This talk is part of the Fountain Fundamentals Conference held July 10-11, 2013, Kansas City, MO.
ENGINEERING 281: Renovation of Fountains – Hydraulic Considerations by David Peterson
This presentation focuses on the hydraulic aspects of fountain renovation. We will start with what to look for during the initial site visit and project assessment, and then move to a list of considerations to review during the design. Technology for water treatment and equipment has changed and we will discuss how to implement these improvements and where they should be avoided. Most importantly, safety and code compliance is key and the changes could have a detrimental effect on the project or, with some creative ingenuity, they may enhance the project.
Discuss project assessment, hydraulic tests, and documentation of existing conditions.
Identify hydraulic performance and issues, equipment replacement, and material compatibility with potential water chemistry changes.
Explain important safety considerations, the ANSI/APSP-7 Standard for Suction Entrapment Avoidance, and unique solutions to renovation projects.
Examine code requirements and ways to make old non-compliant projects safe.
Peterson is President/CEO of Watershape Consulting, Inc., an international planning, design, and engineering firm providing owners, architects, contractors, and the legal profession with services relating to residential, commercial, and institutional pools, spas, and water features. He obtained his B.S. Civil Engineering at Cal Poly, San Luis Obispo and is a licensed engineer in several states. Peterson has been in the watershaping industry since 1994 when he began his career designing life support systems for large aquariums and marine mammal exhibits. He was Vice President Engineering at Polaris Pool Systems where he developed and patented several products. He is a prolific writer and is actively involved with trade organizations and code development.