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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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Professional Development Hours (PDHs) are only granted to individuals who attend the live webinar and are logged in for 50 minutes longer.

 

Archived Webinars

Recordings of previous webinars are available to members here.

 

Schedule 

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

A Fire Protection Engineering Nightmare: Fire Barriers

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 to register is available in the Member Resources section.

 

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

The Design Fire: Selection Fire Characteristics for a CFP Model

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 to register is available in the Member Resources section.

 

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

Understanding Wall and Corner Effects Using the Fire Dynamics Simulator

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 to register is available in the Member Resources section.

 

How to Register

Members can register two ways, look for your member only email to sign up or you sign up through the member resources area here.  We look forward to your participation! Be a top professional– innovate and learn with SFPE.

THE LAC MÉGANTIC INCIDENT – A WORST CASE SCENARIO


January 25, 2016 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Eastern Time

Presented by J. Gordon Routley, Eng., FSFPE, FIFireE, Division Chief, Montreal Fire Department

 

Shortly after midnight on July 6, 2013 a runaway freight train consisting of 72 tank cars of Bakken crude oil derailed in the heart of the town of Lac Mégantic Québec.  The downtown area was immediately engulfed in a massive fire that claimed the lives of 47 people who had no opportunity to escape.

 

This presentation tells the story of the incident, with a focus on the risk factors associated with the surface transportation of large quantities of highly flammable liquids, the chain of circumstances that produced an almost unpredictable event, the magnitude of the situation and its consequences.  The objective is to make participants aware of the problem in all of its dimensions.

 

Measures to address the risk factors associated with rail transportation of crude oil are a topic of public concern and specific interest to fire protection engineers.  This presentation will provide the opportunity to gain a professional perspective on the key aspects of the issue.

 

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

THE LAC MÉGANTIC INCIDENT – A WORST CASE SCENARIO


January 25, 2016 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Eastern Time

Presented by J. Gordon Routley, Eng., FSFPE, FIFireE, Division Chief, Montreal Fire Department

 

Shortly after midnight on July 6, 2013 a runaway freight train consisting of 72 tank cars of Bakken crude oil derailed in the heart of the town of Lac Mégantic Québec.  The downtown area was immediately engulfed in a massive fire that claimed the lives of 47 people who had no opportunity to escape.

 

This presentation tells the story of the incident, with a focus on the risk factors associated with the surface transportation of large quantities of highly flammable liquids, the chain of circumstances that produced an almost unpredictable event, the magnitude of the situation and its consequences.  The objective is to make participants aware of the problem in all of its dimensions.

 

Measures to address the risk factors associated with rail transportation of crude oil are a topic of public concern and specific interest to fire protection engineers.  This presentation will provide the opportunity to gain a professional perspective on the key aspects of the issue.

 

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

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