SFPE Technical Committees
SFPE's Technical committees and task groups develop engineering guides, standards, and other technical initiatives of the Society.
Technical Committee News
SFPE Risk Task Group Seeking Input on Next Edition of the SFPE Guide to Fire Risk Assessment
The SFPE Risk Task Group is charged with drafting the 2nd edition of the SFPE Guidelines for Fire Risk Assessment. It held its first meeting on March 2. The task group includes experts in the field of fire risk assessment from nine different countries: Australia, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Norway, Slovakia, Sweden, United Kingdom and United States of America. The task group is seeking input from SFPE members who have used the 1st edition of the guide. Specifically, if you have used this guide in practice and have any suggestions on how the task group can improve it, please send them to SFPE Technical Director Chris Jelenewicz, P.E., FSFPE at Chris@sfpe.org.
Status Update on SFPE Standards Making Committee on Calculating Fire Exposures to Structures
The committee is currently in the process of drafting the 2nd edition of the SFPE Standard on Calculating Fire Exposures to Structures (SFPE S.01). To complete this task, the committee has three working groups that are focusing on:
Updating the Existing Database: To determine the methodology in the current S.01 standard, several predictive methods were compared to test data from a database of fire tests results. A working group that is drafting the 2nd edition has reviewed the existing database of test results to identify any tests that should be removed from the database based upon data quality. The working group has already collected data from about 25 new tests and many of these tests reference multiple datasets.
Risk: This working group is in the process of identifying how the standard should represent uncertainties in predictions to best integrate with other standards to form a probabilistic, risk-based structural fire engineering methodology. It is intended that this risk-informed approach will focus on estimating maximum temperatures, fire duration, decay period and extent of the fire exposure.
Local Fire Exposure: The working group is currently considering expanding how local fire exposures are estimated to include a wider range of conditions. Specifically, the working group is working on a methodology to determine how ‘thermal exposure’ should be expressed in the standard.
SFPE Subcommittee on Research & Innovation Roadmap Working Group is currently drafting a Research Agenda for the Profession.
The SFPE Subcommittee on Research & Innovation is developing a research roadmap for the fire safety engineering profession. This roadmap will be a living document and have a long-term focus that will be central to defining the future of SFPEs technical initiatives. On February 28 the Subcommittee held a meeting to complete the process of reviewing data from a survey that was conducted at the end of 2016. Over 370 engineers participated in this survey. Additionally, the working group completed a straw-man of the roadmap that is currently being evaluated by the working group. Subcommittee member David Charters will be making a presentation on the current status of the research roadmap on March 22nd at the SFPE Middle East Conference in Dubai.
SFPE Working Group focusing its Efforts on ICC Codes & Standards
The SFPE Subcommittee on Codes and Standards Liaison (SCCSL) has been tasked with developing a strategy to increase the use and reference of SFPE guides and standards in building and fire regulations. The Subcommittee has several working groups. One working group is focusing its efforts on the International Code Council (ICC) codes & standards. This working group is working to define how SFPE should get involved and what this involvement should be. Specifically, the working group has decided to focus its efforts on four specific areas that relate to how fire safety engineering is practiced in the ICC documents: structural fire engineering, smoke control systems, performance-based design, and mass notification. These activities will include a) submitting public comments, b) working with ICC on improving commentary, c) monitoring activities in these topic areas, and d) making presentations to appropriate ICC committees. The SCCSL also has three other working groups that are focusing on the subcommittee’s goals. Future editions of this newsletter will focus on these activities.
SFPE Subcommittee for Handbook Development Reviewing Survey Data
The SFPE Subcommittee for Handbook Development was tasked with providing recommendations to the SFPE Board of Directors on the future direction of the 6th edition of the SFPE Handbook of Fire Protection Engineering. This includes but will not be limited to providing recommendations related to content and how the handbook will be published. On January 9 the Subcommittee held a meeting to start the process of reviewing data from the user survey that was conducted at the end of 2016. The early results are encouraging as over 230 participants responded to the survey and the subcommittee agreed the survey provided a lot of useful data.
Four SFPE Members to Lead SFPE Subcommittee on Codes & Standards Liaison Working Groups
The purpose of this Subcommittee on Codes & Standards Liaison is to develop a strategy to increase the use and reference of SFPE guides and standards in building and fire regulations. To accomplish its mission, the SCCSL formed four working groups that will focus on: a) the International Codes Council (ICC), b) the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), c) the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) National Performance-Based Design Guide, and d) Other Code/Standard-Making Organizations. Each working group’s first order of business was to decide: How should SFPE get involved, who should get involved, and what should this involvement be? To lead these working groups, Subcommittee Chair Matt Davy, P.E. appointed the following subcommittee members:
NFPA – Joshua Greene, JENSEN HUGHES
ICC -- Don Havener, Consentini
NIBS – Tom Izbicki, JENSEN HUGHES
Other Organizations – Mark Mannex, FM Global
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