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Beyond the Toilet 
 
 

 

Plumbing engineers play a vital role in today's design/build industry.

A case study by the American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) explains how a little known, rarely mentioned, and often misunderstood profession—plumbing engineering—is actually a critical part of any design/build team from the onset of a project. The old adage that "anyone can do plumbing" does not hold water anymore; the plumbing engineer is highly skilled in all aspects of plumbing system design and installation, helping produce a functional, integrated, and constructible deliverable to the client.

Plumbing engineers also have hands-on abilities including building information modeling, cost estimation, project management, construction administration, commissioning, and code expertise. In fact, one of the most critical qualities the plumbing engineer brings to the design/build team is their in-depth knowledge of codes and standards related to plumbing systems. This expertise ensures that the building being constructed will comply with all of the requirements of the authority having jurisdiction and that the plumbing components and systems are safe, reliable, and sustainable.

In addition, plumbing engineers have a direct impact on global issues such as combatting groundwater contamination and depletion, delivering safe drinking water and sanitation, and eliminating waterborne diseases through their knowledge of water reuse systems, treatment methods, backflow prevention, piping materials, and innovative technologies.

To read the "Beyond the Toilet" case study, go to www.bit.ly/2AuHD1w. To learn more, you can also download ASPE's "What Is a Plumbing Engineer?" infographic at www.bit.ly/2N3RTiE.

About ASPE: The American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) is the international organization for professionals skilled in the design, specification and inspection of plumbing systems. ASPE is dedicated to the advancement of the science of plumbing engineering, to the professional growth and advancement of its members and the health, welfare and safety of the public. The Society disseminates technical data and information, sponsors activities that facilitate interaction with fellow professionals, and, through research and education, expands the base of knowledge of the plumbing engineering industry. ASPE members are leaders in innovative plumbing design, effective materials and energy use, and the application of advanced techniques throughout the world. For additional information visit aspe.org