Seismic Bracing: 2016 Edition Update

Seismic Bracing: 2016 Edition Update
The 2016 edition of NFPA 13 contains modifications in the requirements for seismic protection of fire sprinkler systems.  Some of the revisions are editorial in nature, while others result in significant challenges to the designer and contractor. Those changes include clarification on allowable omission of lateral bracing, lowered capacity of post installed anchors in concrete, pipe stand design applications, an expansion of the seismic coefficient table, and clarification of long riser nipple issues.  This webinar will provide a brief overview of the changes. 6.9.1 6.9.1

All participants are strongly encouraged to copy of the applicable NFPA standard with you during the webinar. The speaker will reference numerous NFPA figures and tables. It is critical to have the standard with you to refer to as the instructor leads.

Upon completion of this webinar, participants should be able to:

  1. Discuss revisions to seismic protection for sprinkler systems.
  2. Understand the complexity of evaluating anchors in concrete.
  3. Accurately perform the three separate prying factor calculations for brace hardware.
  4. Identify the four unique dimensions for brace hardware.
  5. Compare the interaction of brace angles and fastener capacity.
  6. Employ the term “cracked concrete” and how it applies to fire sprinkler systems.
  7. Determine the required section modulus for pipe stands and identify when a structural engineer must certify their construction.
  8. Identify the requirements for omission of lateral bracing for branch lines and mains supported with short rods (< 6” in length), and interpret the two new figures explaining this section.

Continuing Education Credits: 0.15 CEUs and 1.5 CPDs.

  • This webinar does not offer CAL FIRE-approved CEUs.

Speaker:  Kenneth Wagoner, CFPE, CFPS, SET

Ken is a 1977 graduate of Bethany College (KS), and owner of Parsley Consulting, located in Escondido, CA.  He has 39 years of experience in automatic sprinkler system and fire alarm system design, plan review, and construction management. He is an AFSA-designated voting alternate representative to the NFPA 1031 Committee (Professional Qualifications for Fire Inspectors and Plan Reviewers), principal member of the Hanging and Bracing Committee of NFPA 13 and the NFPA 24 committee (Standard for the Installation of Private Fire Service Mains).  He has published numerous articles on seismic bracing, hydraulic calculations, system design and the plan review process; has presented online virtual seminars, and teaches classes sponsored by the Southern California Fire Prevention Officers Group and the American Fire Sprinkler Association. He is an active member of the NFPA, AFSA, and FSCASC.

4/1/2020 - 6/30/2020

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