Upcoming Seminars

February 2018

April 2018

Advanced Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS) and Smokeview

Date: Wednesday-Thursday, 7-8 February
CEUs: Earn up to CEUs 1.4 | PDHs 14

Description: This 2-day seminar will cover advanced techniques in Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS) visualization. Each topic module includes a lecture and a workshop in which the student works example problems on their personal laptop computer. This seminar is a significant update of the previous seminar. It will include an introduction to PyroSim with the option to complete each module example using FDS or PyroSim.

Learning Objectives: Upon completion the participant should understand:

  • Pyrolysis and combustion.
  • Boundary condition options, including: conduction, multiple layers, fixed temperature, extraction, supply, etc.
  • Radiation.
  • Smoke detectors and sprinklers.
  • Implementing pre and post flashover fires.
  • HVAC.
  • How to create complex geometry.
  • Advanced Smokeview techniques: custom iso-surfaces, texture mapping, render files, and cad view.
  • Using spreadsheets to develop FDS input files.
  • Using PyroSim to create and run FDS input files and view results.

Prerequisite: Each student should have an understanding of fire dynamics, heat transfer, and fluid dynamics theory to gather the greatest understanding possible from the course.

Requirements: Attendees must bring a laptop computer with a minimum 2 GHz Pentium processor, 4 GB of RAM, and 10GB of free hard disk space. The computer should have a spreadsheet program for analyzing data and Adobe Acrobat for reading the documentation. The attendees should also make sure that they have sufficient security privileges on their computers to allow the software to be installed during class.

Before coming to class, attendees should have download the most recent version of FDS, Smokeview, and PyroSim and make sure the programs run on their computer. FDS and Smokeview are available from the NIST website http://www.bfrl.nist.gov. Follow the links for software, fire simulation software, and the NIST Fire Dynamics Simulator and Smokeview. PyroSim is available at http://www.thunderheadeng.com/pyrosim/. Install the Free Trial version.

Instructor:  Gabriele Vigne is a Fire Safety Engineer and Scientist, currently Director with JVVA in the Madrid office. He has worked on a wide range of multidisciplinary projects providing fire engineering solutions, including general fire strategy designs and computational fluid dynamics modelling, in commercial buildings, airports, underground infrastructures, rail and road tunnels, high rise and super high rise buildings.

Gabriele has been involved as Project Director and Project Manager in a variety of International multidisciplinary projects which predominantly involved Advanced Modelling of both Fire and Evacuation.

Gabriele held a Master degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Advanced Studies in Fire Engineering. He has been attending University courses in the Lund University in the field of Fire Modelling and he is currently undertaking a PhD on computational methods for fire and smoke modelling at the University of Jaén (Spain) with the partnership of the Comillas University (ICAI) in Madrid and the Imperial College of London (UK).

Gabriele’s main experience is in Fluid Dynamics, Fire and Smoke modelling, Evacuation modelling and Tunnel Ventilation. He is the Spanish and Italian NIST international resource for FDS (Fire Dynamics Simulator) and Smokeview.

He is Reviewer for the Fire Safety Journal, the International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Fire Technology and the Bulletin of the Polish Academy of Sciences: Technical Sciences.

Since 2012 he is member of the European SFPE coordination group (ECCG). Since 2016 he is member of the SFPE Subcommittee for Standards Oversight (SCSO), Committee in charged with identifying, developing, and overseeing SFPE’s technical products and research work, reviewing new innovations, and helping to establish the research agenda for the fire safety engineering profession. Since 2016 he is member of the SFPE Subcommittee for Handbook Subcommittee (SCHD). The purpose of the SCHD is to provide a mechanism to help facilitate the flow of information between the scientific and practitioner communities such that future editions of the Handbook continue to reflect state of the art information and approaches as well as addressing needs of practitioners. He is currently member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the SFPE Europe Magazine. The mission of SFPE Europe is to highlight the practice of fire protection engineering and fire safety engineering in Europe and to showcase current research being done in the field.

He recently joined the SFPE RTM Long-range document planning working Group.

Professional Development Hours: A certificate of attendance for CEUs 1.4 | PDHs 14 will be awarded upon completion of a post-test.

Performance-Based Design and Regulation in Europe

Date: Wednesday, 7 February
CEUs: Earn up to CEUs .7 | PDHs 7

Description: This seminar is intended for engineers who apply performance-based codes and enforcement officials who review performance-based design or fire safety engineering in Europe.

This one-day seminar will review in detail the performance-based design process and its application within the European context. Examples of various practices in Europe will be presented where differences and similarities will be discussed.

This seminar is divided into two sections. The first section will provide an overview of the performance-based design process contained in the SFPE Engineering Guide to Performance-Based Fire Protection Analysis and Design of Buildings. This process identifies methods of defining a project scope, developing goals, objectives and performance criteria, selecting design fire scenarios, developing and evaluating trial designs, and preparing design documentation.

The second section will provide an environment of the regulatory regimes in Europe concerning performance based design and review and control procedures. Examples will be given from various European countries. Structural fire safety engineering in the Eurocodes and the European Construction Products Regulation and relevant standards will be presented.

Instructor: Michael Strömgren is a research specialist working for fire safety consultancy company Briab where he specializes on governmental affairs, standardization and fire safety engineering practice. He has degrees in Fire Safety Engineering (BSc), Risk Management Engineering (MSc) from Lund University where he is also doing his PhD (part time). Michael led the last major revision of the Swedish fire safety regulations and guidelines for performance-based design. He worked for four years with fire safety at the Swedish National Board of Housing, Building and Planning which is the governmental agency issuing the building regulations.

Michael worked for Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE, or formerly SP) for more than five years where he specialized in research, fire safety engineering, education and expert services. His work experience includes development of performance-based guidelines, research projects, third-party reviews and certification of national fire safety design reviewers. His research has mainly focused at fire safety policy making, residential fire safety and regulatory evaluation & compliance. Notable projects include proposing performance-based design codes for road tunnels and three Nordic standards for fire safety engineering.

Michael is also active in many international fire safety engineering organizations. He was a member of the SFPE International board from 2014-2017, led several initiatives in SFPE Europe and has had leading positions in SFPE Sweden. He is also engaged in International (ISO) and European (CEN) Standardization and is the chair of the Swedish standardization committee for fire safety in buildings (TK 181) since 2013. He has received several awards for his contributions to the fire safety engineering community and one for an academic publication.

CEUs .7| PDHs 7

Protecting Flammable and Combustible Liquids

Date: Wednesday-Thursday, 7-8 February
CEUs: Earn up to CEUs 1.4 | PDHs 14

Description: The objective of this course is to provide a broad range of issues related to safe handling and storage of flammable and combustible liquid as follows:

Large Fire Loss Review

  • Impact on People, Environment, Property, Business Environment, & Other Related Issues
  • Strategic Planning for Safe Operations and Storage

Employing Administrative and Engineering Controls for Prevention and Mitigation

  • Pre-Planning for Fire Events
  • Fundamental Risk Determinants

Physical, Combustion, & Ignition Properties of Liquids

  • Navigating and Understanding the Relevant Fire Codes, Regulations, and Standards

Federal Regulations, NFPA, IFC, API, and Insurance Company Guidelines

  • Loss of Containment and Possible Fire and Explosion Types

Pool Fires, 2 and 3 Dimensional Spill Fires, and Pressurized Releases

  • Fire Testing and Defining the Risk

Small-Scale, Medium-Scale, and Large-Scale Test Protocols

  • Results of Select Tests Will Be Reviewed

Using Passive and Active Features for Specific Occupancies

  • Containerized Storage and Warehousing
  • Tank Farm
  • Industrial Operations

These features will include Containment and Drainage, Fire Resistant Construction, and Water and Foam-Water Protection Systems. A particular emphasis will be given to water and foam-water protection systems.

Instructor: David P. Nugent has over 36 years of experience in the industrial loss prevention & mitigation field. He is currently the Manager of Code & Project Services for Global Risk Consultants. His prior experience includes responsibility for corporate fire protection at a multinational chemical coatings company, coordinating full-scale fire tests involving various hazardous materials, and related client consulting. He is a member of the NFPA 30 technical committee, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the Society of Fire Protection Engineers. He has written numerous publications related to flammable and combustible liquids and reactive chemicals. He is a graduate of Rutgers University where he majored in Chemistry. He is also a recipient of the Joseph B. Finnegan Award from the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, Chicago Chapter.”

CEUs 1.4 | PDHs 14

Stationary Fire Pumps – Beyond the Basics Engineered Solutions to Hydraulic Challenges

Date: Wednesday, 7 February
CEUs: Earn up to CEUs .7 | PDHs 7

Description: Stationary fire pumps are often installed to support the water-based fire protection system needs within a building. This interactive program will provide a framework for the discussion of options and solutions for some of the challenging hydraulic situations that an engineer could face when one or more fire pumps is installed as a part of the design for any type of water-based fire protection system. The topics will include: controlling the discharge pressure of the pump under a variety of challenging suction pressure and performance conditions, combining the challenging requirements of multiple codes and standards that frequently apply to super high rise buildings, additional requirements of NFPA 409 for aircraft hangars, electrical power arrangements for motor driven pumps and their controllers, sizing drivers for fire pumps, design of systems with multiple pumps in series, and the design of systems with multiple pumps in parallel.

Learning Objectives:
At the completion of the program, the participant will be able to:

  • Select an appropriate stationary fire pump and arrangement of related equipment from a number of acceptable options in conditions where the suction supply is coming from different sources or is widely varying in pressure.
  • Select an appropriate fire pump and arrangement of related equipment from a number of acceptable options in conditions where the pump needs to create a great deal of pressure at the system demand flow, but then has the potential to over-pressurize the fire protection system at churn.
  • Compare and contrast the requirements from a number of overlapping codes and standards regarding super high rise buildings and determine a design solution that meets all of the applicable requirements.
  • Identify the unique requirements regarding fire pumps protecting aircraft hangars in NFPA 409 that someone might not know if they only had knowledge of NFPA 20.
  • Identify acceptable power arrangements for electric motor driven fire pumps.
  • Select a properly sized driver for a fire pump given the system demand and a specific size fire pump.
  • Identify the additional equipment and design considerations necessary for fire pumps arranged in series.
  • Identify the additional equipment and design considerations necessary for fire pumps arranged in parallel.
  • Target Audience People who already have a working knowledge of basic fire pump theory and terminology as well as familiarity with the basic requirements of NFPA 20.

Please bring a calculator with you that is capable of raising a number to any power (yx key).

Course assessment
Participants will be assessed via a written exam upon completion of the course. They will need to pass with a minimum score of 70%.

Instructor: Brad Cronin, CFPS has twenty years of experience in the fire service, and is currently a Lieutenant with the Newport, Rhode Island Fire Department. Brad is Vice President of Fire Protection with Strategic Code Solutions in Kingston, MA and also serves an instructor for the Massachusetts State Fire Academy, National Fire Academy and the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA). He has also been an instructor and author for the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), contributing as an author to handbooks and textbooks. Brad serves as a chair and member on several NFPA Technical Committees and UL Standards Technical Panels. He is a Certified Fire Protection Specialist and has BS degrees from Saint Michael’s College and University of Cincinnati."

CEUs .7 | PDHs 7 will be offered. Upon completion of a post-test attendees will be awarded a certificate of attendance.


Engineering Human Response in Fire: Principles, Models and Applications

Date: Monday-Tuesday, April 23-24
CEUs: Earn up to CEUs 1.4 | PDHs 14

Description: This two-day seminar will address the human response in fire and the tools that are available to represent this response within the engineering process. The seminar outlines the theoretical and empirical basis of our current understanding, making frequent references to actual incidents as well as engineering applications. This is followed by a broad discussion of the tools available to represent human response--from engineering calculations to computational simulation models. The discussion of the underlying assumptions and techniques of these models is supported by demonstrations and case studies. In all instances, the strengths and limitations of the theory, the data available, and the tools employed are clearly outlined, providing the audience with a realistic expectation of what is available, what insights can be gained and what the implications of having or not having these insights might be. The subject matter (i.e., human response) and the modeling approaches are presented together allowing the audience to assess, select, and employ such tools in a more informed and integrated manner.

Learning Objectives: 
Upon completion of this course participants will be able to: 

  • Demonstrate a clear understanding of the subject matter to assist with their theory development and data collection.
  • Explain which factors are need to be included in calculations, and the data that is available to support these factors.
  • Identify the impact that products may have upon an actual population, why this impact is important, and what tools can be used to demonstrate this impact.

Instructor: Steven Gwynne, PhD, Senior Research Officer (Fire Safety), National Research Council Canada is a Senior Research Officer at that National Research Council of Canada, where he works for the Fire Safety Unit (as Team Leader of the Fire Resistance and Risk Management Group) and as the Safety Thrust Lead for the Working and Travelling on Aircraft programme. He has worked in evacuation and pedestrian dynamics for 20 years. He has been a Reader at the University of Greenwich (UK), a Senior Scientist at Hughes Associates, Inc. (US), a Visiting Researcher at NIST (US) and is still an Adjunct Professor at the University of Maryland (US). He has been involved in developing and applying models of people movement to scenarios in aviation, maritime, rail and the built environment, along with urban-scale scenarios. 

CEUs 1.4 | PDHs 14

Evacuation for Fire Safety Engineering

Date: Monday-Tuesday, April 23-24
CEUs: Earn up to CEUs 1.4 | PDHs 14

Description: Evacuation for Fire Safety Engineering is a 2-day seminar for fire safety consultants and people working with fire safety at companies, fire brigades, municipalities and government agencies. The aim of the seminar is to introduce human behavior theories that are relevant for Fire Safety Engineering (FSE). After completion of the seminar, the participants will also have a basic understanding of pedestrian dynamics, and understand different egress modelling approaches (network, grid and continuous models) and their limitations.

The seminar includes a wide variety of topics, such as human behavior theories, emergency exit design, evacuation elevators, toxicology, pedestrian dynamics, egress modelling and selection of evacuation scenarios. Most of the material will be covered in lectures, but there will also be one workshop, namely one workshop about the concept of ‘panic’ and exercises related to the design of emergency exits and basic egress calculations.

Evacuation for Fire Safety Engineering has been developed in cooperation between the Department of Fire Safety Engineering and Systems Safety at Lund University, Sweden, and NFPA, USA. Both these organizations have a long tradition of fire investigations and research in the area of human behavior in fire. Examples include investigations of the attacks on the World Trade Center, USA, in 1993 and 2001, and research relating to the design of evacuation alarms, emergency exits and way-finding systems for evacuation. In addition, the Department of Fire Safety Engineering and Systems Safety has given courses in Fire Safety Engineering since 1986.

The knowledge gained at the seminar will help participants to incorporate aspects related to fire evacuation and human behavior in their work with FSE, e.g., in the design of buildings/constructions, systematic fire prevention, review of fire safety design, fire investigations, etc. The goal is to give the participants the tools and know-how to better incorporate human behavior aspects in FSE.

Learning Objectives:
Participants will be able to:

  • Understand pedestrian dynamics, and different egress modelling approaches (network, grid and continuous models) and their limitations.
  • Perform egress calculations, i.e., back of the envelope calculations, which are often done in the initial phase of FSE design.
  • Analyze different emergency exit and building designs in order to identify points of potential improvement.

Instructor:Daniel Nilsson, PhD, FSE, Senior Lecturer, Department of Fire Safety Engineering and Systems Safety, Lund University, Sweden
Daniel is Associate Professor at the Department of Fire Safety Engineering and Systems Safety at Lund University, Sweden. He has been involved in research about evacuation and human behavior in fire since 2002, and received his PhD in Fire Safety Engineering from Lund University in 2009. Daniel’s research is focused on the use of way-finding systems for evacuation, e.g., flashing lights at emergency exits, but also on the effectiveness of different information system, e.g., voice alarms and information signs. Most of the studies have involved evacuation experiments. Examples include laboratory experiments in a smoke filled tunnel and a field experiment in the Göta road tunnel in the Gothenburg, Sweden. Daniel teaches courses on evacuation and human behavior at Lund University.

CEUs 1.4 | PDHs 14

Fire and Life Safety Design of Very Tall Buildings: Challenges and Strategies

Date: Monday, April 23
CEUs: Earn up to CEUs .7 | PDHs 7

Description: This one-day seminar will explore a wide range of fire and life safety challenges associated with very tall buildings and strategies to address them. To enhance learning, attendees will be asked to participate in simple, qualitative hazard, risk or reliability analyses, fire and life safety strategy development for representative building configurations and fire scenarios, and fire safety management and evacuation planning exercises. Due to time constraints there will be no quantitative or computational analyses. The topics and sequence will generally follow those embodied in the SFPE Engineering Guide: Fire Safety for Very Tall Buildings. Content includes an overview of fire events in tall buildings, highlighting issues of concern and lessons learned. Emerging trends in very tall building design, which may have implications for fire and life safety performance, will be discussed.

Learning Objectives:

  • Upon completion of this seminar, the participant will be able to
  • Identify the potential impacts of new and emerging technologies and design features on fire and life safety performance in very tall buildings,
  • Explain how hazard, risk and reliability analysis can help identify and assess scenarios of concern and potential mitigation options,
  • Explain the roles that occupant risk perception and situation awareness might have on the selection and operation of defend in place and evacuation strategies,
  • Distinguish the impact of building design decisions on factors such as smoke control, fire spread and structural fire resiliency,
  • Understand systems reliability and robustness issues,

Materials Needed: SFPE Engineering Guide: Fire Safety for Very Tall Buildings. Attendees will be asked to participate in exercises and encouraged to share experiences with fire and life safety issues and strategies in very tall buildings.

Who will benefit: Experience Level Intermediate: FPEs, Architectural, Civil, Structural, Mechanical and Electrical Engineers, Insurers, Fire Safety Managers, Fire Service Personnel.

Instructor: TBD

CEUs .7 | PDHs 7

Performance-Based Design and Codes

Date: Tuesday, April 24
CEUs: Earn up to CEUs .7 | PDHs 7

Description: This one-day seminar will provide an overview of The SFPE Engineering Guide to Performance-Based Fire Protection. This process identifies methods of a) defining a project scope, b) developing goals, objectives and performance criteria, c) selecting design fire scenarios and design fires, d) developing and evaluating trial designs, and e) preparing design documentation.

The course will also discuss emerging issues related Performance-Based Design (PBD) that include:

  • Incorporating Risk Informed Methods in PBD
  • Selecting an Appropriate Fire Model for a Given Application
  • Estimating Required Safe Egress Time (RSET)
  • PBD in Tall Buildings
  • PBD in Long Tunnels
  • PBD in Structural Fire Engineering
  • Conducting a Peer Review for a PBD
  • Performance-Based ITM for Fire Protection Systems

Learning Objectives: 
Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:

  • Define the process outlined in the SFPE Engineering Guide to Performance-Based Fire Protection
  • Formulate fire safety goals & objectives for a given project
  • Differentiate and apply the different types of acceptance criteria
  • Estimate design fires based on a given scenario
  • Contrast the differences in incorporating deterministic vs probabilistic approaches
  • Identify the important steps in selecting a fire model for a given application
  • Estimate REST
  • Outline the steps in performing a structural fire engineering analysis
  • Discuss fire safety issues in tall buildings and long tunnels
  • Identify the steps to conducting a peer review for a PBD project

Explain how to Implement a performance-based ITM program for fire protection system

Instructor: Chris Jelenewicz, PE, FSFPE, is the Technical Director at SFPE and the Technical Editor of SFPEs Fire Protection Engineering magazine. He is responsible overseeing SFPE’s licensing and technical activities. Chris was featured in hundreds of articles and broadcast interviews, including the New York Times, CBS Nightly News, Public Television, USA Today, The Washington Post and the Philadelphia Daily News. Chris has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in fire protection engineering and a Master’s in Management from the University of Maryland. He is an SFPE Fellow and received the Distinguished Alumni Award in its inaugural year from the University of Maryland’s Department of Fire Protection Engineering. Chris is a licensed engineer in the States of California, Delaware and Maryland.

CEUs .7 | PDHs 7

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