webinar introducing NFPA 25 for fire sprinkler inspection and testing

Last week we had Tracey Bellamy, P.E., CFPS present our webinar introducing NFPA 25 for fire sprinkler inspection and testing.  Not only did we have a great informative discussion with an NFPA 25 committee member, but most participants enjoyed Tracey’s colorful approach and Southern charm.
 
The webinar recording is now available online (along with a download of the presentation slides) and qualifies for 1 hour of CEU training.  If you already registered for the webinar, then you have access now in your Fire Smarts training account.
 
As you may already know, we have setup two discount codes for returning Fire Smarts customers that you may use to access any of our webinars.  Truth be told, it’s a way to say thank you while also encouraging you to participate in more Fire Smarts training courses.
 
webinar30 – discount code for individual registrations
 
group 25 – group discount for registering a group of 5 or more people at the same time (see bottom of this email for more details on group registrations)
 
As usual, our online training system gives you simple immediate access to training courses and upon completion automatically provides your CEU credit through a Certificate of Completion download. 
 
Here is a quick list of some of the great training webinars you can access instantly right now (one currently has free registration): 
 
 
Next up to our webinar plate is the topic of fire alarm inspections and testing presented by Tom Parrish, SET, CFPS, PSP. Register now at https://training.firesmarts.com/ProductDetails.aspx?ProductID=255  
 
As we approach Thanksgiving here in the United States, I want to express my appreciation for you and all those who play a role in protecting lives and property.  Thank you for investing in your professional development.  Fire Smarts is honored to have your participation and I always welcome your feedback on what you would like to see from us in the future. 
 
Sincerely, 
 
Ryan J. Smith​​​​​​​
Executive Director
Fire Smarts, LLC
480-280-9600 – Direct
480-760-2396 – Fax
 
P.S. Are you a manager that would like to register a number of people in your office for our training webinars?  Certificate of Completion for CEU’s are issued per registered participant and we have a number of customers that have a group of people they need to register.
 
To make this really easy for managers we have implemented Registration Codes.  When you register for more than one ‘seat’ for a training webinar, our online training system will generate unique Registration Codes that will appear in your Fire Smarts training account. 
 
You can then simply assign each of the Registration Codes to a specific person by entering their email address.  Our system will automatically send each person an email invitation with a special link to complete their pre-paid registration.  Give it a try and let me know what you think…and be sure to save with the Discount Code ‘group25’ if there are 5 or more people in your group.

ACIA San Diego Chapter Meeting Wednesday, November 15, 2017 5:00 to 6:30 PM

ACIA San Diego Chapter Meeting                 Wednesday, November 15, 2017 5:00 to 6:30 PM

Members and interested parties: Please join us for dinner and seminar next Wednesday.

Last Month:  In October we had a change to the meeting agenda due to unforeseeable circumstances with our scheduled speaker.   Using CBC Chapter 16 and the DSA IR 25-2.13, chapter president George Lentulo gave an ad hoc presentation on metal ceiling grid systems for lay-in panel ceilings (commonly called grid or “T-bar” ceilings).  It covered basic nomenclature, recurring design elements common to all such ceilings, and some of the more frequently missed elements. 

One frequently missed item during plan check is the requirement for expansion joints to be provided in the ceiling at intersections of corridors and at junctions of corridors and lobbies, or other similar areas. The field inspector must gain the skill-set to approach the design professional in ways that don’t offend but still result in getting the addition to the design (whether by ASI, CCD, or other post-award directive).

This Month:  Our current focus here in San Diego Chapter ACIA is the continued training of the younger inspector to move up to become Project Inspectors (sometimes called IORs), to be able to provide the oversight that the CA Administrative code requires in Title 24, such as monitoring the work of the lab and the special inspectors.

To be effective in this duty, the inspector must have experience in a wide variety of disciplines.  This month, long-time AWS-CWI and former Palomar College welding instructor, John Rea, will be presenting an introduction to welding inspections.

Attendees should leave this seminar with a basic knowledge on what the code requires before a welder can even strike an arc, how to visually identify the basic types of welds, and be conversant in the code-required reporting duties of the welding inspector.

Continuing Education Units:  As always, the seminar is worth fractional CEUs for ICC, AIA, and RCI recertification.

Cost:      $20.00, which includes a full dinner.  

Arrive early and socialize with others in your field beginning at 4:00 PM at the no-host bar.

Location:  In the conference room at Añejo Restaurant, 329 West Felicita Avenue, Escondido, CA 92025 (in the Vons shopping center).

For further information please contact:

George Lentulo, president

San Diego Chapter ACIA

760-443-1057

Electrical systems: Designing electrical rooms–Webcast this Thursday

Electrical systems: Designing electrical rooms–Webcast this Thursday

Webcast: Electrical systems: Designing electrical rooms

Date: Thursday, November 16, 2017, at 11 a.m. PT/1 p.m. CT/2 p.m. ET1 AIA CES approved LU available for attendees
#CSEelectricalroom

Cost: Free! 

Electrical rooms provide safe and secure spaces for the operation and maintenance of electrical equipment. While electrical equipment types and ratings can have significant impacts on electrical room requirements, distributing the electrical power to the rest of the building via wiring, busways, and raceways also can affect electrical room design. 

Switchboards, switchgear, transformers, generators, and UPSs require space for installation, maintenance, heat dissipation, and possible future expansion. And the wiring, busways, and raceways that distribute the electrical power must be accounted for—now, and in the future. Documentation and monitoring of electrical system’s equipment and how it connects to the rest of the facility must be accurately maintained. 

The design of electrical rooms requires an integrated approach among disciplines. Architects and structural, mechanical, and fire protection engineers should work as a team in designing these rooms. NFPA 70: National Electrical Code (NEC) is the main source for electrical room requirements, but other codes, good practices, and recommendations should be considered. The result will be a room that is safe and secure, and provides for the functional operation and maintenance of the specific electrical equipment located within. 

Learning objectives:

  • Explain the applicable code requirements including NFPA 70: National Electrical Code.
  • Evaluate the design criteria for appropriate electrical room size to accommodate present and future needs.
  • Analyze the requirements for coordinating with structural, architectural, fire protection, and HVAC requirements.
  • Outline the requirements for foreign systems such as ductwork and piping.

Featured presenters:

  Mario Vecchiarello, PE, CEM, GBE, Senior Vice President, CDM Smith, Boston
Rich Vedvik, PE, Senior Electrical Engineer and Acoustics Engineer, IMEG Corp., Rock Island, Ill.

Moderator: Jack Smith, Consulting-Specifying Engineer and CFE Media, LLC

CLICK HERE TO REGISTER NOW

Two Public Meetings on Amended TSCA Implementation

EPA is holding two meetings in December to discuss ongoing implementation activities under the Frank R. Lautenberg Chemical Safety Act, which amended Toxic Substances Control Act (TSCA).  This follows up on Administrator Scott Pruitt’s pledge for greater transparency and continued stakeholder engagement as the Agency implements provisions of the amended TSCA.

December 6, 2017 Public Meeting on New Chemicals: The first meeting is to update and engage with the public on the Agency’s progress in implementing changes to the New Chemicals Review Program as a result of the 2016 amendments to TSCA, including discussion of EPA’s New Chemicals Decision-Making Framework. EPA will describe its review process for new chemicals under the amended statute, and interested parties will have the opportunity to provide input on their experiences with the New Chemicals Review Program since the statute was amended and to ask questions. In addition, EPA will accept questions from the public in advance of the meeting, and will respond to these questions at the meeting as time allows. To register to attend, submit questions, and learn more: https://www.epa.gov/assessing-and-managing-chemicals-under-tsca/meetings-and-webinars-amended-toxic-substances-control.

The meeting will be held December 6, 2017, 9:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Horizon Ballroom, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20004.

December 11 Public Meeting on Approaches for Identifying Potential Candidates for Prioritization for Risk Evaluation: The second meeting will focus on possible approaches for identifying potential candidate chemicals for EPA’s prioritization process under TSCA. As amended, TSCA required that EPA establish processes for prioritizing and evaluating risks from existing chemicals. EPA will describe and take comment on a number of possible approaches that could guide the Agency in the identification of potential candidate chemicals for prioritization. In addition, EPA will accept questions from the public in advance of the meeting, and will respond to these questions at the meeting as time allows. To register to attend, submit questions, and learn more: https://www.epa.gov/assessing-and-managing-chemicals-under-tsca/meetings-and-webinars-amended-toxic-substances-control.

The meeting will be held December 11, 2017, 8:30 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. at the Ronald Reagan Building and International Trade Center, Horizon Ballroom, 1300 Pennsylvania Avenue, N.W., Washington, DC 20004

Stucco & Exterior Finish Cladding Systems

 

The Stucco and Exterior Finish Cladding Systems course is a 1.5-day program and is the second specific exterior wall course that builds on the fundamentals presented in Exterior Walls and Science.  The purpose of the course is to provide essential information on material properties, design principles, evaluation techniques, and repair methods for stucco and EIFS.
Topics covered in this course include sound transmission, thermal bridging, coatings, testing methods, and the various codes and standards impacting stucco and EIFS systems.
This in-depth course is recommended for those who have taken Exterior Walls Technology and Science and want to further expand on their knowledge of exterior wall systems. Stucco and Exterior Finish Cladding Systems will also serve as a good review course for those interested in taking the Registered Exterior Wall Consultant exam.

Exterior Concrete Wall Systems

Exterior Concrete Wall Systems 

is a two-day course and is the third specific exterior wall course that builds upon the fundamentals presented in Exterior Walls Technology and Science. The purpose of the course is to provide an in-depth understanding of exterior concrete wall systems that serve as part of the building envelope system. 

This course will cover properties of concrete materials that affect their use in building envelopes, applicable codes and standards, design and construction requirements, and evaluating, repairing, and maintaining exterior concrete walls.  Case studies will also be presented for exterior wall repair projects.

This in-depth course is recommended for those who have taken Exterior Walls Technology and Science, and want to further expand on their knowledge of exterior wall systems.  Exterior Concrete Wall Systems will also serve as a good review course for those interested in taking the Registered Exterior Wall Consultant exam.