sprinkler Systems – NFPA 13D, 13R, & 13

This seminar will address the design and installation requirements of NFPA 13D, Standard for Installation of Sprinklers in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes, 2007 edition, including water supply requirements, along with new requirements in the 2010 edition of NFPA 13D.  The program will include an overview of the new requirements for residential sprinklers provided in the recently adopted requirements of the International Residential Code (IRC).  We will also highlight the differences in design requirements and water supplies for residential sprinkler systems designed to the NFPA 13R and NFPA 13 standards.

This 8-hour program will include:

  • Overview and layout of the NFPA Residential Sprinkler Standards
  • Residential System Components and Hardware Requirements
  • Sprinkler types, spacing and location requirements
  • Installation requirements
  • Hydraulic Calculations with participant exercises
  • Overview of Residential Sprinkler Systems designed per NFPA 13 & 13R
  • IRC Requirements

Participants should bring or be prepared to purchase a copy of NFPA 13D on site.  It will also be helpful to have NFPA 13R and 13 on hand.  A handheld calculator with [√], [Yx] or [^] (exponential) functions will also be needed.

8 Credit/Contact Hours; 8.0 CPDs (NICET); 0.8 CEUs; WI Appr#11747 (exp 7/15); FL Appr#6876-8.0 (exp 9/12)

Seismic Protection of Sprinkler Systems

Protection of fire sprinkler systems from damage due to seismic activity has been a part of our industry for more than 60 years.  Historically, there are many areas of the country that have paid little attention to these concerns, however, with the advent of a more comprehensive building code, a new emphasis has been placed on this topic.  Many jurisdictions that never before addressed seismic issues are now paying close attention to the provisions of the building code, structural code, and NFPA 13 in order to comply with the provisions in those documents for seismic protection.  This seminar is designed to give attendees a working knowledge of the six distinct segments of seismic protection in NFPA 13: flexible couplings, clearance, seismic separation, bracing, restraint, and revisions to hanger requirements.  Class exercises will help participants become familiar with the various requirements and the concerns that may force revisions to the bracing layout from initial estimates.  Estimators, designers, and AHJs should benefit from this seminar.  A handheld calculator is recommended for all who attend.

4 Credit/Contact Hours; 4.0 CPDs (NICET); 0.4 CEUs; WI Appr#11760 (exp 7/15)

The Spacing and Location of Fire Sprinklers: NFPA 13, Ch. 8 (2010 Ed.)

New building materials and construction techniques are creating more challenging and complicated building environments to protect with sprinklers.  Add the number of new occupancies requiring protection by the building codes, and we see more complex fire sprinkler system designs.  The days of upright or pendent, brass or chrome, and the old spacing rules are gone.  Now, more than ever, the importance of designing these systems correctly is imperative.  Chapter 8 of NFPA 13 contains the bulk of the rules that govern the spacing and location for sprinkler heads, so understanding this chapter is critical.  This seminar is designed to take participants through the key sections of the chapter, from the most referenced to the least familiar.  Participants should have 2 years of experience, such as NICET II certified, or an AHJ with sprinkler system inspection experience.  Upon completion of the seminar, the attendee should be able to determine spacing & area of coverage of a sprinkler head; identify protection area & maximum spacing for a sprinkler; apply obstruction rules for various types of sprinklers; verify proper spacing & location of sprinklers; apply rules for protection of spaces covered by Section 8-15; recognize & identify improper installation of sprinklers.

8 Credit/Contact Hours; 8.0 CPDs (NICET); 0.8 CEUs

System Layout School for Residential One- and Two-Family Dwellings

This three-day class will provide basic training in the layout and calculation of a residential fire sprinkler system.  The class will discuss the standalone, multipurpose, and flow-through system types.  Topics covered during the class include: how to determine water supply; material selection; requirements of NFPA 13D (2010 Ed.) and the IRC; and fire sprinkler system layout and hydraulic calculation exercises.  Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to: analyze different types of fire sprinkler systems; identify proper location of sprinklers; recognize obstruction avoidance requirements for sprinklers; perform basic manual hydraulic calculations; and apply the P2904 method of pipe sizing.  This course is geared towards those with limited experience who need assistance with design and those wanting to refresh their experience. 

24 Credit/Contact Hours; 24.0 CPDs (NICET); 2.4 CEUs

 


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