Seminars

Seminar Descriptions

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# 16348 (exp 11/19)
  • FL Appr# 8000-8.0 (exp 4/16)

Technical Changes from the 2010 Ed. to the 2013 Ed. of NFPA 13

The 2013 editions of NFPA’s fire sprinkler standards are now available and new rules are being applied to system design and installation practices. New and revised terms, requirements, and applications may impact your strategies relating to project estimating, purchasing, plan review or installation practices. Having the latest and greatest knowledge provides a real 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 and installation; demonstrate an ability to navigate the standard utilizing the table of contents and indexes within; describe the navigational markings used by NFPA standards to identify changes between editions; apply the latest requirements of this new edition to project specific designs and installations.  This class is available in 4-hr and 8-hr formats.
  • 4 or 8 Credit/Contact Hours
  • 4.0 or 8.0 CPDs (NICET)
  • 0.4 or 0.8 CEUs

NFPA 13 (2013 Ed.) Installation of Sprinkler Systems – 2 Days

This 2-day seminar is a comprehensive review of the latest edition of NFPA 13. Attendees participate in an extensive examination of the standard with an emphasis on locating, interpreting, and applying the various requirements, including: hazard classification, system types, components, and installation requirements.  Additionally, water supplies, design deliverables, and acceptance testing are addressed with an emphasis on their practical application.  Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to explain the organization of the standard; locate and apply the basic requirements; and interpret and apply terms as defined by the standard. This seminar benefits contractors, engineers, layout technicians, and AHJs.
  • 16 Credit/Contact Hours
  • 16.0 CPDs (NICET)
  • 1.6 CEUs
  • FL Appr# FP9096-16.0 (exp 4/15)
  • WI Appr# 16361 (exp 11/19)
***  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 (2013 Ed.) Installation of Sprinkler Systems – 3 Days

This 3-day seminar is a comprehensive review of the latest edition of NFPA 13.  Attendees participate in an extensive examination of the standard with an emphasis on locating, interpreting, and applying the various requirements, including: hazard classification, system types, components, and installation requirements. Additionally, water supplies, design deliverables, and acceptance testing are addressed with an emphasis on their practical application. This seminar includes a full day on the subject of storage. Upon completion of this course, the participant should be able to explain the organization of the standard; locate and apply the basic requirements; interpret and apply terms as defined by the standard; classify commodities; recognize definitions of storage terms; and locate storage requirements. This seminar benefits contractors, engineers, layout technicians, and AHJs.
  • 24 Credit/Contact Hours
  • 24.0 CPDs (NICET)
  • 2.4 CEUs
  • FL Appr# FP9097-24.0 (exp 4/15)
  • WI Appr# 16360 (exp 11/19)

Storage Occupancies (NFPA 13, 2013 Ed.)

This course is a hands-on examination of storage occupancies as defined in the 2013 edition of NFPA 13, and requires an understanding of sprinkler systems and basic layout principles.  It includes a review of the organization of the standard in relation to storage definitions, classification of storage commodities, and how to locate and apply the requirements for storage protection.  Attendees will complete exercises to determine protection criteria for a number of storage arrangements and commodities.  Learning objectives for this course include: explain the organization of chapters related to storage; classify commodities; find and apply definitions of storage terms; and locate and apply storage requirements.  This seminar benefits contractors, engineers, layout technicians, and AHJs.
  • 8 Credit/Contact Hours
  • 8.0 CPDs (NICET)
  • 0.8 CEUs
  • FL Appr# FP9099-8.0 (exp 4/15)
  • WI Appr# 16358 (exp 11/19)

NFPA 14 (2013 Ed.) Standard for the Installation of Standpipe and Hose Systems

This four-hour course focuses on the design and installation of standpipes while highlighting the 2013 edition changes of NFPA 14.  This lecture-based seminar discusses key definitions, classes and types of standpipes, installation and design criteria, and the requirements for plans and calculations.  Upon completion of this course, the student should be able to explain the organization and key definitions in NFPA 14; describe the types and classes of standpipes; describe the installation criteria for standpipes; describe the design criteria for the types and classes of standpipes; and explain the requirements for plans and calculations for standpipes.
  • 4 Credit/Contact Hours
  • 4.0 CPDs (NICET)
  • 0.4 CEUs
  • FL Appr# FP10015-4.0 (exp 5/16)
  • WI Appr# 16356 (exp 11/19)

NFPA 20 (2013 Ed.) Standard for the Installation of Stationary Fire Pumps for Fire Protection

This 4-hour seminar focuses on the installation of stationary fire pumps and the requirements of the 2013 edition of NFPA 20.  This lecture-based seminar discusses pump types, electric motor and diesel engine drivers along with their associated controllers.  The installation requirements for fire pumps are also reviewed.  Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to: explain the organization of NFPA 20 describe the various types of fire pumps, locate and apply the basic installation requirements for stationary fire pumps, drivers, and controllers. This seminar benefits anyone who specifies, installs, or inspects stationary fire pumps.   Also available in 8-hr format.
  • 4 Credit/Contact Hours
  • 4.0 CPDs (NICET)
  • 0.4 CEUs
  • FL Appr# FP9101-4.0 (exp 4/15)
  • WI Appr# 16355 - 4 hrs (exp 11/19)  /  Appr#16354 - 8 hrs (exp 11/19)

NFPA 25 (2014 Ed.) Standard for the Inspection, Testing & Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems

This half-day seminar provides a comprehensive review of the 2014 edition of NFPA 25.  Upon completion, attendees will be able to restate the scope of the standard, identify the owner’s responsibilities, and describe requirements for record keeping, as well as the liabilities associated with performing this work on a contracted basis.  The significant changes from the 2011 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 of 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.  Also available in 8-hr format.
  • 4 Credit/Contact Hours;
  • 4.0 CPDs (NICET)
  • 0.4 CEUs
  • FL Appr# FP10013-4.0 (exp 5/16)
  • WI Appr# 16353 - 4 hrs (exp 11/19)  /  Appr# 16352 - 8 hrs (exp 11/19)

Plan Review

This seminar has been developed to give attendees core training and an introduction to the process of reading, interpreting and determining the compliance of fire sprinkler systems plans and hydraulic calculations with the applicable codes and standards for design and installation.  The process involves a review of the knowledge of various topics contained in the 2013 edition of NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems. The recent expansion of NFPA 13 requires a more detailed approach to plans review.  Discussion and information provided will include topics such as identification of various construction types, commodity classes, occupancy hazards, system types, and sprinklers themselves.  This seminar relies heavily on class participation utilizing several class exercises to: 1) determine coverage areas for various sprinkler spacings & resulting minimum water discharge, 2) calculate the math necessary to interpret water flow test results, 3) perform a sample plan with supporting hydraulic calculations, followed by a review & discussion of deficiencies.  Upon completion of this seminar, participants should be able to interpret compliance of fire sprinkler systems plans and hydraulic calculations; identify coverage area maximums and sprinkler locations; describe potential plan deficiencies.  Plan reviewers, fire inspectors, insurance representatives, architects, system layout technicians, and engineers will all find this to be a very beneficial learning experience.
  • 8 Credit/Contact Hours
  • 8.0 CPDs (NICET)
  • 0.8 CEUs
  • FL Appr# 8001-8.0 (exp 4/16)
  • WI Appr# 16349 (exp 11/19)

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
  • FL Appr# FP8002-4.0 (exp 4/16)

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

This seminar will address the design and installation of sprinkler systems in residential occupancies, per NFPA 13D, Standard for Installation of Sprinklers in One- and Two-Family Dwellings and Manufactured Homes, 2013 edition, and the International Residential Code (IRC).  An understanding of the regulations for sprinkler spacing, components and hardware; hydraulic calculation exercises; along with water supply evaluations are all covered in detail.  Installation requirements, including obstruction avoidance, heat zone limitations, pipe supports and valve criteria forming the foundation of such systems’ design, are also presented so that attendees may accurately apply the information found in the standard. Included in the presentation are variations in the design requirements for residential or dwelling unit sprinklers found in NFPA 13 and NFPA 13R, to enhance the use of the proper criteria or standard. Upon completion of this seminar, the participant should be able to restate residential sprinkler spacing rules, calculate minimum water supplies, interpret sprinkler omission rules in residential occupancies, and describe the differences between stand-alone and the various multi-purpose system examples.
  • 8 Credit/Contact Hours
  • 8.0 CPDs (NICET)
  • 0.8 CEUs
  • FL Appr# FP9100-8.0 (exp 4/15)
  • WI Appr# 16357 (exp 11/19)

Seismic Protection of Sprinkler Systems

This seminar is designed to give attendees a working knowledge of the six distinct elements 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 various requirements and concerns that may force revisions to the bracing layout from initial estimates.  Estimators, designers, and AHJs would all benefit from this seminar.  Upon completion, participants will be able to determine “if” seismic protection is required; identify risk categories defined in ASCE7-10, Table 1.5-1; obtain the correct short period spectral response value for a project; identify locations where flexible couplings are required; discuss position and additional bracing for seismic separation assemblies; determine required clearance for penetrating non-frangible walls, floors, etc.; describe requirements for lateral, longitudinal, and riser braces; and perform calculations for seismic protection.   Also available in 4-hr format.
  • 8 Credit/Contact Hours
  • 8.0 CPDs (NICET)
  • 0.8 CEUs
  • FL Appr# FP9103-8.0 (exp 4/15)
  • WI Appr# 16351 - 4 hrs (exp 11/19)

The Spacing and Location of Fire Sprinklers: NFPA 13 (2013 Ed.)

Basic installation rules for spacing and location of all types of sprinklers can be found in NFPA 13, Chapter 8.  These rules have experienced many changes over the course of recent editions making it critical to keep up with the latest requirements.  This seminar is designed to help participants gain a greater level of understanding to navigate and apply the data provided in Chapter 8 along with related definitions provided in Chapter 3.  Sprinkler system designers as well as estimators, project managers, installers, inspectors, specifying engineers, and AHJs will benefit from this seminar.  Upon completion, participants should be able to analyze building conditions & generate shop drawings and/or sprinkler system design criteria related to selection of sprinkler types and their application to spacing & location rules; apply rules for spacing & location of various types of sprinklers; explain rules related to sprinkler temperature classification & use of higher temperature sprinklers installed near heat sources; determine when sprinkler omissions are permitted from combustible concealed spaces & other special spaces, such as electrical equipment rooms; and compare requirements for draining trapped sections of piping in all sprinkler system types.
  • 8 Credit/Contact Hours
  • 8.0 CPDs (NICET)
  • 0.8 CEUs
  • FL Appr# FP9098-8.0 (exp 4/15)
  • WI Appr# 16359 (exp 11/19)

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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