Intermediate Plumbing System Design at the 2017 Tech Symposium

WORKSHOP: Intermediate Plumbing System Design

New for 2017! During the 2017 Technical Symposium, engineers and designers just starting out in their career can participate in this exclusive full-day course on Saturday, October 21, which was created for those who want to learn more details about the systems they currently design. It is targeted toward ASPE Young Professionals who might be attending the AYP Leadership Academy on Thursday, October 19.

This ticketed course is available to full conference attendees only and is limited to 20 individuals. You will receive 0.6 CEUs (6 hours) for participating in this course, which is equivalent to what you would earn for participating in the four breakout sessions on the same day at the Technical Symposium. The workshop starts at 8:45 a.m., concludes at 4:45 p.m., and includes a lunch break with the other conference attendees.

Centered around commercial kitchen design, this course touches on a multitude of systems. Topics 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 pieces?
  • 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 heaters? How is the boiler controlled?
  • Flues. What are the four categories of venting? Where must the vent terminate? How much combustion air is needed?
  • Circulation. 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? 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 Drainage

  • Roof and overflow drain: 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 to other 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 and major concerns while designing a kitchen
  • Obtaining permits through the Health Department
  • Coordinating with the kitchen consultant

About the Presenter: Peter Kraut, PE

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 ASPE's Los Angeles Chapter. 

More details:

  • Saturday, October 21 from 8:45 a.m. - 4:45 p.m. with the same breaks and lunch break as all other conference attendees
  • There are no additional fees for this ticketed course
  • Pre-register for this course during the 2017 Technical Symposium registration
  • The course is limited to 20 participants 
  • Earn 0.6 CEUs for participating which is the same CEUs you can earn by attending the 4 sessions on Saturday, October 21

Questions? Call or email ASPE Education at or 224-217-9016.