Upcoming Seminars

OCTOBER 2017

November 2017


Application of Fire Risk Assessment

Course Description: This two-day course following a brief overview of the Guide, participants will be divided into working groups which will be tasked with applying the SFPE Guide to a specific project. Groups will be able to choose from a selection of projects that include: historic building, a high-rise residential occupancy, or a petroleum industry facility. In addition to applying the Guide to their specific project, participants will also review the work of others groups to broaden their understanding of the concepts of a fire risk assessment. Each attendee's registration will receive a copy of the SFPE Engineering Guide to Fire Risk Assessment.

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

  • Describe the various steps associated with a fire risk assessment, as outlined in the SFPE.
  • Engineering Guide to Fire Risk Assessment.
  • Evaluate a project, prepare representative goal statements, objective statements, boundary conditions, and assumptions.
  • Prepare a fire hazard assessment for a designed project.

Instructor: William E. Koffel Jr., P.E., FSFPE, is President of Koffel Associates, a fire protection and life safety engineering design and consulting firm, recognized as an expert in the fire protection and life safety aspects of codes and standards. Headquartered in the Baltimore-Washington metropolitan area in the USA, the firm provides consulting; engineering design & construction administration; codes & standards development; seminar development & training; product testing & evaluation / representation; and litigation support to public and private clients worldwide. Bill is active in the development process of the industry’s governing codes, standards and design guidelines including International Code Council (ICC), National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) and Underwriters Laboratory (UL). A former code official with the Maryland State Fire Marshal’s Office, he is a Past President of the SFPE.

CEUs 1.4 | PDHs 14


Beyond Cause & Origin: Engineering Analysis of Building Fires

Course Description: This two-day course will be on Fire Protection Engineers (FPEs) and how they play a vital role in the investigation and analysis of building fires. FPEs have the educational background and training to identify and address building and fire code issues that may have contributed to the ignition and/or development of a fire; they also have the education and training to analyze the dynamics of building fires as well as the expected and actual performance of different fire protection systems under fire conditions. This seminar addresses different types of engineering analyses related to building fires, including ignition, fire spread, fire detection, fire suppression, fire confinement and egress analysis. This seminar also addresses the legal context under which most fire investigations are conducted. A number of case studies are presented to demonstrate the engineering analysis of building fires.

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

  • Understand the different roles for fire protection engineers in fire investigations.
  • Understand the legal and regulatory context for fire investigations and experts.
  • Understand the role of building codes and fire safety standards in assessing standards of care for building design, construction, and operation and maintenance.
  • Appreciate how fire modeling and fire dynamics analysis can be used for fire scenario hypothesis testing.

Instructor: Frederick W. Mowrer, Ph.D., P.E., FSFPE, is the Director of Fire Protection Engineering Programs at Cal Poly in San Luis Obispo, CA (fpe.calpoly.edu), where he also teaches FPE graduate courses in the program. Dr. Mowrer holds a PhD in Fire Protection Engineering and Combustion Science from the University of California, Berkeley. Dr. Mowrer served on the faculty of the Department of Fire Protection Engineering at the University of Maryland for 21 years before retiring with emeritus status in 2008. Dr. Mowrer is a Fellow and Past President of the SFPE (2002) and currently serves as Chair of the Technical Steering Committee of the SFPE. He has been involved in the investigation and analysis of hundreds of fires, including major fires at the MGM Grand Hotel, the Las Vegas Hilton, the First Interstate Bank, One Meridian Plaza, the World Trade Center, the Station Nightclub, and the Cook County Administration Building.

CEUs 1.4 | PDHs 14


Engineering Human Response in Fire: Principles, Models and Applications

Course Description: This two-day course will address the human response in fire and the tools that are available to represent this response within the engineering process. The course 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, Ph.D., 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


Fire Pumps - Beyond the Basics: Engineered Solutions to Hydraulic Challenges

Course Description: This one-day interactive program will provide a framework for the discussion of options and solutions for some of the challenging hydraulic situations that an engineer will 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: Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:

  • Select an appropriate 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.

Material Required: A calculator that is capable of raising a number to any power (yx key).

Instructor: Ken Isman, P.E., from 1987 to 2014, Mr. Isman was an engineer with the National Fire Sprinkler Association (NFSA), where he ultimately rose to the position of Vice President of Engineering. He is a Licensed Professional Engineer in the State of Connecticut and is an elected Fellow of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE). Isman has represented the fire sprinkler industry on over a dozen of the National Fire Protection Association’s (NFPA) technical committees, including the Technical Correlating Committee on Automatic Sprinklers, the Committee on Residential Sprinkler Systems, the Committee on Sprinkler System Discharge Criteria and the Committee on Fire Pumps. From 2000 to 2006 he was a member of the NFPA Standards Council.

A noted author and lecturer, Mr. Isman has written and edited numerous publications and handbooks for the NFSA and SPFE, including the textbook Layout, Detail and Calculation of Fire Sprinkler Systems and the Fire Pump Handbook and Pumps for Fire Protection Systems, co-authored with Milosh Puchovsky. He wrote a regular technical article for the NFSA’s SQ Magazine and served as the editor of Sprinkler TechNotes, its bimonthly newsletter. He has been a speaker at more than 500 seminars and workshops on fire protection systems

CEUs .7 | PDHs 7


Performance-Based Design and Codes

Course Description: This one-day course 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 systems.

Instructor: Chris Jelenewicz, P.E., 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


Principles of Fire Protection Engineering

Course Description: This three-day course is open to all individuals interested in gaining or refreshing their basic to intermediate knowledge of the principles of fire protection engineering. This course presents the application of science and engineering principles to protect people, property, and their environments from harmful and destructive effects of fire and smoke. It covers areas of fire detection, suppression, and mitigation as well as human behavior and recommendations on how to maintain a tenable environment for evacuation during a fire scenario. Fire suppression systems components will be examined to include fire science, fire safety design, fire detection and fire alarm systems, fire suppression systems, automatic sprinkler systems and smoke control principles. Industry standards and variations will be discussed using NFPA codes and building codes.

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

  • Understand combustion and ignition phenomena.
  • Forecast how buildings are protected from fire and how human behavior responds during emergencies.
  • Know the means of egress concepts, human tenability limits, occupant responses to cues and decision made by people in fire situations and during evacuation.
  • Distinguish the performance of basic construction materials in the fire environment.

Instructor: TBD

CEUs 2.1 | PDHs 21


Protecting Flammable and Combustible Liquids

Learning Objectives: The objectives of this course are 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 Farms
  • 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


Sprinkler Design for Engineers

Course Description: This three-day course is based on the 2016 editions of NFPA 13 and 20 standards. The course is designed to provide participants with the tools needed to design fire sprinkler systems in accordance with building and fire codes. The three-day course covers introductory aspects that are essential for engineers, designers, and AHJ’s who are new, or need a 2016 update/refresher, to sprinkler system design, classification of the hazards and commodities to be protected, water supplies, fire pumps, confirmation of the hydraulic data and preliminary hydraulic design, and preparation of design documentation. In addition, more advanced topics such as application of new technologies, protection of high-piled storage, and computer generated hydraulic calculations is also included.

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

  • Use hazard classifications to design sprinkler systems.
  • Select the most suitable type of system for your project.
  • Develop system design criteria using hydraulic calculations.
  • Describe sprinkler vs. non sprinkler system requirements.
  • Distinguish the suitability of different types of sprinkler systems to certain hazards and construction components.
  • Understand water system implications for sprinkler system and fire protection design.
  • Illustrate combining fire pumps and water supplies.
  • Know how to hydraulically calculate pipe sizes.

Prerequisite: Basic construction knowledge and ability to read construction documents.

Who Will Benefit?: Fire Protection Engineers, Sprinkler System Designers, Building Owners and Managers, Building and Fire Inspectors, Mechanical Engineers, Civil Engineers, Electrical Engineers, and Architects

Experience Level: Beginner to Advanced

Materials Needed: Calculator, architectural scale (1/4” and 1/8” equals a foot minimum), and current NFPA 13 Automatic Sprinkler handbook or Standard, along with a laptop computer to operate the demo of the hydraulics program provided by SFPE.

Course Assessment: Participants will be assessed in the last training session. They will need to pass with minimum score of 70%.

Instructor: Scott Futrell, P.E., FSFPE, CFPS, CFEI, SET, as president and founder of FFCDI, Scott Futrell has provided services related to fire code consulting, project management, system design, and loss investigation of fire protection systems for a broad range of building types and system failures since 1989. He is a Fire Protection Engineer registered in the State of Wisconsin and has been in the Fire Protection industry since 1975. Mr. Futrell is a Fellow in the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, a Certified Fire Protection Specialist, a Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, and a Senior Engineering Technician (NICET IV). Mr. Futrell is on the task force that has written the curriculum for the Society of Fire Protection Engineers class entitled Sprinkler Design for Engineers since 2000 and taught that class as well. He is currently the Chairperson of the task group updating that SFPE class for 2017, the SFPE class on Protection of High-Piled Storage for 2017, and the SFPE class on Hydraulic Calculations for 2017. He has also participated on the Technical Panels for several Fire Protection Research Foundation projects.

CEUs 2.1| PDHs 21


Advanced Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS) and Smokeview

Course Description: This 4-day course is a hands-on workshop on advanced techniques in Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS) modeling and Smokeview visualization. Each topic module includes a lecture and a workshop in which the student works example problems on their personal laptop computer. This course is a significant update of the previous course. 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.

Professional Development Hours: A certificate of attendance for 28 CEUs will be awarded upon completion of a post-test.

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