November 2016 Issue
American Society of Plumbing Engineers
Table of Contents

President's Message
Attend Our Next Meeting
College of Plumbing Engineering
CEUs for the Month of November
The Parable of George's Boat
Desmond Richelsen
Ames, Inc.
8918 Herrmann Dr.
Columbia, MD 21045
Phone: (301)-621-8899, ext.110

Donald Keith
1000 Potomac St. NW
Washington, DC 20007
Phone: (202) 471-5000

Mark Wilson
6700A Rockledge Dr Ste 301
Bethesda, MD 20817
Phone: (301) 216-2871

Maira Morales

Jonathan Amos
ROI Marketing
733 General's Highway
Millersville, MD 21108
Phone: (800) 441-8188

Jon Sargeant
The Joyce Agency

Chris Barnard
Barnard Associates
President's Message 
by Desmond Richelsen

We have an exciting month this month. This is the year of ASPE national convention which happens every two years. We hope that some of the membership got out to the EXPO in Phoenix. I want to thank everyone for attending the educational programs for the past two months. It really has been a great to see the educational sessions so well attended. Please remember to provide RSVPs to Chris Barnard in the future. We are also looking for ideas for the this year’s chapter Holiday party. Please forward those ideas to myself or any other board members. Also AMES Inc is hosting an Engineering Summit planned for November 30th, 2016 in Columbia, MD. Please contact me for further details. In January the Baltimore and Washington DC chapter will be again be hosting the GPD and Revit training courses from national. The location of both courses will be in the Columbia, and Elkridge Maryland areas.  

Best regards,
Desmond Richelsen, CPD, GPD
President - ASPE Washington DC Chapter
When:  Tuesday November 15th, 2016 6-8PM

New Time Format:
6:00 - 6:20  
Arrival & Social Time
6:20 – 6:30
6:30 -  6:40
Buffet Dinner
6:40 – 7:10 
College of P.E.
7:10 – 7:20
Table Top 
7:20 – 8:00
Technical Session
Door Prizes 
7900 Norfolk Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814
Off of the Red Line
Hot Water Recirc

The topic will cover the basic code requirements for hot water recirculation.  We will discuss the basic types of heat maintenance and focus on how to calculate the heat loss in supply and return pipes, as well as the required pump performance to compensate for the heat loss.
Technical Session
Rainwater to Drinking Water

Otto Sales will be presenting on:

Rain water collection
Grey water recycling
Storm water management

See you all there!

It has come to ASPE DC Chapter attention that there is a shortage of Plumbing Designers in the DC Metropolitan area.  A great many Engineering offices are looking for Plumbing Designers but not many are available. We all need trained Plumbing Designers but have no place to recruit them or train them. ASPEDC has seen the need and is taking the initiative to provide a training opportunity for new and beginning Plumbing designers or those who need reinforcement in there design abilities.

ASPE is putting in place a two year course. The course will provide essentials of design featuring for the first year the listed subject’s below. By the end of these courses you will be fully knowledgeable in the pursuit of Plumbing Engineering and your ability to design plumbing systems will be enhanced and reinforce your abilities to take the ASPE CPDT.

These seminars will be in addition to the current technical sessions, and table top product presentation, hopefully will encourage designers and their colleagues to join the American Society of Plumbing Engineers.  Attending these technical meeting and becoming a member will also provide mentoring opportunities should guidance or questions is needed. First year Subjects and presenters are listed below. So send your designers or come yourself every third Tuesday of the month. Join ASPE and see more of the benefits becoming a member will bring to you.
This Month College of Plumbing Engineering session
Roof and Storm Drainage Systems
By Bob Evans CPD, GPD, LEED AP BD & C
Head of Plumbing Department
@ Strickler and ASSOCIATES
Bob Evans is the Head of the Plumbing Department at Strickler Associates with over 30 years of plumbing and fire protection design experience.  He is certified as a CPD, GPD, and as a LEED AP BD & C.
Bob has over 30 years of Plumbing and Fire Protection design experience He is the current historian for the Washington D.C. Chapter, a member of the Board of Governor and a past President of this Chapter.
He will bring to us this November 15, 2016. The topic will cover the basic code requirements for hot water recirculation.  We will discuss the basic types of heat maintenance and focus on how to calculate the heat loss in supply and return pipes, as well as the required pump performance to compensate for the heat loss.
So we hope to see you at the
Rock Bottom Brewery
November 15, 2016
7900 Norfolk Ave
Bethesda, MD 20814
Our second Washington D.C. College of Plumbing Engineers session head lined our most recent past President Mark Wilson. He presented Storm water System Design. The class was well attended and well received.
Keep in mind this is for your benefit in the field of Plumbing Engineering so get off your bum and join us.
Washington D.C. College of Plumbing Engineers
Our Curriculum will include
Sanitary Piping Systems Design
Storm piping System Design
Water Heating Design
Roof Drainage Sizing
Vent Sizing and Vent Systems
Hot Water Recirculating Design & Calculation
Booster Pumps Sizing
Sump Pump sizing
Sewage Ejectors Sizing

Our Instructors
Dennis Cavallaro of Southland Industries
James Yang PE CPD of GHT
Donald Keith CPD, FASPE, MSS of EYP
Robert Evans CPD, GPD of Strickler Assoc.
Desmond Richelson CPD, GPD of Ames Inc.
Mark Wilson CPD of GES

This month’s Technical Session
Rain Water to Drinking Water

We believe in solving water scarcity and quality problems one building at a time.
Our water challenges are solvable!
Rain water collection
Grey water recycling
Storm water management
High performance, easy to maintain and durable products and services with strong water management expertise.

Welcome back for another new ASPE calendar year.  Come and join fellow Chapter members for the ASPE DC Chapter’s third meeting of the ‘New Year’ on Tuesday, November 15th, at the Rock Bottom Brewery in Bethesda, Maryland.  When registering for dinner, feel free to add your e-mail address to the sign-in sheet in order for the Chapter to be able to process your CEU certificate.  Please print your name (as recorded with Society) and current e-mail address legibly for the processing to be timely, if at all. 

I have been reappointed the Chapter’s Education Chair by your newly elected Chapter President, Desmond Richelsen.  In case you may have missed the free Grundfos provided ASPE Webinar CEU courses last month, you may now access them anytime at your convenience; and take advantage of the available CEUs.

Need more CEUs?  As a member of ASPE, you may opt to visit Society’s web-site and take advantage in the Read-Learn-Earn CEU program at no cost.  Posted are twelve educational sessions whereby you may enjoy the self-paced learning sessions.  Each learning session has associated with it a twelve question exam whereby you have three (3) opportunities to pass.  Passing the exam earns you 0.1 CEUs.  Please do yourself a favor and check out the following link:

There you have it, three ways to earn the CEUs that you may be lacking.


David Bailey

Five years ago, George, a long-time friend, contacted me in excitement to report that his father in law had given him a sailboat – a 27’ Hunter. George had just attempted a crossing, from his father in law’s home on Long Island, NY, to Bridgeport, CT. Although George lives about 30 minutes north of Bridgeport, he chose this location because Bridgeport had better marine repair facilities than the harbors around New Haven, which would have been more geographically convenient. After some prodding for details about his “attempted” crossing, George disclosed that the transmission had failed during the crossing, resulting in an expensive emergency tow to Connecticut and an emergency pickup of the stranded crew in Westport, CT – the tow company’s home port. For the next few years George recounted stories of new sails, hull repairs, and new lines. He even had a particularly entertaining story about mangling is right hand during an ill-fated engine repair, but he told surprisingly few stores about sailing.
Last fall George reported that he had the boat up for sale. It seems that, after years of working on the boat’s mechanical and electrical systems, the prospect of refitting the interior of the boat was too daunting. George now wished to simply “stop the bleeding.” I asked how much he wanted, and he replied, “If you really want the boat, I’ll give it to you, but as a friend I advise against it.” Between the repairs, new equipment, dock fees, and yard storage, George figured the boat had cost a little more than a new boat would have cost over the same time period. George was now ready to abandon his sunk costs and move on, but he found no takers. Eventually, George sold the lead in the keel to a scrapper, sold the new sails to another boater, and scrapped the rest of the boat.
Last week George called to announce that his father in law had offered to give him his 1972 BMW Bavaria, which had been in his garage for the past 15 years. George couldn’t contain his excitement; “it’s a rounder ‘tii’ and the seats look great!” After some friendly interrogation, George reluctantly disclosed that the car wasn’t actually starting, would not go into gear, needed new tires, and had a little rust on the rockers, on one of the front fenders, and just a little more in back… He sent me his father in law’s online listing to view for myself at
“George,” I asked, “is this the same dude who gave you that boat?”
“Yeah… Why?”
“No reason.”

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