Alternatives in Engineering provides fire protection engineering consulting services including code review, construction follow up inspections, system design, design supervision, bid specifications, hydraulic calculations, plan review, property loss prevention inspections, recommendation review, special investigation & analysis, and water supply testing.
CODE CONSULTING – Review can be performed for code compliance. Work can also include determination of acceptable alternative arrangements and drafting of project fire protection specification to conform to codes.
CONSTRUCTION FOLLOW UP INSPECTIONS– Visits are made to a project under construction to assure compliance with project fire protection specifications. They are generally performed as a consultant to the owner. However, such services can also be of great value to architectural firms and general contractors. Inspection frequency varies with the size of projects and scope of work provided. Typically visits are made every 4-6 weeks on projects in the 1,000,000 sq. ft. size range.
DESIGN SERVICE – This covers all aspects of fire suppression design including specification documents; installation drawings; new construction or retrofit; wet, dry, or double lock systems; conventional sprinkler systems; large drop systems; underground fire service; and fire pumps.
ENGINEERING DESIGN SUPERVISION – AIE can take Professional Engineering responsibility for designs generated by firms involved in design only or in design/build endeavors. This is done by providing technical supervision of designers on a contract basis.
FIRE PROTECTION BID SPECIFICATIONS – Good performance specifications are mandatory for any project. Bid documents for fire protection systems can be drafted by experienced fire protection engineers.
HYDRAULIC CALCULATIONS – The National Fire Codes (NFPA) require that all automatic sprinkler systems be hydraulically calculated.
PLAN REVIEW – Reviews can be done from a number of viewpoints and to satisfy varying needs including review of bid documents, working drawings and design drawings.
PROPERTY LOSS PREVENTION INSPECTIONS – We can provide Risk and Facilities managers with the detail required to make informed decisions. The reports can also be utilized for insurance marketing and assessment purposes.
RECOMMENDATION REVIEW – Insurance companies, jurisdictional authorities, and engineering consultant firms all employ personnel of varying levels of training and expertise. Many recommendations promulgated by such sources, while not incorrect, do not provide all alternate solutions. In most cases other solutions are applicable, some of which may be more economical; or, better meet the needs of the property owner. AIE specializes in providing such alternative cost-effective service.
SPECIAL INVESTIGATION & ANALYSIS – With our broad base of fire and loss prevention engineering expertise – covering design, testing, inspection, and review work – AIE is well positioned to perform a variety of one-time or special projects.
WATER SUPPLY TESTING – The most important single factor dictating the design arrangement utilized for any protection system is the quantity of water available at effective pressure. Use of experienced engineers for performance of this work is extremely cost effective compared to relying on water department, fire department, or sprinkler contractor personnel. \
FIRE SPRINKLER MAINTENANCE – AIE works with contractors nationwide to handle sprinkler maintenance and repairs 24/7. We know what repairs should cost and will make sure the most cost effective solutions are being used.
FIRE SPRINKLER INSPECTIONS –– AIE contracts scheduled inspections for clients nationwide. Consistent reporting, scheduling, invoicing, and a point of contact for any compliance issues that may arise are just a few of the advantages to utilizing AIE.
BACKFLOW TESTING & REPAIRS – Backflow testing can cause constant compliance challenges without a system of regular scheduling and tracking of varying requirements for every water authority having jurisdiction. AIE has extensive experience and will take care of all of your backflow compliance needs.