Vol. 11, No. 16, August 2, 2018
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Learn about the plumbing engineer's role in the design/build industry in our new case study
Industry experts and ASPE Board of Directors members Mitch Clemente, CPD, FASPE, Steve Mastley, CPD, FASPE, Don Strickland, CPD, GPD, and Jim Zebrowski, PE, CPD, FASPE, explain how plumbing engineers contribute to the construction process in "Beyond the Toilet," which you can read at bit.ly/2AuHD1w.

Propel your career and connections at the 2018 ASPE Convention & Expo
ASPE's 2018 Convention & Expo is the only event designed to enhance the professional development, technical education, and career growth of plumbing engineers and designers, and it also offers the largest plumbing product showcase in the country. Being held in Atlanta on September 28 – October 3, it's less than two months away so register now! The early bird registration rate ends August 28.

Watts to host the ASPE First-Time Attendee Reception at the 2018 ASPE Convention & Expo
Those who are attending their first ASPE Convention & Expo this year are invited to a special reception on the show floor at the Watts Water Technologies booth (#1150) after the Expo on October 1. Attendance is limited to the first 100 eligible people who RSVP, so don't forget to sign up at expo.aspe.org.

ASPE announces the 2017–2018 Award of Merit winners
ASPE's Award of Merit is presented to those individuals who have performed outstanding and meritorious service to the Society and the profession. This year the Society decided to honor two deserving members:

  • Jason S.A. McDonald, CPD, Chicago Chapter: In recognition of his leadership as the Chair of the Membership Committee, working toward retaining and growing the Society's membership
  • Nicholas Hipp, CPD, St. Louis Chapter: For demonstrating a high level of stewardship and dedication to advancing education of the health, welfare, and safety of the public by representing ASPE in the 2017 Community Plumbing Challenge in Cicau Village, Cikarang, Indonesia

​The full list of awards can be found here.

NSF renews its Affiliate Sponsorship for the next year
NSF International is an independent, global organization that facilitates standards development and tests and certifies products for the food, water, health sciences, and consumer goods industries. ASPE's Affiliate Sponsors comprise a crucial group of manufacturers and service providers who are essential in helping plumbing engineers design the most technologically advanced plumbing systems. To learn more, visit aspe.org/affiliates.

ASPE Chapters offer plumbing design classes to help local professionals succeed
On August 17–18, the Dallas/Ft. Worth Chapter is holding a Basic Plumbing Design Course, and on September 10, the Philadelphia Chapter's Plumbing Design Schools I and II start. Go to aspe.org/chapterevents for more information on these and other local ASPE Chapter events.


Join ASPE's Atlanta Chapter at the pre-Convention golf outing
On September 29, ASPE's Atlanta Chapter is hosting a golf outing at Stone Mountain Golf Club to help kick off the 2018 ASPE Convention & Expo. Numerous participation and sponsorship opportunities are available, with proceeds going to help educate the local plumbing community. Register at aspe-atl.com no later than September 15, and for more information, contact Jeffrey Long at jeffrey.long@ferguson.com.

Registration is open for the 2018 CPDT exam
ASPE developed the Certified Plumbing Design Technician program to provide professional recognition of qualified individuals who design plumbing systems but who do not yet have the experience required for the Certified in Plumbing Design (CPD) credential. Read our case study here to learn how the CPDT credential can help accelerate your career in plumbing engineering. The 2018 CPDT exam dates are October 25 and 26, and registration is available at aspe.org/CPDT-exam.

Water-softening additives may increase the risk of pathogen release into drinking water
A study by a team of University of Illinois engineers shows that the addition of anti-scalant chemicals to drinking water distribution systems can cause biofilm to grow thicker and become softer, increasing the chance that bacteria will detach and foul the water supply. More>>

Average time to resolve construction disputes in North America continues to rise
In 2017, the time taken to resolve disputes increased by more than two months, and errors and/or omissions in contract documents were the No. 1 cause of disputes, according to a new report by Arcadis. More>>

EPA updates WaterSense specification for showerheads
The changes reflect recent revisions to ASME A112.18.1/CSA B125.1: Plumbing Supply Fittings regarding testing and labeling. More>>

Technical experts are needed to help develop We-Stand
IAPMO is accepting applications from experts in the following subject areas to join Water Efficiency and Sanitation Standard task groups: alternate water sources, water efficiency/conservation, premise water system design, commercial food services, and non-traditional toilets. The deadline to apply is September 10. More>>

ICC seeks Exam Development Committee members
Openings are available starting January 1, 2019 on the committees that are responsible for the development and maintenance of ICC's national certification exams. The deadline to apply is September 14. More>>

ASHRAE announces call for papers for its 2019 Conference
The 2019 ASHRAE Annual Conference will be held in Kansas City, Missouri on June 22–26, and presentation submissions are due by August 21. Conference tracks include HVAC&R Systems and Equipment in the Built Environment, Optimization in HVAC&R, Commissioning New & Existing Buildings, and Modeling Throughout the Building Life Cycle, among others. More>>

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