Professional Development Week - May 1-4, 2017
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Professional Development Week - May 1-4, 2017

5/1/2017 to 5/4/2017
When: May 1-3 and May 4
8:00 AM
Where: Southwest Research Institute
6220 Culebra Rd
San Antonio, Texas  78238
United States
Contact: Debra Grandy

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SFPE Professional Development Courses 


SFPE will offer two of our continuing professional development courses in San Antonio, TX. Each of these course allow you to earn up to 14 PDHs, or attend both with the technical tour and earn 28 PDHs. Let SFPE help you fulfill your 2017 professional development goals.


Professional Development Course Schedule

Date: Monday-Wednesday, May 1-3, 2017
Location: Southwest Research Institute

Course: Protecting Flammable and Combustible Liquids with technical tour
PDHs: Earn up to 18 valuable professional development hours for attending the entire course and technical tour


The objective of this course is to provide a broad range of issues related to safe handling and storage of flammable and combustible liquid as follows:


Large Fire Loss Review

  • Impact on People, Environment, Property, Business Environment, & Other Related Issues

Strategic Planning for Safe Operations and Storage

  • Employing Administrative and Engineering Controls for Prevention and Mitigation
  • Pre-Planning for Fire Events

Fundamental Risk Determinants

  • Physical, Combustion, & Ignition Properties of Liquids

Navigating and Understanding the Relevant Fire Codes, Regulations, and Standards

  • Federal Regulations, NFPA, IFC, API, and Insurance Company Guidelines

Loss of Containment and Possible Fire and Explosion Types

  • Pool Fires, 2 and 3 Dimensional Spill Fires, and Pressurized Releases

Fire Testing and Defining the Risk

  • Small-Scale, Medium-Scale, and Large-Scale Test Protocols
  • Results of Select Tests Will Be Reviewed

Using Passive and Active Features for Specific Occupancies

  • Containerized Storage and Warehousing
  • Tank Farms
  • Industrial Operations

These features will include Containment and Drainage, Fire Resistant Construction, and Water and Foam-Water Protection Systems. A particular emphasis will be given to water and foam-water protection systems.


Instructor: David P. Nugent has over 36 years of experience in the industrial loss prevention & mitigation field. He is currently the Manager of Code & Project Services for Global Risk Consultants.


His prior experience includes responsibility for corporate fire protection at a multinational chemical coatings company, coordinating full-scale fire tests involving various hazardous materials, and related client consulting.


He is a member of the NFPA 30 technical committee, the American Institute of Chemical Engineers and the Society of Fire Protection Engineers.


He has written numerous publications related to flammable and combustible liquids and reactive chemicals. He is a graduate of Rutgers University where he majored in Chemistry.


He is also a recipient of the Joseph B. Finnegan Award from the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, Chicago Chapter.”


Date: Thursday, May 4, 2017
Location: Southwest Research Institute

Course: Performance-Based Design and Codes
PDHs: Earn up to 7 valuable professional development hours for attending the entire course


The course will provide an overview of The SFPE Engineering Guide to Performance-Based Fire Protection. This process identifies methods of a) defining a project scope, b) developing goals, objectives and performance criteria, c) selecting design fire scenarios and design fires, d) developing and evaluating trial designs, and e) preparing design documentation.

The course will also discuss emerging issues related Performance-Based Design (PBD) that include:

  • Incorporating Risk Informed Methods in PBD
  • Selecting an Appropriate Fire Model for a Given Application
  • Estimating Required Safe Egress Time (RSET)
  • PBD in Tall Buildings
  • PBD in Long Tunnels
  • PBD in Structural Fire Engineering
  • Conducting a Peer Review for a PBD
  • Performance-Based ITM for Fire Protection Systems

Learning Objectives:

  • Define the process outlined in the SFPE Engineering Guide to Performance-Based Fire Protection
  • Formulate fire safety goals & objectives for a given project
  • Differentiate and apply the different types of acceptance criteria
  • Estimate design fires based on a given scenario
  • Contrast the differences in incorporating deterministic vs probabilistic approaches
  • Identify the important steps in selecting a fire model for a given application
  • Estimate REST
  • Outline the steps in performing a structural fire engineering analysis
  • Discuss fire safety issues in tall buildings and long tunnels
  • Identify the steps to conducting a peer review for a PBD project

Explain how to Implement a performance-based ITM program for fire protection systems

Instructor: Chris Jelenewicz, P.E., FSFPE, Technical Director at SFPE and the Technical Editor of SFPEs Fire Protection Engineering magazine. He is responsible overseeing SFPE’s licensing and technical activities. Chris was featured in hundreds of articles and broadcast interviews, including the New York Times, CBS Nightly News, Public Television, USA Today, The Washington Post and the Philadelphia Daily News. Chris has a Bachelor’s of Science degree in fire protection engineering and a Master’s in Management from the University of Maryland. He is an SFPE Fellow and received the Distinguished Alumni Award in its inaugural year from the University of Maryland’s Department of Fire Protection Engineering. Chris is a licensed engineer in the States of California, Delaware and Maryland.

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