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ENGINEERING 211: Basic Fluid Engineering

Tuesday, February 7th and Wednesday, February 8th  - 8am – 5pm

Instructor: David Peterson, P.E., SWD Master

(16:00 hrs 1.6 IACET CEUs)

Every watershape requires at least a basic understanding of the hydraulic principles that make it work. This program provides a detailed foundation of understanding that enables the students to design better hydraulic systems. The software worksheets alone are invaluable. There is a detailed project worth 50% plus an online exam worth 50% of the passing score. This program is required for the SWD certification and it is a prerequisite for ENGINEERING 311: Advanced Fluid Engineering.

Learning Objectives:

  • Identify physics of water: area, depth, volume, mass, pressure, velocity, flow rate, energy, and others.
  • Discuss and apply the basic principles, code limitations, and rules-of-thumb to hydraulic design to ensure performance and improve safety, energy conservation, and life of the system.
  • Calculate WatershapeAdvisor® series of software worksheets, including QuickSizer for rapid pipe size selection. Also calculate Total Dynamic Head (TDH), compute electrical, and gas heating operating costs.
  • Perform the complete analysis of a basic pool and spa combination with a water feature as a class project.

Registration for this class is $2,200 or $2,500 including NPC Conference Registration.  Register Now

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CONSTRUCTION 207: A Plaster Crew’s Guide to Shotcrete/Gunite Issues

Thursday, February 9th  -  8:45am – 10:15am

Instructor: Bill Drakeley, SWD Master

(1:30 hrs 0.2 IACET CEUs)

The American Concrete Institute and the American Shotcrete Association have established standards for proper in-place shotcrete/gunite. Neglecting these guidelines will lead to plaster issues or delamination. This course will help plaster crews identify a pool's structural flaws and guide them into proper remediation, as well as alert the contractor to future pool plaster issues based on the condition of the shell.

Learning Objectives

  • Learn techniques for reviewing concrete surfaces for defects such as type of cracks, mix design, rebound, and non-homogenous materials.
  • Explore proper inspection techniques for identifying problems with penetrations and/or fitting perforations.
  • Discuss how to test pool integrity with sounding techniques, a rebound hammer test, and minor destructive exploration.

Available at no extra charge with NPC Conference Registration

CONSTRUCTION 108: Cementitious Pool Finishes

Friday, February 10th  - 8:45am – 10:15am

Instructor: Randy Dukes

(1:45 hrs 0.2 IACET CEUs)

Many problems with pool finishes originate from errors in water/cement ratios, water addition during installation, improper troweling techniques, and even the final acid wash for exposed aggregate finishes. Other problems arise during the startup where the water quality affects curing and that water quality is changing constantly during the first few months. This module provides students with the insight on exactly what is happening with the finish at each step of the process and how you can control the numerous parameters to avoid problems and achieve success with the finish and your client’s expectations.

Learning Objectives

  • Discuss plaster, colored plaster, Hydrazzo, PebbleTec, and other aggregate finishes.
  • Define proper installation techniques and details as promulgated by the National Plasterer’s Council.
  • Define proper startup procedures to reduce damage and staining of cementitious pool finishes.
  • Discuss short-term and long-term care considerations.

Available at no extra charge with NPC Conference Registration


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