Vol. 6, No. 16, August 8, 2013



Early bird registration for the 2013 ASPE Technical Symposium ends August 19

Don’t wait any longer to register for the 2013 ASPE Technical Symposium and save $50 off the regular registration rate. Being held one month earlier than usual on September 19-22 in sunny Orlando, Florida, the 2013 Technical Symposium is the must-attend professional development event for plumbing engineers and designers this fall, offering 25 technical education sessions taught by experts working in the field, a product show featuring the industry’s top manufacturers, 2.5 days of networking with your peers from across the country, and more. Go to aspe.org/2013tech today to register and plan your trip. We look forward to seeing you there!


Use the 2013 ASPE Technical Symposium Program Guide to plan your trip

The Program Guide, which contains every detail about the 2013 ASPE Technical Symposium you need to know to ensure every minute of your experience is productive, is now available. In it you can learn about the sessions, speakers, special events, scheduling, and more. 


Reminder: the 2013 Technical Symposium is only one month away

In response to numerous member requests, ASPE moved the Technical Symposium to September so it does not conflict with Halloween. However, that means you only have a few more weeks to plan your trip to Orlando on September 19-22. Don’t delay any longer! You still have time to plan a unique and rewarding professional development experience, and don’t forget to bring the family to take advantage of the low room rate ASPE has arranged at the Buena Vista Palace Hotel on the Walt Disney World Resort. To save $50 off the regular registration fee, register by August 19.


ASPE to honor LiTreS program at the 2013 Technical Symposium

Students from Gulliver Preparatory Academy in Miami have built a water purification system called LiTreS, which is being used in a three-bed healthcare facility in Yola, Nigeria. ASPE will recognize them for their innovation and outreach efforts during the 2013 ASPE Technical Symposium, and the students will be available on Saturday, September 21 at the Buena Vista Palace Hotel in Orlando to discuss their initiative. More>>


Want to get some “vintage” ASPE gear?

ASPE has an assortment of products—hats, glassware, shirts, screen wipes, etc.—with the old ASPE logo, and your last chance to get one of these items will be at the 2013 ASPE Technical Symposium Product Show on Thursday, September 19, at the Buena Vista Palace Hotel in Orlando. Only one item per person, and it’s first-come, first-served.


Join ASPE Young Engineers in Minneapolis next Thursday

ASPE Young Engineers (AYE) is holding a special networking event at the Lone Oak Grill in Eagan, Minnesota at 6 p.m. on August 15 to give young engineers a chance to mingle with your peers, make new friends, enjoy some food and drink, and learn how to advance in your career. If you can't make it to this event, check out our webpage to find out how to stay connected with AYE.


Learn how to design sanitary hospital systems at the next ASPE webinar

At 2 p.m. EDT on August 20, ASPE’s “Introduction to Sanitary Hospitals” webinar will explain how to design plumbing systems that help minimize infection, maintenance, repair, and hospital shutdown. Also, the webinar will introduce specialized systems—including dialysis, clean steam and reverse osmosis, and testing and pathology labs—in which plumbing plays a vital role in maintaining hospital operations.


Online plumbing design courses start this September

ASPE and UCLA Extension are offering several new online plumbing design classes this fall: “Code and Engineering Fundamentals,” “Solar Thermal Energy Solutions,” and “LEED and Green Building Design.” For more information or to register, contact ksantos@unex.ucla.edu.

Chapter presidents: have you appointed an AYE liaison yet?

ASPE asks each chapter to appoint a young member (35 years old or younger) to be your chapter’s liaison to the ASPE Young Engineers special-interest group. To learn more about this exciting new role, click here or contact AYE Staff Liaison Pam Rosenberg.


End your summer on a high note with ASPE

August and September are packed with ASPE chapter events designed to help local plumbing industry professionals learn more about the industry, brush up on design skills, network, and have fun. Check out our local events webpage to find out what’s happening in your area.


15-ton “fatberg” found in London sewer

A bus-sized blob of food fats and baby wipes was discovered in a London sewer after residents complained that their toilets were not flushing. Before its removal, the “fatberg” had reduced the sewer to 5 percent of its capacity. More>>


New treatment processes remove persistent pollutants from wastewater

The Fraunhofer Institute for Interfacial Engineering and Biotechnology IGB has developed several effective processes that eliminate drugs, halogenated compounds, and cyanides from wastewater using oxidizers, an atmospheric pressure plasma, and selective adsorbers.


Sweaty? Turn your perspiration into a refreshing drink

As part of a UNICEF campaign to promote safe drinking water, a Swedish engineer created the Sweat Machine, which extracts moisture from clothing and purifies it using membrane distillation to create drinking water.


Is your toilet vulnerable to hackers?
The Satis smart toilet, currently available in Japan, pairs with a Google Android app via Bluetooth, which allows users to flush the fixture and track use. However, thanks to a security issue with the app, an unauthorized user could gain control of any Satis toilet. More>>


IAPMO solicits comments on 2015 UPC and UMC

Public comments on the 2013 Report on Proposals for the 2015 editions of the Uniform Plumbing Code and Uniform Mechanical Code will be accepted until January 3, 2014. The comment form and instructions can be found here.


ASHRAE launches CPMP practice exam

ASHRAE Certification is now offering an online practice exam for the Commissioning Process Management Professional (CPMP) certification to help commissioning practitioners become familiar with the process of becoming a CPMP. 


USGBC offers free LEED v4 webinars

Introduction to LEED v4” includes two webinars on key concepts and strategies and performance measuring to help users integrate the new rating system into their projects.


Free online water treatment course starts September 16

Introduction to Water Treatment,” offered by Delft University, will cover basic drinking water and wastewater treatment technologies, the unit processes involved in the two treatment chains, and simple design calculations for water treatment plants.  


EPA seeks comments on new rule modernizing Clean Water Act reporting

Through the proposed e-reporting rule, facilities will be able to electronically report their pollutant discharge data directly to the appropriate regulatory authority, and data would be accessible to the public through the EPA’s website. Comments can be submitted here until October 28.


Energy Star announces upgrades to Portfolio Manager

The new Energy Star Portfolio Manager offers enhanced data-sharing capabilities, better reporting, and the ability to manage buildings across their life-cycle to help owners benchmark, track, and manage energy and water consumption and greenhouse gas emissions.


Joint U.S.-Canada standards initiative started

The American National Standards Institute and the Standards Council of Canada have launched a set of pilot projects that will facilitate the development of joint U.S.-Canada standards in the electrotechnical and plumbing/heating sectors. More>>


Registration for the American Water Summit is open

This event will be held November 5-6 in Washington, D.C. and will feature sessions and roundtable discussions on the economics of water. Alliance for Water Efficiency (AWE) members can receive a member discount using the code AWE15 when registering.


ICC appoints Dominic Sims as CEO

Dominic Sims, CBO, who previously held positions as interim Chief Executive Officer and Chief Operating Officer, will lead the International Code Council and its management team in Birmingham, Alabama, Chicago, Los Angeles, and Washington, D.C. More>>


Senate confirms Timothy Haahs to NIBS board

On August 1, the U.S. Senate confirmed President Barack Obama’s final nominee to the National Institute of Building Sciences’ Board of Directors, Timothy Hyungrock Haahs, PE, AIA. More>>







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