February Newsletter Print

President's Report

Dear fellow ASPE members:

I hope everyone enjoyed our meetings at Brio this year! To make the experience even better (and because the restaurant suddenly closed the weekend after our last meeting), we are moving (1) restaurant over to La Sandia for the remainder of the year. It is still located in Tysons Corner Center, so there’s not a lot of difference for travel.

This month we are pleased to have Kenneth E Isman, PE, Clinical Professor of Fire Protection Engineering at the University of Maryland, to instruct us on hydraulic calculations for sprinkler systems! If you haven’t been to a meeting this year, I think you should consider making it out this February 25.

CPD exam registration is open. If you plan on taking the exam this year, please register as soon as possible.

Remember that ASPE is your resource, and your responsibility. There is precious few organizations dedicated to the practice of Plumbing Engineering, and the opportunity to give and receive knowledge, as well as interact with industry peers, begins with our chapter. Your participation might impact the future of plumbing engineering in ways you cannot imagine. 


Joseph E Niedzielski, CPD
Senior Plumbing & Fire Protectioon Engineer – Bala | Meta Engineers
President – Washington DC Chapter, American Society of Plumbing Engineers

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Membership Report

Dear fellow ASPE members:

Since many of you are considering to take the CPD examination this coming March 30-April 5, 2020, I would like to share with you some of the helpful links:



CPD Review Webinar Series:


Practice tests:


Find a testing center near you:


What are the recommended publications for exam preparation? Plumbing Engineering Design Handbooks Volumes 1, 2, 3 and 4 Practical Plumbing Engineering
Domestic Water Heating Design Guide

Engineered Plumbing Design II

Plumbing Technology
CPD Review Manual


We hope to see you at our next ASPE DC Chapter Meeting on February 25,2020 in Tysons Corners, For more info check the link: https://aspedc.org/meetinginfo.php?id=11&ts=1578977859

Finally, We would like to welcome the following ASPE members to our DC Chapter: Joseph Waterman, Mahallani Bandong and Michael Hedrick

All AYP members are invited to save the date for the joint ASHRAE /ASPE AYP event. It will be held at the Eleanor (https://www.eleanordc.com) April 8, 2020 5:30-8pm. Two free drinks and appetizers will be included.

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Please e-mail me directly @ [email protected] with any concerns or comments.

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VP Technical Report

Hello ASPE DC Chapter Members,

Well, we had our meeting location close down on us without much no*ce but thanks to our fearless leader/President we have secured a new location just next door to Brio. Please join us at La Sandia Mexican Kitchen & Bar on February 25th!



Invest in yourself, attend the Washington DC ASPE meetings for a chance at a $50.00 door prize for AYP Professionals and Female Engineers who invest in their own opportunities to learn in a relaxed environment from Our esteemed colleagues and the knowledge they share.

Feb 25, 2020: Importance of Fire Protection Hydraulic Calculations – Professor Kenneth Isman - UMCP
Mar 24, 2020: Water Heater Sizing, Construction, and Efficiency – PVI
Apr 21, 2020: Cast-Iron Pipe – Charlotte Pipe
May 26, 2020: Automatic Control and Pressure Reducing Valves – Watts

La Sandia at Tyson’s Corner Center
7852 Tysons Corner Center
McLean, VA 22102

*Plenty of free parking and close to Metro!
5:30p-8:00p – Please REGISTER at www.aspedc.org!
5:30-6:15 – Social, Sign in
6:15-6:45 – Tabletops (contact Chuck Potter if interested)
6:45-7:00 – Dinner served (cost $35)
7:00-8:00 – Technical session

Chuck Potter, CPD, GPD, Leed Green Associate

Greenman-Pedersen, Inc., Project Manager/Senior Plumbing Engineer

DC Chapter Vice President, Technical

Technical January

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Calendar of Events

2020 Chapter Meeting Schedule

Date: Feb 25, 2020
Speaker: Professor Kenneth Isman - UMCP
Topic: Importance of Fire Protection Hydraulic Calculations

Date: Mar 24, 2020
Speaker: PVI
Topic: Water Heater Sizing, Construction, and Efficiency

Date: Apr 21, 2020
Speaker: Charlotte Pipe
Topic: Cast-Iron Pipe

Date: May 26, 2020
Speaker: Watts
Topic: Automatic Control and Pressure Reducing Valves

Have ideas for future topics that you would like to see? Send them my way ([email protected]) and we’ll be sure to try to work them into future meetings.

2019-2020 Chapter Meeting Schedule

Monthly Sponsorship Opportunities-
The DC Chapter has the following sponsorship opportunities for each month:
Tabletop Presentations: $100 to provide a tabletop presentation of equipment or material relative to the plumbing profession. The tabletops will be set up from the beginning to the end of the monthly meeting and provides the opportunity to provide a brief (under 5 minutes) presentation.
Please make checks payable to the DC Chapter of ASPE.
Contact Joe Niedzielski or Chuck Potter
[email protected]
[email protected]


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