Texas Burglar & Fire Alarm Association - Event Information - Texas Burglar & Fire Alarm Association

Event Name:
Texas Fire Protection Association Class

Event Type(s):
Industry Events

Lunch and a technical program
January 08, 2020 - 9:00 AM-2:30 PM
San Marcos Activity Center, 501 E. Hopkins, San Marcos, TX 
Design and Drawing Preparation Responsibilities for Engineers vs. Contractors and Technicians
Co-sponsored by the NFSA Texas Chapter
  • 9:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. - Registration and Networking
  • 9:30 a.m. -  12:00 p.m. - Presentations
  • 12:00 p.m. - 12:45 p.m. - Lunch and Business Meeting
  • 12:45 p.m. - 2:30 p.m. - Presentations
This program will include multiple presenters who will speak about complexities associated with the transfer of design responsibility from “bid/contract documents,” which have been sealed by a licensed Professional Engineer, to “shop drawings" prepared by a licensed contractor or technician. It is not uncommon for this transition generate problems with respect to:
  • Code/standards compliance
  • Client needs
  • Design authority and responsibility of a professional engineer in the production of contract documents with sprinkler and fire alarm system layouts
  • Sprinkler and fire alarm contractor responsibilities in executing engineered designs in a manner that meets codes, standards and licensing laws
Contract documents prepared by an engineer may be intended to be general in nature, but when they depict specific layouts and equipment and have been sealed by an engineer, they become a firm directive that sprinkler and fire alarm contractors are obligated to follow in preparing shop drawings that execute the design. If a contractor varies from the engineered design, that can lead to problems with respect to plan review, permitting and client approvals.
This presentation will begin with an overview of design/bid/build and design/build delivery methods and will then offer perspectives on how information can be effectively transferred between the “design” team, which includes licensed engineers, architects and the owner, and the “build” team, which includes sprinkler and fire alarm contractors. Discussion topics include:
  • Engineering competency requirements and the meaning and importance of sealed documents
  • TBPE Policies 04-04-FA and 04-04-FS describing delegated sprinkler and fire alarm designs
  • Engineering ethics
  • Sprinkler and fire alarm license-holder responsibilities in delegated designs
  • Texas Administrative Code practices for contractors stamping and signing plans as a license holder, including recent and upcoming changes in contractor licensing and enforcement
NOTE: Participation in this program will satisfy the annual 1-hour ethics refresher requirement for licensed professional engineers.
Speaker Panel: 
Kevin Hall, P.E. is the Manager of Engineering Research for the National Fire Sprinkler Association. Mr. Hall has both a Bachelor of Science and a Master of Engineering in Fire Protection Engineering from the University of Maryland, College Park and is a registered professional engineer in the states of Maryland and Delaware. He is an active member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, serving on the EPS committee, and the National Fire Protection Association, serving on the NFPA 45, NFPA 96, and NFPA 1031 technical committees. Kevin also participates on the Standard Technical Panel for UL 2901.
Paul Mitchell is President of the Texas Fire Alarm Association and is the Regional Sales Manager for Eaton Life Safety and Mass Notification Solutions (Wheelock), based in Flower Mound, TX. Mr. Mitchell is responsible for sales/support of Wheelock and Life Safety Solutions in five South Central region states. Mr. Mitchell has been in the life safety solutions field for 24 years, including 10 years in manufacturing and 14 years in fire alarm construction sales. His experience includes high-rise buildings, college campus projects, and network voice fire alarm systems in various occupancies. Mr. Mitchell has a B.S. Degree in Marketing / Management from the University of Southern Mississippi and has NICET Level 1 certification. 
Michael Sims, P.E. is the Director of Compliance & Enforcement for the Texas Board of Professional Engineers and Land Surveyors. He has been with the Board since June 2018. Mr. Sims previously was the Special Projects Manager and Manager of Environmental Permits within the Oil & Gas Division of the Railroad Commission of Texas and worked in Air Permits at the Texas Commission on Environmental Quality. He holds a B.S. in chemical engineering from the University of Texas at Austin and has been a licensed professional engineer since 2010.
Kelley Stalder is a Forensic Engineer with the Texas State Fire Marshal’s Office. Mr. Stalder is certified as a fire inspector, fire investigator, and instructor by the Texas Commission on Fire Protection (TCFP). He has an electrical engineering degree with emphasis in biomedical engineering from Southern Methodist University. He was drawn to serve as a volunteer firefighter before being appointed by Governor George W. Bush, to serve as a commissioner on the TCFP and was named the Presiding Officer of the TCFP in 1996. He was re-appointed by Governor Rick Perry and served TCFP for over 15 years. He later served in roles as City Fire Chief and as a deputy commander in Texas 4 DMAT (disaster medical assistance team).
Registration Fee (includes lunch):
Prepaid Online - Member: $15
Prepaid Online - Non-member: $25
At Door - Member/Non-Member: $30
RSVP DEADLINE IS 5:00 p.m. on January 6, 2020. Space is limited and will be offered on a first come, first served basis.

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9:00 AM-2:30 PM