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Sprinkler Systems Using Seismic Protection Distance Learning
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3/17/2016 to 5/2/2016
When: March 17-May 2, 2016
Where: United States

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Seismic protection is a necessity for many of the buildings constructed today.  Starting with how to determine when seismic protection is necessary, this course will convey proper seismic protection for fire sprinkler systems and other water-based fire protection systems.  Lessons will cover both needed flexibility and rigidity thought the system(s).  Calculating the loads applicable to bracing will no longer be a mystery.  Following the course, participants will know their systems are protected for the next earthquake.


Duration:  7 weeks


Prerequisites: Students must have basic knowledge and familiarity of sprinkler systems installed in accordance with NFPA 13.  This includes system components, common materials, and basic spacing rules.


Number of Modules: 8


Learning Outcomes: At the conclusion of this seminar, the participant will be able to:

  1. Identify when earthquake protection is needed

  2. Calculate the applicable seismic force

  3. Describe locations in a system that need flexibility

  4. Discuss where sway braces are needed

  5. Calculate the appropriate loads for a sway brace

  6. Identify and describe components of sway braces

  7. Describe system restraints

  8. Apply seismic protection to a water-based fire protection system

FEE: Members or AHJs: $450   Non-Members: $650

Codes/Standards w/edition:

NFPA 13, 2016 Edition

ASCE 7 -16


Seminar Format(s):  

Lessons delivered via recorded sessions.

Live Q&A sessions.

Activities to reinforce concepts.


Participant Materials:  



**Must have an NFPA 13 (2016 Edition preferred)**


Instructor Materials:  

NFPA 13, 2016 Edition


Assessment Method(s):



Class Participation


Seminar Schedule: Lecture(s) available Thursday; Discussion Sessions Live Monday

March 17, 2016

Module 0: Course Introduction

Module 1: When is Earthquake Protection Needed?

March 21, 2016 Discussion


March 24, 2016

Module 2: What is the Force of an Earthquake?

March 28, 2016 Discussion


March 31, 2016

Module 3: When is Flexibility Needed in the Fire Protection System?

April 4, 2016 Discussion


April 7, 2016

Module 4: When is Rigidity Needed in the Fire Protection System?

Module 5: How are Loads for Sway Braces Calculated?

April 11, 2016 Discussion


April 14, 2016

Module 6: How are Sway Braces Configured?

April 18, 2016 Discussion


April 21, 2016

Module 7: When is Restraint Needed for the Fire Protection System?

April 25, 2016 Discussion


April 28, 2016

Module 8: Putting It All Together

May 2, 2016 Discussion


FEE: Members or AHJs: $450   Non-Members: $650

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