Upcoming Seminars

April 2018

May 2018

October - November 2018


Advanced Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS)

Date: Monday-Tuesday, April 23-24
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.

CEUs 1.4 | PDHs 14 will be awarded upon completion of a post-test.

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.

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

CEUs .7 | PDHs 7

CFPS Exam Review

Fire protection engineers routinely engage with a broad range of professionals including risk managers, loss control specialists, fire officers, fire marshals, fire inspectors, safety managers, fire protection consultants, designers, code enforcers, loss prevention professionals, building code officials, commercial real estate managers and others who have responsibilities dealing with the application of fire safety, fire protection, prevention, and suppression technologies. SFPE supports increasing the education level and credentials of all who work in the fire protection field, as well as elevating the overall knowledge level about fire protection to reduce fire risk.

This exam review will help you navigate the NFPA Fire Protection Handbook, which is the basis for the exam, and will allow for maximum retention and time to review between the sessions. Exam review participants will have access to three interactive two-hour sessions, and will have the opportunity to ask questions as they arise throughout each session. Recordings of each session will also be available.

Who Should Attend:
Anyone preparing for the CFPS exam. The CFPS designation is a widely recognized credential among fire protection professionals such as fire marshals and loss control specialists.

Spring Dates

Three live, 2-hour online sessions are required:
    • May 8, 15, and 22 (Every Tuesday) from 2:00 - 4:00 PM Eastern Time
    • May 10, 17, and 24 (Every Thursday) from 6:30 - 8:30 PM Eastern Time

    Fall Dates

    Three live, 2-hour online sessions are required:
    • Oct. 30, Nov. 6, and 13 (Every Tuesday) from 2:00 - 4:00 PM Eastern Time
    • Nov. 1, 8, and 15 (Every Thursday) from 6:30 - 8:30 PM Eastern Time
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