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BIM and the Fire Sprinkler Industry

A Sprinkler Contractor’s Perspective BIM (building information modeling) and 3D coordination. Is it the creative tool that proponents would work to convince you of or is it the albatross weighing down the design departments of most fire sprinkler contractors today? There is no doubt that BIM design and 3D coordination, …

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Dry Pipe Water Delivery Time

Do Lower Air Pressure Dry Pipe Systems Deliver Water Faster Than Higher Air Pressure Systems? Introduction Dry pipe sprinkler systems are filled with pressurized air or nitrogen, which make them particularly useful in spaces subject to freezing temperatures. But because the pipe remains free of water until a fire is …

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Fire Suppression Agent Selection

Protection for a Mobile Power Generation Unit Summary Jackson Associates, Inc. was approached by a government contractor to analyze protection of a power generating unit (PGU) which is part of a large trailer unit. The trailer is built to fit inside a large military aircraft for rapid deployment throughout the …

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What if Your Sprinkler System Could Think?

How an Electronic Sprinkler System Can Meet the Demands of Today’s Storage Needs Automatic fire sprinklers have remained relatively unchanged since their introduction in the 1800s. Advancements have been made, allowing for protection of more complex spaces and fire hazards, but the underlying fundamentals of how a sprinkler operates have …

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Quick-Opening Devices

How You Can Make a Difference with ITM How many times have you shown up to a facility for a dry-pipe valve inspection or test, and entered the riser room only to find the water and air normal, but the valve supplying air to the quick-opening device closed? It happens …

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Expanding Education in Canada

AFSA Member Helps Translate Red Seal Certification The American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) is passionately dedicated to the educational advancement of members, and strives to encourage the growth of a membership that is dedicated to furthering industry education whenever possible. Jed Groenenboom with AFSA Contractor Member Meridian Fire Protection, Inc., …

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Scholarships Help Students

AFSA Presents Scholarships to Ten Teens The American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) is pleased to offer assistance, through its online scholarship program, AFSAScholarship.org, to 10 lucky graduating high school seniors as they pursue their higher education goals. These national winners were randomly selected from 65,682 students who entered to receive …

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Storage Trends Push Product Evolution

Pre-assembled Couplings Reduce Installation Time Warehouse and storage construction is changing in response to pressures exerted by the digital marketplace. Those same pressures are impacting fire sprinkler system design and installation. The Digital World More and more people are using devices to do their shopping, and this shift toward digital …

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Maryland Day Educates, Excites

UMD and AFSA Partner for Side-by-Side Sprinkler Demonstration As part of its increased focus on public education and awareness, the American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) was proud to support the University of Maryland (UMD) Department of Fire Protection Engineering’s side-by-side sprinkler demonstration as part of its 20th annual Maryland Day …

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