Upcoming Seminars
July 2018

October - November 2018


Design and Planning of Water Supplies for Fire Protection: The Role of Stationary Fire Pumps

Date: Monday-Tuesday, July 16-17
Where: 702 King Farm Boulevard, Suite B-100
Gaithersburg, Maryland 20850 United States
CEUs: Earn up to CEUs 1.4 | PDHs 14
Minimum: 10 - *if we do not meet the minimum the seminar will be cancelled
Maximum: 30

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Description
The design of fire pumps for fire protection needs is one of the most interesting aspects of fire protection design and is considered essential for professional FPE practice.

The plan for this two day event is present the various water supply system challenges that may emerge as part of the design process for fire protection and water supply needs in a fire emergency.

There are many water supply options that may exist ranging from fire protection infrastructure for large sites as well as for individual including complex buildings.

For large sites simple application of the standards will not necessarily achieve an acceptable level of reliability and performance. The aim of this course is to inform the process of design and look at various options and solutions to achieve adequate performance and reliability.

Learning Objectives
On completion of the program, the participant will be able to:

  • Understand the types of water supplies that may be available and how these can be used in combination to solve the project objectives.
  • Distinguish between fire pumps taking suction from tanks, lakes and other supplies such as municipal or private fire mains.
  • Assess the flow and pressure of municipal supplies in meeting the design criteria for the site.
  • Sizing fire pumps for the application given the system demand and required pressure or boost in pressure.
  • Assess the adequacy of individual supplies feeding fire pumps.
  • Prioritize the supplies and their sequence of operation.
  • Use of jockey pumps and service pumps in the system.
  • Understand the various devices forming part of a typical fire pump installation: for instance pressure control and arrangements of pumps in series and parallel. Identify the additional equipment and design considerations necessary for series and parallel arrangements.
  • Types of fire pump drivers: diesel and electric fire pump controllers
  • Electric supplies for fire pumps.
  • High building requirements: multiple and combination supplies
  • Challenges in special occupancies such as those for the protection of aircraft hangars.

Target Audience
Individuals with some understanding of water supplies and familiarity with the basic requirements of NFPA 20.

Materials
Please bring a calculator with you that is capable of raising a number to any power (yx key).

Course Assessment
Participants will take a written exam upon completion of the course. The exam will focus on the understanding of the concepts rather than specific calculations. Candidates will need to pass with a minimum score of 70%.

CEUs 1.4 | PDHs 14 will be offered. Upon completion of a post-test attendees will be awarded a certificate of attendance.

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Advanced Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS) and Smokeview

Date: Wednesday-Thursday, Oct 31-Nov 1
Where: Renaissance Nashville Hotel
Nashville, TN
CEUs: Earn up to CEUs 1.4 | PDHs 14
Minimum: 10 - *if we do not meet the minimum the seminar will be cancelled

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Description
This 2-day seminar will cover advanced techniques in Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS) visualization. Each topic module includes a lecture and a workshop in which the student works example problems on their personal laptop computer. This seminar is a significant update of the previous seminar. It will include an introduction to PyroSim with the option to complete each module example using FDS or PyroSim.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion the participant should understand:

  • Pyrolysis and combustion.
  • Boundary condition options, including: conduction, multiple layers, fixed temperature, extraction, supply, etc.
  • Radiation.
  • Smoke detectors and sprinklers.
  • Implementing pre and post flashover fires.
  • HVAC.
  • How to create complex geometry.
  • Advanced Smokeview techniques: custom iso-surfaces, texture mapping, render files, and cad view.
  • Using spreadsheets to develop FDS input files.
  • Using PyroSim to create and run FDS input files and view results.

Prerequisite
Each student should have an understanding of fire dynamics, heat transfer, and fluid dynamics theory to gather the greatest understanding possible from the course.

Requirements
Attendees must bring a laptop computer with a minimum 2 GHz Pentium processor, 4 GB of RAM, and 10GB of free hard disk space. The computer should have a spreadsheet program for analyzing data and Adobe Acrobat for reading the documentation. The attendees should also make sure that they have sufficient security privileges on their computers to allow the software to be installed during class.

Before coming to class, attendees should have download the most recent version of FDS, Smokeview, and PyroSim and make sure the programs run on their computer. FDS and Smokeview are available from the NIST website http://www.bfrl.nist.gov. Follow the links for software, fire simulation software, and the NIST Fire Dynamics Simulator and Smokeview. PyroSim is available at http://www.thunderheadeng.com/pyrosim/. Install the Free Trial version.

Professional Development Hours
Upon completion each participant qualifies for 14 PDHs or 1.4 CEUs. A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded.

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Application of Fire Risk Assessment

Date: Wednesday-Thursday, Oct 31-Nov 1
Where: Renaissance Nashville Hotel
Nashville, TN
CEUs: Earn up to CEUs 1.4 | PDHs 14
Minimum: 10 - *if we do not meet the minimum the seminar will be cancelled

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Description
This two-day seminar following a brief overview of the Guide, participants will be divided into working groups which will be tasked with applying the SFPE Guide to a specific project. Groups will be able to choose from a selection of projects that include: historic building, a high-rise residential occupancy, or a petroleum industry facility. In addition to applying the Guide to their specific project, participants will also review the work of others groups to broaden their understanding of the concepts of a fire risk assessment.

Seminar Objectives
Upon completion of this seminar participants will be able to:

  • Describe the various steps associated with a fire risk assessment, as outlined in the SFPE Engineering Guide to Fire Risk Assessment.
  • Evaluate a project, prepare representative goal statements, objective statements, boundary conditions, and assumptions.
  • Prepare a fire hazard assessment for a designed project.
  • Identify a minimum of eight fire scenarios that need to be included in the fire risk assessment.
  • Identify the data needs and potential sources of the data needed.
  • Evaluate various tools and methods available to assist in preparing a fire risk assessment and determine the appropriate one to be used for a given project.

Prerequisite
Participants should have a fundamental understanding of the 2.

Who Will Benefit
Experience Level Intermediate FPEs, Code Officials, Facility Engineers, Plan Reviewers, Design Professionals (Architects/Engineers)

Materials Needed (included in price of the seminar)
SFPE Engineering Guide to Fire Risk Assessment

 Seminar Assessment
Participants will be assessed via a written exam upon completion of the seminar. A passing score of 70% will be required to obtain a Certificate of Completion.

Professional Development Hours
Upon completion each participant qualifies for 14 PDHs or 1.4 CEUs. A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded.

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Fire Sprinkler Design for Engineers Seminar

Date: Wednesday-Thursday, Oct 31-Nov 2
Where: Renaissance Nashville Hotel
Nashville, TN
CEUs: Earn up to CEUs 2.1 | PDHs 21
Minimum: 10 - *if we do not meet the minimum the seminar will be cancelled

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Description
This three-day course is based on the 2016 editions of NFPA 13 and 20 standards. The seminar is designed to provide participants with the tools needed to design fire sprinkler systems in accordance with building and fire codes. The three-day seminar covers introductory aspects that are essential for engineers, designers, and AHJ’s who are new, or need a 2016 update/refresher, to sprinkler system design, classification of the hazards and commodities to be protected, water supplies, fire pumps, confirmation of the hydraulic data and preliminary hydraulic design, and preparation of design documentation. In addition, more advanced topics such as application of new technologies, protection of high-piled storage, and computer generated hydraulic calculations is also included.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this seminar participants will be able to:

  • Use hazard classifications to design sprinkler systems
  • Select the most suitable type of system for your project
  • Develop system design criteria using hydraulic calculations
  • Describe sprinkler vs. non sprinkler system requirements
  • Distinguish the suitability of different types of sprinkler systems to certain hazards and construction components
  • Understand water system implications for sprinkler system and fire protection design
  • Illustrate combining fire pumps and water supplies
  • Know how to hydraulically calculate pipe sizes

Prerequisite
Basic construction knowledge and ability to read construction documents.

Who Will Benefit?
Fire Protection Engineers, Sprinkler System Designers, Building Owners and Managers, Building and Fire Inspectors, Mechanical Engineers, Civil Engineers, Electrical Engineers, and Architects Experience Level Beginner to Advanced

Materials Needed
Calculator, architectural scale (1/4” and 1/8” equals a foot minimum), and current NFPA 13 Automatic Sprinkler handbook or Standard, along with a laptop computer to operate the demo of the hydraulics program provided by SFPE.

Seminar Assessment
Participants will be assessed in the last training session. They will need to pass with minimum score of 70%.

Professional Development Hours
Upon completion each participant qualifies for 21 PDHs or 2.1 CEUs. A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded.

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Principles of Fire Protection Engineering

Date: Wednesday-Friday, Oct 31-Nov 2
Where: Renaissance Nashville Hotel
Nashville, TN
CEUs: Earn up to CEUs 2.1 | PDHs 21
Minimum: 10 - *if we do not meet the minimum the seminar will be cancelled

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Description
This three-day seminar is open to all individuals interested in gaining or refreshing their basic to intermediate knowledge of the principles of fire protection engineering. This seminar presents the application of science and engineering principles to protect people, property, and their environments from harmful and destructive effects of fire and smoke. It covers areas of fire detection, suppression, and mitigation as well as human behavior and recommendations on how to maintain a tenable environment for evacuation during a fire scenario. Fire suppression systems components will be examined to include fire science, fire safety design, fire detection and fire alarm systems, fire suppression systems, automatic sprinkler systems and smoke control principles. Industry standards and variations will be discussed using NFPA codes and building codes.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this seminar, participants should be able to:

  • Understand the phenomena of combustion and ignition.
  • Forecast how buildings can be protected from fire and how human behavior respond can be expected during emergencies.
  • Recognize means of egress concepts, human tenability limits, occupant responses to cues and decision making process by people in fire situations and during evacuation.
  • Distinguish the performance of basic construction materials in the fire environment.
  • Evaluate water-based fire suppression systems types such as fire sprinkler and water mist systems.
  • Discuss smoke management forces, and design principles for smoke management systems.
  • Categorize fire detection and alarm systems including various types.

Prerequisite
None

Who Will Benefit
Experience Level Basic Fire Protection Engineers (FPEs), Fire Alarm Designers, Architectural, Civil, Structural, Mechanical and Electrical Engineers.

Seminar Assessment
Participants will be assessed via a written exam. A passing score of 70% will be required to obtain a Certificate of Completion

Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
Upon completion each participant qualifies for 21 PDHs or 2.1 CEUs. A certificate of completion will be awarded.

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Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS)

Fire protection engineers routinely engage with a broad range of professionals including risk managers, loss control specialists, fire officers, fire marshals, fire inspectors, safety managers, fire protection consultants, designers, code enforcers, loss prevention professionals, building code officials, commercial real estate managers and others who have responsibilities dealing with the application of fire safety, fire protection, prevention, and suppression technologies. SFPE supports increasing the education level and credentials of all who work in the fire protection field, as well as elevating the overall knowledge level about fire protection to reduce fire risk.

This exam review will help you navigate the NFPA Fire Protection Handbook, which is the basis for the exam, and will allow for maximum retention and time to review between the sessions. Exam review participants will have access to three interactive two-hour sessions, and will have the opportunity to ask questions as they arise throughout each session. Recordings of each session will also be available.

Who Should Attend:
Anyone preparing for the CFPS exam. The CFPS designation is a widely recognized credential among fire protection professionals such as fire marshals and loss control specialists.

Fall Dates

Three live, 2-hour online sessions are required:
  • Oct. 30, Nov. 6, and 13 (Every Tuesday) from 2:00 - 4:00 PM Eastern Time
  • Nov. 1, 8, and 15 (Every Thursday) from 6:30 - 8:30 PM Eastern Time
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