Electrical Engineering for Jail Design - An Audio Course
Thomas Mason, PE
This three hour
online audio course presents the concepts and examples of use of electrical
engineering in the design of jails and jail renovations. The methods have been
successfully applied to County and City detention centers for adults, detention
centers for juveniles, and district police stations. There is an implication
of low- to medium-security for such jails, but the population periodically included
serious offenders, violent persons under-the-influence and psychiatric patients.
Safety for clients, staff and the public is always the primary goal.
The course includes
a multiple-choice quiz at the end, based upon the course content.
At the conclusion of this course, the student will:
This course is intended for architects, engineers, contractors and construction managers involved in designing and building jails and jail renovations. Interested technical persons will get value for insights into how a relatively isolated section of our society works and how the equipment works to support it.
Benefit to Attendees
The greatest fear in facilities design is not error but oversight. An error should be picked up at one of the many reviews which take place. Something that the original designer misses can easily be missed in each of the reviews.
This course is
intended to be a shallow but wide discussion of electrical systems in jails.
In some cases new technology is discussed, like contraband detection and IP-TV.
In others, lists are presented, like smoke detectors, heat detectors, pull stations,
strobe-horns and annunciators. Hopefully, these will help avoiding the oversight
This audio course
consists of the following four (4) modules (files) in MP3 format. You may click
on and listen to each module online using Microsoft Windows Media Player (free
download) or RealPlayer (free
download). You may also download these files to your computer or save them
to an audio CD for personal use. The audio CD can be played in any CD player
capable of playing MP3. A copy of the lecture notes is also available below
in PDF format.
Introduction of speaker (0.5 MB)
Section 1 of Content (54 MB)
Section 2 of Content (46 MB)
The lecture notes for this course are contained in PDF format as follows. You may open or download this document for reference and further study - for personal use only.
Electrical Engineering for Jail Design (PDF Content File).
You need to open or download this document to study this course.
You may need to download Acrobat Reader to view and print the document.
Jails are a special
class of institutional buildings. The Codes apply a little differently and the
meaning of heavy-duty takes on new meaning. This course briefly examines the
electrical systems that must be selected and detailed by and electrical engineer
for new construction or renovation.
These sources are offered for reference and educational value. None of the products is particularly recommended by the author or PDHonline.
Jail Lighting Fixture, see http://www.cooperlighting.com/specfiles/productinfopdf/FCC.pdf
Jail Lighting Fixture, see http://www.kenall.com/catview.asp?pn=&cid=50&pid=302&bc=Off
Cell locks at http://www.southernsteel.com/catalog-form.shtml
[CAUTION: http://www.folgeradamedc.com/ is residential and industrial only.]
Surveillance analog cctv at http://www.pelco.com/support/vsi/ .
High security intercoms
control relays at http://www.functionaldevices.com/
http://www.clrwtr.com/ABB-Contactors-Contactor.htm [require enclosure]
control valves at http://www.ascovalve.com/products_detail.asp?detail=solenoid_data
Once you finish studying the above course content, you need to take a quiz to obtain the PDH credits.