Vol. 10, No. 5, March 2, 2017

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Don't miss our webinar on roof drains—FREE for ASPE members!
Next Wednesday at 2 p.m. EST, our next webinar, "Roof Drains: The Hole Story," will discuss important roof drain design issues, roofing material design details that can impact your liability, how to install a drain to minimize ponding and reduce maintenance, and more. Thanks to Froet Industries, this webinar is free for ASPE members. Register now at aspe.org/content/roof-drains-webinar.

2017 ASPE Technical Symposium Sponsorship Program continues to grow
Copper Development Association and Uponor have signed up as the first Platinum Sponsors of the 2017 ASPE Technical Symposium, joining Silver Sponsors Charlotte Pipe & Foundry Company, Navien Inc., and NSF International. The 2017 ASPE Technical Symposium is being held October 19–22 in Montreal, and only Sponsors are able to exhibit at the exclusive Product Show on Thursday night and Friday morning. To sign up, contact Brian Henry at bhenry@aspe.org or 847.296.0002 x235.

Presentation proposals for the 2018 Emerging Water Technology Symposium are sought
ASPE is co-convening this sixth biennial event with IAPMO, PMI, AWE, and WPC, and it will be held in the Spring of 2018 in Ontario, California. Presentation proposals on water- and plumbing-related issues such as the water/energy nexus, water efficiency, water quality, alternate water sources, and more are now being accepted. You can learn more about the event and how to submit a presentation proposal here.

2017 ASPE Webinar Series continues on March 22
Our second webinar in March, "Understanding Automatic Control Valves" will explain how ACVs work in conjunction with, but differ from, direct-acting valves in commercial water systems. This one-hour webinar awards 0.1 CEU, and you can register at aspe.org/ACVwebinar.

CPD Exam registration closes March 24
Some ASPE Chapters around the country are holding review classes to help test-takers prepare for the exam. Go to aspe.org/chapterevents to find such opportunities or contact your local Chapter to see if they are hosting a review class. Registration for the CPD Exam is open at aspe.org/cpdexam.

Why should you attend our presentation bootcamp?
This full-day workshop on March 29 in Seattle will help you impress potential clients and gain new business for your company, and it also offers 7.5 hours of continuing education. 
You can find an outline of the workshop and a biography of the speaker here. Registration is open at aspe.org/presentation-boot-camp-workshop. 

Beef up on the basics at our May 5 workshop 
This full-day workshop at ASPE's headquarters outside of Chicago will cover the design of domestic cold and hot water systems, sanitary sewer systems, and storm drainage systems, including how to properly coordinate these utilities with architects and structural engineers. Participants will earn 7.5 hours of continuing education for attending. The full course outline and registration can be found at aspe.org/BasicsWorkshop.

Enhance your Revit skills at one of our regional workshops
Our popular one-day, hands-on Revit MEP 2017 workshop is being held in the following locations:

  • March 9: Indianapolis
  • March 30: Seattle
  • May 1: Los Angeles
  • May 8: Omaha
  • May 11: Houston

The workshop offers 7.5 hours of continuing education, and space is extremely limited. Sign up today at aspe.org/revit2017

Members are needed to help revise PEDH Volume 1
ASPE is looking for experts in the following topics to review and update chapters in Plumbing Engineering Design Handbook, Volume 1: Fundamentals of Plumbing Engineering: plumbing standards, cost estimation, corrosion, seismic protection of plumbing systems, energy and resource conservation, acoustics in plumbing, value engineering, ensuring high-quality plumbing designs, and building information modeling. The deadline for this project will be April 7. For more information or to volunteer, contact gpienta@aspe.org.

Show off your design skills in ASPE publications
ASPE Journal and Plumbing Engineer magazine are looking for plumbing system design case studies by members to publish in upcoming issues. Priority will be given to those that discuss innovative, nonproprietary design techniques. To submit your case study, contact gpienta@aspe.org.

ASPE Chapters celebrate plumbing engineering
To help students learn about plumbing engineering during Engineers Week, the Southwest Ohio Chapter participated in Techfest in Dayton, Ohio on February 17–18 (ascdayton.org/TechFest). Chapter members displayed a virtual reality setup that showcased a plumbing Revit model, allowing students to view plumbing design as it would appear in three dimensions and installed.  

To highlight your Chapter's involvement in Engineers Week or World Plumbing Day, please send the relevant information to gpienta@aspe.org.

Celebrate World Plumbing Day next week
World Plumbing Day is celebrated annually on March 11 to promote the important role played by the plumbing industry in protecting global public health. You can find suggested activities and more information at worldplumbingday.org.

Updated stormwater discharge rules went into effect February 16
The EPA's 2017 Construction General Permit prohibits non-stormwater discharges of external building washdown water containing hazardous substances and includes limitations on discharges into sensitive waters, among other changes.

Are water treatment systems vulnerable to cyber-attack?
Researchers at the Georgia Institute of Technology have developed a new form of ransomware to demonstrate how an attacker could take over a water treatment plant and potentially unleash toxins into a public water supply. More>>

Ninth annual Fix a Leak Week takes place March 20–26
This WaterSense program aims to help reduce water waste in households by teaching homeowners how to find and fix household leaks. More>>

Researchers build low-cost solar still to produce potable water
The prototype solar vapor generator uses porous paper coated in carbon black, which absorbs sunlight and transforms the solar energy into heat that is used during evaporation, and the materials only cost $1.60 per square meter. More>>

Revised standard for automatic compensating valves is now available
ASSE 1016-2017/ASME A112.1016-2017/CSA B125.16-17: Performance Requirements for Automatic Compensating Valves for Individual Showers and Tub/Shower Combinations harmonizes requirements between the United States and Canada to streamline the manufacturing of these products. More>>

IAPMO solicits public comments for the 2018 uniform solar/hydronics and swimming pool codes
Public comments on the 2017 Report on Proposals for the 2018 editions of these American National Standard designated model codes will be accepted through June 20. More>>

ICC seeks committee members to develop a new Water Efficiency Rating Index standard
ICC and RESNET are developing a standard methodology for evaluating and labeling the water efficiency performance of one-, two-, and multifamily residential buildings. The deadline to apply as a General Interest committee member is March 17.

PMI announces advocacy plans for 2017
This year the organization aims to educate lawmakers on the water-saving potential of water-efficient plumbing products, potential threats to safe drinking water, and the need for a restored national water infrastructure. More>>



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