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UPDATED SFPE SD Meeting Update – Thursday Feb 8, 2018

Hi SFPE SD Members,

The SFPE SD Chapter is pleased to announce that the speaker for our February meeting will be Nathan Wittasek from Simpson Gumpertz and Heger Inc to present “Up in Flames: An Examination of Exterior Façade Fires in High-Rise Buildings” at our February 8th Chapter meeting.

As a reminder, SFPE-SD will be hosting our own Golf Tournament on Friday March 16th, 2018 at the Twin Oaks Country Club in San Marcos, CA.  Please visit our Website for more details.

Please RSVP and Pay for your lunch meeting on our website;  www.sfpesandiego.org.

Speaker:

Nathan Wittasek, PE, CFEI, LEEP AP, CASp – Principal- Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Inc

Topic:

The topic of the presentation will be on Up in Flames: An Examination of Exterior Façade Fires in High-Rise Buildings. This presentation provides an overview of some recent façade fires, U.S. fire testing and code requirements pertaining to combustible facades systems, as well as an overview of resources.  Make sure to   bring any relevant questions that you may have.

Bio:

Nate is a Principal and Vice President at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Inc.  Nate has twenty years of experience working in the fire protection and regulatory arenas.  Nate brings a practical approach to the fire protection engineering field that reflects his diverse training and experiences in academia, codes consulting for both new and existing facilities, performance-based fire protection engineering, accessibility, and the fire service.  His experience includes failure analysis, fire engineering, systems design and building codes consulting for commercial and infrastructure projects in North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.  Nate has specialized in fire life safety systems and approaches that are used in assembly venues, tall buildings, cultural heritage facilities, and historic structures. Nate is a registered fire protection engineer in California and Nevada. He is a member of the Tall Building Fire Safety Network, the fire safety committee for the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, and is a regular instructor for the American Institute of Architects, where he focuses on regulatory issues, building, fire and zoning codes as well as accessibility.

 

Location:

Sizzler’s Restaurant

3755 Murphy Canyon Rd, San Diego, CA, (858) 278-6988
Date:  Thursday – Feb. 8th, 2018 11:30 AM PDT

Schedule

11:30AM:  Networking and Lunch

12:00PM:  Speaker

1:00PM:   Conclusion of Meeting


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Great news! We are now accepting credit cards as a form of payment for membership renewals and for meals.  No more stopping at the ATM or writing checks!

It’s time to renew your membership! Two ways to accomplish this: either in person at the meeting or online on our website under the “Join the SD Chapter” tab. The renewal fee is $25.

SFPE San Diego January 11, 2018 Meeting

Hi SFPE SD Members,

Happy New Year! The SFPE SD Chapter is pleased to announce that the speaker for our first meeting of the year will be Gregg Vlahakis from The Viking Corporation to present “New F.M. Approved Technology for Corrosion Prevention in Dry and Preaction Type Fire Sprinkler Systems: Vacuum Technology” at our January 11th Chapter meeting.

As a reminder, SFPE-SD will be hosting our own Golf Tournament on Friday March 16th, 2018 at the Twin Oaks Country Club in San Marcos, CA.  Please visit our Golf Tournament Page for more details.

Please RSVP and Pay for your lunch meeting  below:

Speaker:

Gregg Vlahakis – National Technical Representative – The Viking Corporation

Topic:

The topic of the presentation will be “New F.M. Approved Technology for Corrosion Prevention in Dry and Preaction Type Fire Sprinkler Systems: Vacuum Technology”  Make sure to   bring any relevant questions that you may have.

Bio:

Gregg Vlahakis is a National Technical Representative for the Viking Corporation.

Gregg has been involved in the fire sprinkler industry for the past 35 years. After spending the first part of his career on the contracting side of the fire sprinkler industry, Gregg joined The Viking Corporation.

Gregg has represented the Viking Corporation for the past twenty seven years serving as a Territory Manager and a Technical Representative. Gregg’s responsibilities include educating both contractors and engineers in the Western United States on current Building and NFPA codes, fire sprinkler heads and devices and their application. As the National Technical Representative for Viking the past 17 years, Gregg has been responsible for the training and educating of  MEP firms, architects, consulting engineers, Fortune 500 company engineers, fire sprinkler contractors and fire protection authorities throughout the Western region of the United States and Canada. Gregg has conducted training seminars for various fire sprinkler associations and has served as Co-Chairman of the Southern California Chapter of the American Fire Sprinkler Association. Gregg sits on the NFPA 140 Committee and is a Professional Member on the National level of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers and has served on the board for the SFPE Southern California chapter for the past 10 years.

Location:

Sizzler’s Restaurant

3755 Murphy Canyon Rd, San Diego, CA, (858) 278-6988
Date:  Thursday – January 11th, 2018 11:30 AM PDT

Schedule

11:30AM:  Networking and Lunch

12:00PM:  Speaker

1:00PM:   Conclusion of Meeting


Your Membership Level



 Great news! We are now accepting credit cards as a form of payment for membership renewals and for meals.  No more stopping at the ATM or writing checks!

It’s time to renew your membership! Two ways to accomplish this: either in person at the meeting or online on our website under the “Join the SD Chapter” tab. The renewal fee is $25.

 

Special Thank you to our sponsor for 2017-2018

Platinum Level Sponsors

SFPE San Diego December Meeting – Cancelled

SFPE SD membership,

I wish to inform you that we will not be having a December meeting. With all of our busy schedules and the board has been focused on our own SFPE Golf Tournament for this year we decided that it would be best to cancel this months meeting.

We have some pretty exciting meetings and events for the new year. First, we are putting on our own golf tournament and we need your help. If you are interested in being a sponsor or golfing with us, please let one of the board members know. You can also visit our Golf Tournament tab on our website for more information.  We plan on hosting a joint meeting with the San Diego Fire Protection Association as well in the spring. Lastly, we are looking at presenting to students at either UCSD or SDSU to educate them about the field of Fire Protection Engineering.

Our next meeting going will be January 11th.

Also, if you haven’t paid your dues for this year yet, please do so by going to the becoming a member tab on the website. Additionally, we are still looking for chapter sponsors so we can continue to put on these great events.

Wishing you all a great and safe holidays.

SFPE San Diego

SFPE San Diego Nov – 2017 Update

Hi SFPE SD Members,

Due to a last minute scheduling conflict with the previous speaker, we have a speaker change for the upcoming SFPE San Diego Chapter Meeting. The SFPE SD Chapter is excited to have Elley Klausbruckner from Klausbruckner & Associates to present “Marijuana Growing and Extraction Facilities” at our November 9th Chapter meeting.

Speaker:

Elley Klausbruckner, P.E. – Principal and Fire Protection Engineer,  Klausbruckner & Associates Inc.

Topic:

The topic of the presentation will be “Marijuana Growing and Extraction Facilities”  Make sure to bring any relevant questions that you may have.

Bio:

Elley Klausbruckner, PE is a Fire Protection Engineer and Principal of Klausbruckner & Associates, a San Diego based consulting firm, for almost 20 years.  She has worked on hundreds of projects dealing with high-piled storage and hazardous materials. Ms. Klausbruckner has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Fire Protection Engineering, both from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  She was appointed to the California Building Standards Commission by Governor Jerry Brown in 2013 and continues to serve California in this capacity.  She is an active participant in codes and standards development processes, in both ICC and NFPA, and was named educator of the year by San Diego County Fire Chiefs and Fire Prevention Officers.

 

Location:

Sizzler’s Restaurant

3755 Murphy Canyon Rd, San Diego, CA, (858) 278-6988
Date:  Thursday – November 9th, 2017 11:30 AM PDT

Schedule

11:30AM:  Networking and Lunch

12:00PM:  Speaker

1:00PM:   Conclusion of Meeting

 

Your Membership Level



Great news! We are now accepting credit cards as a form of payment for membership renewals and for meals.  No more stopping at the ATM or writing checks!

It’s time to renew your membership! Two ways to accomplish this: either in person at the meeting or online on our website under the “Join the SD Chapter” tab. The renewal fee is $25.

Interested in becoming more involved? Our board is looking for active members who are interested pursuing future position on the board or just becoming more involved. Those who are interested please send an email to Derek Duval at dduval@tk1sc.com!

 

Thank you to our sponsors in 2017!

 

SFPE SD October 2017 Chapter Meeting Update

Hi SFPE SD Members,

It’s time to renew your membership! Two ways to accomplish this: either in person at the meeting or online on our website under the “Join the SD Chapter” tab. The renewal fee is $25.

The SFPE SD Chapter is excited to have Garner Palenske from Jensen Hughes present “The Effect of Obstructions on ESFR Sprinkler Performance” at our October 12th Chapter meeting.

Speaker:

Garner A. Palenske, P.E.  – Vice President  with Jensen Hughes

Topic:

The topic of the presentation will be “The Effect of Obstructions on ESFR Sprinkler Performance.”  Make sure to bring any relevant questions that you may have.

The presentation will discuss the results of recent testing which explored the relationship between ESFR performance and various obstruction scenarios. Eight full-scale and approximately 40 Actual Delivered Density tests have been completed to date. The goal of this ongoing project is to ultimately develop a tool which could be used to provide the reliable analysis of the impact of obstructions on ESFR sprinkler performance. In addition, the results of the project will be submitted to the National Fire Protection Association for code changes

Bio:

Garner A. Palenske, P.E., is a vice president for Jensen Hughes in San Diego, CA. Mr. Palenske is currently a member of the NFPA 13 Committee. He has robust experience in full scale fire testing, commodity classification testing, and Actual Delivered Density protocol. Prior to joining JENSEN HUGHES, Mr. Palenske, worked as the Fire Protection Engineer for the San Diego Fire Department, and as an engineer at FM Global.  He earned bachelor’s degrees in both Structural Engineering and Business Administration and is presently enrolled in the Cal Poly MS Fire Protection Engineering program.

Location:

Sizzler’s Restaurant

3755 Murphy Canyon Rd, San Diego, CA, (858) 278-6988
Date:  Thursday – October 12th, 2017 11:30 AM PDT

Schedule

11:30AM:  Networking and Lunch

12:00PM:  Speaker

1:00PM:   Conclusion of Meeting

 


Your Membership Level



 

Great news! We are now accepting credit cards as a form of payment for membership renewals and for meals.  No more stopping at the ATM or writing checks!

Interested in becoming more involved? Our board is looking for active members who are interested pursuing future position on the board or just becoming more involved. Those who are interested please send an email to Derek Duval at dduval@tk1sc.com!