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Thursday, November 17, 2022 
8:30 am – 4:30 pm EST (including a 60-min. break)


Presented by
Chris Crivello
Douglas Nadeau

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 risk management 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

Fire Protection for Historical Buildings
Discuss code challenges associated with retrofit fire protection design
for historical occupancies and buildings
See how fire modeling can be applied to historical building design
Learn basics of water mist and hybrid extinguishing systems design
Case studies of different design methods within historical buildings

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


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Professional Engineers:
6.5 PDHs

6.5 HSW CE Hours

International Code Council:
.65 CEUs (Fire)


Continuing Education Credit Information
This seminar and webcast are open to the public and are designed to qualify for 6.5 PDHs for professional engineers and 6.5 HSW continuing education hours for licensed architects in New York. Professionals seeking continuing education credits in other states may be able to claim the hours earned from this course. Refer to specific state rules to determine eligibility. 

 HalfMoon Education is an approved continuing education sponsor for engineers in Florida (Provider No. 0004647), Indiana (License No. CE21700059), Maryland, New Jersey (Approval No. 24GP00000700) and North Carolina (S-0130). HalfMoon Education is deemed an approved continuing education sponsor for New York 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)). Other states do not preapprove continuing education providers or courses. 

The American Institute of Architects Continuing Education System has approved this course for 6.5 LU|HSWs (Sponsor No. J885). Only full participation is reportable to the AIA/CES. 

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

 Attendance will be monitored, and attendance certificates will be available after the webinar for those who attend the entire course and score a minimum 80% on the quiz that follows the course (multiple attempts allowed). 


Chris Crivello

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

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. 

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 ( 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 Online

Course Description: This course will provide guidance, largely based on NFPA and building codes, to design professionals relating to the design and maintenance of fire protection systems. The course will discuss the anatomy of fire, the NFPA 13 design approach to sprinkler systems, preventing and fixing corrosion in sprinkler systems, manufacturing and industrial occupancy considerations, and fire protection for data centers. The course will also discuss how design professionals deal with hazards and risks that are not addressed by building and fire codes.

Learning Objectives:

Learning Objective 1:
Learners will be able to discuss the anatomy of a fire, review the history and science behind the development of fire protection design, identify characteristics of fire and fire growth, and define the role that building construction plays in fire behavior.

Learning Objective 2:
Learners will be able to analyze the NFPA 13 design approach to sprinkler systems, including the definition of responsible charge in the design of a sprinkler system, engineer and contractor responsibilities, and construction documents applied to NFPA 13.

Learning Objective 3:
Learners will be able to understand how corrosion can cause sprinkler systems to fail and how to prevent and fix it by utilizing NFPA 25 on specified maintenance requirements and techniques to mitigate corrosion.

Learning Objective 4:
Learners will be able to differentiate between a hazard evaluation and a risk analysis, and identify the 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.

LUs: 6.5                                                                                              LU Type: LU|HSWs.

Prerequisites: Familiarity with code compliance concepts

Advance Preparation: None

Program Level: Intermediate

Course Expiration Date: 

Complaint Resolution Policy:

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