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FCIA Firestop Conference & Trade Show
FIC 2018


Hyatt Regency Lost Pines, Austin, TX

November 6-9, 2018


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The FCIA Firestop Industry Conference & Trade Show is a four-day interactive learning and networking event for professionals who are active in the Firestop Industry.

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The FCIA Firestop Industry Conference & Trade Show - FIC 2018 - gives Firestop Contractors and Associates the tools they need to succeed as the Firestop Industry landscape shifts and develops.

While there, you'll attend sessions showcasing thought-provoking research, critical code updates and developments, leadership, technical advancements and other topics affecting Firestop professionals everywhere.

At FIC 2018, you will find:

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November 6

7:30 a - 2:00 p

Conference Registration Open

8:00 a - 8:30 a

New Member Session

8:30 a - 10:00 a

FCIA Management System Manual Development Education

10:15 a - 12:30 p

FCIA Education for the FM & UL/ULC Firestop Exams

1:30 p - 5:00 p

FM & UL/ULC Firestop Exams for DRI Candidates & Inspection Personnel

6:00 p - 7:00 p

Welcome Reception***


November 7

6:30 a - 7:30 a

Exhibitor Set-up

7:30 a - 11:00 a

Conference Registration Open

7:30 a - 11:00 a

Trade Show Open

8:00 a - 8:30 a

FCIA President's Welcome & Association Comments

8:30 a - 9:00 a

Exhibitor Updates

9:00 a - 10:00 a

Partnership Program Updates

Bill McHugh, FCIA

Jill Norcott, FM Approvals

Ruben Sandoval, UL

10:15 a - 11:15 a

Breaking Busy - Moving from Distraction and Overwhelm to Engagement and Resiliency

Linda Edgecombe, Learning Edge Resources Corp.

11:15 a - 5:00 p

Ray Usher Memorial Golf Outing***

5:30 p - 6:30 p

Reception & Golf Awards***

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November 8

7:30 a - 5:30 p

Conference Registration Open

7:30 a - 4:45 p

Trade Show Open

8:30 a - 9:30 a

Firestop Caulk Durability

David Nicastro, F.ASTM, P.E., Building Diagnostics, Inc.

9:45 a - 3:00 p

The Complete Austin Experience Guest Tour***

9:45 a - 10:45 a

Education Session

Luke Woods, UL

10:45 a - 11:45 a

Tall Wood Buildings (TWB) & Cross-Laminated Timber Structures

Stephen DiGiovanni, P.E., Chair, ICC Ad Hoc TWB Committee

12:00 p - 1:15 p

FCIA Awards and Incoming Board Installation Luncheon

1:30 p - 2:30 p

NEW ICC International Fire Code Requirements & Building Owner & Manager Compliance

Michael O'Brian, Fire Chief, Chair, ICC Fire Code Action Committee

2:30 p - 3:30 p

Top Questions from the Help Desk - Part III

FCIA Manufacturer Members Technical Panel

3:45 p - 4:45 p

Electrical Circuit Protection Fire-Resistance (CLOSED SESSION)

Mark Lund, 3M

4:45 p - 5:45 p

FCIA Contractor MEMBER ONLY Session

6:00 p - 7:00 p


7:00 p - 10:00 p

FCIA Cowboy Cookout Annual Dinner***


November 9

7:30 a - 11:30 a

Conference Registration Open

7:30 a - 11:30 a

Trade Show Open

8:00 a - 9:00 a

Fire-Resistance History & Building Resilience

Jose Torero, Ph.D, FSPE, The University of Maryland

9:00 a - 10:00 a

ICC/NFPA 2021 Code Update

Bill Koffel, P.E. FSPE, Koffel Associates

10:00 a - 11:00 a

Barrier Management Symposium Summary

Bill McHugh, FCIA

11:00 a - 11:15 a

Conference Closing Remarks

11:15 a

FCIA Firestop Industry Conference & Trade Show Ends

* Agenda subject to change without notice.

** The UL/ULC Firestop Exam is an OPEN BOOK exam.  UL/ULC Exam participants JUST provide their own copy of the FCIA Firestop Manual of Practice.  The ULC Addendum covers questions specific to the firestop industry in Canada.  The FM Firestop Exam DOES NOT llow the use of the FCIA MOP during the Exam.

*** Spouses/Guests are welcome.  Additional Fee may apply.  Refer to the Registration Brochure for more information.



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