Terracon provides aquatic design and swimming pool engineering services for public use, recreation, and competition swimming pools that include colleges, universities, high schools, municipal community pools, resort facilities, above-grade and in-ground hospitality pools, lazy rivers, splash pads, and a variety of water features, fountains, and water elements.
Terracon has become a proven leader in aquatic design and engineering with many years of experience and has designed more than 630 commercial swimming facilities for both publicly funded and private entities.
Terracon is fully committed to the advancement and betterment of the swimming pool construction industry. Additionally, company engineers have provided expert witness testimony in litigation for deficient swimming pool structures, published several articles in national aquatic publications, and are regular guest lecturers at swimming pool and spa pool construction industry conferences and trade shows throughout the U.S.
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Select the Months you plan on heating your pool:
This program utilizes published equations of thermodynamics to compute and chart two major characteristics of an operating outdoor pool, which are:
The computed costs are for heating only and do not include the cost of running circulation pumps and other equipment. The primary benefit of this program is the ability to compare the cost benefits of various energy saving features which can be added to a pool.
The following steps will gather weather data for your location, pool dimensions, if the pool is heated, and what energy saving features you want to include in your design.
Please click begin to startBegin
Water temperature and heat transfer are highly dependent on local weather conditions (temperature, wind, humidity, and solar radiance). This program utilizes 30 year average weather data from the National Climate Data Center (NCDC) data base for major cities throughout the United States.
You should select the closest city to your location, or a city that closely represents the typical weather of your location. Average weather parameters for the selected city are displayed in a chart at the bottom of the results. If a detailed site-specific analysis is desired please contact us.
|Pool Surface Area (sq.ft)
|Pool Perimeter (ft)
|Average Depth (ft)
Choose one of the following two conditions to determine either the monthly water temperature or monthly heating costs:
Select your pool type:
|Desired Water Temperature (F)|
|Cost per Therm ($) ?|
|Heater Efficiency ?|
|Cost per Gallon ($)|
|Cost per kWh ($)|
|Select Heating Season Months|
|Swim Season Water Temperature (F) ?
For any conditions selected in the previous three (3) Steps you can specify any number of energy saving features and track their individual or combined effect on water temperature and/or heating costs. The program will chart a history of each set of input parameters. It is a good idea to start by selecting no features and then add them one at a time so that you can compare temperature and/or cost savings of each.
Pool covers offer the greatest energy savings and swim season lengths. It is important to cover your pool when not in use. Select below to add a cover and also select the type of cover you will be using.
Roof mount solar collector which heats your pool
Solar collector area (sq. ft)
Solar Heater Efficiency
If the pool is located in an urban setting with surrounding homes, fences and trees, then a wind break is assumed by default. However, if the pool is in a rural setting or surrounded by a large open area, then please click "Remove Wind Break".
If your pool is shaded you will lose some solar radiation gains.
Percent of the pool that is shaded. (%)
A finite analysis program was used to estimate heat loss into the surrounding soil. Initially the amount may not seem significant when compared to losses off the surface; however, when other energy saving features are utilized such as a cover, the percent of potential savings becomes more significant. Generalized values have been used in this program. If a more site specific analysis is desired or for ideas on ways to insulate a shell, please contact our office.
|Results History for Non-Heated Pool|
|Run Number||Set Pool Temp (F)||Swim Season Length (days)||Options|
|Monthly Water Temperature (F)|
|Results History for Heated Pool|
|Run Number||Set Pool Temp (F)||Est. Annual Heating Cost||Options|
|Monthly Heating Costs|
|Weather Data for Location (Yearly Average)|
|Season||Average Temperature (F)||Humidity (%)||Wind Speed (MPH)||Solar Radiation (W/m^2)|
Swimming Pool Clients and Services
For more information about aquatic design and swimming pool structural engineering, please contact the following:
Aquatic Programming and Design
Matthew Reynolds, P.E.
(925) 348 9059
Matt Cappello, P.E.
St. Louis, MO
(314) 692 5592
Dr. Bill Rowley, PH.D., P.E.
(310) 377 6724
Swimming Pool Structural Engineering
Neil Anderson, MSC, P.E., G.E.
(209) 333 5711
Noah Smith, MSC, P.E., G.E.
(925) 391 2924