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

Wednesday, February 28, 2017 4:00 pm Eastern Time (-05:00 GMT)

The Impact of Regulatory Policies on the Practices of Fire Protection Engineers in Australia

Presented by Peter Johnson, FSFPE, Principal and Fellow, Arup

Australia has had a performance based building code and a regulatory system based on private certification now for 20 years. Fire fatalities and property losses continue to reduce although some are concerned about significant latent risks of large destructive fires in the future. The number of fire protection engineers working in Australia has grown rapidly. However, there are concerns with competency of some fire protection engineers and building design outcomes arising from practices of less than competent engineers and certifying building surveyors. Recent government inquiries have highlighted issues with the quality of some buildings and their approvals, although many innovative new buildings have been constructed. Other commentators have flagged the lack of proper audits and enforcement of building practitioners, including fire protection engineers.

Future proposals in Australia for the introduction of a New Zealand style Verification Method and ultimate regulation of all building hazards, including fire safety, on the basis of risk raise the bar still further on the competency of fire protection engineers and other professionals in the building and construction industry required in the future. The paper offers some insights into Australia practice and the challenges for fire protection engineers which may be useful for other countries still developing their performance based regulatory regimes.

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


Monday, March 19, 2018 11:00 am Eastern Time (-05:00 GMT)

Retrofitting of an Office Building into Hostel Usage: an Example of PBD in Portugal

Presented by Paulo Ramos, Fire Safety Specialist, ETU – Fire Safety Consultancy

Portuguese Fire Safety code is prescriptive but the performance-based approach is allowed in some cases: retrofitting buildings (if it is impossible to be code compliant), singular buildings, structural fire resistance and evacuation design. However the code don’t have any performance criteria or other any kind of specific conditions for the PBD approach. AHJ approval is mandatory but AHJ officials don’t have specific FSE knowledge and feel uncomfortable when dealing with a PBD approach.

The Portuguese code requirements for offices and for hospitality buildings are quite different. For instance, a 200 guest hotel has the same fire risk classification than an office building with 1.000 employees. The maximum travel distance for hotels is 50% shorter than for offices. Those huge differences make the retrofitting of an office building into a hostel usage very challenging. To make it even more difficult, the investor and the architect’s wanted to suppress one of the existing stairs and add an extra floor in the top of the building. We made a ASET/RSET analysis to assess if the existing stairs could provide adequate conditions to a safe evacuation, using performance criteria from BS 7974:2001, ISO/TR 16738:2009 and INSTA TS 950:2014.

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


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

Wildfires are occurring with increasing frequency and intensity as a result of longer and drier fire weather season due to climate change. Consequently, wildfires emit black and brown carbon aerosols into the atmosphere, which have been proven to be a large contributor of global warming. The technology and strategies that are used to mitigate wildfire risk should also be sustainable solutions to serve climate goals, since the two matters are interdependent. Recent advancements in WUI and climate resiliency against wildfires include the use of satellite monitoring for fire and emissions detection, the improvement of risk assessment and fire propagation models, and the enforcement of WUI building code and policy. As fire engineers, it is critical that we promote and continue to enhance these climate-smart solutions for mitigating wildfire risk.

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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