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July 6, 2003

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        NEWS AND INFORMATION FOR ENGINEERING TECHNICIANS
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Issue No. 106          http://www.etnews.org            7-6-2003
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- News
- ET Journal
- NICET Test Dates
- AFAA Class Schedule
- Comments & Acknowledgements

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NEWS
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Oregon AFAA Quarterly Meeting
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Scheduled for 9:00 AM on Tuesday, July 15th, 2003, and will be
held at the Marion County Fire District #1 Regional Training
Facility, which is a couple of miles north of Salem.  To get
there take I-5 to exit 263.  Go east (at the exit) on Brooklake
Road about 1/2 mile and the facility will be on your right.  It
is a blue and white building, and the address is 4910 Brooklake
Road, NE.

Source: http://www.oafaa.org

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I'll see you in Seattle this week.

Have fun!

Mike
mailto:mbbaker@etnews.org

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ET JOURNAL
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NICET Fire Alarm Systems Level IV
38002 PROJECT SCHEDULING AND COORDINATION
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38002 is a Level IV Special work element.

38002 DESCRIPTION
Read and interpret construction schedules such as the critical
path method. Separate a fire protection project into categories
to conform to the General Construction schedule. Provide
scheduling information suitable for input to CPM, PERT, or bar
schedule. Establish communication channels of fire protection
work with other trades to determine most appropriate drafting
procedures, including scale of drawings and type of process
(mylar, linen, etc), and to determine schedule of meetings.
Maintain updated drawing file including change orders and field
installation changes. In accordance with coordination
responsibility, communicate all changes to the other trades.
(See general construction texts and references)

38002 REFERENCES:
General construction texts and references

38002 DESCRIPTION BREAKDOWN:
"Read and interpret construction schedules such as the critical
path method. Separate a fire protection project into categories
to conform to the General Construction schedule. Provide
scheduling information suitable for input to CPM, PERT, or bar
schedule. Establish communication channels of fire protection
work with other trades to determine most appropriate drafting
procedures, including scale of drawings and type of process
(mylar, linen, etc), and to determine schedule of meetings.
Maintain updated drawing file including change orders and field
installation changes. In accordance with coordination
responsibility, communicate all changes to the other trades."

Glossary of terms

CPM. The Critical Path method is a scheduling technique which
identifies the logical sequence of the activities occurring in a
construction project, the anticipated time required to complete
each activity in the project, and the activities that must be
completed on schedule to finish the project in the anticipated
time. CPM is also used as a management technique, which enables
contracting parties to predict when activities may occur so that
resources can be effectively used and limitations can be
identified.

PERT. Closely related to critical path analysis, this is a
continual review of the procedures developed by critical path
analysis, with a view to maximizing efficiency and making
necessary alterations at the earliest opportunity.

Bar Schedule. Bar chart representation is the most commonly used
method in construction industry. It is a graphical representation
of work and time. This is very easy to understand at all levels.
Almost all engineers are aware of the bar chart to be prepared
for particular construction activities and total completion of
project.

Gantt Chart. A horizontal bar chart developed as a production
control tool in 1917 by Henry L. Gantt, an American engineer and
social scientist. Frequently used in project management, a Gantt
chart provides a graphical illustration of a schedule that helps
to plan, coordinate, and track specific tasks in a project. Gantt
charts may be simple versions created on graph paper or more
complex automated versions created using project management
applications such as Microsoft Project or Excel.

The Critical Path Method (CPM) is the process of separating a
construction project into individual tasks, estimating the time
and manpower required to complete each task, and then arranging
the tasks into a logical sequence.

A modified Gantt chart may include percentages within the bars
which indicate the status of the work scheduled, the work to be
done, the work scheduled, and the overall status of work to date.

A change in conditions on a project may give rise to extra
claims, or changes in plans, or, in some cases, abandonment of
the work. All standard contracts contain a provision which
requires the contractor to notify the architect or engineer of
changed conditions before proceeding with work. 

Project managers should conduct a detailed survey of the
specifications, the plans, and the drawings for completeness,
clarity, precision, and any special restrictions.


THE INFORMATION HEREIN IS PROVIDED AS A GUIDE ONLY AND IS
INTENDED TO ASSIST YOU IN PREPARING FOR AN EXAM. IT IS NOT
INTENDED TO BE INCLUSIVE OF ALL INFORMATION THAT MAY BE ON AN
EXAM BUT RATHER IT IS INTENDED TO BE A SMALL SAMPLE OF THE KIND
OF MATERIAL THAT YOU MAY BE EXPECTED TO KNOW.

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NICET TEST DATES
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OREGON
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OR1 PCC Sylvania, Portland;
Test 7/26/03. Postmark deadline 6/7/03.
Test 11/15/03. Postmark deadline 9/27/03.

OR2 Clackamas Community College, Oregon City;
Test 9/27/03. Postmark deadline 8/9/03.
Test 11/15/03. Postmark deadline 9/27/03.

These dates are from the NICET web site. For a complete list of
all test centers and test dates, visit:
http://63.70.211.210/cfdocs/nicetschedule.cfm

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AFAA CLASS SCHEDULE
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July 8-10, 2003 Seattle, WA
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Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar.
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/IntFA_Seattle_July2003.pdf

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July 15-17, 2003 Yonkers, NY - Sponsored by NYBFAA
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Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar.
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/NYBFA_July03.pdf

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July 22-24, 2003 Chicago, IL
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Advanced Fire Alarm Seminar.
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/ADV_Chicago_July2003.pdf

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August 5-7, 2003 St. Louis, MO
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Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar
http://www.afaa.org/afaa/PDF/IntFA_StLouis_Aug2003.pdf

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August 19-21, 2003 Denver, CO - Co-sponsored by Rocky Mtn AFAA
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Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar
More information will be available soon.

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September 15-18, 2003 Oakland, CA - Sponsored by CAFAA
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Plan Review Seminar
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar
More information will be available soon.

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September 16-18, 2003 Boston, MA - Sponsored by New England AFAA
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Fire Alarm System Testing and Inspections Seminar
Automatic Fire Detection and Fire Alarm Systems Seminar (Fund.)
More information will be available soon.

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September 22-25, 2003 Lafayette, LA - Sponsored by LA AFAA
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Fire Alarm System Testing and Inspections Seminar
Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar
More information will be available soon.

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October 8-9, 2003 Wichita, KS - Sponsored by KS AFAA
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Plans Review Seminar.
Fire Alarm System Testing and Inspections Seminar.
More information will be available soon.

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October 15-17, 2003 Boston, MA - Sponsored by New England AFAA
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Intermediate Fire Alarm Seminar
More information will be available soon.

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October 21-23, 2003 Anchorage, AK
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Advanced Fire Alarm Seminar
More information will be available soon.

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November 3-6, 2003 Anaheim, CA - Sponsored by CAFAA
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Plan Review Seminar
Advanced Fire Alarm Seminar
More information will be available soon.

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November 4-7, 2003 Boston, MA - Sponsored by New England AFAA
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Advanced Fire Alarm Seminar
More information will be available soon.

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November 21, 2003 Reno, NV
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Plan Review Seminar
More information will be available soon.

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December 2-4, 2003 Phoenix, AZ - Co-sponsored by AZ AFAA
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Advanced Fire Alarm Seminar
More information will be available soon.

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December 9-11, 2003 San Antonio, TX - Co-sponsored by TX AFAA
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Advanced Fire Alarm Seminar
More information will be available soon.

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