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Acceptance Testing

Created for Fitters and CAL FIRE Approved. Join us for a course to learn about the required acceptance tests for fire sprinkler systems and the subtle changes to the requirements when applied to new systems/existing systems, aboveground/underground pipe, and systems filled with water vs. systems filled with air.

Ambiguities in NFPA 13, 2016 Ed.

Created for Fitters and CAL FIRE Approved. There are criteria within NFPA 13 that leaves many wondering what is actually required. Whether it’s a tortured sentence or simply poor directions, you have to figure it out.

Seismic Bracing: 2016 Ed. 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.

NFPA 13, 2019 Ed. Part 1: General Updates

The 2019 edition of NFPA 13 is a complete reformat of the previous editions. This webinar will provide an overview of the new format and how to use the reorganized document. It will also include a review of the major technical revisions included in the new edition.

NFPA 13, 2019 Ed. Part 2: Seismic Bracing Update

The 2019 edition of NFPA 13 will contain significant revisions regarding hardware and fasteners as well as other changes to the process of providing protection of fire sprinkler systems from seismic events. Along with other sections of the standard, the provisions for seismic protection have been relocated. All of the information and requirements formerly in section 9.3 are contained in chapter 18.

Fire Sprinkler Protection Challenges for Architectural Featu

The current building trends are outpacing the guidance of the NFPA 13 standard and listings of sprinklers. This webinar addresses these challenges such as high ceilings, cloud ceilings, slatted ceilings, integrated HVAC ceiling panels, concealed spaces, etc.  The NFPA 13 standard cannot be expected to address all, so there are some methods, approaches, and resources that can be deployed to keep the project on track.

NFPA 13, 2016 Ed.: Obstruction Rules Explained

One of the biggest headaches for installers is dealing with field coordination of sprinkler obstructions. This webinar will look at the various obstruction rules in chapter 8 of NFPA 13 - 2016 edition, chapters 9, 10, 11, 12, 13, 14, 15, 16, and 25 of NFPA 13 - 2019 edition; the Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems and outline the application of the rules based on the type of sprinkler being installed.

Fire Flow for the Design Professional

Join us for a webinar to learn about the importance of coordinating fire flow requirements for manual fire suppression and fire protection systems, several of the more common methods of computing required fire flow, and what NFPA 13 says about water supply design.

NFPA 13, Technical Changes from 2013 to 2016 Ed.

Created for Fitters and CAL FIRE Approved. Being up to date and armed with the most current information can provide you and your company with a competitive edge. With more than 750 Public Inputs and 400+ Public Comments addressed by the NFPA 13 Committees during the 2016 edition code cycle, users of the document will want to see and hear about the significant changes that impact your everyday work practices.

NFPA 13D & R: Technical Changes from the 2019 to the 2022 Ed

The 2022 edition of NFPA 13R & 13D is in its final stages of development and will be issued in the fall of 2021.  This presentation will highlight the major changes and updates to the 2022 edition including the introduction of new protection criteria for “Tiny Homes”, updated statistics, new temperature zone maps for freeze protection, and a new annex on residential sprinkler trade-ups.

NFPA 13, 2019 Ed.: A New Approach to Storage Protection

This webinar will review the new format of NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems, which includes a revised general storage Chapter and organizes ceiling protection into chapters by sprinkler type.

Understanding NFPA 14, 2013 Ed.

Created for Fitters and CAL FIRE Approved. This webinar 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.

Significant Changes to '19 Ed. of NFPA 20

The 2019 edition of NFPA 20 has incorporated many changes that allow fire pump manufacturers, installers, and inspection, testing, and maintenance personnel to use the latest technologies and best practices. New fire pump designs that include the use of variable speed pumps and controllers, components for vertical shaft turbine-type pumps, suction diffusers, and many other new devices are addressed.

Understanding NFPA 20 and Fire Pump Requirements

To install an effective fire protection system, you need training, expertise, and quality equipment. Join Xylem’s fire protection expert, Todd Weir, as he reviews the requirements for pumps and systems that protect residential, commercial, and industrial businesses. You will learn NFPA 20 basics, compare equipment options, and much more.

Understanding NFPA 20, 2016 Ed.

Created for Fitters and CAL FIRE Approved. This webinar focuses on the installation of stationary fire pumps and the requirements of the 2016 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.

Fire Pump Acceptance Testing and NFPA 25 Testing Part 2

This webinar will look at answering important questions including “How do I pretest my pump so that I pass my acceptance test with the AHJ?” and “What are the different periodic tests I should be trained to execute?”.

NFPA 25 - the Property Owner, and You: What, Why, and How

Understanding and managing the relationship between the property owner (customer) and the inspection service provider is at the foundation of a profitable and successful ITM business. This webinar will examine the role of the owner and contractor as identified in NFPA 25.

NFPA 25: Separating Fact from Fiction

This webinar will cover the basics of NFPA 25, Standard for the Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Water-Based Fire Protection Systems and discuss the requirements for completing an inspection, what is in the scope of NFPA 25, and what is not.

Fire Pump Acceptance Testing and NFPA 25 Testing Part 1

Fire pumps are a critical part of an automatic sprinkler system.  This webinar will discuss the available fire pump systems covered in NFPA 20, Standard for the Installation of Stationary Pumps for Fire Protection.

NFPA 909: Protecting Cultural Properties

NFPA 909 requires fire prevention, active fire protection systems, passive fire protection features, and considerations for resiliency and salvage planning. When applied, it imposes additional requirements for fire alarm, detection, security, and fire suppression systems beyond what is minimally required by building and fire codes which will impact cost and schedule.

Connecting Actual Job Costs To Estimating

One of the biggest risks to a company in a low-margin construction economy is executing a project differently than how it was estimated (and vice versa). The best way to maintain profitability is to create field-friendly budgets, to aggressively track and manage direct costs, and to incorporate actual performance into future estimates.

Building Heights & Rack Storage

This webinar will be an introduction to utilizing the storage chapters in NFPA 13, 2016 Edition to select the proper protection schemes for protecting rack stored commodities. This webinar will cover some of the relatively newer sprinklers available to protect higher levels of storage without in-rack sprinklers. It will also review important FM Global criteria on the protection of rack stored commodity. As the possibilities of rack storage configuration and commodity are almost endless, this webinar will provide an overview of the topic and show attendees where they may find additional information.

Pipe Sizing Estimating and Quick Calculations

The task of creating a fire sprinkler system estimate requires that you be able to quickly create a conceptual plan of a project. As an alternative to doing a complete design and hydraulic analysis, this webinar will illustrate the use of the same principles needed in that approach while requiring only a fraction of the detailed information.

Eliminating the Use of Density/Area Curves

Density/Area method of hydraulically calculating a sprinkler system has served us well for many years, but it is time for it to go. Join us for this webinar to learn the history of the density curve development and why it’s time for a new approach.

Speaking to the Media about Sprinklers

Getting positive attention from the media can be challenging. Having a media plan is valuable because talking about fire sprinklers presents opportunities to increase awareness. Members of the media may become interested in a sprinkler story if they are provided with good information supported by the right outreach tools.

New Look at Foam System Design and the Hazards They Protect

This webinar will discuss the proposed changes for the next editions of NFPA 11 and 16 and the use of foam in special hazards fire protection and the different systems used to protect them.  There have also been significant issues with the use of AFFF over the past few years including a ban on fluorine foams.

Design Approaches of Nitrogen Generator Systems

Join us for a webinar to learn about the design considerations of utilizing a nitrogen generation system as the air supply for dry and preaction sprinkler systems.  We will discuss the sizing requirements and common myths and misunderstandings of the generators.

Automated Inspection and Testing and Distance Monitoring

NFPA codes and standards are recognizing the need to keep up with technology including the use of the internet and other data transmission and collection sources to accomplish tasks historically performed by an individual. The concepts of Automated Inspection and Testing and Distance Monitoring are already in use in NFPA 72 for fire alarm systems, but can they be applied to water-based fire protection systems?

OSHA's Silica in Construction Standard

This webinar will cover the recent changes to OSHA's Silica in Construction Standard with specific emphasis on concerns for fire sprinkler installation. Presented by Rob Agnew, CIH, Assistant Professor at Oklahoma State University. The presentation will include a basic overview of the hazards of respirable crystalline silica, basics of exposure controls, exposure monitoring, and the implementation of an exposure control plan.