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The member only webinars with Professional Development Hours (PDH) credits: an exclusive series of online technical webinars focused on helping SFPE members strengthen professional skills and stay on top of industry trends. Professional expert speakers will lead the webinars, highlighting top technical content that is essential for keeping your skills up to par.


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Monday, May 15, 2017 11:00 am Eastern Time (-04:00 GMT)

Marijuana Growth and Extraction Process Hazard Mitigation

presented by Brian Lukus, P.E., Fire Protection Engineer, Denver Fire Department

This presentation will provide an eye-opening glimpse into the world of the commercial marijuana process industry by discussing the (fire & life safety) hazards associated with growing and extraction of marijuana. As marijuana becomes decriminalized across the United States, the demand for marijuana and marijuana oil concentrate is ever increasing and subsequently so are the hazards. An overview of the growing process will be presented including CO2 enrichment systems, construction, fumigation, and fire suppression. Each different extraction process will be discussed including liquefied petroleum gas extractions, Super/Subcritical CO2 extractions, and flammable liquid extractions as well as ‘post oil processing’ which is the processing of oil concentrate using hazardous materials after the extraction for dewaxing or winterizing the oil. Because there is little to no literature or direct prescriptive code regulations for the growing or extraction processes used in this industry, it is important for design professionals and authorities having jurisdiction to understand the process hazards so appropriate safeguards can be provided. The link to register is available here.


Monday, June 26, 2017 Eastern Time (-04:00 GMT)

Performance-Based Designs Revisited: Updating Previously Completed Fire and Egress Models for Building Alterations and Additions

presented by Chris Campbell, P.E., Fire Engineer, Arup

As use of performance based design (PBD) in fire protection continues to grow in the United States, situations arise in which previously completed performance based designs must be revisited to address building alterations or additions. Many popular fire and egress modeling programs used in PBDs allow completed models to be edited months or years after completion; however, the process of making changes within these models to revise a performance based design can often be more challenging than the original design itself. In this presentation, a general process for updating existing fire and egress models is presented. Guidelines on how fire protection engineers can incorporate industry accepted processes for completing original PBDs (such as the SFPE Engineering Guide to Performance-Based Fire Protection) into updates and revisions of such designs are explored. A case study of a recently updated performance based design including fire and egress modelling is presented, along with lessons learned from the process. The link to register is available here.


Monday, July 17, 2017 11:00 am Eastern Time (-04:00 GMT)

Analysis of Wind in an FDS Simulation


This presentation will examine the importance of appropriately characterizing and modeling the application of wind in a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model, specifically through the use of a FDS model utilized in the design of a smoke control system. Section 909.4 of the IBC requires the design team to account for the effects of wind as part of the rational analysis. Currently, there is no set standard or “best practice” of how to appropriately model wind in a FDS simulation, or which modeling approach provides the most representative results for the purpose of a smoke control analysis. Participants in this presentation will obtain knowledge on several methods of how to determine, characterize, and appropriately model wind as part of a fire modeling analysis. Key components which will be analyzed include domain range, mesh size, and several methods of characterizing the wind in an input file. The link to register is available here.


Monday, August 28, 2017 11:00 am Eastern Time (-04:00 GMT)

Simulating Hospital Evacuation

PRESENTED BY Aoife Hunt, Ph.D., BSc (Hons), FHEA, MLMS, Consultant, Urban Space, Transportation, AECOM

Evacuation of those with severe movement impairments can be highly problematic in hospitals – for the patients, for the staff and for the other evacuees. It is critical to understand the performance of horizontal and vertical evacuation strategies, including the means by which people with reduced mobility (PRM) can be assisted in stair descent. This presentation describes work undertaken to quantify the performance of trained hospital staff in evacuating PRM and specifies algorithms to explicitly represent the dynamics of these devices within evacuation models. Data are presented from 32 trials where test subjects were evacuated through 11 floors of Ghent University Hospital using four commonly used movement assistance devices: stretcher, carry chair, evacuation chair and rescue sheet. The performance results form the basis of integrating movement devices into the buildingEXODUS model to calculate the movement of devices along corridors, through doorways and in stairway descent. These developments address the key evacuation components of repeated patient collection, and have numerous applications, both in simulating hospital evacuation and in representing evacuation of other premises that include PRM. This new functionality can be used to significantly enhance planning and diagnostic capabilities related to the evacuation of hospital and other healthcare facilities.The link to register is available here.


Monday, September 25, 2017 11:00 am Eastern Time (-04:00 GMT)

Understanding Commissioning and System Acceptance Testing

Presented by Jack Poole, P.E., FSFPE, Principal, Poole Fire Protection

This presentation will explain the differences between Acceptance Testing, System Commissioning and Integrated System Testing as it relates to fire protection and life safety systems. The presentation will explain how Commissioning is accomplished, the process for which it shall be performed and the documentation and training that should be provided as part of the overall process. The presentation with emphasize that Commissioning is a systematic process, which starts at the design phase of a project and continues through the construction and testing phases of the project to ensure that all fire protection and life safety systems and components function as required per the design criteria. The presentation will define the Commissioning Team and the importance of the Fire Commissioning Agent and discuss the documentation that should be provided as part of the overall process for Commissioning, Acceptance Testing and Integrated System Testing.The link to register is available here.


Monday, October 30, 2017 11:00 am Eastern Time (-04:00 GMT)

SFPE Performance-Based Design: Underground Car Park

PRESENTED BY Kristin Steranka, Fire Protection Engineer, Koffel Associates and Lauren Schrumpf, EIT, Fire Protection Engineer, Koffel Associates

The Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) provided three case study specifications from which teams around the world could choose to prepare a performance-based fire safety strategy. Each case study specified performance objectives, a basic building description, floor plans, and minimum project requirements. Koffel Associates, Inc. chose to prepare Case Study 1-Underground Car Park and made additional assumptions to complete the performance-based design analysis.

The study was completed in accordance with the International Code Council Performance Code for Buildings and Facilities, 2015 Edition. The Society of Fire Protection Engineers: Engineering Guide to Performance-Based Fire Protection, 2007 Edition served as a template for the design and reporting of the project. Two design fires were developed and analyzed using Fire Dynamic Simulator and egress calculations to determine if life safety was preserved. For each design fire, two trial fire safety designs were evaluated: with automatic sprinkler protection and without automatic sprinkler protection. A prescriptive code deficiency required the use of this analysis to ensure that adequate egress time was provided to occupants within the garage. The performance-based design developed an adequate level of life safety deemed acceptable by the stakeholders without imposing unnecessary constrains on other aspects of the building design.The link to register is available here.


Monday, November 27, 2017 11:00 am Eastern Time (-05:00 GMT)

A Study of Reproducibility of a Full-Scale Multi-Room Compartment Fire Experiment

PRESENTED BY Nils Johansson, Ph.D., Associate Senior Lecturer, Lund University

A study of 45 full-scale compartment fire tests will be presented. All tests were conducted in the same experimental setup but with four different ventilation scenarios. The experimental setup consisted of a three-room compartment connected to a stairway. The tests were conducted during a six-year period under slightly different ambient conditions. The purpose of the study was to quantify the reproducibility of these tests with the aim to illustrate the degree of variability that can be expected in this type of experiment and how the variability is affected by different ventilation scenarios.

The 95% confidence interval of the measured temperature rise in the tests covered ±7-35% around the mean, depending on place of measurement and studied scenario. The variation in the results is due to both the variation of different weather conditions and other unknown parameters. It has not been possible to statistically distinguish between these two sources of variation in this work. The variation gives an estimate of the random error that can be expected in this type of experiment, which is something that is considered important for fire engineers to keep in mind when analyzing or referring to fire tests. The link to register is available here.


Monday, December 18, 2017 11:00 am Eastern Time (-05:00 GMT)

Modeling Gas Release from Lithium-Ion Batteries during Thermal Runaway Using FDS

PRESENTED BY Gerard Back (Jerry), CFEI, CVFI, Senior Fire Protection Engineer, Jensen Hughes

The results of an extensive full-scale lithium-ion batter

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