IAPMO Conference Opens in Las Vegas

Training sessions focus on changes within the 2015 Uniform Plumbing and Uniform Mechanical codes; Indonesia delegation discusses nation’s progress in adopting a national standard
IAPMO Conference Opens in Las Vegas
IAPMO President Bruce Pfeiffer presents opening remarks.

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The International Association of Plumbing and Mechanical Officials (IAPMO) 86th annual Education and Business Conference got underway Monday at the Planet Hollywood Resort & Casino in Las Vegas. The four-day event includes education sessions, a Chapter Leadership Summit on Thursday and evening networking events.

Greg Schwem presented Monday’s keynote address, offering a humorous look at technology and the way we conduct business today.

Indonesia delegation

Topping today’s agenda was a delegation from Indonesia led by Dr. Bambang Prasetya, chairman of the National Standardization Agency of Indonesia (BSN), who discussed the nation’s progress in adopting a national standard that incorporates sections of IAPMO’s Uniform Plumbing Code (UPC).

Through grants obtained from the U.S. government, IAPMO has increased its efforts and collaboration within Southeast Asia, specifically Indonesia, to expand the market opportunities for the industry, manufacturers and skilled workforce in the region. The cornerstone of this collaboration is the development and publication of SNI 8513:2015 (Plumbing Systems for Buildings), the first Indonesian national standard for plumbing.

Continuing education

With this being the first year of the code cycle, the conference is offering extensive training sessions covering changes within the 2015 Uniform Plumbing and Uniform Mechanical codes. Classes covering other code and industry related issues, as well as the Plumbing and Mechanical Code Workshop, round out the week of education and training.

Also on today’s agenda are continuing education units (CEUs) on understanding Legionella and Legionnaires’ disease by Joe Smith, tankless water heaters and recirculating systems by Mike Mitchell and technology in the inspection profession by Laura Biggie.

Smith is director of marketplace development and strategy at Liquitech, a company focused on the mitigation and remediation of Legionella in water systems.

Mitchell has served as the senior plumbing inspector for the City of San Francisco and spent five years as an instructor at the California Plumbing Code College of San Mateo. Since 2002, he has been an instructor for the California Plumbing Code and Trade Math for Local 467.

Biggie is a commercial plumbing inspector and training officer at the Los Angeles Department of Building and Safety. She teaches residential and commercial inspectors the aspects of plumbing code and inspection practices.

Wednesday’s education sessions will focus on the 2015 UPC changes with a morning discussion led by Dan Rademacher followed by an afternoon workshop.

Rademacher is the owner/operator of Plumbing Code and Design Consulting and former lead plumbing/mechanical designer III with CTA Architects and Engineers. He also has served as chief plumbing/mechanical inspector for the plumbing/mechanical safety section of the Montana State Building Codes Bureau and is a journeyman and apprentice instructor for UA Local 41.

Thursday’s highlights include the President’s Report by Bruce Pfeiffer, election of officers and a presentation on understanding and preventing backflow incidents – repercussion and remedies. 


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