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Presentation Descriptions

 

Wednesday, January 7, 2015

Electrical

Power Quality University, Dan Maxcy, Power Protection Products, Inc.

Overcurrent Protection, Dan Neeser, Eaton’s Bussman Business
This two hour seminar will cover the purpose and basics of overcurrent protection devices including construction and operation.  The different types of overcurrent devices will be presented.  Performance of overcurrent devices, including time current curves and current-limiting effects will also be discussed.

Variable Frequency Drives, Todd Olmschenk, Mulcahy Company
This presentation will start with basic understanding of how VFD’s work and general terminology. Once everyone gets a feel for the hardware side of VFD’s we will move into what the NEC requires for an approved installation. We will cover 430.120 – 430.128 in depth as well as some discussion on 430.102 disconnect location. The session will conclude by covering the UL requirements to a proper and safe installation, this will include fusing requirements not cover by the NEC.

Selective Coordination, Dan Neeser, Eaton’s Bussman Business
This two hour seminar will cover the requirements for selective coordination and methods for compliance with circuit breakers and fuses.  In addition, 2014 NEC Code Changes affecting the requirements for selective coordination will be discussed in detail.

Plumbing

Large Pex Piping, Steve Swanson, Uponor Corp
This session will provide attendees with an overview of working with PEX tubing. Also, it will provide attendees with the knowledge and use of how to design and install large dimension PEX tubing in light commercial as well as large commercial applications such as multi-housing, hotels, high-rise buildings, hospitals, warehouse spaces, or other commercial applications.

Residential Fire Protection, Steve Swanson, Uponor Corp
To provide education to the plumbing industry on plumbing based multipurpose fire safety sprinkler systems as it relates to the NFPA 13D standard and how they are installed, designed, and integrated with the cold potable water. Upon completion of the course, attendees should have the necessary skills to install equipment as outlined in NFPA 13D.

Grease Interceptors, Jim Bauer, Green Turtle/Zurn or Mark Luczak, Green Turtle/Zurn

When Building Codes Aren't Followed..., Andy Thielen, Crane Engineering

Thursday, January 8, 2015

Electrical

Tap Rules and Transformers, Chad Kennedy, Schneider Electric-Square D

Health Care Facilities, Jeffrey Fecteau, Underwriters Labratories
This session will cover 2014 National Electrical Code requirements for the installation of electrical systems in Health Care Facilities. Topics that will be covered include:

  • Scope of Article 517
  • Definitions
  • Equipment Grounding
  • Patient Care Area Wiring Methods
  • Ground Fault Protection
  • Types of Mechanical Protection
  • Conductor Identification of Isolated Power Systems
  • Systems Required to Automatically Connected to Alternate Power Sources

 At the completion of this presentation, students should have the ability to recognize and locate the NEC requirements covering the installation of electrical systems within Health Care Facilities.

Minnesota Electrical Act Q & A, John Williamson, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry

Emergency and Standby Power, Chad Kennedy, Schneider Electric-Square D

Plumbing

Backflow/Cross Connection, Rich Davison, Soderholm Rep Group

Use of Technology in Today’s Construction Environment, Ron King and David Burczyk, Trimble Navigation, MEP Division

Proposed Plumbing Code Changes, James Peterson, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry

Question & Answer Forum, James Peterson, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry

Monday, January 12, 2015

Building

The "State of the State" - Construction Regulation, Jessica Looman and Scott McLellan, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry
Assistant Commissioner of Labor & Industry Jessica Looman and Director of Construction Codes & Licensing, Scott McLellan, will present the state of construction regulation in Minnesota. Each will provide their respective updates on new legislation, programs, technology, regulation and resources available from the Department affecting municipal code enforcement and associated regulation.

Update to Minnesota Rule 1322 "Residential Energy", Don Sivigny, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, Construction Codes and Licensing Division

Update to Minnesota Rule 1323 "Commercial Energy", Don Sivigny, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, Construction Codes and Licensing Division

1346 Amendments to 2012 IMC and 2012 IFGC, Scott Nelson, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, Construction Codes and Licensing Division

Minnesota Amendments for the 2012 IBC, Jerry Norman, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, Construction Codes and Licensing Division

Minnesota Amendments for the 2012 IEBC, Mike Bunnell, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, Construction Codes and Licensing Division

Amended Amendments to the Minnesota Accessibility Code, Curt Wiehle, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, Construction Codes and Licensing Division
This session will discuss the notable changes in the 2015 State Accessibility Code. Both the 2012 IBC chapter 11 and the ICC A117.1-2009 standard will be included. There have been some format changes and relocation of provisions that will be covered as well.

Minnesota Amendments for the 2012 IRC, Richard Lockrem, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, Construction Codes and Licensing Division

Significant Changes to Minnesota Rules, Chapter 1300, Herman Hauglid, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, Construction Codes and Licensing Division

What's New in Minnesota Rule, Chapter 1303, Herman Hauglid, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, Construction Codes and Licensing Division

Licensing & Enforcement Update 2015, Charlie Durenberger, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, Construction Codes and Licensing Division

Mechanical

The "State of the State" - Construction Regulation, Jessica Looman and Scott McLellan, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry
Assistant Commissioner of Labor & Industry Jessica Looman and Director of Construction Codes & Licensing, Scott McLellan, will present the state of construction regulation in Minnesota. Each will provide their respective updates on new legislation, programs, technology, regulation and resources available from the Department affecting municipal code enforcement and associated regulation.

Update to Minnesota Rule 1322 "Residential Energy", Don Sivigny, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, Construction Codes and Licensing Division

Update to Minnesota Rule 1323 "Commercial Energy", Don Sivigny, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, Construction Codes and Licensing Division

1346 Amendments to 2012 IMC and 2012 IFGC, Scott Nelson, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, Construction Codes and Licensing Division

Permit Technician

The "State of the State" - Construction Regulation, Jessica Looman and Scott McLellan, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry
Assistant Commissioner of Labor & Industry Jessica Looman and Director of Construction Codes & Licensing, Scott McLellan, will present the state of construction regulation in Minnesota. Each will provide their respective updates on new legislation, programs, technology, regulation and resources available from the Department affecting municipal code enforcement and associated regulation.

Significant Changes to Minnesota Rules, Chapter 1300, Herman Hauglid, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, Construction Codes and Licensing Division

What's New in Minnesota Rule, Chapter 1303, Herman Hauglid, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, Construction Codes and Licensing Division

Licensing & Enforcement Update 2015, Charlie Durenberger, Minnesota Department of Labor and Industry, Construction Codes and Licensing Division
Presented by CCLD Assistant Director Charlie Durenberger, this session is intended to be an informal discussion of changes to CCLD licensing and enforcement laws and policies as well as an opportunity to ask questions regarding licensing and enforcement issues.  Specific topics to be included this year are the Construction Contractor Registration Program and possible changes to plumbing and SSTS licensing and bonding requirements.

Tuesday, January 13, 2015

Building

Performance Based Homes: Conception to Completion, Joe Schreder and Kelly Help, Solid Ground Homes & Remodeling; Don Janke and Perry Penske, Extreme Panel Technologies, Inc.

Special Inspections, Sandra Hyde, International Code Council
This seminar covers the special inspection categories listed in Chapter 17 of the International Building Code® (IBC®). The class highlights the special inspector’s duties and required skills, building department duties, other stakeholders’ duties, and jurisdictional inspection vs. special inspection. Structural and nonstructural special inspections are discussed. Helpful forms for department use are reviewed.

Residential Masonry and Concrete, Olene Bigelow, International Masonry Institute
From below the ground and up, masonry and concrete requirements in the IRC have had significant changes since Minnesota's last adoption, so be prepared for a steep learning curve. From Footings to Adhered Veneer, this program will deal with the changes in requirements found in the 2012 IRC and the Minnesota Building Code. Come prepared with questions and items you would like the group to discuss.

Residential Deck Connections, Curt Johnson, Simpson Strong-Tie

Mechanical

Refrigeration Machine Room Requirements, Andy Thielen, Crane Engineering

Blue Duct Installation, Jon Jungers, AQC Industries

Permit Technician

Issues and Answers in Relationships Between Contractors and the Building Department, Remi Stone, BAM
This educational seminar will address the relationships between builders and the building departments. The interactive session will provide a forum for discussion and sharing of ways to improve and enhance the relationships. Participants will explore perceptions and attitudes. The session will conclude with ideas for best practices.

Building Permit Technician Occupational Analysis, Matt Simoneau, University of Wisconsin-Stout
This educational seminar will discuss an occupational analysis study completed of the Permit Technicians profession. This interactive session will discuss the duties, tasks, knowledge, skills, and abilities required of a Building Permit Technician. In addition, participants will learn about similar occupations, employer perceptions and attitudes, educational opportunities, and national data regarding Building Permit Technicians. Session will conclude with a discussion on ways to move forward and areas for further study.

Best Practices in the Building Department, Matt Simoneau, University of Wisconsin-Stout
This educational seminar will discuss best practices in a building department both in the office and in the field. This interactive session will cover topics such as technology, administration, document handling, staffing, and constraints. Participants will be able to share current best practices as well as develop strategies for implementation of best practices within their own departments.

Roundtable Discussion Part Two: Trend Analysis and Visioning, Matt Simoneau, University of Wisconsin-Stout
This facilitated roundtable is a continuation of the discussion of the changing role of the permit technician and the future of the building permit technician industry. This roundtable discussion will build off of the results from the previous discussion and will provide further insight as to the future of the Building Permit Technician profession. Participants include: building officials, city managers, elected officials, educators, and permit technicians. The session will conclude with position statements and a discussion on ways to move forward

Wednesday, January 14, 2015

Building

2012 IRC Fire Resistance for Two-family and Townhouses, Russell Thornburg, Johnson County, Kansas
This course is designed to give builders, plans examiners, field inspectors, architects, and designers an intense overview of the critical concepts of Section R302 of the 2012 IRC in an effort to provide insight to the intent of the code and its application in the field.

2012 Alternative Materials and Methods, Russell Thornburg, Johnson County, Kansas
This course is designed to look at some construction alternate materials in view of the code language. Construction documents will be used in recognizing how alternate materials easily being used for project today. This course will show some of the research (evaluation services) and resources (testing laboratories) that is needed for the plans examiner, building officials and field inspectors to do an adequate evaluation on most construction materials.

On-Site Septic Systems, Sara Heger, University of Minnesota
This daylong session will include the following topics:

  • System Documentation and Operating Permits
  • Type III System Design
  • Pressure Distribution and Piping – Design, Install and Management
  • MPCA Policy Update
  • High Strength Wastewater

HAZMAT Regulatory Updates, Ron Wieber, Enviro-Safe, Inc.

Legal Issues for the Code Enforcement Community, Gordon Hansmeier and Kevin Gray, Rajkowski, Ltd.

Fastening Systems for Concrete, Masonry, and Steel, Mindy Beringer, Hilti

Building Safe and Code-Compliant Buildings Through Increased Understanding of Firestop, Pat Paulson, HILTI North America

Mechanical

IMC, IFGC Code Updates, Tim Manz, City of Blaine; Barry Riven, City of Bloomington
This presentation will address the application of heating, ventilation and air-conditioning requirements from the International Mechanical Code (IMC) to existing residential housing. It is applicable to any edition of the mechanical code used for residential structures but will reference code sections from primarily the 2012 IMC. The seminar will cover residential provisions in the mechanical code that are commonly misinterpreted and misunderstood. The intended audience is housing inspectors, combination building/code inspectors, and private home inspectors, however all code enforcement personnel will find this seminar to be informational and useful for their routine inspections.

Natural Gas Basics, Gary Aslakson, CenterPoint Energy

Housing

You Can Work It Out: Communication and Conflict Resolution Skills for Building Officials, Jeanne Zimmer, Dispute Resolution Center
This Institute session will offer opportunities to learn:

  • Useful approaches for working with individuals and groups
  • How to diagnose conflict and identify the roots of disputes
  • Different conflict styles
  • How to use conflict constructively and prevent its destructive consequences

In this session, you will

  • Strengthen your listening and anticipatory skills
  • Practice giving “bad news”
  • Build your list of options for handling a range of situations
  • Practice applying new skills

Thursday, January 15, 2015

Building

2012 IRC Residential Plan Review (Day 1), Russell Thornburg, Johnson County, Kansas
This course is designed to provide the most detailed IRC plan review course available. Course discussion covers what you need to know to ensure compliance with the IRC. Instruction establishes a systematic and repeatable method of plan review through interactive and application-based training process.

Overview of the Prescriptive Provisions of the New Minnesota Residential Energy Code, Peter Kulczyk, Green Code Knowledge, LLC
The State of Minnesota anticipates that it will adopt a new Residential Energy Code in 2015 and it will be based on an amended version of the Residential provisions contained in the 2012 International Energy Conservation Code (IECC). This program, "Overview of the Prescriptive Provisions of the new Minnesota Residential Energy Code" addresses some of the key prescriptive provisions related to the exterior thermal envelope, insulation, vapor retarders, interior air barriers, fenestration, waterproofing, and testing of the envelope. This program will not address commercial energy, radon and mechanical ventilation.

Minnesota Residential Energy Code Round Table, Chuck Preisler, City of Hugo; Peter Kulczyk, Green Code Knowledge, LLC; Andy Schreder, City of St. Francis
The Minnesota Residential Energy Code round table will be an open discussion between the panel members and attendees to discuss the issues related to the administration and interpretation of the new Minnesota Residential Energy Code.

Inspection of Doors, Locks, Security Gates, and ADA Compliance, Gary Bechtold, St. Cloud Overhead Door Co./Mid Central Door Co.

Inspection of EPDM Roofs, Scuppers, Drains, Ballast, Parapet Wall, and Insulation, Kurt Scepaniak, Horizon Roofing & Sheet Metal

Fire

Fire Suppression in Commercial Kitchens, Jeff Rose, Tyco Fire Protection Products

Fire Alarms, John Swanson, Minnesota State Fire Marshal
In June, 2012 the State of Minnesota updated the more commonly used National Fire Protection Association (NFPA) Standards. NFPA 72 was included in this update. Minnesota now references the 2010 Edition of NFPA 72. This document underwent many changes from the 2002, 2007 and 2010 editions and this presentation will cover the significant changes that took place and how it affects the code official and designers that use this standard. It will also cover what's coming down the road for fire alarm systems in the near future regarding technology and future editions of NFPA 72.

Housing

Basic Legal Aspects of Code Administration, Right of Entry, and Dealing with Distressed Properties, Linda Pieczynski, Private Attorney and International Code Council
The course will address the basic legal issues that property maintenance and housing inspectors face in carrying out their duties. The class will focus on understanding basic legal concepts, the basis of the inspector’s duties and powers, identifying responsible parties, and gathering evidence issues. A special emphasis will deal with right of entry liability and distressed property issues including vacant, bank owned and rental property.

Friday, January 16, 2015

Building

2012 IRC Residential Plan Review (Day 2), Russell Thornburg, Johnson County, Kansas
This course is designed to provide the most detailed IRC plan review course available. Course discussion covers what you need to know to ensure compliance with the IRC. Instruction establishes a systematic and repeatable method of plan review through interactive and application-based training process.

Minnesota Residential Sprinklers 101, Steve Swanson, Uponor Corp
To provide education to the plumbing industry on plumbing based multipurpose fire safety sprinkler systems as it relates to the NFPA 13D standard and how they are installed, designed, and integrated with the cold potable water. Upon completion of the course, attendees should have the necessary skills to install equipment as outlined in NFPA 13D.

Residential Sprinklers for the Combination Inspector, Michael Bent, City of Woodbury
This seminar will address the residential sprinkler requirements in one-and two-family dwellings and will focus on stand-alone type piping systems inspections. This material will cover system requirements and field inspections conducted by combination building inspectors and fire inspectors. A focus on what is required and what is NOT required will be discussed. The material will review the basic components, functions, and requirements for inspecting stand-alone fire sprinkler systems in one-and two-family dwellings as required by the Minnesota State Residential Building Code. An overview of the lightweight framing requirements of floor assemblies in one-and two-family dwellings and the relationship of this requirement to the residential sprinkler requirement will be discussed.

Municipal Stormwater Inspection Programs: Creating a Program That Works!, Jennifer Hildebrand, WSB and Associates, Inc.

Benefits of Air Barriers in a Building, Laverne Dalgleish, Executive Director for the Air Barrier Association of America
Air barriers are relatively new and now they are in the codes. The IECC 2012 and the ASHRAE 90.1 2010 require that an air barrier is installed in a building. Design professionals are now faced with designing an air barrier system but the system will only work if the installation is done properly. A poorly installed air barrier can cause problems in the building enclosure. Knowing what the issues are and what tools are available will assist the design professional.

Fire

Hazardous Materials in Buildings, Chris Leaver, Summit Fire Consulting

Propane, Roger Leider, Minnesota Propane Association

Housing

Legal Perspectives in Code Enforcement, John Baker, Green Espel P.L.L.P.

Tenant/Landlord Law Overview for Inspectors, Michael Vraa, Homeline

Application of the International Mechanical Code to Existing Housing, Tim Manz, City of Blaine; Barry Riven, City of Bloomington

Wednesday, January 21, 2015

Elevator Symposium

Destination Dispatching in Today's Modernization Market, Dana Rice, Van Deusen & Associates
The presentation includes considerations for Destination Based Technology versus Conventional Systems in Elevator Control Dispatch Logic Systems. Defining Base Equipment consideration applications with regards to fixture requirements will be reviewed, including code compliance, UL/CSA requirements, ADA considerations, Traffic Flow/Study Analysis, Fixture placement, security implementation, and calculating number of fixtures/risers. Additional discussions will include modernization phasing, implementation of Destination technology, car and hall button(s) requirements during modernization phase, Firemen’s Service requirements, phasing of code implementation (old to new), and transition of security features.

Firefighter's Emergency Operation Review, Joe Donnelly, Donnelly and Associates

Handicapped Accessibility Standards, Joe Donnelly, Donnelly and Associates

National Electrical Code NEC 620 Code Update, Joe Donnelly, Donnelly and Associates

Thursday, January 22, 2015

Elevator Symposium

ASME A17.1-2013 Changes, Dennis Stocke, Van Deusen & Associates
This presentation will cover the changes made to the ASME A17.1-2013 Elevator Safety Code which differ from the previous ASME A17.1 codes. Specifically the changes in Parts 2 (Electric Elevators), 5 (Special Applications), 6 (Escalators/Moving Walks) and 8 (General Requirements) will be discussed.

Elevator Door Forces, What Should the Retainers Hold?, John Koshak, Elevator Safety Solutions
This course is intended to clarify all code requirements regarding elevator door guiding means requirements, door retaining means requirements, and forces they are intended to retain when impacted by objects and persons in the lobby. There are common failures being observed in the field which inspectors need to confirm.

Door Entrance Strength and Closing Force Codes, John Koshak, Elevator Safety Solutions
This course is intended to clarify all code requirements regarding elevator door closing forces, methods of determining the measurement, how the door data plate calculations are made, and various technologies available to control the door closing. It will provide inspectors with the knowledge to confirm obvious excessive force. This course is also intended to clarify common code requirements that are overlooked by constructors and maintainers when an elevator is being inspected. The items explain and identify the importance of maintaining them in compliance with the code.

Motor Circuit Protection & Devices, Dan Neeser, Eaton’s Bussmann Business


 

 


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