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Presenter: Chris Crivello and 1 more

Seminar Date:

Seminar Location: Albany, NY

Hilton Garden Inn Albany Airport
800 Albany Shaker Road
Albany, NY 12211
Phone: 518-464-6666

This seminar is closed or full.


Registration:                        8:00 - 8:30 am

Morning Session:                8:30 am - 12:00 pm

Lunch (On your own):         12:00 - 1:00 pm

Afternoon Session:             1:00 - 4:30 pm

Anatomy of a Fire

   History and science behind development of fire protection design
   Overview of fire growth and characteristics
   The role that building construction plays in fire behavior
   How codes are written to address fire resistance ratings, ventilation, egress, fire fighter access
   Case study showing integration with overall building life safety performance

NFPA 13 Design Approach

   Definition of responsible charge in the design of a sprinkler system
   Engineer vs. contractor responsibilities for the design of automatic sprinkler systems
   Design approaches for construction documents applied to NFPA 13
   Establishing levels of contractor competency for degree of project complexity
   Case study for application of design approaches to NFPA 13
   What is the right level of fire protection design to optimize installation cost?

What’s Eating Your Pipes? – How Corrosion Can Cause Your Sprinkler
System to Fail and How to Fight it

   Corrosion in fire protection systems is a growing problem
   Steps in combating the corrosion problem
   Various types of corrosion that can take place in fire protection systems
   Specific information on ways to size up the corrosion problem, overview of
     NFPA 25 specified maintenance requirements and techniques to mitigate corrosion
   Case studies of existing buildings to emphasize corrosion issues associated
     with the upkeep of sprinkler systems

Hazard Evaluation vs. Risk Analysis – A Way of Thinking

   Steps that code enforcement officials, engineers, and architects can take in dealing with
     hazards and risks within structures that are not addressed by the building and fire codes
   The difference between hazard evaluations and risk analysis
   Examples of quantifying hazards and risk along with implementing riskmanagement plans
   A case study of a fire to emphasize the value of a hazard and risk analysis
   Hazard evaluations and risk analysis for the evaluation of an existing building

Manufacturing and Industrial Occupancies – The Specialized Knowledge You Should Have

   Identifying the level of protection that codes may not prescribe
   Developing hazardous level classification
   How to apply performance-based requirements of the codes
   Developing customized detection and suppression design criteria
   Case studies

Fire Protection for Data Centers

   Outline the design professional’s responsibilities in the development
     of data center fire protection systems
   Technical details specified and defined in the Building Code and NFPA standards
   Developing customized detection and suppression design criteria

Credit Information:

Who Should Attend

  • Architects
  • Engineers
  • Contractors

     6.5 HSW Continuing Ed. Hours  
     6.5 AIA LU|HSW

Professional Engineers  
     6.5 Continuing Ed. Hours

International Code Council   
     .65 CEUs (Fire)

     Non-Credit Continuing Ed.

Continuing Education Credit Information

This seminar is open to the public and offers up to 6.5 HSW continuing education hours to architects and 6.5 continuing education hours to professional engineers in all states.

HalfMoon Education is deemed a New York-approved continuing education provider for engineers and architects via its registration with the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System (Regulations of the Commissioner §68.14(i)(2) and §69.6(i)(2)).

This event is approved by the American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System for 6.5 LU|HSW (Sponsor No. J885). Only full attendance can be reported to the AIA/CES. Visit www.halfmoonseminars.org to view complete AIA information under this course listing.

The International Code Council has approved this course for .65 CEUs in specialty area of Fire (Preferred Provider No. 1232).

This event offers a non-credit continuing education opportunity to construction contractors. It has not been approved by any state with a continuing education requirement for contractors.

Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the seminar for most individuals who complete the entire event. Attendance certificates not available at the seminar will be mailed to participants within fifteen business days.


Chris Crivello

Principal at RAN Fire Protection Engineering, P.C.

Mr. Crivello is a fire protection project engineer for RAN Fire Protection Engineering, P.C., and a technical staff member at truVUE Inspection Technologies. His education includes a bachelor of science degree in Mechanical Engineering from Rensselaer Polytechnic Institute, along with a master of science degree in Fire Protection Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. He has passed the principles and practices of engineering exam in fire protection engineering to become a licensed professional engineer. Mr. Crivello has worked as a lead design engineer for fire protection systems in all types of buildings for the last six years. As a fire protection engineer, Mr. Crivello’s responsibilities include complete design of fire protection systems, specializing in fire suppression and fire alarm design. The scope of his responsibilities includes contract drawings, specifications, and construction administration services. Mr. Crivello has worked in fire protection design on commercial, healthcare, industrial, historical and residential buildings. He has designed fire protection systems for these types of buildings, including fire alarm, sprinkler/standpipe, water spray, foam and agent systems. His experience with existing buildings includes the documentation of as-built conditions for fire protection system plans to evaluate system reliability. Mr. Crivello’s knowledge of national, state and NFPA codes make him an expert in fire protection code analysis and compliance review. His experience includes the analysis and design of life safety and egress solutions including architectural egress components, evacuation planning, and crowd management. He is also experienced in master planning and code consulting. With Mr. Crivello’s educational and application design background, he has specialized in the discipline of industrial fire protection engineering. He has worked diligently on performing fire hazard analyses, including code compliance, fire risk assessment, explosion protection, flammable and combustible liquids storage, and the control of toxic gases.

Douglas Nadeau

President at RAN Fire Protection Engineering, P.C.

Mr. Nadeau, P.E., is the president of RAN Fire Protection Engineering, P.C., and vice president of truVUE Inspection Technologies. He is a licensed fire protection engineer, certified fire protection specialist and LEED accredited professional. His education includes a bachelor of science degree in both Mechanical Engineering and Physics, along with a master of science degree in Fire Protection Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute. Mr. Nadeau has worked as a lead design engineer for fire protection and plumbing systems in all types of buildings and uses for more than 20 years. Mr. Nadeau has been recognized as a leader in the field of fire protection engineering. He has been responsible for the complete design of fire protection and mechanical systems, including contract drawings and specifications as well as project coordination, administration, construction management and cost estimating. He has conducted risk evaluations of various building features involving building code application, fire modeling, and identification and resolution of hazardous conditions. Mr. Nadeau has a long history of experience with commercial, public, and institutional buildings. His work has involved the development of risk mitigation techniques and life safety systems specific to building design. He has conducted studies analyzing the protection of the facility property, the protection of occupants, and the redundancies necessary to provide a continuity of business function in the case of a fire emergency. Mr. Nadeau began his career in the heart of Boston, designing fire protection systems for high-rise buildings of both a prescriptive and performance-based nature. His work evaluating the life safety provisions inherent to the Uniform Building Code (UBC), Southern Building Code (SBC), and Building Officials and Code Administrators (BOCA) has been internationally published. In addition, his expertise in the determination and application of the intent of building codes has allowed him to function as a reference for state agencies and local municipalities.

Tuition Costs:

Standard Tuition: $289.00
Online Tuition (pre-registration): $289.00
Group Prices
3 or more people each: $269.00

Each registration includes one copy of a manual prepared by the seminar speakers.

AIA Info:

AIA Provider Statement:

HalfMoon Education Inc. is a registered provider of AIA-approved continuing education under Provider Number J885. All registered AIA/CES Providers must comply with the AIA Standards for Continuing Education Programs. Any questions or concerns about this provider of learning program may be sent to AIA/CES (cesupport@aia.org or (800) AIA 3837, Option 3).

This learning program is registered with AIA/CES for continuing professional education. As such, it does not include content that may be deemed or construed to be an approval or endorsement by the AIA of any material of construction or any method or manner of handling, using, distributing, or dealing in any material or product.

AIA continuing education credit has been reviewed and approved by AIA/CES. Learners must complete the entire learning program to receive continuing education credit. AIA continuing education Learning Units earned upon completion of this course will be reported to AIA/CES for AIA members. Certificates of Completion for both AIA members and non-AIA members are available upon request.

Course Title: Designing for Fire Protection

Delivery Method: Live

Course Description: This is a 6.5 hour live lecture presentation with the instructors and students together in the same room. It will be conducted in a handicap-accessible conference room with ample seating space and writing surface for all attendees. Bound written materials, authored by the faculty, will be distributed to all participants at the program. Attendance will be monitored and reported to AIA/CES. This course covers the science of fire and how it spreads in structures, provision of the NFPA 13, hazard evaluation vs. risk analysis, and design considerations in manaufacturing and industrial structures.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to develop a fire protection design approach by utilizing provisions of NFPA 13.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to address special design considerations for manaufacturing and industrial occupancies and for data centers.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to discuss the science of fire and describle how it spreads in a stucture, and how codes are written to address fire resistance ratings, ventilation, egress, and fire fighter access.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to describe design steps that code enforcement officials, engineers, and architects can take in dealing with hazards and risks that are not addressed by building and fire codes.

LUs: 6.5                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Basic knowledge of fire safety and fire code.

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 11/16/2019

Complaint Resolution Policy:

Complaints regarding this course can be emailed to doug@halfmoonseminars.org or by calling (715) 835-5900. A HalfMoon Education representative will respond within 72 hours to resolve the complaint, which will include, but not limited to, access to another CE activity at no or reduced cost or a full or partial refund. Each instance will be resolved on a case-by-case situation.