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Thank you for attending the 2015 North America Conference & Expo: Freedom to Design.

 

You can find photos of the conference here and the headshot lounge pictures here. Below is all

presentations from the conference.

 

 

Thank you for supporting and making the 2015 North America Conference & Expo the biggest

and best ever!

 

Monday, November 9

General Session – view presentations here

8:00am – 8:15am

Opening & Welcome Remarks, Michael Madden, P.E., FSFPE, SFPE President and Michael Venneri, P.E., SFPE Past Philadelphia/Delaware Chapter President

8:15am – 8:55am

The Legacy of SFPE, David A. Lucht, P.E., FSFPE, Professor & Director Emeritus, Worcester Polytechnic Institute; D. Peter Lund, CAE, SFPE’s First Executive Director for 25 years

8:55am – 10:10am

Engineering Ethics: You Be the Judge, Arthur Schwartz, Deputy Executive Director & General Counsel, National Society of Professional Engineers

Ethics Case Conclusions here

10:40am – 12:10pm

Track A – Fire Protection Systems

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Track B – Fire Safety in Buildings

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Track C – Fire Safety Engineering

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Fire Alarm

Fire Service

Fire Modeling

 

Session Moderator:

David W. Hollinger, EFO, MPA, AEM, CFPS, Director, Fire and Emergency Services, Department of Public Safety

Session Moderator:

Samuel S. Dannaway, PE, FSFPE, LEED AP BD&C, President & Chief Fire Protection Engineer, S. S. Dannaway Associates, Inc.

Session Moderator:

Beth Tubbs, P.E., FSFPE, Senior Staff Engineer, International Code Council

10:40am – 11:10am

Key Changes to the 2016 Edition of NFPA 72, Raymond Grill, P.E., FSFPE, LEED AP, Principal, Arup

Fire Service Features of Buildings and Fire Protection Systems, Mat Chibbaro, P.E., CSP, Fire Protection Engineer, OSHA National Office

Effects of FDS Mesh Resolution on Growth Phase Smoke Production, Haavard R. Boehmer, P.E., Fire Protection Engineer, Jensen Hughes

11:10am – 11:40am

Understanding the Meaning of Intelligibility – Are You Abdicating Your Design Responsibilities?, Wayne D. Moore, P.E., FSFPE, F.NSPE, Vice President, Corporate Strategy, Jensen Hughes

Emergency Responders Radio Coverage Systems (ERRCS) – Understanding 2012 IBC/IFC and 2013 NFPA 72 and NFPA 5000 Code Requirements from the Enforcement Agencies, Sagiv Weiss-Ishai, P.E., CA Licensed Fire Protection Engineer, NCN-SFPE

The Design Fire: Selecting Fire Characteristics for a CFD Model, David Stacy, Associate, Jensen Hughes; Adam Edwards, Sr. Consultant, Jensen Hughes

11:40am – 12:10pm

Separate Audible Notification Zones and Phased Evacuations: Jurisdictional Approach and Public Education, Virginia Charter, P.E., Assistant Professor, Oklahoma State University

Characterizing a Firefighter's Immediate Thermal Environment in Live-Fire Training Scenarios, Joseph Willi, Student, University of Illinois at Urbana-Champaign

Understanding Wall and Corner Effects Using the Fire Dynamics Simulator, Francisco Joglar, Ph.D., P.E., Senior Consultant, Jensen Hughes

1:10pm – 2:40pm

Track A – Fire Protection Systems

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Track B – Fire Safety in Buildings

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Track C – Fire Safety Engineering

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Special Hazards

Human Behavior

Case Studies

 

Session Moderator:

Carl Baldassarra, P.E., FSFPE, Principal, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates

Session Moderator:

William P. Wheeler, P.E., Senior Engineer, Jensen Hughes, Inc.

Session Moderator:

Brian Meacham, Ph.D., P.E., FSFPE, Associate Professor, WPI

1:10pm – 1:40pm

Preventing Cell-to-Cell Thermal Runaway in Li-ion Battery Packs by Means of Fluid Immersion, William Meyring, Product Development Specialist, 3M Company

Differences in Evacuation Responses from Word Choice, Bryan L. Hoskins, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Oklahoma State University

Moving Target: A Case Study in Providing Fire Protection Below a Reconfigurable Concert Hall Seating System - Part 1 Concept Design, Amy Porter, P.E., Sr. Fire Protection Engineer, Jensen Hughes; Michael Wojcik, P.E., Associate Manager, Jensen Hughes

1:40pm – 2:10pm

Natural Ventilation – A Green Smoke Control Approach, Tiffney A. C. Chen, P.E., Senior Fire Protection Engineer, Koffel Associates, Inc.; Erik Anderson, P.E., Manager, Koffel Associates, Inc.

Biomechanical Characterization of Persons with Movement Disorders during Simulated Evacuations, Richard Kesler, Research Scientist, Illinois Fire Service Institute

A Case Study in Providing Fire Protection below a Reconfigurable Concert Hall Seating System - Part 2 Final Design and Installation, Lee Kaiser, P.E., Engineering Manager, ORR Protection Systems

2:10pm – 2:40pm

Condensed Aerosol Fire Extinguishing Systems, William Denney, Application and Product Support, Hochiki America Corporation

Human Perception of Exit Signs during Building Evacuations, Robert Till, Ph.D., FSFPE, Professor, John Jay College of Criminal Justice; Dominick DeRubbio, CFPS, Managing Director, Agile Risk Group

San Francisco Museum of Modern Art: A Case Study in Atrium Smoke Control Design, Jeffrey Maddox, P.E., Principal, The Fire Consultants; Brian Gagnon, P.E., Principal, The Fire Consultants

General Session – view presentations here

3:20pm – 3:25pm

Welcome Back, Michael Madden, P.E., FSFPE, SFPE President and Michael Venneri, P.E., Past Philadelphia/Delaware Chapter President

3:25pm – 4:00pm

Freedom to Design: How Much Freedom Is There in Today’s FPE Environment?, Carl Baldassarra, P.E., FSFPE, Principal, Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates

4:00pm – 4:35pm

Deconstructing the Zone Fire Model CFAST, Kevin McGrattan, Ph.D., FSFPE, Mathematician, National Institute of Standards and Technology

4:35pm – 5:10pm

The Lac Mégantic Incident – A Worst Case Scenario, J. Gordon Routley, Eng., FSFPE, FIFireE, Division Chief, Montreal Fire Department

5:10pm – 5:40pm

Induction of the SFPE Fellow’s Presentation & Recognition, Michael Madden, P.E., FSFPE, SFPE President

5:40pm – 5:45pm

Closing Remarks, Michael Madden, P.E., FSFPE, SFPE President and Michael Venneri, P.E., Past Philadelphia/Delaware Chapter President

Tuesday, November 10

General Session – view presentations 1 of 2 and view presentations 2 of 2

8:00am – 8:05am

Welcome, Michael Madden, P.E., FSFPE, SFPE President; Michael Venneri, P.E., SFPE Past Philadelphia/Delaware Chapter

8:05am – 8:40am

Overcoming Cultural Differences in the Practice of Fire Protection Engineering, Daniel Bak, Ph.D., P.E., FSE, Senior Forensic Fire Engineer, Scientific Expert Analysis Limited

8:40am – 9:10am

Vision 20/20, Jim Crawford, Project Manager, Vision 20/20

9:10am – 9:45am

Performance-Based Design in Latin America – How Feasible It Is, Jaime Moncada, P.E., General Director, International Fire Safety Consulting

10:15am – 11:45am

Track A – Fire Protection Systems

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Track B – Fire Safety in Buildings

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Track C – Fire Safety Engineering

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Water-Based

Applications

Applications

 

Session Moderator:

Scott Futrell, P.E., FSFPE, CFPS, CFEI, SET, President & Founder, Futrell Fire Consult and Design, Inc.

Session Moderator:

Victoria Valentine, P.E., Director of Engineering, National Fire Sprinkler Association

Session Moderator:

Karl Fridolf, Ph.D., Senior Research Scientist, SP Fire Research

10:15am – 10:45am

Challenges of Firewater Pumps Installation in Shallow Waters, Elmer Revilla, Senior Fire Protection Engineer, Chevron ETC ‐STU‐FPE; Bernard Leon, P.E., Chief Fire Protection Engineer, Chevron ETC ‐STU‐FPE

Evaluating Hybrid Fire Suppression Systems for the Protection of Aero-derivative Gas Turbines, Larry Carmen, Senior Project Engineer, Victaulic

Fire Safety Engineering CFD Simulations Applied to Industrial Plants, Vincenzo Cascioli, Ph.D., Ing., Fire Safety Eng. Specialist, ING.EN.I.A. Gruppo Professionisti Associati

10:45am – 11:15am

Use of Antifreeze Solutions in Fire Protection Systems, Jeffrey Rosen, CFEI, Senior Associate, Exponent

Current State of Rooftop Solar, Joel Sipe, Ph.D., P.E., CFEI, Managing Engineer, Exponent; Daniel Mattison, Ph.D., P.E., Senior Managing Engineer, Exponent; R. Thomas Long, P.E., CFEI, Principal Engineer, Exponent; John McNulty, Ph.D., P.E., CRE, Principal Engineer, Exponent

Discussion of the Potential to Integrate Fire Performance into Multi-Objective Optimization Routines for Holistic Building Design, Young-Geun You, Ph.D. Candidate, Worcester Polytechnic Institute

11:15am – 11:45am

Fire Protection Engineering of Standpipes for Bridges, Kenneth Magsam, P.E., Chief Mechanical Engineer, Burns Engineering; Danny K. Cobourne, CEM, Principal Plumbing and Fire Protection Engineer, Port Authority of New York and New Jersey

 

Equivalency: It Is Not That Simple, Steve Dryden, P.E., CSP, Senior Fire Protection Engineer, AMEC Foster Wheeler

11:45am – 1:15pm

Award Luncheon – view presentations here

1:15pm – 2:45pm

Track A – Fire Protection Systems

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Track B – Fire Safety in Buildings

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Track C – Fire Safety Engineering

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Applications

Passive Fire Protection

Methodologies

 

Session Moderator:

Greg Jakubowski, P.E., CSP, FSFPE, Principal and Chief Engineer, Fire Planning Associates, Inc.

Session Moderator:

David Klepitch, P.E., MsFPE, Senior Fire Protection Engineer, LaSalle Engineering

Session Moderator:

Milosh Puchovsky, P.E., FSFPE, Professor of Practice, WPI

1:15pm – 1:45pm

Sustainable Fire Protection Water Supply for the Smithsonian SERC Facility, Jeffrey LaSalle, P.E., Principal, LaSalle Engineering; Michael Kilby, P.E., Associate Director for Fire Protection, Smithsonian Institution

Fire Performance of Hybrid Connection, Sabah Ali, MASc. P.Eng, PMP, Ph.D. Candidate, Carleton University; George V Hadjisophocleous, Ph.D, P.Eng, Professor, Carleton University

Systems Safety Approach to Evaluating of Fire Risk Assessments, Albert V. Condello III, CSP CHMM, Lecturer / Visiting Associate Professor, University of Houston Downtown

1:45pm – 2:15pm

The Value of Total Building Solutions, Max McLeod, SET, National Business Development Manager, Siemens Building Technologies

A New Fire Performance Test for Cavity Wall Insulation, Kristin L.T. Jamison, Senior Research Engineer, FM Global

Tool for Vulnerability Analyses and Fire Safety in Hospitals, Magnus Nordberg, Vice President & Partner, Brandkonsulten Kjell Fallqvist AB; Oscar Löfgren Ferraz, BSc in Fire Protection, Consultant, Brandkonsulten Kjell Fallqvist AB

2:15pm – 2:45pm

Automatic Intensive Warehouse Fire Suppression System Modeled Using Fire Safety Engineering CFD Simulation with Automatic Targeting Water Monitors, Vincenzo Cascioli, Ph.D., Ing., Fire Safety Engineering Specialist, ING.EN.I.A. Gruppo Professionisti Associati

A Fire Protection Engineering Nightmare: Fire Barriers, Tom Christman, CSP, FSFPE, Fire Protection Consultant

Radiative Heat Flux Calculations for Complex Geometries, Piotr Tofilo, Ph.D., Polish SFPE Chapter, The Main School of Fire Service

General Session – view presentations here

3:15pm – 3:20pm

Welcome Back, Michael Madden, P.E., FSFPE, SFPE President; Michael Venneri, P.E., SFPE Past Philadelphia/Delaware Chapter

3:20pm – 3:25pm

SFPE Foundation: Supporting Our Profession, April Leyla Hammond, FSFPE

3:25pm – 3:50pm

Arthur B. Guise Medal

Integration of Fire Risk Concept is a Key for Sound Performance-Based Fire Safety Design Methods, Takeyoshi Tanaka, Emeritus Professor, Kyoto University

3:50pm – 4:15pm

Jack Bono Engineering Communications Award

Study of the Interaction between Water Spray and Fire in a Tunnel Configuration, Elizabeth Blanchard, Ph.D., Fire Protection Engineer, CSTB

4:15pm – 4:35pm

Student Scholar Award

Rail Tunnel Evacuation, Karl Fridolf, Senior Research Scientist, SP Fire Research

4:35pm – 4:40pm

Chief Donald J. Burns Memorial Research Grant, Presented by Lew Reed, Vice President Global Sales Operations, Bentley Systems

4:40pm – 5:00pm

Chief Donald J. Burns Memorial Research Grant

Development of a Cyber Physical System Test Bed for Fire Safety, Rosalie Wills, Graduate, Research Assistant, University of Maryland

5:00pm – 5:20pm

An Introduction to Math and Physics through Fire Dynamics : Pre-College Educational Outreach at the University of Maryland, Isaac Leventon, Doctorate Candidate, University of Maryland

5:20pm – 5:30pm

Closing Remarks, Michael Madden, P.E., FSFPE, SFPE President; Michael Venneri, P.E., SFPE Past Philadelphia/Delaware Chapter

                                                                                                           
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