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SFPE Webinar: Sprinkler Hydraulics - The 3rd Editiondelete
Sprinkler Hydraulics - The 3rd Editiondelete
The Under-40 Future: Confronting Generational Orthodoxy in the Turbulent Twentiesdelete
The Under-40 Future: Confronting Generational Orthodoxy in The Turbulent Twentiesdelete

Upcoming Events List


  • Sprinkler Hydraulics - The 3rd Edition

    Jan 25, 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM (ET)
    Presented by: Russ Fleming, PE, FSFPE

  • The Under-40 Future: Confronting Generational Orthodoxy in The Turbulent Twenties

    Jan 26, 11:00 AM - 12:30 PM (ET)
    Presented by: Jeff DeCagna, FRSA, FASAE

  • Advanced Fire Dynamic Simulator (FDS) with PyroSim

    Feb 15 - Mar 12, (ET)
    Course Description This virtual seminar is derived from the SFPE 4-day Advanced FDS and Smoke View program. Attendees will be led through advanced techniques in using the Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS) modeling, Pryosim and Smokeview visualization softwares. The course is intended for current users of FDS who are comfortable creating simple FDS input files from scratch without assistance. The course consists of many short modules covering specific topics. Each module includes a lecture section and a workshop section in which the student works example problems on a personal laptop computer. Learning Objectives Upon completion the participant should understand: • Complex geometry • HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) networks • Tracking gas species through the domain • Implementing pre and post flashover fires • Pyrolysis modeling and flame spread • Advanced topics in combustion • Creating and removing obstructions • Smoke detectors and sprinklers • Grid transformations • Advanced Smokeview techniques: custom iso-surfaces, texture mapping, render files, and cadview. • Basics of the Graphical User Interface program, PyroSim Prerequisite Each student should have an understanding of fire dynamics, heat transfer, and fluid dynamics theory to gather the greatest understanding possible from the course. Each student should be able to develop FDS input files, develop design fire scenarios, and review FDS results using Smokeview without assistance. Professional Development Hours A certificate of 2.2 CEUs/22 PDH will be offered. Upon completion of a post-test attendees will be awarded a certificate of attendance

  • Fire and Life Safety Design of Very Tall Buildings: Challenges and Strategies

    Mar 15 - 19, (ET)
    Course Description This program is derived from our 1 day in person seminar, will explore a wide range of fire and life safety challenges associated with very tall buildings and strategies to address them. To enhance learning, attendees will be asked to participate in simple, qualitative hazard, risk or reliability analyses, fire and life safety strategy development for representative building configurations and fire scenarios, and fire safety management and evacuation planning exercises. Due to time constraints there will be no quantitative or computational analyses. The topics and sequence will generally follow those embodied in the SFPE Engineering Guide: Fire Safety for Very Tall Buildings. Content includes an overview of fire events in tall buildings, highlighting issues of concern and lessons learned. Emerging trends in very tall building design, which may have implications for fire and life safety performance, will be discussed. Learning Objectives Upon completion of this seminar, the participant will be able to • Identify the potential impacts of new and emerging technologies and design features on fire and life safety performance in very tall buildings, • Explain how hazard, risk and reliability analysis can help identify and assess scenarios of concern and potential mitigation options, • Explain the roles that occupant risk perception and situation awareness might have on the selection and operation of defend in place and evacuation strategies, • Distinguish the impact of building design decisions on factors such as smoke control, fire spread and structural fire resiliency, • Understand systems reliability and robustness issues, Prerequisite None Who will benefit: Experience Level Intermediate FPEs, Architectural, Civil, Structural, Mechanical and Electrical Engineers, Insurers, Fire Safety Managers, Fire Service Personnel. Course Assessment Participants will be assessed via a written test. A passing score of 70% will be required to obtain a Certificate of Completion. Professional Development Hours Upon completion each participant qualifies for 7 PDHs or .7 CEUs. A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded.

  • 2021 Virtual Europe Conference

    Mar 25, 6:00 AM - 10:00 PM (DE)

  • Protecting Flammable and Combustible Liquids

    Mar 29 - Apr 2, (ET)
    Course Description This course is derived from our 2-day in person seminar and seeks to provide participants with basic knowledge of protection options and testing programs for the protection of flammable and combustible liquids. This course will give an overview of applicable standards and guidelines, describe fire test results, discuss current and future fire testing for protection of flammable and combustible liquids, and how to apply code requirements to two case studies involving storage of flammable or combustible liquids. It contains the latest, best available technology for protecting against severe fire and explosion hazards of flammable and combustible liquids. Two case studies will demonstrate to participants how requirements are used to protect storage of flammable and combustible liquids in actual (real life) circumstances. Learning Objectives Upon completion of the course participants will be able to  Discuss the properties of flammable and combustible liquids and the health and safety dangers they may present if stored or handled improperly  Identify the applicable codes and standards that address safe storage and handling practices of flammable and combustible liquids  Discuss flammable and combustible liquids concepts and identify terminology  Describe proper storage practices for flammable and combustible liquids to prevent fire hazards  Discuss safe handling practices for flammable and combustible liquids at point of final use Prerequisite General knowledge of regulations, standards, and guidelines applicable to flammable and combustible liquids. Who Will Benefit: Experience Level- Intermediate FPEs, Architectural, Civil, Mechanical, Electrical Engineers Course Assessment Participants will be assessed via a written exam. A passing score of 70% is required to receive a Certificate of Completion Professional Development Hours Upon completion each participant qualifies for 15 PDHs or 1.5 CEUs. A Certificate of Completion will be awarded.

  • Beyond the Cause and Origin: Engineering Analysis of Building Fire

    Apr 5 - 9, (ET)
    Course Description This online seminar is derived from our 2-day in person course and will cover the role that Fire Protection Engineers (FPEs) play in the investigation and analysis of building fires. FPEs have the educational background and training to identify and address building and fire code issues that may have contributed to the ignition and/or development of a fire; they also have the education and training to analyze the dynamics of building fires as well as the expected and actual performance of different fire protection systems under fire conditions. This seminar addresses different types of engineering analyses related to building fires, including ignition, fire spread, fire detection, fire suppression, fire confinement and egress analysis. This seminar also addresses the legal context under which most fire investigations are conducted. A number of case studies are presented to demonstrate the engineering analysis of building fires. Learning Objectives • Understand the different roles for fire protection engineers in fire investigations; • Follow the legal and regulatory context for fire investigations and experts; • Recognize the role of building codes and fire safety standards in assessing standards of care for building design, construction, operation and maintenance; • Appreciate how fire modeling and fire dynamics analysis can be used for fire scenario hypothesis testing; • Define the general principles and performance for fire protection systems Who will benefit: Experience Level- Intermediate Fire investigators, engineers, and others involved in the forensic analysis of fire who want to learn more about the engineering analysis of building fires. Course Assessment Participants will be assessed via a written test upon completion of the course. A passing score of 70% will be required to obtain a Certificate of Completion. Earn Valuable CEUs: Participants will receive 15 PDHs or 1.5 CEUs. A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded.

  • Dust Explosion: Hazard Recognition, Assessment, and Management

    Apr 12 - 22, (ET)
    Course Description This 8-session seminar is derived from our 2-day in-person course. Attendees will learn what practicing fire protection engineer or plant engineer need to know and consider as it pertains to dealing with industrial sites that handle combustible particulate solids. This course covers the chemistry and physics of dust deflagrations, the process and progress of dust explosions, and the means by which the dust explosion hazard can be managed in both prescriptive and performance-based design environment. Learn about combustible dust explosions as a severe problem recognize control and mitigation methods and control of electrical installation hazards for combustible dust areas. Several sample problems will be included as part of the course content. The last session will review a DHA Sample which will be provided to attendees. Learning Objectives Upon completion of this course, participants should be able to: • Compare the practices know to be likely to result in industrial dust explosions with the working conditions and activities present in the workplace • Locate and review the practices, standards and guidelines used to reduce the potential for a combustible dust explosion or reduce the severity of an explosion if one occurs • Identify combustible dust hazards, recognize equipment related hazards, and categorize hazardous locations • Understand how integrated dust control and housekeeping measures are combined into functional safety programs • Identify potential adverse effects of dust explosion protection systems from venting, inerting and suppression Who will benefit: Experience Level- Intermediate Fire Protection Engineers, Chemical Engineers, Mechanical Engineers, Plant Managers, Risk Managers, Facility Managers Course Assessment Participants will be assessed via a written test upon completion of the course. A passing score of 70% will be required to attain a Certification of Completion. Professional Development Hours Upon completion participants qualify for 15 PDHs or 1.5 CEUs. A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded.

  • Principles of Fire Protection Engineering

    May 3 - 28, (ET)
    Course Description This 12-session seminar is derived from our 3-day in-person course and 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 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. Learning Objectives At the conclusion of this seminar, the participant will be able to: • Understand the phenomena of combustion and ignition. • Forecast how buildings can be protected from fire and how human behavior respond can be expected during emergencies • Recognize means of egress concepts, human tenability limits, occupant responses to cues and decision making process by people in fire situations and during evacuation. • Distinguish the performance of basic construction materials in the fire environment. • Evaluate water-based fire suppression systems types such as fire sprinkler and water mist systems. • Discuss smoke management forces, and design principles for smoke management systems. • Categorize fire detection and alarm systems including various types. Prerequisites None Professional Development Hours 22 PDHs or 2.2 CEUs. A certificate of attendance is provided.

  • Application of Fire Risk Assessment

    Jun 15 - Jul 1, (ET)
    Course Description This four-session seminar is derived from our 2-day in-person course. following a brief overview of the Guide, participants will be divided into working groups which 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: 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 others groups to broaden their understanding of the concepts of a fire risk assessment. NOTE: This virtual seminars holds sessions on June 15 & June 17 and skips the week of June 21 to allow attendees to complete a group project. Sessions resumes on June 29 and attendees will present their group project on July 1. Learning Objectives: Upon completion of this course participants will be able to: • Describe the various steps associated with a fire risk assessment, as outlined in the SFPE Engineering Guide to Fire Risk Assessment. • Evaluate a project, prepare representative goal statements, objective statements, boundary conditions, and assumptions. • Prepare a fire hazard assessment for a designed project. • Identify a minimum of eight fire scenarios that need to be included in the fire risk assessment. • Identify the data needs and potential sources of the data needed. • Evaluate various tools and methods available to assist in preparing a fire risk assessment and determine the appropriate one to be used for a given project. Prerequisite Participants should have a fundamental understanding of the SFPE Engineering Guide to Fire Risk Assessment. Who will benefit: Experience Level Intermediate FPEs, Code Officials, Facility Engineers, Plan Reviewers, Design Professionals (Architects/Engineers) Course Assessment Participants will be assessed via a written exam upon completion of the course. A passing score of 70% will be required to obtain a Certificate of Completion. Professional Development Hours Upon completion each participant qualifies for 15 PDHs or 1.5 CEUs. A Certificate of Attendance will be awarded.