Intermediate Plumbing Design Workshop: San Antonio


This full-day seminar sponsored by Lubrizol is for plumbing designers who want to learn more details about the systems that they currently design.  Centered around commercial kitchen design, this program touches on a multitude of systems.  Topics will include:

Natural Gas

  • Sizing and selecting gas regulators.  Why is medium pressure needed?  What is the proper delivery pressure?
  • Regulator vents.  Where are the vents and where should they discharge?  Are there vent-less regulators and where can they be used?
  • Locating and specifying solenoid valves.  Why are they needed?  How do they connect with the hoods?

Domestic Water

  • Identifying valve types and their uses.  When should you specify a ball valve, a globe valve, or a gate valve?  Full port or standard port?  2 piece or 3 piece?
  • Designing pressure regulator stations.  What components are needed?  When is a pilot operated valve a good choice.  What are the limitations of direct acting PRV’s?  How do you create a multi-stage system?
  • Check valves, pressure gauges, unions, thermometers, sensors and more.

Domestic Hot Water

  • Sizing and selecting water heaters.  Tank type, boilers, instantaneous, electric or gas?
  • Water heater piping.  What is the right way to pipe the boiler, tank or other hot water heater?  How is the boiler controlled?
  • Flues.  What are the four categories of venting?  Where must the vent terminate?  How much combustion air is needed?
  • Circulating.  How is the circulating pump sized?  How do piping, insulation and temperature affect the circulating system?  How is the pump controlled?  How does a dual temperature system affect the piping?

Sanitary Waste and Vent

  • Combination waste and vent.  Where can combination systems be used?  What about wet venting and flat venting? Floor sinks and floor drains.  How do you select the right fixture for the equipment?  What options are needed – flashing clamp, trap primer connection, half grate, sediment basket or dome strainer?
  • Traps and interceptors.  Which one is right for your application?  How are they sized and what are the installation requirements?
  • Indirect drainage. What is the difference between an air gap and an air break? What are the codes governing indirect waste, length, slope, connections and discharge? How are they sized?

Storm Drain

  • Roof and overflow drains:  What options are needed – Roof sump, extension, cast iron dome?
  • Pipe routing.  How do you most efficiently size and locate pipe?  What pipe routing options are prohibited?

Fixtures and equipment

  • Kitchen equipment.  What is needed to connect others’ fixtures and equipment?
  • Plumbing fixtures.  What fixtures are specified by the plumbing engineer?  How are they selected and what options should be included?

Bringing it All Together

  • Lessons learned & major concerns while designing a kitchen
  • Briefly permitting process through Health Department
  • Coordination with kitchen consultant

About the Presenter: Peter Kraut, P.E. 

Peter Kraut, PE, is a Mechanical Engineer specializing in the design of plumbing systems. He studied Civil Engineering for two years at the University of Lowell in Massachusetts and then earned a Bachelor of Science in Architectural Engineering Technology from the Wentworth Institute of Technology in Boston. He began his work experience during college as a Land Surveyor, and after graduation he worked as a Construction Project Manager. In these jobs, Peter gained experience in the installation of HVAC, plumbing, and fire protection systems, which would prove later to be invaluable in the design of these systems. He earned his license as a Professional Engineer in 2000 and is now licensed in 23 states and is currently pursuing several more. His project experience includes schools, universities, hospitals, convention centers, aquariums, stadiums, museums, sound stages, theaters, office buildings, restaurants, retail centers, and even amusement park rides. He practices environmentally conscious design, has designed more than 50 LEED buildings, and participated in the design of California’s first LEED Platinum building. In 2001, he founded South Coast Engineering Group, which offers engineering services to architects, developers, and four of the largest design-build plumbing contractors in Los Angeles. Recent projects include a high-rise hotel for Marriott and a new data center for Disney ABC Television. His recent international work includes a new amusement park in Mumbai, India. He has been published in and holds a position on the editorial review board of Plumbing Engineer magazine, and he serves his community as a member of the Calabasas General Plan Advisory Committee and the City of Los Angeles Plumbing Technical Advisory Committee. He is an active member and Past President of the American Society of Plumbing Engineers Los Angeles Chapter. 

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CEUs: Earn .75 CEUs / 7.5 PDHs for attending

WhereJacobs Engineering Group, 911 Central Parkway North, Suite 425, San Antonio, TX 78204 (click here for a map)

Time: 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. CST

Call or email ASPE Education at or 224-217-9016 with questions.



Intermediate Plumbing Design Full-day Workshop
San Antonio, TX, 8:00 a.m. - 4:30 p.m.
February 11, 2015