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Training for New Designers

Classes Focus on NFPA 13, 2016 Edition

The American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) announces the 2017 schedule for its popular Beginning Fire Sprinkler System Planning School. The 2017 sessions remaining are February 27 – March 10, April 24 – May 5, July 10-21, August 14-25, and October 2-13. The January session sold out well in advance, leaving just five opportunities to learn the art of sprinkler system design.

Taught by AFSA’s expert technical staff of Tom Wellen, P.E. and Tom Noble, E.T., AFSA’s Beginning Fire Sprinkler System Planning School teaches the essential elements of system layout in accordance with NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems. It is geared toward those with limited experience or those who need assistance with design. The school, held at AFSA’s training center in Dallas, presents a comprehensive, practical approach to preparing fire sprinkler system drawings. Students receive two full weeks of instruction: 60 percent is study and review of NFPA 13 (2016 edition) and 40 percent is preparation of fire sprinkler system layout, shop drawings and hydraulic calculations. Students learn by actually planning and drawing sprinkler systems while studying and applying NFPA 13 (2016 edition).

Attendees are given the tools to accelerate the comprehension of plans and various types of building construction for proper sprinkler spacing applications; determine the proper and economical planning of fire sprinkler system layout and installation methods; know the importance of sprinkler specifications, types of pipe, hangers, fittings, flow tests, etc.; learn to develop shop drawings from start to finish; learn to coordinate with other trades such as plumbing, mechanical, structural and electrical; perform manual hydraulic calculations, preparing the student for an easier decision-making process when using a computer to perform hydraulics; and prepare shop drawings in class for projects with different applications.

Registration is $2,400 for non-members and $1,400 for AFSA members. Classes are kept small and enrollment is open exclusively to AFSA contractor members until six weeks prior to each school. Early registration is highly encouraged. Register online at firesprinkler.org/education-center/schools/. For additional details, contact AFSA Meeting Programs Coordinator Maricarmen Martinez at mmartinez@firesprinkler.org or call (214) 349-5965 ext. 132.

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