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Teaching High-Rise Plumbing Design for Engineers

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2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition


Vancouver, BC

Publication Date

June 26, 2011

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June 26, 2011

End Date

June 29, 2011



Conference Session

Architechtural Engineering Eduction: Emergent Topics

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22.1395.1 - 22.1395.19



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Ahmed Cherif Megri University of Wyoming

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Dr. Ahmed Cherif Megri, associate professor of architectural engineering at the University of Wyoming (UW), teaches several HVAC and energy courses. Dr. Megri is also teaching a course titled “Comprehensive Performance of Building Envelope and HVAC Systems” for Summer School at UW, and “Smoke and Fire Dynamics” during summer session at Concordia University, Canada. His research areas include airflow modeling, zonal modeling, energy modeling, and artificial intelligence modeling using the support vector machine learning approach.
Prior to his actual position at UW, he was an assistant professor and the director of Architectural Engineering Program at Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). He was responsible for developing the current architectural engineering undergraduate and master’s programs at the Illinois Institute of Technology (IIT). During his stay at IIT, he taught fundamental engineering courses, such as thermodynamics and heat transfer, as well as design courses, such as HVAC, energy, plumbing, fire protection and lighting. Also, he supervise many courses in the frame of interprofessional projects program (IPRO).

In few months, Dr. Megri will defend his “Habilitation” (HDR) degree at Pierre and Marie Curie University - Paris VI, Sorbonne Universities.

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Teaching High- rise Plumbing Design for Engineers   The architectural engineering program at the University of Wyoming offers several courses in the areas of HVAC, Plumbing, Fire Protection, Energy and Building Electricity. Plumbing is a discipline founded in hydraulics and legal issues governed by codes and standards. This discipline includes, but is not limited to, the design of hot and cold water, storm, drainage and venting systems.  Many documents, books and references are available covering the topics associated with plumbing.  However, the majority of them are oriented toward plumbing techniques and practical issues.  Little of the information available is primarily for engineers.   Within this paper we discuss the integration of plumbing into the Architectural Engineering curriculum, as well as how high‐rise plumbing can be taught for engineers. We also discuss how to combine the fundamentals, such as hydraulics, and different codes and standards, to create a successful class. A comprehensive capstone project that will integrate various components of plumbing will be discussed in this paper. The particularity of high‐rise plumbing vs. low‐rise plumbing is also discussed. Also, this paper describes  the experiences  we  encountered  over  the  past  several  years  while developing  and  teaching  the  plumbing  curricula  in  the  Architectural Engineering  program.  In  addition,  we describe  the  history  of  the  architectural  engineering  curriculum  at the University  of Wyoming,  the  plumbing design project,  and  the building design process.    Most  importantly,  project  methodology  will  be  discussed,  including the  design of various systems, system  selection and commissioning, and will culminate    with  administrative  topics.  We demonstrate this methodology through the use of a comprehensive design project. We discuss this design course from the students’ point of view, focusing on the experiencegained in design, codes and safety, as well as in written and oral communication skills. We alsodescribe the methods we use in terms of learning outcomes to evaluate the effectiveness of thecapstone design program. 

Megri, A. C. (2011, June), Teaching High-Rise Plumbing Design for Engineers Paper presented at 2011 ASEE Annual Conference & Exposition, Vancouver, BC. 10.18260/1-2--18351

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