November 12, 2013 Luncheon Seminar: Pointers and Potential Pitfalls – A Legal Perspective Regarding Expert Work

This months luncheon seminar was held at The Parthenon, located in Greek Town in Chicagos West Loop area.

Mindy Medley, and attorney with Clausen Miller, gave a very informative presentation for FPEs on work as an engineer and that of a testifying expert..

The presentation topics included:

First, in daily work as an engineer

  • Negligence law regarding engineers
  • An engineers standard of care
  • A heads up of potential pitfalls
  • Brief case study

Second, in work when retained as a testifying expert :

  • Law regarding expert standards Daubert, Federal Rule of Evidence 702 and Frye
  • Protecting your reputation when serving as an expert
  • How to be best prepared when drafting reports and giving testimony
  • Why are experts excluded?

The details on these topics are to be found in her PowerPoint presentation here.

One interesting development pointed out by Mindy is that effective 1/1/14, a signature PE seal in the state of Illinois may be generated by computer per 225 ILCS 325/14 sec. 14 (see http://www.ilga.gov/legislation/ilcs/fulltext.asp?DocName=022503250K14). (submitted by K. Mniszewski, 11/15/13)

October 21, 2013 Luncheon Seminar – Storage Sprinkler Applications

This months seminar luncheon was held at The Parthenon, located in Greek Town in Chicagos West Loop area. Turnout was good with several members of ASPE attending.

Ken Brown, Business Development Manager for Tyco Fire Protection Products, gave a great presentation on Storage Sprinkler Applications.

The presentation topics included:

  • A brief history of sprinkler technology; classification of sprinkler heads
  • A brief history of sprinkler technical committees and standards
  • Comparison of NFPA 13 and FM DS 2-0,8-9 standards

A major point of discussion was the need to use of equivalency when FM criteria is used, but NFPA criteria is the local code requirement.

A PDF of the PowerPoint presentation will be attached when it becomes available from the author, as many of the attendees have requested it.

(submitted by K. Mniszewski, 10/23/13)

February 25, 2013, Luncheon Seminar and Meeting

The February meeting was held Greek Islands Chicago. The food was great as usual.

The speaker was John Frank, Senior Vice President of the Loss Prevention Center of Excellence. The Loss Prevention Center of Excellence is responsible for global technical research and training for customers and Global Asset Protection Services associates, as well as standards development.

The topic was Supplying a Semi-Fixed Foam System, a Case Study. The study focused on bulk fuel storage tanks with semi-fixed foam system piping, and the use of Aircraft Rescue and Firefighting (ARFF) vehicles to supply those foam systems. Additional discussion involved the benefits and limitations of semi-fixed foam systems.

Semi-fixed systems in general are common in fire protection applications, e.g. dry standpipes with FD connections. NFPA 11 addresses the topic of semi-fixed foam systems.

Technical issues discussed mainly involved the use of ARFF vehicles for this application, which are not designed for it. Typical hydraulic calculations for the foam supply examples were presented. Suggestions for adapting ARFF vehicles for this purpose elsewhere were given. Johns PowerPoint presentation is available here.

(submitted by K. Mniszewski, 3/5/13)