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Fire Sprinklers 103 - Design Options

approx 90 minutes - 4 parts

CEUs = 0.15   /   CPDs = 1.5   (CEUs/CPDs are OPTIONAL)

Design criteria refers to the basis of design or the prescription for how much water will be required to be applied to a pre-determined area of application. This program covers what the Authority Having Jurisdiction should expect the owner to provide; discusses control versus suppression, Design approach choices, Density/Area curves; and addresses restrictions, modifiers, area adjustments, as well as room design method applications and Storage occupancies.

This program will introduce participants to fire sprinkler system types, sprinkler head characteristics, rules for spacing and location of sprinklers and obstruction rules.

Upon completion of this program, participants should be able to review sprinkler shop drawings to determine if sprinklers are properly spaced and located based upon the construction features of the building and obstructions to sprinkler discharge.

Participants will be able to recognize sprinkler types and temperature ratings required based upon conditions described on shop drawings and should be able to conduct a comprehensive review of computer generated hydraulic calculations with a high degree of confidence.

The target audience for all three presentations includes:

  • Architects
  • Building Officials
  • Designers
  • Plan reviewers
  • Fire Marshals
  • Sprinkler salesmen
  • Sprinkler installers



To sample the audio presentation download the following file.

Download First Audio Segment  (mp3)   SAMPLE AUDIO






Bob Caputo has been a member of the fire protection community for more than 25 years and has experience is all areas of the fire sprinkler industry. A former fire fighter trained in fire suppression at the U.S. Naval Fire Fighting Training Center in San Diego, Bob has been an instructor since 1989, teaching seminars for both American Fire Sprinkler Association (AFSA) and NFPA. He holds fire sprinkler contracting licenses in multiple states. He represents AFSA on the NFPA 13 Installation Committee and is the author of AFSA's Project Management Tools program. He was named FPC Magazine's “Man of the Year” in 1994 and was named San Diego County Fire Prevention Officer of the Year in 1999.

Roland Huggins, P.E. is Vice President of Engineering and Technical Services for the American Fire Sprinkler Association. He is a graduate of the University of Maryland and is registered in Fire Protection Engineering. He is a member of the NFPA and SFPE. Huggins is a member of multiple NFPA technical committees, including NFPA 13 Technical Correlating Committee, NFPA 13 Discharge Criteria, NFPA 25 Inspection and Maintenance, and three NFPA 5000 (Building Code) committees; Technical Correlating Committee, Assembly Occupancies, and Industrial/Storage Occupancies. NFPA activities have included participating on the editing of the 1999 and 2002 editions of the Sprinkler Handbook. Other national activities involve the NFPA Research Foundation, UL Standard Technical Panels, NICET, and SFPE (performance based design guide). He has conducted many seminars and presentations, as well as written numerous sprinkler-related articles.