Intermediate Design School


Early Bird $2,100; Regular $2,200; Late $2,300


Early Bird $3,100; Regular $3,200; Late $3,300

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Next Level Design

Experienced layout technicians will find this blended learning course useful to understand the tools they utilize in-depth and gain a deeper knowledge of layouts for standpipe systems, fire pumps, seismic protection, and the design requirements for general storage. In addition to mastering requirements in NFPA 13, NFPA 14, and NFPA 20, students will utilize computer modeling software to apply design requirements learned throughout the course, becoming familiar with the BIM process. This course begins with an orientation and two 3-hour webinars followed by five days of in-person instruction.


Schedule / Enroll

Course Offering 2: 2023 Register 

OrientationVirtual Session 1Virtual Session 2In-Person Classroom
Oct. 9Oct. 10Oct. 11Oct. 16 – 20
11 AM – 11:30 AM
11 AM – 2 PM
11 AM – 2 PM
8 AM – 5 PM
Dallas, Texas
Early Bird Price: Register on or before 8/11/23
Regular Price: Register after 8/11/23
Late Price: Register after 9/8/23


Intermediate Fire Sprinkler System PlanningThe course will begin with an orientation and two 3-hour webinars providing an overview of the toolsets available in the Autodesk® Revit® software to allow students to utilize Building Information Modeling (BIM) for exercises.

This is followed by five days of in-person instruction. The course is designed for those with layout experience looking to understand the tools they utilize in-depth and gain a more profound knowledge to apply the design and installation requirements for general storage, install and calculate seismic protection, layout and calculate standpipe systems, size and selectfire pumps, and apply hydraulic principles to complex wet, deluge, and preaction systems. Seismic protection and sway bracing will also be covered in detail.



Learning Objectives:

The school will prepare the student to:

  • Classify commodities and storage arrangements.
  • Compare installation requirements for storage sprinklers (CMDA, CMSA, and ESFR).
  • Use computer modeling of a sprinkler system to illustrate and confirm installation requirements for storage sprinklers (CMDA, CMSA, and ESFR).
  • Determine a standpipe system’s appropriate component, installation, and design requirements.
  • Recognize the components and prepare shop drawings where seismic protection is required.
  • Select an appropriate fire pump based on available supply and system demand and verify using a computer model.


Day 1:

  • Introduction
  • Storage – Commodity Classification
  • Storage – Definitions/Arrangements
  • Storage – CMDA/CMSA/ESFR Installation

Day 2:

  • Storage – Layout Exercises (REVIT)
  • Fire Pumps – Types, Sizing, and Selection
  • Fire Pumps – Installation Requirements

Day 3:

  • Fire Pump – Installation Requirements
  • Fire Pumps – Pump Room Layout
  • REVIT Workshop – Pump Room/Storage Layout

Day 4:

  • REVIT Workshop – Pump Room/Storage Layout
  • Standpipes
  • Standpipes – Vertical Fire Protection Zones (REVIT)

Day 5:

  • Seismic – Flexibility/Clearance
  • Seismic – Bracing and Restraint
  • Seismic – Zone of Influence
  • Seismic – Layout and Calculations (REVIT)

Hardware & Software Requirements:

  • Required computer hardware and software for this course are included for AFSA members.
  • Nonmembers must provide their own computer hardware and software.
Autodesk is not responsible for the quality of the training offered by the American Fire Sprinkler Association or for any actions of the American Fire Sprinkler Association.


This class is designed for competent trainees and technicians with at least one year of system layout experience. No prior Hydratec or Autodesk® Revit® experience is required. Students should be computer literate.