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On September 11-12 and September 20-21, Uponor hosted Engineering Summits at its North American headquarters in Apple Valley, Minn.
The summits were hosted to offer attending engineer and contractor professionals a learning experience focused on plumbing and heating (radiant and hydronic) piping applications for commercial structures, encompassing new construction, renovation and maintenance projects. Professional engineer attendees were awarded with six professional development hours (PDHs). Attendees also gained networking opportunities with other engineering and contracting professionals, as well as with Uponor and allied subject matter experts and relevant industry trade media.
Total attendance was estimated at approximately 50 people at each summit, including presenters, media and Uponor personnel.
“The summit gatherings are intended to emphasize the value we place on stronger partnerships with engineers,” said Bill Gray, president of Uponor North America. “Our objective is to meet the engineers’ need to maximize system performance and meet project timelines, while articulating Uponor’s value to them in the form of lower installation and lifecycle costs.”
Day 1 of each summit began with a full-morning session, “What Should Be Driving the Sustainability Message – IEQ or Energy?” Led by industry expert and educator Robert Bean, the session addressed how to integrate the human sciences of thermal comfort, air and lighting quality with enclosure and HVAC design and how energy and eXergy efficiency is the natural outcome from engineering the indoor environment, using human-factor design principles.
Day 1 also included a session on “Commercial Piping Systems,” presented by Uponor Engineering Services Business Development Manager Devin Abellon, P.E., who is also an ASHRAE Distinguished Lecturer. The day concluded with a tour of Uponor’s manufacturing facilities and a dinner event at the Mall of America in nearby Bloomington, Minn.
Day 2 of each summit kicked off with an hour-long session on “Integrated BIM” by Don Rasmussen, applications engineer with CTC Software. Additional sessions were presented throughout the day by Uponor and CTC personnel on Uponor Project Delivery and Design Services and CTC Software Express Tools.