ASPE members: don’t miss out on this special webinar deal
Through the end of the month, ASPE members can view the archived webinar on storm drainage systems and earn one contact hour of continuing education for just $35. Click here to take advantage of this opportunity today.
Learn how to use PEX in commercial applications at ASPE’s next webinar
FREE for ASPE members!
On December 9 at 2 p.m. EST, join other engineers and contractors at this webinar to learn about the benefits, challenges, and potential pitfalls of using PEX for plumbing and hydronics distribution on large-scale commercial projects. Sponsored by UPONOR, this webinar provides one hour of continuing education credit. Register here today.
Food for thought: beef up your commercial kitchen design skills this January
ASPE’s intermediate plumbing design workshop in Los Angeles on January 28 will cover design techniques for natural gas, sanitary waste and vent, storm drain, and domestic water systems, fixtures, and equipment for commercial kitchens. This half-day seminar includes lunch and 3.5 continuing education credits.
Become a Revit MEP expert at one of ASPE’s regional workshops
On January 30 in Santa Ana, California and February 11 in San Antonio, this instructor-led, full-day workshop will take participants step by step through the creation, layout, and editing of HVAC ductwork, mechanical piping, and domestic piping, including sloped sanitary requirements. Registration includes lunch and 7.5 contact hours of continuing education.
Join ASPE Young Professionals for two FREE networking events in Southern California
Stop by the City Tavern in Culver City on January 28 or Bowlmor Lanes in Tustin on January 31 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. to kick back after work with other up-and-coming plumbing industry professionals. You can register online now or at the event.
Capital Region NY president passes away
Richard Augustine, president of ASPE’s Capital Region New York Chapter, unexpectedly passed away on October 31. He joined ASPE in 1989 and was a charter member of the Capital Region NY Chapter. Condolences may be expressed at allenmemorial.com.
Don’t forget to submit your chapter’s history for the ASPE yearbook
All chapter presidents or 50th anniversary liaisons were sent a questionnaire to help ASPE compile a history of the Society. The questionnaires must be returned by January 24, or your chapter may miss out on being included in the ASPE yearbook. If you did not receive a questionnaire or if you have any questions, contact Director of Publications Gretchen Pienta.
Help ASPE celebrate World Plumbing Day
World Plumbing Day (March 11) is a global event sponsored by the World Plumbing Council to celebrate the important role plumbing plays in the health and safety of our society. ASPE asks all chapters to come up with ideas on the chapter level to celebrate this day, which will be listed on a webpage on aspe.org. Visit worldplumbingday.org for more information, and submit your chapter’s ideas by February 14 to email@example.com.
Stay tuned for more information on an exciting chapter contest!
To help celebrate ASPE’s 50th Anniversary next year, the Society will be implementing a chapter contest to see which chapter knows the most about ASPE’s history. Stay tuned to future issues of ASPE Pipeline for more information.
New analysis emphasizes the importance of water to the nation’s economy
Direct use of water is concentrated in major sectors of the U.S. economy, and decisions made in those sectors significantly impact the economic value derived from the nation’s water resources, says a new report from the U.S. EPA. The economy as a whole directly or indirectly depends on the output of the industries for which water is an important input and is potentially sensitive to water supply shocks or heightened competition for water resources.
California water plan relies on recycling and conservation
To ensure a reliable water supply, the state recently released a draft water plan that includes the adoption of uniform water recycling criteria for indirect and direct potable reuse and streamlined permitting for local water projects such as stormwater capture and desalination. Public comments on the draft will be accepted through the end of the month.
Researchers explore a new way of thinking about waterborne pathogen control
Rather than trying to kill pathogens with disinfectants, which can have detrimental effects on plumbing systems, a team of Virginia Tech researchers proposes fighting them with harmless microbes by intentionally creating conditions that select for a desirable microbial community.
Registration is open for the 2014 International Emerging Technology Symposium
ASPE is co-convening this conference with several other top industry organizations. It is being held in Washington, D.C. on April 23-24 and will include presentations and panel discussions on innovative trends and technologies in plumbing systems design. You can learn more and register here.
ICC announces interested parties list for proposed rainwater standard
ICC and CSA Group are commencing development of a new rainwater collection system design and installation standard (CSA/ICC 805). This is a different project than ARCSA/ASPE 63: Rainwater Catchment Systems, which has been submitted to ANSI for final approval; however, ASPE encourages its membership to participate in all standards and code activities impacting plumbing engineering and design. If you are interested in learning more about this effort, you can sign up for updates here.
WaterSmart Innovations Conference and Exposition issues call for abstracts
The 2014 WaterSmart Innovations Conference and Exposition will be held October 8-10 in Las Vegas, and professionals and other experts working in the field of water efficiency are invited to submit abstracts for an oral presentation, panel discussion, or workshop by January 17 at watersmartinnovations.com.
PMI and ARCSA partner to promote water efficiency
At the Plumbing Manufacturers International 2013 Fall Conference, PMI CEO/Executive Director Barbara Higgens and American Rainwater Catchment Systems Association President David Crawford signed a memorandum of understanding to explore new options to meet the needs of both organizations’ memberships.
Free webinar on Legionella being held November 21
At noon EST, this free one-hour webinar will discuss Legionella prevention options in light of current and pending guidelines and standards and discuss conflicts regarding water temperature and Legionella. Space is limited, and registration is required at hcinfo.com.
Engineers Week sponsor changes name
The National Engineers Week Foundation recently changed its name to DiscoverE. The new name and tagline, “Let’s Make a Difference,” showcase the organization’s mission of celebrating and advancing the critical role engineers play in the national economy. In addition to Engineers Week, DiscoverE sponsors the Future City Competition, Introduce a Girl to Engineering Day, Global Marathon By, For, and About Women in Engineering and Technology, and other programs.