Advance your professional knowledge by attending one of the in-depth professional development seminars. Seminars are taught by the top leaders and subject matter experts in the field. Meet your licensing requirements and earn up to 14 Professional Development Hours (PDHs).

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 *Note: The seminars require advanced registration and require an additional fee.*

Advanced Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS)

Date: Wednesday-Thursday, 7-8 February
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 Follow the links for software, fire simulation software, and the NIST Fire Dynamics Simulator and Smokeview. PyroSim is available at Install the Free Trial version.

Instructor:  Gabriele Vigne is a Fire Safety Engineer and Scientist, currently Director with JVVA in the Madrid office. He has worked on a wide range of multidisciplinary projects providing fire engineering solutions, including general fire strategy designs and computational fluid dynamics modelling, in commercial buildings, airports, underground infrastructures, rail and road tunnels, high rise and super high rise buildings.

Gabriele has been involved as Project Director and Project Manager in a variety of International multidisciplinary projects which predominantly involved Advanced Modelling of both Fire and Evacuation.

Gabriele held a Master degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master of Advanced Studies in Fire Engineering. He has been attending University courses in the Lund University in the field of Fire Modelling and he is currently undertaking a PhD on computational methods for fire and smoke modelling at the University of Jaén (Spain) with the partnership of the Comillas University (ICAI) in Madrid and the Imperial College of London (UK).

Gabriele’s main experience is in Fluid Dynamics, Fire and Smoke modelling, Evacuation modelling and Tunnel Ventilation. He is the Spanish and Italian NIST international resource for FDS (Fire Dynamics Simulator) and Smokeview. 

He is Reviewer for the Fire Safety Journal, the International Journal of Heat and Mass Transfer, Fire Technology and the Bulletin of the Polish Academy of Sciences: Technical Sciences.

Since 2012 he is member of the European SFPE coordination group (ECCG).

Since 2016 he is member of the SFPE Subcommittee for Standards Oversight (SCSO), Committee in charged with identifying, developing, and overseeing SFPE’s technical products and research work, reviewing new innovations, and helping to establish the research agenda for the fire safety engineering profession.

Since 2016 he is member of the SFPE Subcommittee for Handbook Subcommittee (SCHD). The purpose of the SCHD is to provide a mechanism to help facilitate the flow of information between the scientific and practitioner communities such that future editions of the Handbook continue to reflect state of the art information and approaches as well as addressing needs of practitioners.

He is currently member of the Editorial Advisory Board of the SFPE Europe Magazine. The mission of SFPE Europe is to highlight the practice of fire protection engineering and fire safety engineering in Europe and to showcase current research being done in the field.

He recently joined the SFPE RTM Long-range document planning working Group.

Professional Development Hours: A certificate of attendance for CEUs 1.4 | PDHs 14 will be awarded upon completion of a post-test.

Performance-Based Design and Regulation in Europe

Date: Wednesday, 7 February
CEUs: Earn up to CEUs .7 | PDHs 7

Description: This seminar is intended for engineers who apply performance-based codes and enforcement officials who review performance-based design or fire safety engineering in Europe.

This one-day seminar will review in detail the performance-based design process and its application within the European context. Examples of various practices in Europe will be presented where differences and similarities will be discussed.

This seminar is divided into two sections. The first section will provide an overview of the performance-based design process contained in the SFPE Engineering Guide to Performance-Based Fire Protection Analysis and Design of Buildings. This process identifies methods of defining a project scope, developing goals, objectives and performance criteria, selecting design fire scenarios, developing and evaluating trial designs, and preparing design documentation.

The second section will provide an environment of the regulatory regimes in Europe concerning performance based design and review and control procedures. Examples will be given from various European countries. Structural fire safety engineering in the Eurocodes and the European Construction Products Regulation and relevant standards will be presented.

Instructor: Michael Strömgren is a research specialist working for fire safety consultancy company Briab where he specializes on governmental affairs, standardization and fire safety engineering practice. He has degrees in Fire Safety Engineering (BSc), Risk Management Engineering (MSc) from Lund University where he is also doing his PhD (part time). Michael led the last major revision of the Swedish fire safety regulations and guidelines for performance-based design. He worked for four years with fire safety at the Swedish National Board of Housing, Building and Planning which is the governmental agency issuing the building regulations.

Michael worked for Research Institutes of Sweden (RISE, or formerly SP) for more than five years where he specialized in research, fire safety engineering, education and expert services. His work experience includes development of performance-based guidelines, research projects, third-party reviews and certification of national fire safety design reviewers. His research has mainly focused at fire safety policy making, residential fire safety and regulatory evaluation & compliance. Notable projects include proposing performance-based design codes for road tunnels and three Nordic standards for fire safety engineering.

Michael is also active in many international fire safety engineering organizations. He was a member of the SFPE International board from 2014-2017, led several initiatives in SFPE Europe and has had leading positions in SFPE Sweden. He is also engaged in International (ISO) and European (CEN) Standardization and is the chair of the Swedish standardization committee for fire safety in buildings (TK 181) since 2013. He has received several awards for his contributions to the fire safety engineering community and one for an academic publication.

CEUs .7| PDHs 7


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