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2016 SFPE Conference & Expo Engineering for Peak Performance



Complete details on conference can be found here.




Member Only Webinar: A Fire Protection Engineering Nightmare: Fire Barriers 

October 31, 2016 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Eastern Time

Presented by Tom Christman, CSP, FSFPE, Fire Protection Consultant


This webinar will discuss the fire protection design requirements and why the installation of fire barriers is the least likely to be installed properly. It documents the experiences with the recent construction of a local hotel. It includes many photos that chronicle the construction of a hotel and the multitude of problems that were encountered on the project. It discusses why the installation of fire barriers is one of the most problematic fire protection design issues. The lack of proper installation in new construction or modifications to existing facilities is a significant issue which is documented in the presentation. The inspection and maintenance for existing fire barriers can be a very costly program for corporations which is overlooked or not funded. With smaller facilities, maintaining fire barriers is not a priority. With the stroke of a pen, an engineer can designate a fire barrier; however implementation in the field is more than likely not to be adequate. Fire barriers are the weakest link in our fire protection program.


The link for members to register is available in the Member Resources section.


Professional Development Week 2016   

Protection of Storage Occupancies - NFPA 13 

Monday, October 31, Rockville, MD

The objective of this one-day seminar is to provide participants with basic knowledge of the available technology and techniques for protecting these very challenging occupancies. This seminar will review the range of storage types and configurations that exist as well as emphasize the necessary prerequisite knowledge required to competently provide engineering solutions that are both sound in principal and practice while maintaining constructability. Current full scale testing, available modeling and actual events will be a part of this presentation. 


Application of Fire Risk Assessment Seminar

November 1-2, Rockville, MD 


This seminar is intended for fire protection engineers and individuals interested in the application of risk assessment in fire protection design. Those who would benefit from this seminar include fire protection and systems engineers, fire protection risk managers, insurance professionals, quality control engineers, architects and others interested in preparing fire risk assessment reports for application to buildings designs utilizing both performance-based and prescriptive code design methodologies. Experience in probability and statistics is not necessary, but helpful.


Protection Flammable and Combustible Liquids Seminar 

November 8-9, Rockville, MD 


The objective of this seminar is to provide participants with basic knowledge of protection 

options available in NFPA 30—2015 edition and testing programs that may become the basis for future editions of NFPA 30. This seminar will give an overview of the latest NFPA 30 document, describe fire test results that have become requirements in NFPA 30, discuss current and future fire testing for protection of flammable and combustible liquids, and describe how to apply NFPA 30 requirements to two case studies involving storage of flammable or combustible liquids. 


Complete details can be found here.


2016 Certified Fire Protection Specialist (CFPS) Online Prep Course

November 1-17 (every Tuesday and/or Thursday) 


This educational online course 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. Course 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.


Complete details can be found here.


Member Only Webinar: The Design Fire: Selection Fire Characteristics for A CFP Model

November 28, 2016 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Eastern Time

Presented by David Stacy, Associate, Jensen Hughes; Adam Edwards, Sr. Consultant, Jensen Hughes


This webinar will examine the importance of appropriately determining and characterizing design fires for the use in computational fluid dynamics (CFD) modeling, such as fire dynamics simulator (FDS). Design teams are often able to decrease the required exhaust rate through CFD fire modeling in lieu of algebraic hand calculations due to its capability of incorporating unique aspects of a building’s architectural and mechanical features. The design fire needs to be carefully characterized in order to ensure that the smoke control system provides tenable conditions to building occupants. This webinar will provide attendees an insight on the importance of evaluating the building use and fuel loads that could be expected in a space. This is accomplished through identifying fire characteristics specific to the project.


The link for members to register is available in the Member Resources section.


Member Only Webinar: Understanding Wall and Corner Effects Using the Fire Dynamics Simulator

December 19, 2016 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Eastern Time

Presented by Francisco Joglar, Ph.D., P.E., Senior Consultant, Jensen Hughes; Justin Williamson, Ph.D., Fire Protection Engineer, Jensen Hughes; Victor Ontiveros, Ph.D., Reliability Engineer, Jensen Hughes


Fires that are located near a wall boundary or near a corner may experience a reduced air entrainment and a force imbalance on the plume that tends to push the flames against the boundary and increase plume temperatures.

In practice, a fire location factor is used when a fire is considered to be influenced by a wall or a corner boundary to account for such effects in the resulting temperatures. However, limited and/or conflicting guidance is currently available on when and how to apply such factors. Two specific clarifications are necessary for plume temperature exposure analysis: 1) When to use the fire location factor, and 2) What value of the location factor to use.

The first clarification refers to how far the fire needs to be from the wall surfaces for the location factor to be applicable. The second clarification refers to the numerical value assigned to the fire location factor. The research and guidance described in this report is intended to clarify the question of when to apply locations factors and what value to use when determining fire plume temperatures.

The link for members to register is available in the Member Resources section.

Save the Date: SFPE Middle East Conference: Getting-It-Right Tools and Strategies to Improve Fire Protection Engineering on Projects


March 19-23, 2017

Marriott Al Jaddaf

Oud Metha Road, Al Jaddaf Area
Dubai 122273 United Arab Emirates


More details can be found here.


Save the Date: SFPE North America Conference & Expo

October 8-13, 2017

Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth

900 Rene-Levesque West
Montreal, QC H3B 4A5


Details coming soon.


Archived Sponsored Webinars

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SFPE Online Courses

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