SFPE Webinar Series

With SFPE webinars you can earn Professional Development Hours (PDH) credits: an exclusive series of online technical webinars focused on helping SFPE members and non-members strengthen professional skills and stay on top of industry trends. Professional expert speakers will lead the webinars, highlighting top technical content that is essential for keeping your skills up to par.

Earning Professional Development Hours (PDHs) are only granted to individuals who have registered through the GOTOWEBINAR and attend the live webinar and are logged in for 50 minutes longer. Group participation will not be awarded PDHs.

Archived Webinars

Recordings of previous webinars are available to members here.

Schedule

Monday, April 30, 2018 11:00 am Eastern Time (-04:00 GMT)

A Computing Infrastructure for Integrating Real-time Fire Data into Simulation and Visualization Software

Presented by Ann Jeffers, Associate Professor, University of Michigan

To provide firefighters with more information about the status of a fire event, a new computing infrastructure is under development at the University of Michigan. Through the use of existing and novel software packages, this study provides a new link between the scene of a fire event and the responding fire department. Specifically, it is envisioned that buildings will someday be instrumented with sensors that monitor key fire signatures such as gas temperature and species concentrations. The live stream of data would be transmitted wirelessly to a computing workstation that would interpret the fire data and communicate actionable information to firefighters via a building information model (BIM). The better understanding of the conditions within a building will enable informed decision-making that will lead to fewer deaths and property losses in structure fires. This presentation will showcase the current stage of development by using the new software with FDS-generated fire data in order to highlight some of the computational and visualization features that may someday be coupled with a live stream of fire data originating from an advanced sensor network.

SFPE MEMBER FEE: FREE
NON-MEMBER FEE: $29 USD


Thursday, May 3, 2018 11:00 am Eastern Time (-04:00 GMT)

Development of In-Rack Sprinkler Protection Guidance for Mini-Load Automatic Storage and Retrieval Systems

Presented by Benjamin Ditch, Senior Research Engineer, FM Global

In-rack automatic sprinkler (IRAS) recommendations were developed for mini-load automatic storage and retrieval systems (ASRS) containing open-top plastic containers. The design approach allows for modular IRAS protection schemes, where ceiling and in-rack sprinklers are not designed for simultaneous operation to provide an acceptable level of fire control. This design eliminates the need for hydraulic balancing and accounting for simultaneous flow from each system. The project used a coupled experimental and numerical modeling approach. Large-scale fire tests provided the basis for IRAS protection schemes adequate to protect a modular section of an ASRS rack. Cold-flow water transport tests quantified the impact of IRAS protection schemes on water transport time and flux distribution. The water flow results also aided the selection of IRAS protection used for fire testing and provided validation data for the computational fluid dynamics (CFD) computer model FireFOAM. A parametric numerical modeling study lays the groundwork to extend the IRAS protection guidance resulting from the experimental studies and provides the flexibility to assess protection schemes or storage configurations beyond the scope of the current project.

SFPE MEMBER FEE: FREE
NON-MEMBER FEE: $29 USD


Monday, May 14, 2018 11:00 am Eastern Time (-04:00 GMT)

A Performance-Based Approach to the Fire and Life Safety Design of the New Calgary International

Presented by Peter Senez, P.Eng. Executive Vice President – Canada, Jensen Hughes

This presentation summarizes the development, application and implementation of a performance-based approach to design of fire and life safety aspects of the new Calgary International airport terminal, based on guidance in the SFPE Engineering Guide to Performance-Based Fire Protection. The design of the terminal was intended to provide seamless connectivity between building spaces, but created challenges from a security perspective and within a regulatory framework that relies on compartmentation and proximity to exits to limit the risk of fire spread and facilitate life safety. The regulatory and security challenges were addressed through development of a performance-based approach to fire and life safety and demonstration of performance relative the goals implicit to the Building Code requirements.

The success of this Project was achieved through effective application of performance-based design, based on the guidance provided in the SFPE Engineering Guide to Performance-Based Fire Protection, to achieve design and regulatory objectives. The performance of the alternative designs was achieved through use of appropriate analytical methods to demonstrate an enhanced level of safety relative to the Building Code requirements.

Early engagement of and continued coordination with stakeholders helped streamline the construction and commissioning process, and supported the successful and on-time completion of the Project.

SFPE MEMBER FEE: FREE
NON-MEMBER FEE: $29 USD


Monday, June 25, 2018 11:00 am Eastern Time (-04:00 GMT)

Development of CFD Fire Suppression Model for Industrial Applications

Yi Wang, PhD, Group Manager – Fire Dynamics, FM Global, Research Division

The presentation gives an overview of recent development and validation of numerical models towards modeling fire growth and suppression for industrial fires. The models are integrated into FireFOAM code, an open source code based on OpenFOAM libraries. The key sub-models include: turbulent combustion, pyrolysis, flame heat transfer, spray injection and transport, water film flow, as well as their interactions. The validations of this newly developed CFD code will be presented. In addition, the recent applications of the CFD code to two industrial fire protection scenarios will be highlighted: 1) effect of sloped ceiling on sprinkler activation and spray pattern, 2) ceiling level sprinkler protections for high storage roll papers. The current capabilities and limitations of the CFD model will be discussed through the application examples to emphasize the proper usage of CFD model for technically sound fire protection engineering.

SFPE MEMBER FEE: FREE
NON-MEMBER FEE: $29 USD


Monday, July 30, 2018 11:00 am Eastern Time (-04:00 GMT)

Multi-Story Steel Frame Exposed to Travelling Fires and Traditional Design Fires

Egle Rackauskaite, MEng, PhD, Research Associate, Imperial College London

Most of the current understanding of building behavior in fire is based on the adoption of the standard and parametric temperature-time fire curves. However, these design fires are based on small scale tests and idealize the thermal environment. Thus, they have important limitations on their applicability to large enclosures. Instead, in large open-plan compartments travelling fires have been observed. To account for such fires, a design tool called Travelling Fires Methodology (TFM) has been developed and used for design. In this study structural response of a two-dimensional 10-storey 5-bay steel frame exposed to travelling fires and traditional design fires is investigated. Results indicate that, depending on the structural metric examined, both travelling fires and uniform fires can be more severe than the other. Thus, a single worst case fire scenario under which a structure could be designed and deemed to be safe cannot be established. Therefore, in order to ensure a safe fire resistance design of buildings with large enclosures, a range of different fires including both travelling fires and uniform fires need to be considered.

SFPE MEMBER FEE: FREE
NON-MEMBER FEE: $29 USD


Monday, August 27, 2018 11:00 am Eastern Time (-04:00 GMT)

Top 10 Fire Safety Challenges in Passenger Terminal Design

John Barrot, PE, Fire Engineer, Arup & Andrew Biery, PE, Senior Fire Engineer, Arup

Airports are highly complex systems that demand cross-disciplinary knowledge and an integrated approach to fire protection and life safety design. For successful delivery, a thorough understanding of the airport operations and its various sub-systems is paramount. Modern passenger terminals are often among the world’s largest buildings and embody iconic and ambitious architecture. A performance-based approach to fire safety is often necessary in response to these ambitions.

John Barrot is a fire engineer with the design firm Arup and has completed airport projects in New York, Mexico City, Doha and Sydney. John will reveal the top challenges a fire protection engineer must consider in designing the modern passenger terminal. The presentation will share real project examples from recently constructed or in-construction projects to illustrate these challenges. These projects include the new Mexico City International Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport, Abu Dhabi International Airport and others.

Airports are highly complex systems that demand cross-disciplinary knowledge and an integrated approach to fire protection and life safety design. For successful delivery, a thorough understanding of the airport operations and its various sub-systems is paramount. Modern passenger terminals are often among the world’s largest buildings and embody iconic and ambitious architecture. John Barrot is a fire engineer with the design firm Arup and has completed airport projects in New York, Mexico City, Doha and Sydney. John will reveal the top challenges a fire protection engineer must consider in designing the modern passenger terminal. He will share real project examples including the New Mexico City International Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport, Abu Dhabi International Airport and others.

SFPE MEMBER FEE: FREE
NON-MEMBER FEE: $29 USD


Monday, September 24, 2018 11:00 am Eastern Time (-04:00 GMT)

Hospital Security – Code Compliance is Possible

Michael A. Crowley, PE, FSFPE, Vice President, JENSEN HUGHES

The balance of Life Safety and Security has been a challenge for designers, operators and Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ). NFPA 101 2012 edition and the International Building Code 2015(IBC) allow the locking of egress doors for the security needs of the patient. This is a new allowance for the security need of patients or staff. Locking of egress doors for the clinical needs of the patient has been retained in the Code. This presentation will cover the multiple methods of securing doors within a healthcare occupancy. Electronic control doors, delayed egress devices, access control devices and elevator lobby locking methods, hardware selection fire suppression and fire alarm requirements will be discussed. These new allowances will provide guidance based on Model Code recognized criteria.

SFPE MEMBER FEE: FREE
NON-MEMBER FEE: $29 USD



Monday, November 26, 2018 11:00 am Eastern Time (-05:00 GMT)

The Changing Face of the Fire Challenge

Steven Gwynne, PhD, Senior Research Officer (Fire Safety), National Research Council Canada

The balance of Life Safety and Security has been a challenge for designers, operators and Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ). NFPA 101 2012 edition and the International Building Code 2015(IBC) allow the locking of egress doors for the security needs of the patient. This is a new allowance for the security need of patients or staff. Locking of egress doors for the clinical needs of the patient has been retained in the Code. This presentation will cover the multiple methods of securing doors within a healthcare occupancy. Electronic control doors, delayed egress devices, access control devices and elevator lobby locking methods, hardware selection fire suppression and fire alarm requirements will be discussed. These new allowances will provide guidance based on Model Code recognized criteria.

SFPE MEMBER FEE: FREE
NON-MEMBER FEE: $29 USD



Monday, December 17, 2018 11:00 am Eastern Time (-05:00 GMT)

NFPA 13 – Changes in the 2016 Edition

Raymond A. Grill, PE, FSFPE, LEED AP, Principal, Arup

This webinar will cover the number of technical changes in the 2016 Edition of NFPA 13 that can be applied to designs today. It will also review the key changes and discuss some of the background to those changes.

SFPE MEMBER FEE: FREE
NON-MEMBER FEE: $29 USD


 

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