Technical Report

Vivian Enriquez, CPD
V.P. Technical
December 2017


The November 1, 2017 technical meeting, was presented by Mr. Christoph Lohr, Plumbing Technical Leader of Henderson Engineers, in Phoenix, Arizona, as guest speaker.  His presentation on “Medical Gas: What Every Engineer Should Know” included a variety of items that every engineer should be aware of on medical gas systems design to promote patient well-being and safety.  He also discussed some lessons learned and went over some differences between the upcoming 2018 edition of NFPA 99 compared to previous editions.   It was a very informative presentation, so on behalf of the ASPE-LA Board,  we want to thank Mr. Lohr. For those that wanted to get a copy of his presentation, we are including a PDF copy with this month’s issue of ASPE-LA Newsletter.

Our Technical Calendar for 2018 is starting to fill-up, we have quite a line-up of good speakers and topic up to April 2018,  so if anyone want to have a specific topic or know of a good speaker,  please don’t hesitate to contact me or send e-mail to any of the Board of Directors.

At the December 6, 2017 meeting, we will have no other than Mr. Domenic Barbato,  Chief,  Mechanical Division of LADBS, as guest speaker. He will be presenting on the 2017 Los Angeles Plumbing Code, Chapter 9, Article 4, Division 15, 16 & 16A – Defined.

Please note that the January meeting will be held on January 10, 2018, instead of January 3, 2018.   Please put this on your calendar.  We will have Mr. Scott Steindler,  West Regional Manager of Blucher USA, as guest speaker.  He will be presenting on “Ultra-Hygienic Sanitary Waste Piping Systems”.

See you all at the ASPE-LA Meeting on

December 06, 2017.

Latest news from ASPE Pipeline, Vol. 10, No. 23, November 9, 2017: WOA scholarship recipient reflects on the 2017 ASPE Technical Symposium This year’s event was the second largest-attended Technical Symposium in ASPE’s history, due in part to numerous first-time attendees such as Kari Rosteck, EIT, a Mechanical Designer with Stantec. Kari was the recipient of the first Women of ASPE (WOA) scholarship to help a deserving member attend an ASPE educational event, and she has written a brief article on her experience to help others get the most out of participating in ASPE events.

Volunteers are needed to revise ASPE’s siphonic roof drainage standard A Working Group is being convened to revise ASPE/ANSI 45 (2013): Siphonic Roof Drainage Systems, and ASPE seeks volunteers from the following interest groups: engineers, users, producers, and general interest. To apply, please fill out the application here. Chosen members will be notified within two weeks, and work will commence in early 2018. All work will be conducted online or via conference call.

Start next year off right by brushing up on the basics ASPE is hosting a Basic Plumbing Design workshop at our headquarters near Chicago’s O’Hare Airport on January 25-26 to teach the fundamentals of designing storm drainage, natural gas, domestic cold and hot water, and sanitary sewer systems, as well as how to properly coordinate these utilities with architects and structural engineers. You will earn 1.2 CEUs or 12 PDHs for attending, and registration is open at

Share your knowledge at the 2018 ASPE Convention & Expo ASPE’s Education Committee is currently taking presentation proposals for the 2018 ASPE Convention & Expo in Atlanta on September 28 to October 3. In addition to plumbing system design topics, we are looking for contractor-related presentations and sessions by our industry partners. You can learn more and submit your presentation at The deadline to submit a proposal is January 15.

Alfred Steele Scholarship applications are due January 31 The Alfred Steele Scholarship is open to Student Members of ASPE and the sons/daughters of ASPE Members. Applicants must have a 3.0 GPA or higher and be enrolled in, or plan to attend, an engineering program at a college or university on a full-time basis. Go to for more details.

ASPE College of Fellows nominations are due January 31

To nominate a member for this lifetime honor, visit or contact Stacey A. Kidd for more information. Inductees will be announced at the 2018 ASPE Convention & Expo in Atlanta.