SFPE Technical Committees
SFPE's Technical committees and task groups develop engineering guides, standards, and other technical initiatives of the Society.
Technical Committee News
Francisco Joglar Appointed Chair of SFPE Risk Task Group
The SFPE Subcommittee for Standards Oversight appointed Francisco Joglar, P.E., PH.D. Chair of the SFPE Risk Task Group. Joglar is a Senior Consultant with JENSEN HUGHES. He has 16 years’ experience with a strong background in fire modeling, statistics and uncertainty analysis. Since 2001, he has been researching and consulting in fire protection engineering and probabilistic risk assessment for the commercial nuclear industry. The SFPE Risk Task Group will be responsible for revising the SFPE Guidelines for Fire Risk Assessment. Joglar is currently staffing the task group membership and setting an agenda for the task group’s activities.
SFPE Subcommittee for Handbook Development Reviewing Survey Data
The SFPE Subcommittee for Handbook Development was tasked with providing recommendations to the SFPE Board of Directors on the future direction of the 6th edition of the SFPE Handbook of Fire Protection Engineering. This includes but will not be limited to providing recommendations related to content and how the handbook will be published. On January 9 the Subcommittee held a meeting to start the process of reviewing data from the user survey that was conducted at the end of 2016. The early results are encouraging as over 230 participants responded to the survey and the subcommittee agreed the survey provided a lot of useful data.
SFPE Subcommittee on Research & Innovation Roadmap Working Group Reviewing Survey Data
The SFPE Subcommittee on Research & Innovation is developing a research roadmap for the fire safety engineering profession. This roadmap will be a living document and have a long-term focus that will be central to defining the future of SFPEs technical initiatives. On January 24 the Subcommittee held a meeting to start the process of reviewing data from roadmap survey that was conducted at the end of 2016. Over 370 engineers participated in this survey. The Subcommittee is currently evaluating the data from this survey and will be using this data to develop the research roadmap.
Four SFPE Members to Lead SFPE Subcommittee on Codes & Standards Liaison Working Groups
The purpose of this Subcommittee on Codes & Standards Liaison is to develop a strategy to increase the use and reference of SFPE guides and standards in building and fire regulations. To accomplish its mission, the SCCSL formed four working groups that will focus on: a) the International Codes Council (ICC), b) the National Fire Protection Association (NFPA), c) the National Institute of Building Sciences (NIBS) National Performance-Based Design Guide, and d) Other Code/Standard-Making Organizations. Each working group’s first order of business was to decide: How should SFPE get involved, who should get involved, and what should this involvement be? To lead these working groups, Subcommittee Chair Matt Davy, P.E. appointed the following subcommittee members:
NFPA – Joshua Greene, JENSEN HUGHES
ICC -- Don Havener, Consentini
NIBS – Tom Izbicki, JENSEN HUGHES
Other Organizations – Mark Mannex, FM Global
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