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member only Webinars
A Member Only Benefit
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.
Recordings of previous webinars are available to members here.
Monday, October 31, 2016 11:00 am Eastern Time (-04:00 GMT)
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.
Monday, November 28, 2016 11:00 am Eastern Time (-04:00 GMT)
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.
Monday, December 19, 2016 11:00 am Eastern Time (-04:00 GMT)
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.
Monday, January 30, 2017 11:00 am Eastern Time (-04:00 GMT)
The New Standard of Care for Structural Fire Protection Analyses
PRESENTED BY Kevin LaMalva, P.E., Senior Staff II – Fire Safety, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger
The next edition of the ASCE/SEI 7 standard (Minimum Design Loads and Associated Criteria for Buildings and Other Structures) commences a new industry-consensus standard of care for structural fire protection. The default option is for the designer to strictly follow the long-standing fire resistance provisions in the applicable building code. This approach is termed standard fire resistance design, and is based on an empirical indexing system that excludes consideration of realistic thermal demands and structural system response.
Monday, February 27, 2017 11:00 am Eastern Time (-04:00 GMT)
Population Characteristics that Influence Movement Speeds
PRESENTED BY Bryan L. Hoskins, Ph.D., Assistant Professor, Oklahoma State University
Egress system design is typically based on average movement speeds or a distribution of speeds. Even with a distribution, each individual is assumed to be moving with little consideration of how slower moving people alter the overall evacuation. Human behavior during an evacuation is more complex than this assumption and people will take into account the impact of slower moving people on the overall evacuation. This presentation will focus on characteristics that lead to slower movement speeds of individuals and how the inclusion of them in egress simulations alters the results of the simulation. This will also include a sensitivity analysis of the model. Finally, the model will be used to show how evacuation elevators may alter the overall evacuation times from buildings. The link to register is available in the Member Resources section.
Monday, March 6, 2017 11:00 am Eastern Time (-04:00 GMT)
Fires in the Middle East: Challenges and Opportunities
presented by John Woycheese, P.E., Ph.D., Fire Protection Engineer, Saudi Aramco
The Middle East has experienced several significant fires in the past two years that have demonstrated a need for improved interactions between engineers, building owners and developers, and AHJs. A brief review of full-façade fires will lead into a discussion of the implications of various challenges, from questions of how to provide sufficient water to assessing equivalency of locally available products to determining methods to address concerns about existing code-deficient installations. Although some issues are specific to construction in the Middle East -- and indicate a need for more fire protection engineers in the region -- the broad implications apply to many developing areas. The link to register is available in the Member Resources section.
Monday, April 24, 2017 11:00 am Eastern Time (-04:00 GMT)
Wildland Urban Interface Fires – Emerging Challenges for FPEs
presented by Nelson Bryner, Leader – Wildland Urban Interface Fire Group, National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST)
Over 46 million homes in 70,000 communities are at risk of wildland-urban interface (WUI) fires, which has destroyed an average of 3000 structures annually over the last decade and is rapidly growing. Within the last 100 years in the U.S., six of the top 10 most damaging single fire events involving structures were WUI fires. In 2003, southern California fires destroyed over 3600 homes in 2003, and in 2007 southern California fires destroyed an additional 2200 homes, displaced residents of over 300,000 homes, and resulted in over $1.8 B in insured losses. In 2012-2013 over 1000 homes were destroyed from three fires in Colorado. Annual costs for WUI fires are estimated at over $14B (2009). Emerging challenges for engineers include 1) lack of fire loss data specific to WUI, 2) a limited ability to identify the vulnerabilities of structures and communities to WUI fire, 3) uncharacterized exposure to firebrands, 4) limited science to understand interaction of fire, weather, and terrain, and 5) fire codes that do not adequately address firebrand ignition. FPEs will need to address each of these challenges in order to improve the fire resilience of communities exposed to WUI wildland fires. The link to register is available in the Member Resources section.
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 in the Member Resources section.
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 in the Member Resources section.
Monday, July 17, 2017 11:00 am Eastern Time (-04:00 GMT)
Analysis of Wind in an FDS Simulation
PRESENTED BY David Stacy, Associate, JENSEN HUGHES
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 in the Member Resources section.
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 in the Member Resources section.
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.
Monday, November 27, 2017 11:00 am Eastern Time (-04:00 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.
Monday, December 18, 2017 11:00 am Eastern Time (-04:00 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 battery thermal runaway tests series was used to generate input data for the Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS) model, and to calibrate and verify the accuracy of the model predictions. The FDS model was found to be able to accurately predict the internal temperature rise as well as the external skin temperature of the Unmanned Underwater Vehicle (UUV) caused by the hot gas released during a thermal runaway reaction. Additionally, the FDS model predicted that the adjacent battery modules inside the UUV would not reach thermal runaway, agreeing with the test results.
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