Each of these classes are one week of instruction and learning.
Introduction to Fire Sprinkler Design
Students are introduced to a design career. Overview of various types of building hazard categories, specific hazards, and methods used to choose the appropriate types and degrees of protection.
Codes, Standards and Specifications
International, national, and local codes, standards, and specifications which govern fire protection systems design. Sprinkler system requirements from the Insurance Industry. The role of research and listing laboratories in sprinkler systems.
Plans and Blueprints
Standard construction types including residential, industrial, and mixed use; unique hazards and fire suppression issues. Organization of contract drawings and blueprints. Understanding the standard notations of other disciplines in the construction documents.
Water supplies for sprinkler systems, including public systems, pressure tanks, atmospheric tanks, and pumps.
Systems Materials, Hangers, and Attachments
Types of sytems, types of sprinklers, the materials and components acceptable for use in a sprinkler system; associated features and limitations.
Spacing and Location of Fire Sprinklers
PREREQUISITE: CAD Experience (at least three days of training)
Students will learn the spacing rules and requirements for position of sprinklers. Students will use their computers to space sprinklers on example plans. This will include Standard Spray and Extended Coverage sprinklers.
Students will learn how to apply the small room rule. The students will learn about and begin to apply the Obstruction Rules.
Layout Sprinklers and Piping - PROJECT #1
Students will work on their first project. This will include: Understanding the Project Specifications, Sprinkler Layout, also Piping and Hanger Layout. Then the students will begin to discuss hydraulic calculations.
Hydraulic Calculations & PROJECT #2
Students will learn to perform manual calculations. They will start a new project and perform calculations for it. They will compare their manual calculations to calc’s completed on their computer.
Submittals and Stocklisting of PROJECT #2
Students will learn how to be productive at jobsite meetings. They will learn how to maintain project records and how to process RFI’s. Students will “submit” Project #2 for approval. Upon receiving “approval” for their project, the students will learn to stocklist the entire project.
PROJECT #3 – Completing an Entire Job in One Week
For Project #3, students will be required to draw, calculate, submit and stocklist from a given set of drawings and specifications. After “picking” materials, they will be required to fabricate or assemble pipe and fittings.Upon completion of the fabtication exercise, they will be required to create installation plans for use by sprinkler fitters in the field.
Residential Fire Sprinkler Systems and Project #4
Week 7 teaches students about residential systems. For Project #4, students will layout, calculate and stocklist one floor of a hotel (and/or a single family home).
Concealed Spaces and Dry Systems
Students will learn about and be able to describe requirements for concealed spaces. This will lead to the design of a dry sprinkler system.
Calculating Complex Situations
Students will learn how calculate systems with more complex remote areas. They will calculate loops and grids on the computer.
Standpipes and Project #5
Students will learn how to design a standpipe. For Project #5, students will design and calculate a combined Standpipe / Sprinkler System.