Geothermal Designer Boot Camp + LoopLink RLC Certification

Online

Length: 6 weeks

Instructor: Ryan Carda, P.E.

Subjects: Renewable HVAC: Geothermal, Renewable HVAC: HVAC Design, Renewable HVAC: IGSHPA Certification

Description

The course will use IGSHPA's "Residential and Light Commercial Design and Installation Manual", and is taught by the author. LoopLink RLC, an online geothermal design tool, will be used heavily in the class and the course comes with a 1-year license for the software. LoopLink RLC Certification is earned by successfully completing the final design problem and is valid for three years. Each week students will have a reading lesson, a homework assignment (usually a design that you have to do on your own), and discussion with the instructor and other students.

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World-Class Instructor

Ryan Carda is a true guru when it comes to geothermal system design. He's a co-author of the "IGSHPA Residential and Light Commercial Design and Installation Manual," and he has been teaching this course for years. He is highly respected in the industry and always gets rave reviews from students.

Powerful Software

The course includes a 1-year, unlimited subscription to LoopLink RLC design software (a $395 value).

Applied Learning

Gain experience and build confidence through hands-on work. Students take their own designs from start to finish.

Complete Flexibility

This course was designed for busy professionals. Complete the work when you have time. You don't need to worry about being late for a classroom session or deadlines for assignments.

Professional Development Hours for Engineers

This course is approved for 20 professional development hours for students who need to renew their P.E. license.

Self-Paced Online Course

This online course is both self-serve and self-paced. You can begin instantly upon enrollment.

Access Information and Build Your Training Library

After enrolling, the course materials will remain in your account and be accessible for as long as the course is offered on the HeatSpring.com marketplace, with minimum guaranteed access for 12 months (1 year) after enrollment. Return to your course anytime with online access from anywhere in the world.

Earn a Certificate of Completion

When you complete this course you are eligible for a certificate of completion from HeatSpring. You can download your certificate as soon as you have completed all of the course requirements. Students can easily share their verified certificates on their LinkedIn profiles using our one-click LinkedIn integration.

This course is a 10 out of 10.

- John Blatner - CEO, Capital Heat, Inc.

Instructor

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Ryan Carda, P.E.

President, Geo-Connections, Inc.

Ryan Carda, P.E. is a Mechanical Engineer at Geo Pro, Inc. and is a co-founder of Geo-Connections, Inc. (creators of LoopLink Geothermal design software). He is a co-author of “Design and Installation of Residential and Light Commercial GSHP Systems", developed in cooperation with the International Ground Source Heat Pump Association (IGSHPA). He has been involved in...[more]

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Course Outline

Welcome - Orientation Materials

This course is self-paced, so you don’t need to be logged in at any specific time. You can get started immediately after you enroll and the course materials will remain in your account with minimum guaranteed access for 12 months (1 year) after enrollment. Typically access is extended for much longer.

Week 1 - Building Loads, GHP Hot Water Generation Options, Energy Modeling

Working with accurate loads is critical to a solid, cost-effective geothermal design. 'Garbage in, garbage out' is something we've all heard plenty of times - these assignments take the garbage out of your project. It's important to note that this isn't an exhaustive course for calculating building loads (that's a full course on it's own), but we will cover the basics.

Week 2 - Understanding Equipment Performance & Equipment Selection Strategies

Selecting the proper equipment is critical to designing cost-effective geothermal systems that work and are easy to maintain.

Week 3 - Ground Heat Exchanger (GHEX) Design Basics

This week we lay the foundation for designing closed loop ground heat exchangers.

Week 4 - Head Loss Calculations & Interior Piping Design

Now we're getting into real design problems.

Week 5 - Interior Load Distribution + Beginning the Final Design Problem

During this week you will begin work on the final design problem. This final design is split into two parts - the video lessons will give you the remaining tools you need to complete this design on your own. This is the last step toward LoopLink certification.

Week 6 - Submit Final Design Problem to Earn LoopLink Certification

Final exams are due one week after the last day of the course. They must be submitted on time and be correct to receive LoopLink Certification. Send Ryan an email when you have completed the design in LoopLink - this is 'official' way to submit the assignment.

After The Course - Feedback and Additional Resources

No matter how great this course is, we know it's just one part of a bigger journey. In this module we'll start thinking about what comes next. You'll provide feedback on the course, request a certificate of completion, and learn about additional resources. Don't forget that you'll have access to the course materials will remain in your account with minimum guaranteed access for 12 months (1 year). Typically access is extended for much longer without any action needed. If access is removed, contact us for an extension. Feel free to come back as much as you like to continue learning, and please stay in touch. Let us know what you do next and how we can help.

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