SFPE Middle East Conference
19-23 March 2017
Dubai, UAE
Marriott Al Jaddaf

Pre-Conference Courses Schedule

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Pre-Conference Courses Schedule 

Advance your professional knowledge by attending one of the in-depth professional development courses. Courses are taught by the top leaders and subject matter experts in the field. Meet your licensing requirements and earn up to 21 Professional Development Hours (PDHs).
 
 *Note: The pre-conference courses and optional tours are an additional fee and excludes the full-conference registration.
 
How to Prepare for the P.E. Exam Course (3 days)

Dates: Sunday-Tuesday, 19-21 March 2017

Course Description: The goal of this three-day course is to assist each attendee in formulating a preparation strategy for obtaining a passing grade in the FPE P.E. Exam or to self-assess readiness to attempt the exam. It also serves as a good general overview of fire protection engineering principles.

Course scope includes an overview of the P.E. exam process, a review of each of the five broad fire protection topics comprising the technical scope of the exam, and discussion of resource materials such as handbooks and the NFPA fire codes. The course will be a sample test workshop, including determining the solution to a sample problem from each of the subject areas.

It is important that the participant understand that completing this course is not sufficient preparation for the exam on its own. The participant should be prepared to commit to 200-300 hours of self-study. In three days the course will present sample material from topics that comprise an undergraduate fire protection engineering program and therefore represents only a sampling of possible exam material.

Included in your registration you will receive SFPE Reference Manual/Answer Manual for the P.E. Exam in the Fire Protection Engineering, 4th Edition

Learning Objectives:

  • Understand the scope of the P.E. Exam in FPE and the level of knowledge needed to be successful
  • Understand the prerequisites to take the exam and how to register for the exam
  • Understand the self-study commitment needed to pass the exam
  • Learn strategies to maximize the chances of passing the exam
  • Understand sample subject matter from each of the five broad exam topics
  • Gain experience solving problems at no speed necessary to pass the exam

Who Should Attend? Anyone preparing for the P.E. Exam, or anyone needing a refresher including existing engineers, fire marshals, and loss control specialists: participants will come away with the understanding of the principles of fire protection engineering, and even if you are not taking the exam this year, but want to assess your readiness for a future exam, this online P.E.exam prep course will provide you with a fundamental understanding of the principles of fire protection engineering.

Assessment of Learning Objectives: Class participation, class discussion of selected problems.

Materials Needed:

Professional Development Hours (PDHs): SFPE will award 21 PDHs for attending the entire course

Performance-Based Design and Codes Course (1 day)

Date: Sunday, 19 March 2017

Course Description: The course 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: 

  • 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 systems

Who Should Attend? This course is intended for engineers who are interesting in applying the concepts of performance-based design (PBD) and enforcement officials who review PBD or engineered alternatives to prescriptive codes.

Assessment of Learning Objectives: Class participation, class discussion of selected problems.

Materials Needed: none

Professional Development Hours (PDHs): SFPE will award 7 PDHs for attending the entire course.

Smoke Control I Course (1 day)

Date: Monday, 20 March 2017

Course Description: This session addresses the fundamentals of smoke control, including the underlying principles of smoke control, a discussion of air moving equipment and systems, stairwell pressurization, elevator smoke control, zoned smoke control, automatic controls, and commissioning. Methods of design analysis of pressurization smoke control systems are addressed, including network computer modeling using CONTAM. Zone fire models are also addressed. A case study of pressurization smoke control is included.

Learning Objectives:

  • Understanding of the fundamentals of smoke control, including the underlying principles of smoke management,
  • Explore air moving equipment and systems, stairwell pressurization, elevator smoke control, zoned smoke control, automatic controls, and commissioning.
  • Apply methods of design analysis of pressurization smoke control systems, including network computer modeling and zone fire models.

Who Should Attend? Fire protection engineers, mechanical engineers, plant engineers, facility managers and other professionals interested in increasing their knowledge of smoke control.

Assessment of Learning Objectives: Class participation, class discussion of selected problems.

Materials Needed: Participants should bring the Handbook of Smoke Control Engineering (2012).

Professional Development Hours (PDHs): SFPE will award 7 PDHs for attending the entire course.

Earn Professional Development Hours

By attending the 2017 Middle East Conference, you will earn 12 valuable professional development hours (PDHs) towards meeting your licensing requirements. Earn up to an additional 21 PDHs by attending the pre-conference professional development courses.