Seminars







Several in-person pre-conference seminars have been planned and are available at a discounted rate when bundled with conference registration. To receive the discounted price for pre-conference seminars, simply add the desired seminar to your cart when you register for the conference. These seminars include:

  • October 10 - 11, 2022 – Introduction to Fire Dynamics Simulator and Smokeview
    (2 days: Monday & Tuesday, 8:30 - 5pm)
This two-day course is intended for engineers with a strong background in fluid dynamics and fire dynamics. The Fire Dynamics Simulator is the most versatile of the fire models developed by NIST.  The Fire Dynamics Simulator has been used for many types of problems, like sprinkler activation in warehouse fires, tenability in residential fires, and smoke concentration in outdoor pool fires.  The NIST Fire Dynamics Simulator consists of two programs - FDS and Smokeview. The NIST Fire Dynamics Simulator predicts smoke and/or airflow movement caused by fire, wind, ventilation systems etc. Smokeview visualizes the predictions generated by FDS.   
FDS, a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) model, solves a form of the Navier-Stokes equations appropriate for low-speed, thermally-driven flows of smoke and hot gases generated in a fire.  FDS has integrated sub-models that calculate many fire-related phenomena such as radiative and convective heat transfer, sprinkler activation and sprinkler sprays, mixture fraction combustion model, and many others.  

  • October 10 – 11, 2022 – Application of Fire Risk Assessment
    (2 days: Monday & Tuesday, 8:30 - 5pm)
This two-day course follows a brief overview of the 2022 Guide, participants will be divided into working groups that will be tasked with applying the SFPE Guide to a specific project. Groups will be able to choose from a selection of projects that include: a historic building, a high-rise residential occupancy, or a petroleum industry facility. In addition to applying the Guide to their specific project, participants will also review the work of other groups to broaden their understanding of the concepts of a fire risk assessment.
Target Audience: FPEs, Code Officials, Facility Engineers, Plan Reviewers, Design Professionals (Architects/Engineers)

  • October 10 – 11, 2022 – Advanced Fire Alarm System Design: Applying the Principles of Performance-based Design
    (2 days: Monday & Tuesday, 8:30 - 5pm)
This two-day course presents a review of the performance-based design process and its applicability to the design of fire alarm systems. The course covers the developing of a stakeholder committee, refining performance objectives to concrete performance criteria, and developing performance equivalent alternative designs. Fire dynamics and the role of fire modeling in the design process and design documentation are also addressed.
Target Audience: Fire Protection Engineers (FPEs), Fire Alarm Designers, Code Officials, Plan Reviewers, Design Professionals (Architects/Engineers)

  • October 10 – 12, 2022 – Principles of Fire Protection Engineering
    (2.5 days: Monday & Tuesday, 8:30 - 5pm, Wednesday, 8:30 - 11:30am)
This 2.5-day course is open to all individuals interested in gaining or refreshing their basic to intermediate knowledge of the principles of fire protection engineering. This course presents the application of science and engineering principles to protect people, property, and their environments from the harmful and destructive effects of fire and smoke. It covers areas of fire detection, suppression, and mitigation as well as human behavior and recommendations on how to maintain a tenable environment for evacuation during a fire scenario. Fire suppression systems components will be examined to include fire science, fire safety design, fire detection, and fire alarm systems, fire suppression systems, automatic sprinkler systems, and smoke control principles. Industry standards and variations will be discussed using NFPA codes and building codes.
Target Audience: Fire Protection Engineers (FPEs), Fire Alarm Designers, Architectural, Civil, Structural, Mechanical and Electrical Engineers.

  • October 10 – 12, 2022 – Sprinkler Design for Engineers
    (2.5 days: Monday & Tuesday, 8:30 - 5pm, Wednesday, 8:30 - 11:30am)
The updated course is designed to provide participants with the tools needed to design and install fire sprinkler systems in accordance with the latest building and fire codes. The course covers introductory aspects that are essential for engineers who are new to sprinkler system design, classification of the hazards and commodities to be protected, confirmation of the hydraulic date and preliminary hydraulic design, and preparation of design documentation. In addition, more advanced topics such as the application of new technologies, protection of high-piled storage, and computer-generated hydraulic calculations are also included.
Target Audience: Fire Protection Engineers, Sprinkler System Designers, Building Owners and Managers, Building and Fire Inspectors, Mechanical Engineers, Civil Engineers, Electrical Engineers, and Architects


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