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President's Report

Dear fellow ASPE members:

The ASPE 2019 Tech Symposium was a great time for learning and networking. I met with many of our illustrious chapter members there, and appreciate the interactons with each of you. If you have never been to one of these events, I highly recommend you attend the Expo next year in New Orleans! The educational opportunites are great… and you will have a great time too!

Our chapter is having our Holiday Social on December 14! Please plan on attending to celebrate our 50th anniversary as a chapter. How to RSVP is enclosed in this newsletter… don’t delay! Reserve your spot today!

If you are thinking about taking the CPD exam, or someone in your office should be, our Chapter, along with Baltimore Chapter, is providing a CPD Review Class, instructed by our very own David Bailey, CPD, GPD, FASPE, on Saturday, February 1, 2020! CPD exam registration opens on December 1, 2019. Please register as soon as possible.

Remember that ASPE is your resource, and your responsibility. There are 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 friends and valuable ASPE members:
October was certainly a month full of activity and we had a very good attendance at the October monthly meeting. We want to extend our appreciation to all of you who make these meetings possible. It is our goal as a chapter to provide the best learning experience for all our members and we welcome all feedback to make these meeting a better experience for all. Certainly, one of the highlights from October was the ASPE 2019 Tech Symposium in Pittsburg, the steel city and home of the Steelers, Penguins and Pirates. For many of us it was the first time visiting the city of Bridges, (446 bridges) and for many of you it was a good chance to see this great place one more time. Personally, it was great seeing and meeting many of you, members of the ASPE DC chapter as well as other fellow members from other chapters.

This month we want to remind all our members whose membership is about to expire to check the options available such as: Multi-Year Membership Renewal, Early Renewal Discount for First-Time Members and Multiple Chapter Affiliation. To learn more about these programs please visit

A great benefit for members is ASPE Connect, which is an online platform to connect, engage, and learn with your fellow ASPE members. Through its interactive discussions, you can find answers to your design questions, get career advice, share your successes, brainstorm ideas, and build new relationships. To learn more about this community and to start participating please visit:

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

Finally, remember that next Chapter meeting will be held November 19, 2019 for more info check the following link: or visit the official Linked-in page at:
Please feel free to add me to my Linked-in page at :
Please e-mail me directly @ [email protected] with any concerns or comments.

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VP Technical Report

Hello ASPE DC Chapter Members,
Thanks to Mike Hainzl from Generac Power Systems for a very informative presentation about Natural Gas Sizing for Emergency Generators!

This month we’ll host William Rhoads (thanks to Mike McCarthy of Viega LLC) from Virginia Tech to discuss Opportunistic Pathogen Growth in Building Plumbing Systems.

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.

Nov 19, 2019: Opportunistic Pathogens 101 – Viega
Dec 14, 2019: Holiday Party – see flyer! Be there!
Jan 21, 2020: WSSC Backflow prevetion – Cross Contamination Control
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

BRIO Tuscan Grille at Tyson’s Corner Center
7845L Tysons Corner Center
McLean, VA 22102

*Plenty of free parking and close to Metro!
5:30p-8:00p – Please REGISTER at!
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

VP Technical November

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Calendar of Events

2019-2020 Chapter Meeting Schedule

Date: Nov 19, 2019
Speaker: Viega
Topic: Opportunistic Pathogens 101

Date: Dec 14, 2019
Event: Holiday Party
Location: Please See the Flyer Included in this Month's Downloadable Newletter

Date: Jan 21, 2020
Speaker: WSSC
Topic: WSSC Backflow prevention- Cross Contamination Control

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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