Seminars/Speakers

OUR SEMINARS

Saturday, 9/18/2021

Session 1A: 1:30:00 PM - 3:00:00PM

Basic Hydraulics for Fire Sprinkler System Design

Travis Mack, CFPS, CWBSP, RME-G, COC, SET; MFP Design, LLC; Tom Noble, SET, CFPS, CWBSP, AFSA

Room: Cibolo 1-2

CEU 0.15 | CPD 1.5 | CH 1.5

Install, Design

This seminar will cover the basics of hydraulic calculations for fire sprinkler systems. We will cover determining area of coverage, minimum flow, and pressures at the sprinkler. A simple tree system will be calculated so that the user walks away with a basic understanding of calculations required for the NICET III hydraulics and water supply exam.

Upon completion of this seminar, attendees will be able to:

  • Determine minimum flow and pressures at the sprinkler.
  • Apply Hazen-Williams equation for fire sprinkler systems.
  • Calculate a simple tree system.

Coordinating NFPA 25 and NFPA 72

Tim Knisely, Automatic Fire Alarm Association; Jason Webb, Potter Electric Signal Company

Room: Cibolo 8-9

CEU 0.15 | CPD 1.5 | CH 1.5

ITM , Other Technical, Alarms

Preaction, deluge, and other specialty water-based systems utilize electrical components that are required to operate properly for the system to function as intended. NFPA 25 requires these inspections and tests be coordinated to ensure proper operation. Utilizing the 2019 edition of NFPA 72, this seminar will examine Chapter 14 as it relates to the inspection and testing of these devices. Emphasis will be on the proper frequency and methods of testing for detection, supervisory, and notification devices as well as releasing panels and their associated components.

Upon completion of this seminar, attendees will be able to:

  • Explain how building, fire, and life-safety codes impact requirements for fire detection and alarm systems associated with water-based fire protection systems.
  • Describe types of initiating devices used for sprinkler systems, fire pumps, and other water-based fire protection systems.
  • Define common terms associated with notification appliances.
  • Describe requirements for inspection, testing, and maintenance of fire alarm systems, where connected to water-based fire protection systems.

Fire Pump Challenge: NFPA 20, 2019 Edition

John August Denhardt, P.E., ET, FSFPE, CWBSP, AFSA; Kevin Hall, M.Eng, P.E., CET, CWBSP, PMSFPE, AFSA

Room: Cibolo 10-11

CEU 0.15 | CPD 1.5 | CH 1.5

Install, Design

This audience participation seminar will challenge the attendee to see how well they know NFPA 20. The presenters will ask questions and the audience will participate in attempting to provide the correct answer. After the answer is presented, a discussion will occur on why the answer is correct. References to the standard will be provided. Electric- and diesel-driven fire pumps will be discussed with an emphasis on installation requirements. The test header is an important feature to verify that the pump is able to meet system demand. When the test header is not sized per the tables in NFPA 20, it is critical that the designer is able to perform an accurate hydraulic calculation to verify compliance.

Upon completion of this seminar, attendees will be able to:

  • Locate and apply the latest requirements for fire pump installation.
  • Locate and apply the latest requirements for acceptance testing and periodic inspection and testing of fire pumps.
  • Identify some common mistakes made when designing, installing, and maintaining fire pumps, along with the potential negative consequences.

ITM Contract Review: Waivers of Subrogation – Avoid Bad Contracts

Attorney, Attorney

Room: Freesia

CEU 0.15 | CPD 1.5 | CH 1.5

ITM, Business Management/Non-Technical

ITM work has become the new frontier in terms of profit centers adding value to our companies, but the double-edged sword of liability has many of our members on the fence about recurring revenue streams and opportunities. Let’s talk about contractual agreements, clauses, and language that can help avoid problems and keep you out of the courtroom.

Upon completion of this seminar, attendees will be able to:

  • Incorporate new inclusionary language in your proposal and contracts.
  • Avoid potentially bad agreements and profit killing relationships.
  • Increase value with longer term agreements.

What’s Up in The Attic?

Scott Hanson, SET, Reliable Automatic Sprinkler Co., Inc.; Karl Wiegand, P.E., Victaulic

Room: Cibolo 3-4

CEU 0.15 | CPD 1.5 | CH 1.5

Install, Design

Fire protection for sloped combustible concealed attic spaces can be very challenging due to their construction features. This presentation will address how attic features affect heat movement and heat collection and how sprinkler protection schemes need to change to account for those features. The presentation will address attic fire testing that has been conducted and how this testing has changed the requirements of NFPA 13 for attic protection. Finally, it will include how and why specially listed protection criteria has been developed to address attic challenges.

Upon completion of this seminar, attendees will be able to:

  • Recognize difficulties of protecting attics like traditional flat and smooth ceiling spaces.
  • Identify critical fire protection layout elements for providing efficient fire protection in attics.
  • Determine when listed attic protection systems can be used based on attic size and features.
  • Distinguish differences among three different types of attic protection systems.

Session 1B: 3:30:00 PM - 5:00:00 PM

Accelerating Recurring Revenue in the Ever-Changing World of ITM Compliance

Drew Slocum, Inspect Point

Room: Freesia

CEU 0.15 | CPD 1.5 | CH 1.5

ITM, Other Technical

Our lives and businesses have been severely impacted over the last 18-20 months. Fire protection was deemed essential from the start of the pandemic and ITM had a huge growth year in most areas of the U.S. Jurisdictional compliance was a big factor and will continue to push recurring revenue for fire sprinkler contractors. Having a fire protection specific process for ITM/service work is critical. Documenting and resolving deficiencies faster makes the public safer yet drives more revenue to your bottom line.

Upon completion of this seminar, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify fire sprinkler deficiencies per NFPA 25 and categorize their severity.
  • Calculate your key performance indicators for sprinkler ITM.

Single Point Density

James Golinveaux, The Viking Group

Room: Cibolo 1-2

CEU 0.15 | CPD 1.5 | CH 1.5

Design

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 seminar to learn the history of the density curve development and why it’s time for a new approach. Design Pressure is a better method for evaluating performance, but we still have more to learn. New research has identified that operating pressure and sprinkler type is more important than the theoretical density delivered.

Upon completion of this seminar, attendees will be able to:

  • Explain the history of the curve development test series.
  • Explain how single point densities were selected.
  • Describe the future of sprinkler design densities/pressure approaches.

Working with Independent Designers

Linda Biernacki, Fire Tech Systems, Inc.; Travis Mack, CFPS, CWBSP, RME-G, COC, SET, MFP Design, LLC; Steve Leyton, Protection Design and Consulting

Room: Cibola 10-11

CEU 0.15 | CPD 1.5 | CH 1.5

Business Management/Non-Technical

As the complexity of fire sprinkler design increases and more considerations are included in the building and fire codes for sprinklers, the practice of design has evolved. Today, more agencies nationwide are requiring sprinkler design documents to be included with architectural permit submittals and contractors are turning to subcontractors to provide services that were historically furnished in-house. This presentation is an overview and open discussion of the benefits and challenges of working with independent designers. This presentation will include discussions on both third-party engineers of record and freelance designers working for and within the contracting industry.

Upon completion of this seminar, attendees will be able to:

  • Evaluate the full scope and cost of the design phase and develop reasonable budgets and expectations working with third-party designers.
  • Follow the specifications and approved plans prepared by third-party engineers of record.
  • Describe the phases of design and construction from inception to completion of a project.
  • Describe the pros and cons of using outside design firms.
  • Identify what to look for when choosing an outside design firm.
  • Assess additional volume of work by using a third-party design firm.
  • Determine who to contact at design firms with FPE or NICET IV experts on hand who can assist with code valuations and code issues that benefit the sprinkler contractor.
  • Gain expert advice about issues when working with AHJs, architects, and engineers.

Ask the Experts

Room: Cibolo 3-4

CEU 0.2 | CPD 2.0 | CH 2.0

Install/Design, ITM, Code Update, Other Technical

This is your opportunity to ask a panel of the industry’s top technical minds about any NFPA standard. With dozens of applicable standards on a constant three-year update cycle, it can be difficult to keep up-to-date. Our panel of experts literally wrote the books and will be on hand to discuss all your burning technical questions. They can help with questions ranging from understanding actual updates to decoding intent and historical framework of the standards. This interactive seminar is intended to help you find answers to questions that are otherwise hard to find. We challenge you to try and stump our experts!

Upon completion of this seminar, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe the basic NFPA standard update process.
  • Determine how to find answers in the codes and standards.
  • Restate how to get help interpreting and applying codes and standards.

Field Supervisor Training, Part 1: Improving Productivity & Communication

Bob Caputo, CFPS, AFSA

Room: Cibolo 8-9

CEU 0.2 | CPD 2.0 | CH 2.0

Business Management/Non-Technical

This introductory segment will address the need for sharp focus on field productivity and provide specifics on why and how to improve field performance through improved communication skills. The discussion will include (1) why monitoring and measuring field productivity is more important than other phases of the work or parts of the project; (2) smart use of field resources and manpower; (3) how to measure and manage productivity; (4) how to develop standard procedures and systems to create lean operational processes; and (5) how to predict and drive toward positive outcomes.

Upon completion of this seminar, attendees will be able to:

  • Create schedules to include measurable milestones with clear goals related to labor hours and dollars.
  • Accurately predict the hours and dollars necessary to complete projects from any point in the progress and timeline.
  • Build better teams with measurable productivity improvement.

Sunday, 9/19/2021

Session 2A: 8:00:00 AM - 10:00:00 AM

Choosing a Dry Pipe System Filling Solution: Air, Dry Air, or Nitrogen

Raymond Fremont, Jr., General Air Products, Inc.

Room: Lily

CEU 0.2 | CPD 2.0 | CH 2.0

Other Technical

Over the past few years, the fire sprinkler industry has been introduced to new technologies for filling dry pipe systems, specifically standard compressed air, dry compressed air, and nitrogen. There is no one best technology for every application. Each technology has pros and cons and is best suited for some applications while problematic in others. It is important for contractors to attend this seminar to learn which type of compressor to use, how dry air inhibits corrosion, and when nitrogen is and is not a good fit.

Upon completion of this seminar, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe each type of dry pipe filling solution.
  • Identify technologies available and how each can be configured to combat the effects of corrosion.
  • Describe where technologies should and, more importantly, should not be installed and why.

Field Supervisor Training, Part 2: Driving Success with Leadership Skills

Bob Caputo, CFPS, AFSA

Room: Cibolo 8-9

CEU 0.2 | CPD 2.0 | CH 2.0

Business Management/Non-Technical

This segment will focus on pre-game planning: anticipating and avoiding common mistakes, eliminating lost time, the importance of pre-job start-up calls and meetings, using project estimate data and job conditions to create and implement action plans, and recording progress using job cost reports and as-built progress plans. Participants will learn and discuss: (1) how to anticipate and avoid common mistakes made before project launch to eliminate lost time caused by poor planning and timewasters; (2) how and why to plan pre-job start-up calls and meetings with stakeholders; and (3) looking at the project as a new start every week. Avoid getting pulled into quicksand when something goes wrong... and something always does; (4) motivating people to accomplish pre-determined goals; (5) confrontation and dealing with difficult people and situations; and (6) team building.

Upon completion of this seminar, attendees will be able to:

  • Use project estimate data and job conditions to create action plans, assess manpower and equipment needs, and identify assignments.
  • Report and record progress using job cost reports, as-built progress plans, and physical job-site knowledge.
  • Identify the cause and effect of extra work and potential change orders.

NFPA 20: Fire Pump Sizing, Selection, and Installation

Steven Baird, Armstrong Pumps, Inc.; John August Denhardt, P.E., ET, FSFPE, CWBSP, AFSA

Room: Cibolo 3-4

CEU 0.2 | CPD 2.0 | CH 2.0

Install, Design

Where needed, fire pumps are an essential component of a water-based suppression system. Selecting the appropriate driver and pump is a critical component of a successful and profitable installation project. This seminar examines how to determine the need for a fire pump along with choosing the proper pump capacity. The latest information and requirements for acceptance testing and periodic inspection, testing, and maintenance will be discussed. This seminar concludes with a review of some common issues and mistakes made when designing, installing, inspecting, and testing fire pumps.

Upon completion of this seminar, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify three acceptable drivers of fire pump systems.
  • List operating requirements for fire pump performance.Identify differences and similarities between acceptance test requirements and inspection, testing, and maintenance of fire pump systems.

NFPA 25, 2020 Edition: Beyond the Annual Inspection; Common Pitfalls of 3-Year, 5-Year, and 10-Year Tasks

Howard Clay, VSC Fire and Security, Inc.; John Johnson, CFPS, AFSA; Jeff Lewis, CET, CFPS, VSC Fire & Security, Inc.

Room: Cibolo 1-2

CEU 0.2 | CPD 2.0 | CH 2.0

ITM, Code Update

This seminar will include a discussion on informal interpretations submitted to AFSA on topics related to inspection, testing, and maintenance of water-based systems. The seminar will also identify situations where NFPA 25 is often misunderstood and misapplied. Presenters will identify equipment and methods available to address problems commonly encountered by those tasked with inspecting, testing, and maintaining water-based fire protection systems. There will also be a brief discussion on use of automated inspection and testing and how it can be applied.

Upon completion of this seminar, attendees will be able to:

  • Discuss situations where the NFPA 25 standard is misunderstood or misapplied such as: sprinkler testing; internal inspections; hydrant testing; standpipe systems; hydrostatic testing of piping and fire department connections.
  • Identify equipment and methods to address common problems found during the inspection and testing of water-based fire protection systems.
  • Evaluate the application of automated inspection and testing and its impact on the industry.

Understanding the Obstruction Rules

Tracey Bellamy, PE, CFPS, CWBSP, Telgian Corporation

Room: Cibolo 10-11

CEU 0.2 | CPD 2.0 | CH 2.0

Install

This session will discuss in detail the obstruction rules in chapters 9-15 with special attention on the ambiguities due to the current format of requirements and non-defined variables on when to apply which paragraph.

Upon completion of this seminar, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify requirements that should be discussed with the AHJ.
  • Explain intent of the criteria.
  • Restate why there’s a difference in criteria for different sprinkler types.

What’s Next for NextGen: Pathways to Success

Moderator: Meaghen Wills, Anchor Fire Protection; Patty Bird, NCCER; Virginia Charter, OSU; Scott Cox, Cox Fire Protection; Jack Medovich, P.E., Fire & Life Safety America

Room: River Bend Pavilion

CEU 0.2 | CPD 2.0 | CH 2.0

NextGen, Business Management/Non-Technical

"You’re here, so what’s next?” This forum will explore potential paths in the industry, and how to develop yourself in any phase of your career, through opportunities in education, training, and mentoring. Each of the four panelists will speak about their personal experience and take questions from the audience in this interactive and engaging experience for professionals at all career levels.

Upon completion of this seminar, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify future career paths in the fire sprinkler industry.
  • Describe steps taken to follow various fire sprinkler industry career paths.
  • Discuss the tools and strategies available to professionals to grow their career.

Session 2B: 0:30:00 AM - 12:00:00 PM

Building your Brand: How New and Growing Businesses Can Make Their Mark

Nancy Houghton, The Viking Group; Lauren Jacumin, Ferguson Fire & Fabrication; Katie Meehan, VSC Fire & Security

Room: River Bend Pavilion

CEU 0.15 | CPD 1.5 | CH 1.5

NextGen, Business Management/Non-Technical

This engaging and interactive seminar combines cutting-edge trends with proven techniques, empowering you to create and manage a meaningful brand. Attendees will learn innovative approaches for building cohesive branding plans for businesses of all sizes. Through industry insights and real-world examples, learn how a well-defined branding roadmap can help lead to a profitable and lasting business. Led by industry marketing leaders representing contracting, distribution, and manufacturers, this seminar will contain valuable information for business owners, sales representatives, marketing personnel, and administrative staff.

  • Upon completion of this seminar, attendees will be able to:
  • Identify key elements of branding and how to apply them.
  • Discuss the importance of a cohesive brand strategy.
  • Create a brand strategy plan for his/her own company.

NFPA 13, 2019 Edition: Reorganization Explained

Tracey Bellamy, PE, CFPS, CWBSP, Telgian Corporation; Cecil Bilbo, Academy of Fire Sprinkler Technology

Room: Cibolo 8-9

CEU 0.15 | CPD 1.5 | CH 1.5

Code Update, Other Technical

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

Upon completion of this seminar, attendees will be able to:

  • Explain the purpose of the reorganization.
  • Locate and apply reformatted chapters and information.
  • Locate and explain major technical revisions.

NFPA 25, 2020 Edition: Significant Changes

John Johnson, CFPS, AFSA; Joshua McDonald, CFPS, AFSA

Room: Cibolo 1-2

CEU 0.15 | CPD 1.5 | CH 1.5

ITM, Code Update

Significant changes are included in the 2020 edition of NFPA 25. This presentation will review the various changes made to this newest edition of NFPA 25, describe why the changes were made, and explain the impact they will have on the fire protection industry. Some proposed changes that were not made will also be discussed, and potential changes to the 2023 edition will be presented. Feedback will be encouraged on other changes that are needed to future editions of this standard.

Upon completion of this seminar, attendees will be able to:

  • Define and apply the term "exercise" throughout the standard.
  • Understand the intended meaning of "floor level".
  • Identify and apply the periodic testing requirements for Fire Department Connections.
  • Correctly apply the intent of the term "accessible" as it is used throughout the standard.
  • Locate and apply when maintenance for freeze protection activities should occur.

NFPA 25: An Evaluation of Inspection and Test Results

Terry Victor, SET, Johnson Controls Fire Protection

Room: Cibolo 3-4

CEU 0.15 | CPD 1.5 | CH 1.5

ITM

NFPA 25 includes the requirements for inspecting and testing systems and components, but many inspectors aren’t sure if the issue is a non-critical deficiency, critical deficiency, or impairment. There is guidance in the annex for classifying deficient findings, but it does not include all possible situations. Also, the standard does not clearly explain what to do when an installation or a component does not meet the requirements of an installation standard. This session will include examples, results, and findings using pictures of systems and components to illustrate many of the gray areas of NFPA 25 and give guidance on how to address them with the customer.

Upon completion of this seminar, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe sections of NFPA 25 that cause uncertainty for inspectors and end users.
  • Differentiate between different substandard conditions described by NFPA 25 (impairment, critical deficiency, and non-critical deficiency).
  • Evaluate various examples provided to determine the condition of the system or component shown.

Nitrogen Use in Fire Sprinkler Systems: New Options

John August Denhardt, P.E., ET, FSFPE, CWBSP, AFSA; Adam Hilton, Engineered Corrosion Solutions; Jake Lehmann, South-Tek Systems; Jason Webb, Potter Electric Signal Company, Jonathan Kleber, United Fire Systems

Room: Lily

CEU 0.15 | CPD 1.5 | CH 1.5

Other Technical

Join us for this presentation to learn about the new options for the 2022 edition of NFPA 13 and the design considerations for utilizing a nitrogen generation system as the air supply for dry and preaction sprinkler systems. We will discuss the specific requirements of NFPA 13 and 25 when utilizing a nitrogen generator to utilize a C Value of 120. Sizing requirements and common myths and misunderstandings of nitrogen generators will be explored. We will also present the current installation requirements for generators based on the 2019 edition of NFPA 13.

Upon completion of this seminar, attendees will be able to:

  • Explain when the installation of a nitrogen system is warranted.
  • Identify the system information needed to properly size and select a nitrogen generator in accordance with the 2022 edition of NFPA 13.
  • Identify the potential benefits to the sprinkler system design for the installation of a nitrogen generator.

Who Will Run Your Company When You Are Gone?

Randy Stutzman, FMI Corporation

Room: Cibolo 10-11

CEU 0.15 | CPD 1.5 | CH 1.5

Business Management/Non-Technical

If you have a company that cannot function without you, you don’t have a company, you have a job. So many businesses fail because they didn’t develop a successor. Conversely, so many fire protection companies reach even greater heights when a capable leader is identified, mentored, and given the opportunity to lead. There is no more important decision you will make to ensure the future success of your business.

Upon completion of this seminar, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify future leaders in your company.
  • Mentor and train the next generation of leaders.
  • Develop a successful transition plan.

Session 2C: 1:00:00 PM - 3:00:00 PM

Ask the Experts

Room: Cibolo 3-4

CEU 0.2 | CPD 2.0 | CH 2.0

Install, Design, ITM, Code Update, Other Technical

This is your opportunity to ask a panel of the industry’s top technical minds about any NFPA standard. With dozens of applicable standards on a constant three-year update cycle, it can be difficult to keep up-to-date. Our panel of experts literally wrote the books and will be on hand to discuss all your burning technical questions. They can help with questions ranging from understanding actual updates to decoding intent and historical framework of the standards. This interactive seminar is intended to help you find answers to questions that are otherwise hard to find. We challenge you to try and stump our experts!

Upon completion of this seminar, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe the basic NFPA standard update process.
  • Determine how to find answers in the codes and standards.
  • Restate how to get help interpreting and applying codes and standards.

Finding Your Why

Jeff Lewis, CET, CFPS, VSC Fire & Security, Inc.; Michael Meehan, VSC Fire & Security, Inc.; Jay Strickland, Strickland Fire Protection

Room: River Bend Pavilion

CEU 0.2 | CPD 2.0 | CH 2.0

NextGen , Business Management/Non-Technical

Whether you are an entrepreneur, an employee, a leader of a team, or are looking to find clarity on your next move, your WHY is the one constant that guides you toward fulfillment in your work and life. Understand the reason simply knowing or believing the WHY is not enough. Once people are united by a common cause, there must be a strong culture that keeps them together. The result is intensely loyal colleagues who will stop at nothing to advance their vision and their organization's interests. The result is a positive impact for everyone involved.

Upon completion of this seminar, attendees will be able to:

  • Define personal strengths.
  • Explain where you add value.
  • Define what success means to you.
  • Identify your purpose.

Heat & Smoke Detectors for Preaction/Releasing Systems: Spacing & Detecting Technology

Tom Parrish, SET, CFPS, PSP, Telgian Corporation

Room: Lily

CEU 0.2 | CPD 2.0 | CH 2.0

Install, Design, Other Technical, Alarms

  • This session will review initiating device spacing when the fire alarm system is utilized on a releasing configuration. Many rules are the same but a few very key ones are different, and this session will review most of the rules that tend to cause issues.
  • Upon completion of this seminar, attendees will be able to:
  • Define differences in spacing for devices used for agent release and general area coverage.
  • Differentiate which NFPA documents would influence the detection system design in addition to NFPA 72.
  • Identify which sections of NFPA 72 apply directly to the installation of alarm systems for releasing system service

Hiring and Retaining the Right People

Randy Stutzman, FMI Corporation

Room: Cibolo 10-11

CEU 0.2 | CPD 2.0 | CH 2.0

Business Management/Non-Technical

The goal of most organizations is to have a robust workforce that supports the right people in the right positions and a set of systems and culture that keeps them excited to be there. However, the current reality for the construction industry is that there is not only an insufficient quantity of craft workers, supervisors, managers, and staff for available positions, but also that the industry may not be appealing enough to attract and retain the younger Millennials or the upcoming Generation Z.

Upon completion of this seminar, attendees will be able to:

  • Explain what motivates employees.
  • Identify and attract the right potential employees.
  • Develop a system to implement an effective career path for each person.

Storage: Identifying the Hazard

Scott Futrell, P.E., FSFPE, CFPS, CFEI, SET, Futrell Fire Consult & Design, Inc.

Room: Cibolo 8-9

CEU 0.2 | CPD 2.0 | CH 2.0

Design

Storage occupancies present significant challenges that require understanding the fire codes, the design standard, and the fire protection systems used to protect the specific building and hazard. This seminar will assist the attendee in understanding how fire codes, sprinkler system standards, hazard/fuel load, and water supply are identified and used together to provide effective protection. Existing and new storage occupancy requirements will be presented along with basic storage definitions and important design considerations.

Upon completion of this seminar, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify design parameters in the fire code for storage of all types of systems.
  • Review basic fire code information.
  • Explain how water supply affects design.
  • Describe the overall picture from the fire code to the design criteria.

Updates to FM Data Sheets 8-9

James Golinveaux, The Viking Group

Room: Cibolo 1-2

CEU 0.2 | CPD 2.0 | CH 2.0

Install, Design, Code Update

In July 2020, Factory Mutual issued interim revisions to FM Data Sheet 8-9, Storage of Class 1, 2, 3, 4 and Plastic Commodities. These revisions have a significant impact on sprinkler system designs for storage occupancies with ceiling heights above 35 feet, depending on the commodity and when considering the use of sprinklers with K-factors of 33.6, 28.0, 25.2 and 22.4. This seminar will discuss significant revisions including elimination of 45’-0” ceiling heights in Tables 2, 3, 5, 7 and 8 and other revisions to Tables 2 through 11.

Upon completion of this seminar, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe significant changes to protection of storage in the FM 8-9 document.
  • Explain the trend of FM standards’ influence on NFPA 13 storage protection.
  • Calculate the effect of changes to the FM 8-9 data sheet.

Session 2D: 3:30:00 PM - 5:00:00 PM

How to Enhance the Value of Your Fire Protection Company

Randy Stutzman, FMI Corporation

Room: Cibolo 10-11

CEU 0.15 | CPD 1.5 | CH 1.5

Business Management/Non-Technical

Managing a fire protection company is a daunting task. Determining volumes and growth, managing projects, making money, and other time-consuming activities often obscure the overriding need to add value to your business each year. Too often, fire protection owners spend their careers working long hours and assuming massive amounts of risk only to see their efforts not achieve the returns they expect and deserve. You are going to be putting a great deal of energy in managing your business. Why not spend some of that energy ensuring you have built something of great value.

Upon completion of this seminar, attendees will be able to:

  • Express an appreciation for the value of succession planning.
  • Understand the roadmap to value creation.
  • Calculate the value of recurring revenue to your company.

How to Prepare for Management Before You’re Management

Jamil Shamoon, Symons Fire Protection, Inc.; Raymond Fremont, Jr., General Air Products, Inc.

Room: River Bend Pavilion

CEU 0.15 | CPD 1.5 | CH 1.5

NextGen, Business Management/Non-Technical

This seminar will help attendees learn how to build management skills and prepare for management before being thrust into the full responsibility. Preparing for success as a future manager is more than mastering the technical skills of your job or trade. By broadening your understanding of management, you will not only create more opportunities for yourself, but you will also become a better team member in whatever your current position is. In this seminar, you will learn practical tips, tricks, and skills to help prepare you for a successful career as a manager. A management role can be one of the most challenging positions you may ever fill, but by preparing yourself ahead of time, you can turn the tables to make management one of the most rewarding times in your career.

Upon completion of this seminar, attendees will be able to:

  • Define what it really means to be in management.
  • Make a more informed decision as to whether management is the right path for them.
  • Identify actionable steps to help prepare for management opportunities and advancement within their organization.
  • Identify and avoid often overlooked traps that first-time managers fall into.

Multistage Multiport Fire Pumps

Steven Baird, Armstrong Pumps, Inc.

Room: Cibolo 8-9

CEU 0.15 | CPD 1.5 | CH 1.5

Install, Design

Multistage multiport fire pumps are relatively new to NFPA 20 and also new to many people in the fire industry, particularly in North America. Understanding how these pumps differ from more common pump types is vital to ensuring they are installed in an optimal manner to maximize the benefits that are possible. This seminar will discuss the difference between multistage multiport fire pumps and more common types as well as how to optimize fire system designs using unique properties of these pumps. Current requirements in NFPA 20 and 25 for proper installation and testing of the multistage multiport fire pumps will also be identified and explained.

Upon completion of this seminar, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify applications that could be a benefit to using this pump type.
  • Explain installation and testing requirements.

NFPA 13 Changes in 2022 Edition

Bob Caputo, CFPS, AFSA

Room: Cibolo 1-2

CEU 0.15 | CPD 1.5 | CH 1.5

Install, Design , Other Technical, Code Update

This session will review changes made during the latest revision cycle to NFPA 13 contained within the 2022 edition of the newly adopted standard. Specific changes that will affect the sprinkler contractor will be highlighted. Additionally, results of the CAMs will be discussed and provide background on the issue and final decisions made by the technical committees and standards council.

Upon completion of this seminar, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify significant changes proposed for the next edition of NFPA 13.
  • Identify occupancy and commodity classification requirements.
  • Identify chapter layout and location of design requirements for storage applications based on applied sprinkler technology, introduced in the 2019 edition of NFPA 13.

NFPA 13: Storage Applications

Cecil Bilbo, Academy of Fire Sprinkler Technology; Kevin Hall, M.Eng, P.E., CET, CWBSP, PMSFPE, AFSA

Room: Cibolo 3-4

CEU 0.15 | CPD 1.5 | CH 1.5

Install, Design

This program will provide an overview of design and installation criteria provided in the 2019 edition of NFPA 13. The layout and format of the 2019 edition has been reformatted and now provides design criteria in chapters based on the sprinkler technology selection (CMDA, CMSA, ESFR, in-rack sprinklers) where previous editions segregated criteria based on storage arrangements. The reformatting has reduced redundancies as well as created a more linear format for designers and installers to follow from a starting point (water supplies) to an end point (acceptance testing).

Upon completion of this seminar, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify different types of storage sprinklers.
  • Apply correct design flows, pressures, and densities for applicable sprinkler types.
  • Locate and apply the location, positioning, and obstruction requirements for each storage sprinkler type.

Updates on NFPA 3 Commissioning and NFPA 4 Integrated Testing

Terry Victor, SET, Johnson Controls Fire Protection

Room: Lily

CEU 0.15 | CPD 1.5 | CH 1.5

ITM, Other Technical, Code Update , Alarms

NFPA 3 and NFPA 4 are standards that many sprinkler contractors are not aware of and, yet, could have a significant impact on sprinkler contracting and service work in the near future. This seminar will inform attendees; (1) of the general requirements in these two NFPA standards; (2) what will be required of a sprinkler contractor to comply; and (3) what project types already require or will soon require the integrated testing by NFPA 4.

Upon completion of this seminar, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify types of buildings that will require the application of NFPA 3 and 4 in the near future.
  • Estimate additional cost factors incurred by a sprinkler contractor to comply with commissioning and integrated testing requirements.

Monday, 9/20/2021

Session 3A: 8:00:00 AM - 9:00:00 AM

NFPA Certification Programs

NFPA Subject Matter Experts, NFPA

Room: Grand Oaks Salon R-S

CEU 0.1 | CPD 1 | CH 1

Business Management/Non-Technical

NFPA staff will discuss the value and benefits of its professional certification programs. Whether you are an AHJ, designer, or in sales, anyone involved in the fire sprinkler industry can benefit from one of its ANSI-accredited certifications including: Certified Water-Based System Professional (CWBSP), Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS), Certified Fire Plans Examiner (CFPE), Certified Fire Inspector (CFI), and Certified Sprinkler ITM Specialist for Facility Managers (CSITMS).

Upon completion of this seminar, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify requirements to obtain the certifications.
  • Explain the value of each certification.
  • List the intended audience for each certification.
  • Describe benefits of each of NFPA’s certification programs.
  • Identify benefits of professional development for individuals, companies, and the industry overall.
  • Describe the best path for individual certification goals and objectives.
  • Explain how to apply for each of these programs.

Updates on NFPA 915: Remote Inspections

Terry Victor, SET, Johnson Controls Fire Protection; Kevin Hall, M.Eng, P.E., CET, CWBSP, PMSFPE, AFSA

Room: Grand Oaks Salon Q-P

CEU 0.1 | CPD 1 | CH 1

ITM, Other Technical, Code Update

The NFPA appointed a technical committee to develop a new Standard for Remote Inspections, NFPA 915. This seminar will describe the technical committee scope of the proposed standard and present its basic content as it currently exists, including scope, purpose, and application, as described in Chapter 1, several key definitions from Chapter 3, and a general outline of Chapters 4 through 8. Although applying NFPA 915 to water-based fire protection systems was not initially considered, it may eventually be included in the standard.

Upon completion of this seminar, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe scope and purpose of the new NFPA 915, Standard for Remote Inspections, and the various options available to the AHJ for using current applied technologies.
  • Illustrate the types of devices that can be used to perform remote inspections.

Common Air Compressor Types for Fire Sprinkler and Standpipe Systems

Bo Coffman, Gast Manufacturing

Room: Cibolo 8-9

CEU 0.15 | CPD 1.5 | CH 1.5

ITM, Other Technical

In this training, we cover working principles of piston and rocking piston compressors, lubricated and oil-less. We will look at how compressor sizing and accounting for cycle times relate to NFPA 13. Common areas of service and maintenance considerations, along with riser-mount and stationary floor mount configurations will be covered. We will also discuss UL Listed compressors versus non-UL Listed.

Upon completion of this seminar, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify common compressor types, how they work, and important considerations for service and prolonging compressor life.
  • Differentiate between industrial grade and consumer grade compressors and explain key differences for fire sprinkler applications.
  • Identify important components of NFPA 13 and NFPA 25 as they relate to air compressors, air receivers, and properly applying them in fire sprinkler applications.

Fire Pump Controllers: Types and Starting Methods

Martin Tomasic; Tornatech, Inc.

Room: Cibolo 1-2

CEU 0.15 | CPD 1.5 | CH 1.5

Other Technical

Every fire pump needs at least one controller. Selecting the right type of controller for your project is the first step in that process. For an electric-driven fire pump system, the starting method, voltage, horsepower, and withstand ratings are all decisions that need to be considered. In addition, where alternate power supplies are provided, requirements for transfer switches will impact selection. For diesel-driven fire pump systems, controller selection is less complicated; however, several critical decisions still need to be made.

Upon completion of this seminar, attendees will be able to:

  • Explain differences among all fire pump controller starting methods.
  • Determine proper selection of controller starting method based on starting characteristic curves for any application.
  • Calculate proper size of any electric fire pump controller, with or without transfer switch, regardless of starting method.
  • Explain start-up sequence for any fire pump controller starting method.
  • Explain the requirements that must be met before the transfer switch will transfer to emergency power.
  • Explain differences between electric and diesel fire pump controllers.
  • Explain key factors required when selecting a diesel fire pump controller.
  • Define the importance of having the proper "Withstand Rating" on your fire pump controller and the possible negative effects if you don’t.
  • Calculate proper incoming cable size for any electric fire pump controller starting method.
  • Explain the options available when "Oversized" incoming cables are specified due to voltage drop.

NFPA 13 Window Sprinklers

Mark Fessenden, Johnson Controls, Inc.; Brandon Telford, Reliable Automatic Sprinkler Co., Inc.

Room: Cibolo 10-11

CEU 0.15 | CPD 1.5 | CH 1.5

Install, Design

This session will address requirements for listed window sprinklers required in NFPA 13, 2019 edition and model building codes. Specifically, this session will discuss when window sprinklers are required, options for equivalencies and listed sprinklers, and their effect on hydraulic calculations.

Upon completion of this seminar, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe the difference between listed window sprinklers and standard sprinklers.
  • Explain when and where listed window sprinklers are required.•Accurately apply water supply requirements where window sprinklers are utilized.

NFPA 20: Diesel Fire Pump Installation Requirements

John August Denhardt, P.E., ET, FSFPE, CWBSP, AFSA; Justin Strousse, Clarke Fire Protection Products

Room: Cibolo 3-4

CEU 0.15 | CPD 1.5 | CH 1.5

Install, Design

  • Diesel-driven fire pumps have specific design and installation requirements. If these requirements are not accounted for, performance and warranty issues may arise. Specific requirements will be discussed along with possible solutions to common installation issues. The available options for diesel drivers will be presented.

Upon completion of this seminar, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify five common installation mistakes which could void the warranty from the fire pump supplier.
  • List design requirements with regard to diesel fuel systems.
  • Identify exhaust system requirements of NFPA 20 and options available to the contractor and engineer to meet site-specific requirements.

Session 3B: 9:30:00 AM - 10:30:00 AM

Building a Training Program for Your Company

James D. Lake, The Viking Group

Room: Grand Oaks Salon R-S

CEU 0.1 | CPD 1 | CH 1

Business Management/Non-Technical

Trained and competent personnel are critical to the success of any business, especially now when technology and information change so quickly. A training program must be agile enough to grow with the pace of information and technology, yet solid enough in its foundation to support your business goals. Employee training is something every company knows it needs. This seminar will explore establishing training goals for your company and employees, determining the best resources for reaching those goals, and deploying a system to assess the success of the training.

Upon completion of this seminar, attendees will be able to:

  • Develop a process for evaluating a company’s training needs.
  • Identify the best resources and training platforms to attain the training goals.
  • Discuss various means to assess the overall success of the training program.

NICET Certification and the Fire Protection Advisory Committee

Chip Hollis, NICET; Terry Victor, SET, Johnson Controls Fire Protection

Room: Grand Oaks Salon Q-P

CEU 0.1 | CPD 1 | CH 1

Business Management/Non-Technical

  • This seminar will cover National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technologies’ (NICET) certifications and how the new customer portal streamlines the application process and provides additional transparency. Attendees will get an overview of how sprinkler industry consensus drives the rigorous program development process with a focus on inspection and testing and water-based systems layout. This presentation will include an update on new activities underway for certifications in fire protection. It will also cover how training and certification go hand-in-hand to ensure a qualified workforce for the benefit and safety of the public..

Upon completion of this seminar, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe changes taking place within the NICET organization and on the NICET website that have helped streamline the certification process.
  • Explain the role of the new Fire Protection Advisory Committee and the make up of this important new committee.
  • Identify types of employees working for a fire sprinkler contractor who should be interested in a general water-based certification program.

Session 3C: 10:00:00 AM - 12:00:00 PM

Ask the Experts

Room: Cibolo 3-4

CEU 0.2 | CPD 2.0 | CH 2.0

Install, Design, ITM, Code Update, Challenge, Other Technical

This is your opportunity to ask a panel of the industry’s top technical minds about any NFPA standard. With dozens of applicable standards on a constant three-year update cycle, it can be difficult to keep up-to-date. Our panel of experts literally wrote the books and will be on hand to discuss all your burning technical questions. They can help with questions ranging from understanding actual updates to decoding intent and historical framework of the standards. This interactive seminar is intended to help you find answers to questions that are otherwise hard to find. We challenge you to try and stump our experts!

Upon completion of this seminar, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe the basic NFPA standard update process.
  • Determine how to find answers in the codes and standards.
  • Restate how to get help interpreting and applying codes and standards.

Fire Pump Acceptance Testing and NFPA 25 Testing

Steven Baird, Armstrong Pumps, Inc.; Joshua McDonald, CFPS, AFSA

Room: Cibolo 1-2

CEU 0.2 | CPD 2.0 | CH 2.0

ITM

Fire pumps are a critical part of an automatic sprinkler system. NFPA 20 and NFPA 25 provide requirements on the initial acceptance testing and periodic testing of this vital system component. This session looks 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?” This session will walk through an example of how to record the unadjusted (raw) data and adjust the data to verify compliance with NFPA 20/25 (i.e., adjust for rated speed, affinity laws, friction loss through testing equipment, etc.)

Upon completion of this seminar, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify components of the fire protection system that comprise the pump assembly.
  • Explain the purpose of a pump maintenance program.
  • Review pump net performance relative to the manufacturer’s curve.
  • Describe the difference between the acceptance test and “post-occupancy” periodic tests.

Special Hazards Fire Protection: Update on Proposed Changes to NFPA 11 and 16; A New Look at Foam System Design and the Hazards They Protect

Steven Scandaliato, CFPS, SET, RME, SDG, LLC; Martin Workman, The Viking Group

Room: Cibolo 8-9

CEU 0.2 | CPD 2.0 | CH 2.0

Other Technical, Code Update

This seminar will discuss proposed changes for the next editions of NFPA 11 and 16 and 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. As a result, several new products and technology have entered the market and with them, new rules, design methods, and system costs.

Upon completion of this seminar, attendees will be able to:

  • Explain changes being proposed to NFPA 11 and 16 and the impact they may have.
  • Differentiate the type of foam products that are available and how to apply them.
  • Describe the new system of technology that is available and where it is applicable.

Standpipe Challenge: Understanding NFPA 14, 2019 Edition

Kevin Hall, M.Eng, P.E., CET, CWBSP, PMSFPE, AFSA; Steve Leyton, Protection Design and Consulting

Room: Cibolo 10-11

CEU 0.2 | CPD 2.0 | CH 2.0

Install, Design

  • This audience participation seminar will challenge the attendee to see how well they know NFPA 14. The presenters will present questions and the audience will participate in attempting to provide the correct answer. After the answer is presented, a discussion will occur on why the answer is correct. References to the standard will be provided. Attend and challenge your knowledge.

Upon completion of this seminar, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe the types and classes of standpipes.
  • Describe the installation criteria for standpipes.
  • Describe the design criteria for the types and classes of standpipes.
  • Explain the requirements for plans and calculations for standpipes.
  • Locate and apply acceptance testing requirements.

Session 3D: 11:00:00 AM - 12:00:00 PM

“The Engineer and the Engineering Technician Designing Fire Protection Systems” (SFPE Position Statement)

Jack Medovich, P.E., Fire & Life Safety America; Jack Poole, P.E., FSFPE, Poole Fire Protection, Inc.

Room: Grand Oaks Salon R-S

CEU 0.1 | CPD 1 | CH 1

Other Technical

This seminar will discuss the new position statement published by SFPE and endorsed by AFSA and other industry associations. Specifically, this presentation will examine the roles of engineers and the engineering technician and specific roles and responsibilities that each party is responsible for during the life cycle of a fire-protection project.

Upon completion of this seminar, attendees will be able to:

  • Define the minimum National Council of Examiners for Engineering and Surveying’s (NCEES) educational requirements and years of experience to become a licensed professional engineer.
  • Explain the role of the fire protection engineer.
  • Explain different levels of a NICET designer.
  • Explain the role of the fire design technician.
  • Explain responsibilities of the fire protection engineer.
  • Explain responsibilities of the fire design technician.
  • Identify components involved in determining adjustments required in a water-supply evaluation.
  • Identify items in a sprinkler design which the technician is responsible to complete.

NFPA 25: Sprinkler Testing

Kerry Bell, P.E., FSFPE, UL, LLC

Room: Grand Oaks Salon Q-P

CEU 0.1 | CPD 1 | CH 1

ITM

For several decades, UL has examined and tested sprinkler samples from field installations in accordance with NFPA 25. This seminar will discuss historical requirements found in NFPA 13A, current testing requirements, statistical analysis of UL’s test data, and proposed requirements for the 2023 edition of NFPA 25. As sprinkler technologies have advanced over the years, testing intervals have been adjusted. While it is critical for sprinkler systems to be properly designed and installed, it is equally important for these systems to be periodically inspected, tested, and properly maintained to ensure that system equipment will perform as intended..

Upon completion of this seminar, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe acceptance criteria for the testing of sprinklers sampled from field installations.
  • Identify the time interval for replacement or representative sample testing of sprinklers.
  • Compare operating performance characteristics of sprinklers based upon sprinkler type, age, and condition.

Tuesday, 9/21/2021

Session 4A: 8:00:00 AM - 9:30:00 AM

Comparing and Contrasting Residential Requirements in NFPA 13/13R/13D

John August Denhardt, P.E., ET, FSFPE, CWBSP, AFSA; Kevin Hall, M.Eng, P.E., CET, CWBSP, PMSFPE, AFSA

Room: Cibolo 3-4

CEU 0.15 | CPD 1.5 | CH 1.5

Install, Design

This session will highlight the different means and methods of calculating residential sprinkler systems in three sprinkler installation standards. While very similar, there are subtle differences in the scope and fire protection goals in NFPA 13 vs. NFPA 13R vs. NFPA 13D systems and each will be compared and contrasted. This session will highlight the purpose of each standard as they relate to protection of life and protection of property. Additionally, varying hydraulic requirements will be discussed as they pertain to the number of sprinklers, design density, and water supply duration.

Upon completion of this seminar, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify differences between a 13/13R/13D hydraulic calculation.
  • Identify variations in spray pattern in a commercial vs. residential sprinkler.
  • Identify and apply requirements for nail plates.
  • Define townhouses, as it applies to NFPA 13D.
  • Apply requirements for tiny homes.
  • Explain when measures need to be taken to protect pipes from freezing.

Compatibility of CPVC Fire Sprinkler Products with Building Materials

Scott Harrison, Spears Manufacturing Co.

Room: Lily

CEU 0.15 | CPD 1.5 | CH 1.5

Install, Other Technical

This seminar will define what compatibility and incompatibility are as they pertain to CPVC fire sprinkler systems. It will address types of jobsite materials that are incompatible with CPVC fire sprinkler products and demonstrate situations that can arise due to exposure to them. The presentation will show images of field issues that have occurred and discuss available online compatibility resource lists to help avoid these potential problems. At the conclusion of the discussion, a review of procedures and documents that should be utilized before, during, and after an installation will demonstrate how future liability claims can be reduced or eliminated.

Upon completion of this seminar, attendees will be able to:

  • Locate and use online resources to determine if certain products are listed as compatible with CPVC.
  • Initiate jobsite project management procedures to minimize CPVC exposure to incompatible products.
  • Educate field crew on installation procedures to avoid incompatible jobsite materials.

How to Become a Destination Employer

Linda Biernacki, Fire Tech Systems, Inc; Jack Medovich, P.E., Fire & Life Safety America; Michael Meehan, VSC Fire & Security, Inc.

Room: Cibola 10-11

CEU 0.15 | CPD 1.5 | CH 1.5

Business Management/Non-Technical

Recruiting and retaining talented candidates has become more challenging than ever before. Come join our panel of experienced contractors for a conversation on how to become that destination employer and attract quality people to your operations.

Upon completion of this seminar, attendees will be able to:

  • Incorporate new ideas about training programs for career development.
  • Determine what incentives will work to achieve goals and objectives.
  • Describe paradigm shifts related to work and workers.

Inspection, Testing, and Maintenance of Standpipe Systems

Johnathan Carl, CET, Victaulic; John Johnson, CFPS, AFSA; Joshua McDonald, CFPS, AFSA

Room: Cibolo 8-9

CEU 0.15 | CPD 1.5 | CH 1.5

ITM

This session will examine requirements for inspection, testing, and maintenance of standpipe systems according to the 2020 edition of NFPA 25. Presenters will discuss key equipment installed on standpipe systems and how it should be tested. Discussion will include evaluating test results, how to classify conditions that could impact the performance of the standpipe system, and potential changes to NFPA 25 and NFPA 14 that could impact future standpipe testing.

Upon completion of this seminar, attendees will be able to:

  • Examine current requirements for periodic inspection, testing, and maintenance of standpipe systems.
  • Discuss key equipment installed on standpipe systems such as: hose valves; pressure-regulating devices; and pressure-restricting devices.
  • Identify methods of conducting flow testing standpipe systems and hydrostatic testing of standpipe systems and fire department connections.
  • Analyze results of testing and determine how to classify findings that may impact system performance.
  • Evaluate potential changes being discussed to NFPA 14 and NFPA 25 that could impact future inspection, testing, and maintenance of standpipe systems.

ITM: What Can We Do Differently to Make a Difference?

Scott Futrell, P.E., FSFPE, CFPS, CFEI, SET, Futrell Fire Consult & Design, Inc.; Jeff Lewis, CET, CFPS, VSC Fire & Security, Inc.

Room: Cibolo 7

CEU 0.15 | CPD 1.5 | CH 1.5

ITM, Business Management

This seminar will discuss the concerns among stakeholders of a fire sprinkler system (owner, contractor, AHJ) and how improved communication could lead to more reliable and longer-lasting fire sprinkler systems. These communications, if done correctly, can lead to an increased backlog and a system that will perform when needed – reducing liability.

Upon completion of this seminar, attendees will be able to:

  • Discuss how to improve communications among stakeholders.
  • Explain benefits and possible liabilities associated with common ITM tasks.
  • Review examples and changes that could have made a difference.
  • Outline what can be realistically changed.

NFPA 291 Waterflow Testing

Michael Anderson, Hose Monster; Bob Caputo, CFPS, AFSA

Room: Cibolo 1-2

CEU 0.15 | CPD 1.5 | CH 1.5

ITM, Other Technical

This seminar will discuss the recommended practices for waterflow testing according to NFPA 291. While the two hydrant (or more) flow test is most common, language has been updated in the recommended practice to determine the water supply through the use of a single hydrant. In addition to flow testing, this recommended practice also covers the marking of hydrants based on the available flow and pressure.

Upon completion of this seminar, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify testing requirements to determine the water supply for fire sprinkler system design.
  • Describe where safety margins should be added to system demand.
  • Identify required hose allowances and where they are added to hydraulic calculations.
  • Differentiate between public and private fire hydrants.

Session 4B: 8:00:00 AM - 12:00:00 PM

Fire Sprinkler Systems Plan Review

Travis Mack, CFPS, CWBSP, RME-G, COC, SET, MFP Design, LLC; Steven Scandaliato, CFPS, SET, RME, SDG, LLC

Room: Larkspur

CEU 0.4 | CPD 4 | CH 4

AHJs, Install, Design

  • Review of automatic fire sprinkler system plans has become very complex as the 2019 edition of NFPA 13 has been completely reorganized and expanded to provide more information than ever before on fire sprinkler system design and installation. This seminar will guide attendees in a discussion of the requirements for plans and calculations contained in Chapter 27 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 decisions made on the part of the system designer dealing with hazard and commodity classification, building construction type, positioning of the sprinkler and their spacing, and materials selection will all be among topics which are part of the review. This seminar will rely heavily on attendee participation and generate a list of items requiring further clarification or revisions. A question-and-answer session will follow 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 2019 edition of NFPA 13 are strongly recommended for attendees.

Upon completion of this seminar, attendees will be able to:

  • 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 coverage area for each sprinkler, using the SxL=A method from NFPA 13, and identify fire sprinkler locations exceeding coverage limits of NFPA 13.
  • Discuss items on the plan in conflict with each other.
  • Solve equations to develop minimum flow and pressure requirements for each sprinkler.
  • Identify differences between obstructed and unobstructed construction and how they impact sprinkler system design.
  • Complete a detailed letter informing the contractor of non-compliance, including descriptions of non-compliant items with standard references, and advising of the resubmittal process.

Session 4C: 10:00:00 AM - 11:30:00 AM

Corrosion

Mark Hopkins, P.E., TERPconsulting

Room: Cibolo 8-9

CEU 0.15 | CPD 1.5 | CH 1.5

Other Technical

This seminar will discuss corrosion issues that arise in wet, dry pipe, and preaction sprinkler systems. Discussion will include lessons learned over the last 20 years involving natural processes and microbioloically-influenced corrosion (MIC). This seminar will outline how and why design decisions can lead to premature corrosion failure of sprinkler systems. Case studies will be presented and best practices to minimize corrosion risk will be recommended. The requirements in NFPA 13, NFPA 25, and NFPA 909 pertaining to corrosion and its investigation will also be discussed

Upon completion of this seminar, attendees will be able to:

  • Explain nine different forms of corrosion.
  • Incorporate corrosion protection and prevention measures in the design of sprinkler systems.
  • Identify signs of corrosion that warrant further investigation.

Dry, Preaction, and Deluge Valves

Martin Workman, The Viking Group

Room: Cibolo 10-11

CEU 0.15 | CPD 1.5 | CH 1.5

Other Technical

This seminar describes various operating mechanisms and common and unique capabilities of dry, preaction, and deluge valves, including types of dry valves (differential and mechanical) and preaction valves (single-, double-, and non-interlock). Example applications will be addressed to identify where each valve type should be considered and why. The interaction of each valve type with accessories, such as air supplies, air maintenance devices, nitrogen generators, and accelerators will be described along with best practices.

Upon completion of this seminar, attendees will be able to:

  • Explain operating differences between dry pipe, preaction, and deluge valves and their operating trim features.
  • Describe options for detection and activation of deluge valves.
  • Define and identify locations where each of these systems can be applied.
  • Describe the difference between single-interlock, double-interlock and non-interlock preaction systems.
  • Determine hydraulic design requirements for each of these system types.

Special Systems for Special Hazards

Cary Webber, CFPS, SET, Reliable Automatic Sprinkler Co., Inc.

Room: Lily

CEU 0.15 | CPD 1.5 | CH 1.5

Install, Design, , ITM, Alarms

This presentation intends to identify areas that require special fire protection systems other than common wet and dry systems. Deluge systems and single/double interlock preaction systems will be discussed, along with the equipment needed for each system to operate. The relative benefits of each system will be compared and contrasted. A brief discussion about the types of alarm and detection is included, as well as different options for pneumatic supervisory pressure. This seminar also includes a basic description of inspection, testing, and maintenance (ITM) requirements for each system.

Upon completion of this seminar, attendees will be able to:

  • Explain differences between common fire protection systems and special systems for special-hazard applications.
  • Identify unique components of special systems.
  • Discuss relative benefits of various types of special systems.
  • Choose the appropriate special system for a given special hazard.

Session 4D: 10:00:00 AM - 12:00:00 PM

1 Ask the Experts

Room: Cibolo 3-4

CEU 0.2 | CPD 2.0 | CH 2.0

Install, Design, ITM, Code Update, Other Technical

This is your opportunity to ask a panel of the industry’s top technical minds about any NFPA standard. With dozens of applicable standards on a constant three-year update cycle, it can be difficult to keep up-to-date. Our panel of experts literally wrote the books and will be on hand to discuss all your burning technical questions. They can help with questions ranging from understanding actual updates to decoding intent and historical framework of the standards. This interactive seminar is intended to help you find answers to questions that are otherwise hard to find. We challenge you to try and stump our experts!

Upon completion of this seminar, attendees will be able to:

  • Describe the basic NFPA standard update process.
  • Determine how to find answers in the codes and standards.
  • Restate how to get help interpreting and applying codes and standards.

Sprinkler Challenge: Commonly Misunderstood Sections of NFPA 13

Kevin Hall, M.Eng, P.E., CET, CWBSP, PMSFPE, AFSA; Joshua McDonald, CFPS, AFSA

Room: Cibolo 7

CEU 0.2 | CPD 2.0 | CH 2.0

Install, Design

This audience participation seminar will challenge the attendee to see how well they know NFPA 13. The presenter will introduce questions and the audience will participate in attempting to provide the correct answer. After the answer is presented, a discussion will occur on why the answer is correct. References to the standard will be provided. Attend and challenge your knowledge.

Upon completion of this seminar, attendees will be able to:

  • Identify nuances in commonly misunderstood requirements found in NFPA 13.
  • Apply ambiguous requirements effectively in future projects.

The Strategic Selling Series

Rob Mosley, Next Level Exchange

Room: Cibolo 1-2

CEU 0.2 | CPD 2.0 | CH 2.0

Business Management/Non-Technical

Your prospects and clients are very busy people. Their jobs require them to make many decisions daily and frequently with a sense of urgency. From the moment you connect by email, voice mail, or in a live conversation, the clock is running, and your prospect is judging… judging whether you act in a professional and competent manner, judging whether or not you open the conversation with confidence and knowledge of this person’s role and the work being done, and judging as to whether they want to invest time with you in a conversation or move on to the tasks and people they deem as more worthy of their time.

Upon completion of this seminar, attendees will be able to:

  • State the underlying four great truths of our industry driving customer behavior and your behavior.
  • Explain how your customer thinks during the eight stages of their decision process.
  • Respond more effectively to your customers’ resistance because of their misperceptions, skepticisms, and valid concerns.
  • Be a better negotiator as a result of anticipating your customers’ tactics and demands.

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