Like many of you, I am very much looking forward to attending the 20th American Society of Plumbing Engineers (ASPE) Convention & Engineered Plumbing Exposition (EPE). The 2006 event in Tampa, FL, Oct. 21-25, will be my first. There is so much I want to see and do and learn there, most notably:

The Show Floor. According to ASPE, this year's EPE will feature technical exhibits by more than 300 manufacturers, suppliers and consultants-highlighting everything from fixtures and compressors to pumps and pipes. The show floor will be open to attendees a total of 10+ hours Monday and Tuesday, Oct. 23-24.

Equally important, all the exhibitors are expected to have available technical and product engineers to answer all of your (and my) questions. In addition, you will earn .1 CEU (or 1.0 PDH) for each hour you spend on the exposition floor.

Educational Sessions. A total of 36 education sessions are available at this year's event on Tuesday and Wednesday, Oct. 24-25. Designed around the "ASPE University"