Pool and spa builders no doubt will find the educational offerings of the 2016 PSP Expo’s conference segment to be rich and varied. Slated to run Oct. 30 to Nov. 4, the conference has many sessions of interest to contractors. For example, there’s a class on how to make the pool equipment pad more efficient and serviceable, another on the technical aspects of shotcrete, still another on remodel candidates -- and so forth. Let’s take an early look at some upcoming classes.

Construction 231: Efficient Installations: Equipment, Controls and Underwater Speakers
Wed., Nov. 2, 8-9:45 a.m.
Paolo Benedetti, SWD, has a way for builders to save time and money — and improve the serviceability of their clients’ pool equipment pads. Interested? The founder/principal of Aquatic Technology Pool & Spa in Morgan Hill, Calif., has designed this seminar to impart efficient methods of planning and layout for equipment pad plumbing, electrical and automation.

He’ll also show how to identify applicable building code requirements, and ways to simplify and expedite equipment installations. That, in turn, will ensure a safe installation for end users and service technicians — and extend the equipment’s life span.

Design 371: Remodel Candidate – Opening the Door to Possibilities
Wed., Nov. 2, 8-9:45 a.m.
When a prospective client approaches you with a remodeling project in mind, it’s important to first consider the site’s limitations and/or attributes, according to Michael Nantz, SWD, president of Elite Concepts Inc., based in the Dallas area.

Participants will get to review a number of his projects as he identifies the installations’ perceived limitations and attributes. The session also will define design influences and spatial relationships, and identify material considerations.

U.S. Residential Pool Markets Report
Wed., Nov. 2, 1:30-2:30 p.m.
Time for an update on MetroStudy’s residential pool industry research and reports.

This presentation by Robb Coltrin will rank the best U.S. pool markets and their performance so far in 2016. He will offer a forecast of the housing, replacement and pool markets, as well as a profile of households most likely to own or install pools.

Attendees will be able to download a free report (retail value $300) on how their local markets are expected to perform, and which ZIP codes and consumer groups have the most potential in 2017. Coltrin is vice president of sales for the East Region and general manager of consulting at MetroStudy. The firm is owned by Washington, D.C.-based Hanley Wood, which also owns PSN.

Engineering 406: The Technical Aspects of Shotcrete
Thursday, Nov. 3, 8-9:30 a.m.
If you want a thorough understanding of shotcrete, this is a don’t-miss session. Bill Drakeley, SWD, plans to explore shotcrete from all angles. As the founder/principal of Drakeley Pool Co. and Drakeley Industries in Bethlehem, Conn., explains, the performance of concrete via the shotcrete process is predicated on its design and engineering prior to actual applications.

So this presentation will focus on pre-placement specs of what a shotcrete pool shell is and is not. He’ll also look at the problems caused by incorrect engineering or specs, as well as incorrect placement techniques — and more.