Design Approach, Maintenance and Inspection of Fire Sprinkler Systems

Ottawa, Ontario /
Jan 28 - 29, 2019 /
Course Code: 09-0111-2361

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After participating in this course, you will be able to:

  • Use hazard classifications to design sprinkler systems
  • Select the most suitable type of system for your project
  • Develop system design criteria using hydraulic calculations
  • Understand the inspection and maintenance requirements of sprinkler systems

Tragic and costly fires and the requirements of building and fire codes are reasons designers, building owners and operators must be familiar with sprinkler systems. This course is designed to provide participants with the tools needed to design, install and maintain sprinkler systems in accordance with building and fire codes.

Course Outline

  • Sprinkler system overview
  • Types of sprinkler systems and components
  • NFPA 13 standard hazard classifications
  • New technologies
  • NFPA 13 standard design criteria
  • Inspection and maintenance requirements
  • Sprinkler system and fire alarm systems
  • Upgrading and retrofitting

Who Should Attend
Sprinkler System Designers and Engineers Installation and Service personnel Building Owners Property Managers Superintendents Maintenance personnel Building and Fire Inspectors

Required Resources
Participants are to bring their own calculators

More Information


Daily Schedule
8:00 Registration & Coffee (Day 1 only)
8:30 Seminar begins
12:00 Lunch (provided)
4:30 Adjournment

There is an one‐hour lunch break each day in addition to a refreshments and networking break each morning and afternoon. Lunch and refreshments are provided.

Day I

Building Area/Building Height and Sprinkler Systems Overview

  • Major occupancies classification
  • Number of streets
  • Combustible vs. non-combustible
  • Sprinkler vs. non-sprinkler
  • Water supply
  • What happens when a fire starts
  • How mechanical systems extinguish a fire
  • Historical development of sprinkler systems
  • Statistics on the rate of success in putting out fires
  • How the sprinkler head works
  • Fire detector principles and applications
  • Fire suppressant properties and uses

Types of Sprinkler Systems and their Components

  • Types: wet, dry, deluge, pre-action, anti-freeze loop, and foam system
  • Components: heads, valves, check valves, fire department connections, wall hydrants, hose reels, cabinets, hoses and nozzles, switches, pipe fittings, hangers, drains, and test connections

Hazard Classification

  • NFPA 13 classifications: light hazards, ordinary hazards, extra hazards, and storage hazards
  • Suitability of different types of sprinkler systems to a certain hazard classification

New Technology in Fire Sprinklers

  • Overview of all the new sprinklers which are available on the market
  • Where each sprinkler can be used and why you would use it
  • How the new tech sprinklers compare in performance to standard sprinklers
  • Each hazard will be discussed for relevant new technology
  • How to locate and calculate all of the new tech sprinklers

Design Criteria

  • Determining availability of water supply
  • Determining the hazard classification
  • Using NFPA tables and charts
  • Necessary water densities, pressures, etc.
  • Combining fire pumps and water supplies
  • Comparing sprinkler demands to water supplies
  • Hydraulically calculated pipe sizes
  • Pressure balancing
  • Velocity pressure calculation
  • Complex systems

Sprinkler System Design Exercise
Participants will work on a sprinkler system design exercise under instructor guidance.

Day II

Maintenance and Inspection

  • Requirements of National Fire Code
  • Requirements of NFPA 25
  • Logs to be maintained
  • Owner's liability
  • Benefits of insurance

Sprinkler System Monitoring and Fire Alarm System

  • Overview of sprinkler system and building fire alarm system
  • Fire detector principles and application
  • Monitoring of water system parameters for sprinklers and instrumentation
  • Automatic sprinklers and signalling
  • Sprinkler system connection to fire alarm system
  • Sprinkler system monitoring and transmission to Central Station

Upgrading Your Sprinkler System

  • Hazard classification change
  • Code change
  • Leasehold improvements

Retrofitting Your Sprinkler System

  • Enhancing marketability and insurability of building space
  • Life safety

Case study

Future Trends
The instructor will ask participants to discuss changes in technology, the extended use of sprinkler systems in residential buildings, and changing code requirements.


Kevin J. Kelly, P. Eng.

Kevin is a professional engineer with more than 30 years of experience in fire protection engineering within government and the private sector.

He is a member of Professional Engineers Ontario and the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, and he has served on numerous Building Code, Fire Code and standards’ writing committees. He has lectured extensively on a wide range of fire protection engineering topics.


To be announced

Although the venue is not officially confirmed, EPIC courses are generally held at the following location(s):

Hilton Garden Inn Ottawa Airport
2400 Alert Road
Ottawa ON  K1V 1S1

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Fee & Credits
  • 1.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 14 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
Early Registration Fee:

$1595 + taxes

Fee after December 21, 2018:

$1695 + taxes


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