AFE Trade Show Workshop Details 2017

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Our 2017 Workshops are designed to help you stay up to date on best practices and important trends in facility engineering and facility management.  Attendees can also earn continuing education units for AFE certification renewal!  Note: one hour of training equals 0.1 CEU per the AFE Professional Development Department.

Advance registration is requested for Workshops.  Choose one of three tracks:RegisterNowCheckBox

  • Energy – includes three sessions/topics
  • Safety – includes three sessions/topics
  • Electric Safety Awareness – single topic class

Energy Track       Safety Track          Electrical Safety Awareness Track

Energy – Track 1

Session 1 – Energy Rebate Programs – 12:30-1:30 PM

This workshop will focus on energy efficiency incentives available from Massachusetts utilities.  We will look at the process for obtaining incentives for retrofit projects, the purchase of new equipment, and ground up construction.  Several case studies will be presented to show a wide range of projects that offer short paybacks, lowered utility bills, and reduced maintenance costs.

Topics covered will include:

  • Types of energy efficiency incentives offered in MA
  • Calculating incentive amounts
  • How to apply for incentives
    • Large commercial projects vs small commercial projects
    • Prescriptive vs custom projects
    • Upstream vs downstream incentives
  • Case studies highlighting project costs, incentive amounts, payback, and financing mechanisms. Projects covered to include the following
    • Lighting retrofit
    • Variable frequency drive
    • Compressed air system upgrade
    • Complex process equipment upgrade
    • New building construction

Speaker: Brad Hunter, CEM Senior Energy Efficiency Program Coordinator, Unitel

Brad Hunter, CEM, Energy Efficiency Program Coordinator for Unitil in Fitchburg, MA, has been in the energy industry for more than 25 years.  He has worked as an engineer, project manager, and sales executive across a broad spectrum of the energy sector.  Along with his current position in the utility sector, Brad has had roles with an electrical contracting company, a successful energy software startup, a performance contracting firm, and a solar design/build company.  He holds a B.S. in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Pennsylvania.            

Speaker:  Joe Van Gombos, Energy Efficiency Program Coordinator, Unitil

Joe Van Gombos, Energy Efficiency Program Coordinator for Unitil, has been in the energy industry for three years.  He started as a Data Analyst supporting project evaluation and regulatory reporting across all sectors of the company’s efficiency programs.  For the past year, he has managed Unitil’s Small Business gas and electric programs across MA and NH.  Previously, Joe worked with a renewable project management firm as well as a consortium of  “green businesses”.  Joe has a B.A. in Political Science and is currently pursuing his MBA, both through UNH.

Session 2 – Steam Trap Maintenance for Energy Reduction – 1:45-2:45 PM

Approved for 0.1 CEU by the AFE Professional Development Department

Steam systems are widely used in major hospitals, medical centers, health systems, biopharmaceuticals, hotels, processing, industrial, manufacturing, and distillery/ refinery plants across the country for providing energy and heat, yet most facilities fail to regularly maintain and repair them leading to significant energy losses and safety concerns. Learn how energy savings from repairing failed steam traps can earn you a simple payback of less than one year.

Learning Outcomes:
1. Theory of operation and application of steam traps
2. Testing and system repairs
3. Energy calculations and utility involvement – incentives and rebates
4. The many benefits of regular heat exchanger maintenance

Steam systems work day in and day out behind the scenes in many of our facilities, providing energy to our processes and heat to our buildings. Steam is an efficient way to distribute large amounts of heat energy to a wide variety of end users, while utilizing existing infrastructure. Steam systems require relatively little in the way of preventative maintenance to maintain maximum efficiency. Annual boiler inspections, diligent water testing, and routine heat exchanger cleaning are all regularly carried out in most facilities. However, most facilities fail to regularly test/survey and repair all steam traps in the facilities steam system leading to extreme energy losses, process control problems, and operational issues such as water hammer, leaks and broken pipes. Steam traps never received sufficient attention from most energy managers or system designers until the energy crisis of the 1970’s.

The selection of a trap for a given service must consider many factors that require the knowledge of trap manufacturers, technicians and engineers. There are many different kinds of steam traps, but the idea behind the varying modes of operation is the same. The goal is to keep the thermal energy in the process, while removing hot condensate, air and other non-condensable gases. Each different type of steam trap uses unique technology and each type has its own advantages and disadvantages. Some traps are better suited to high-pressure, low-load applications, while other traps work better in low-pressure, high-load operations. Even though the steam trap is only a small, inexpensive component in comparison to other steam-plant equipment, the numbers used can range from several hundred in a large in a large hospital.

There are several methods to testing steam traps, all aimed at identifying deficient traps, having failed open, losing live steam to atmosphere, or failed closed backing condensate up into the steam system cause water hammer. This not only robs energy from the steam system, it also is a safety concern for those in the vicinity. Once the survey is complete, a detailed formal report is issued with findings and recommendations, including a return on investment. The report will also provide a detailed plan for the remediation of the recommended repairs saving hosptials hundreds of thousands of dollars in annual energy costs. Regular surveys minimize the number of deficient traps in a system, optimizing efficiency, decreasing process downtime, and removing potential safety concerns. Energy savings from repairing failed traps typically result in a simple payback of less than one year.

Speaker: Jim Krochune, Sales Manager, American Plant Maintenance

Jim Krochune joined American Plant Maintenance in February 2010 as a sales engineer. Since that time Jim has quickly integrated himself in the steam trap industry and was promoted to Sales Manager in September 2012 through his dedication and hard work.

Jim graduated from Cambridge College with a Masters degree in Business Management. He has actively used the Sandler Selling System for over 12 years. Before bringing his talents to APM, Jim worked as a major account executive for 6 years. Jim is an active member of NEHES, AFE and AEE and has helped several large hospital groups save significant dollars of steam losses.

Session 3 – Compressed Air Systems Design for Energy Savings – 3:00-4:00 PM

Approved for 0.1 CEU by the AFE Professional Development Department

This workshop will focus on how to understand terminology used in the compressed air industry to measure air compressor performance. CAGI data sheets appear to be straight forward but there are some implications that affect efficiency in different scenarios.  We will review the often confusing nuances found on CAGI data sheets to assist you in making an informed decision on what compressor is best suited for your needs.  Finally, we will focus on measuring and calculating actual power used by air compressors so you well be better prepared to defend your selection.

Speaker: Gregory Fitzpatrick CPE, CEM, Engineering Manager, Compressed Air Technologies, Inc.

Gregory Fitzpatrick CPE, CEM, Engineering Manager, Compressed Air Technologies, Inc. in  Shutesbury, MA, formed Compressed Air Technologies over 20 years ago to provide independent compressed air consulting primarily for the electric utilities in New England. His primary focus is examining the use of compressed air to determine alternative, more efficient manufacturing methods and to determine why compressed air systems were not working as they were designed. His focus is on compressed air audits for companies, electric utilities and compressed air vendors seeking both energy efficiency and system optimization by looking beyond the compressed air components. Audits have been conducted for the following industries: paper making; plastics; chemical; food processing; blow molding; pharmaceutical; medical manufacturing and hospital.

Greg was a Plant Engineer for 20 years working in heavy manufacturing making steam turbines, paper-making equipment, as well as in pharmaceutical and plastic molding companies.

Greg is a Mechanical Engineer who has attained accreditation as a Certified Plant Engineer and a Certified Energy Manager. He is a member of the Association for Facilities Engineering and the Association of Energy Engineers.

Safety – Track 2

Session 1 – Active Shooter Response12:30-1:30 PM

Approved for 0.1 CEU by the AFE Professional Development Department

How would you react to an active shooter in your facility? What would be some of your responsibilities? Learn what you need to do before, during and after an incident so that you can be prepared.

Speaker: Edward Bortone, CHPA, Director of Support Operations and Security, Lahey Hospital & Medical Center, Burlington, MA

Edward Bortone, CHPA, Director of Support Operations and Security for Lahey Hospital & Medical Center in Burlington, MA, has worked as a leader at LHMC for 32 years. He oversees multiple departments involved with hospital operations, including but not limited to Sterile Processing, Transportation, Parking, Biomedical Engineering, Emergency Management and Security.  He is a Certified Healthcare Protection Administrator (CHPA) and an active member with the International Association of Healthcare Safety and Security (IAHSS).  Ed is a certified ALICE Instructor and trains many Lahey employees on Active Shooter Response. He is responsible for conducting the hospital security risk assessments (SRAs) and a senior member of the hospital’s Emergency Management Executive Workgroup (EMEW).  He is certified by FEMA in ICS (Incident Command System) 100, 200, 700 and 800.

Session 2 – Legionellosis and the ASHRAE 188 Standard for Building Maintenance Managers – 1:45-2:45 PM

This workshop will focus on the implications of Legionellosis and the ASHRAE 188 Standard for Building Maintenance Managers.  Water systems affected by the ASHRAE 188 Standard include but not limited to: cooling towers; spas; fountains and potable water. It applies to buildings with multiple housing units, 10 stories or greater, or at healthcare facilities with patients staying longer than 24 hours.  As Legionellosis outbreaks occur, local and state governments are increasing regulations and requirements to minimize Legionellosis risk.

Speaker: Dan Morgan, Technical Director of Aqua Laboratories

Dan Morgan, Technical Director of Aqua Laboratories holds a B.S. in Chemistry from the University of Massachusetts Amherst and an M.S. in Environmental Engineering from UNH.

Session 3 – Switchgear Safety and Maintenance – 3:00-4:00 PM

Twenty years ago the electrical distribution system of a commercial or industrial building carried nothing more than simple lighting, AC/heating and process loads. Today these same buildings contain some of the most sophisticated electrical distribution systems in the world. A typical building electrical distribution system today includes:

•    Year round climate control
•    High-speed elevator systems
•    Computers
•    Electronic security and surveillance devices
•    Communication networks
•    Variable frequency drives and electronic lighting ballasts
•    PLC controllers
•    Twenty four hour operating schedules
•    Emergency power back up systems
•    Uninterruptable power supplies
•    Power factor correction equipment
•    “Obsolete” equipment not designed to accommodate today’s customer loads

In order to maintain and ensure the continuous operation of these complex systems, periodic maintenance testing must be performed on the electrical equipment that provides service for these loads. This session will cover:

  1. Electrical Preventive Maintenance and Testing
  2. Acceptance Testing
  3. Power System Studies
  4. NETA Specifications
  5. Equipment Upgrades and Life Extension

Speaker: Tom McDonald, President and Founder, Infra-Red Building & Power Service, Inc.

Tom McDonald is the President and Founder of Infra-Red Building and Power Service, Inc., an independent electrical testing and maintenance company with over 20 years of experience in electrical maintenance testing, acceptance testing, electrical certification, and engineering evaluations of electrical distribution equipment.  He is a graduate of Hingham High School in Hingham, MA and Massasoit Community College Division of Continuing Education.  Since 1990, he has served as Founder and President of Infra-Red Building and Power Service, Inc..  Prior to that, he worked for Atlantic Switchboard and Engineering, RussElectric and Honeywell.

Tom holds two Electrical Licenses in the State of Massachusetts; Master Electrician and Journeyman Electrician and a Master Electrician License in the State of New Hampshire.
He is a Certified Advanced Relay Technician for AVO, a Licensed Thermography Technician and a Level 4 Certified Technician of International Electrical Testing Association (NETA).  He participates in continuing education with the International Electrical Testing Association.

Infra-Red Building and Power Service, Inc. is a fully certified member of NETA providing 24-hour on call service to support normal and emergency electrical maintenance and testing needs. Infra-Red maintains a staff of highly trained NETA certified field service technicians providing power system studies and complete engineering and testing services for acceptance, maintenance, retrofit and repair of electrical power distribution systems and equipment. The company provides services for customers in and around New England.

Electrical Safety Awareness – Track 3

Single Session – Electrical Safety Awareness Class – 12:30-3:30 PM

This Electrical Safety Awareness Class is for Non-Qualified Electrical workers — those individuals who will not be exposed to live/energized conductors or circuit parts as part of their duties. This training is beneficial for those maintenance and supervisory personnel who may interact with electrical distribution equipment for the purpose of resetting tripped circuits, securing power to equipment for maintenance tasks.  This training is also for Supervisory, Project Management, El-IS & other personnel who may interface with subcontractors or tenants who may be interacting with electrical distribution equipment.

Training shall be to the 2015 NFPA 70E, NFPA 70 (NEC), OSHA CFR 29 1910 Subpaft S as well as material presented around the importance of maintenance and NFPA 70B. Training shall be conducted through the use of PowerPoint slides, practical hands on simulation and use of equipment props such as an electrical disconnect switch.

Topics Covered shall include but not be limited to the following:

  • Identification and understanding of electrical hazards:
    • Electrical Shock
    • Arc Flash
    • Arc Blast
  • Effects on the human body from the above hazards
  • Definitions applicable to the OSHA regulations and NFPA 70E
  • Standards in Place for compliance
  • Compliance requirements
  • Limitations of “Unqualified” electrical workers
  • Electrical Safe Work Practices including boundary and barricade requirements
  • Personal Protective Equipment which might be utilized by Unqualified workers
  • Equipment Assessments- What is considered “Normal”
  • Lockout/Tagout for Unqualified workers
  • Training and the Qualified Person- Distinction to Unqualified workers
  • Training expectations for “Unqualified” personnel
  • Limitations of Unqualified workers
  • Required documentation
  • Required inspections / programs
  • Required equipment labeling
  • Mitigation Techniques
  • Examples of recent OSHA citations for noncompliance
  • When to obtain the services of a “Qualified Worker”

Speaker: Dean Vanasse, Owner, Boston Safety Training, Inc.

Dean Vanasse has over 30 years of experience in power generation, distribution, and electrical equipment manufacturing. Dean began his career as a Reactor Operator on a Nuclear Submarine, the USS Providence (SSN 719). While on board he operated, maintained and trained others on the Instrumentation, Controls and electrical systems, which support the reactor and balance of plant. Dean served in Desert Storm and was chosen to be part of a 12-member group to represent the submarine force in the victory parade held in Washington DC on June 8th 1991.

Following Dean’s distinguished career in the Navy, he worked for ConEd at their nuclear generating station, Indian Point, for two years on an NRC driven safety program related to power and control isolation. Dean then went to work for Russelectric where he was involved with manufacturing, commissioning, maintaining and repairing automatic transfer switch, low and medium voltage paralleling equipment. During the six years at Russelectric, he held the position as Application Engineer prior to moving to a position with Dighton Power during construction of the 185 MW combined cycle gas fired plant. Dean spent six years at Dighton Power as the Instrumentation Controls and Electrical Technician prior to moving to Schneider Electric-Square D Services where he spent six years as a Service Sales Engineer. Currently, Dean is the owner of Boston Safety Training, where he is sharing his lifelong practical field experience with others promoting safe work practices.

Dean is a Past President of the local AFE Chapter 33 and a member of the Rhode Island Electric League, ASSE & NFPA. Dean has completed the 30 hour General Industry, Electrical Standards, Medium Voltage, I-OTO OSHA courses as well as the NFPA 70E certification course. Dean is an OSHA outreach Instructor for 10 and 30 Hour General Industry as well as an Instructor of First Aid CPR & AED for the American Red Cross. Besides holding countless safety training classes since 2012, Dean has also been performing Electrical Equipment Maintenance, Safety related audits and, defining hazard mitigation solutions for his customers.


Local Certified Professional Maintenance Manager (CPMM) Review Class

Offered in conjunction with our Trade Show! Advance registration required; separate fees apply. Due to popular demand, we are moving up the dates for our CPMM Review Class in order to offer this class in April in conjunction with the Trade Show and Workshops.  The class will take place over three days, on Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday, April 25, 26 and 27.

Note that the CPMM Review Class concludes on Thursday  afternoon in time for registrants to attend the Regional Trade Show and Reception immediately following.  If attending Trade Show Workshops, a separate registration is required; attendance to just the Trade Show exhibits or Reception is included.

View CPMM Review Class details and registration information.

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