Kick Off Your Conference with In-Depth Professional Development Seminars and Earn Up to 14 PDHs

SFPE International offers the fire protection/fire safety industry a unique opportunity to advance your knowledge by attending one of the in-depth professional development seminars offered on the days preceding the conference — Monday, April 23, 2018, and Tuesday, April 24, 2018.

Meet your licensing requirements and earn up to 14 Professional Development Hours (PDHs). Seminars are taught by the top leaders and subject matter experts in the field. (Note: The seminars require advanced registration and an additional fee.)

Advanced Fire Dynamics Simulator

Description: This 2-day seminar will cover advanced techniques in Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS) visualization. Each topic module includes a lecture and a workshop in which the student works example problems on their personal laptop computer. This seminar is a significant update of the previous seminar. It will include an introduction to PyroSim with the option to complete each module example using FDS or PyroSim.

Learning Objectives:
Upon completion the participant should understand:

  • Pyrolysis and combustion
  • Boundary condition options, including: conduction, multiple layers, fixed temperature, extraction, supply, etc.
  • Radiation
  • Smoke detectors and sprinklers
  • Implementing pre- and post-flashover fires
  • HVAC
  • How to create complex geometry
  • Advanced Smokeview techniques: custom iso-surfaces, texture mapping, render files, and CAD view
  • Using spreadsheets to develop FDS input files
  • Using PyroSim to create and run FDS input files and view results

Learn more about the course prerequisites and requirements. CEUs 1.4 | PDHs 14


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

Description: This one-day 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. 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,

Learn more about the course prerequisites and requirements. CEUs .7 | PDHs 7


Performance-Based Design and Codes

Description: This one-day seminar 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:
Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:

  • 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

Learn more about the course prerequisites and requirements. CEUs .7 | PDHs 7


Stationary Fire Pumps – Beyond the Basics Engineered Solutions to Hydraulic Challenges

Description: This two-day seminar will show how stationary fire pumps are often installed to support the water-based fire protection system needs within a building. This interactive program will provide a framework for the discussion of options and solutions for some of the challenging hydraulic situations that an engineer could face when one or more fire pumps is installed as a part of the design for any type of water-based fire protection system.

The topics will include controlling the discharge pressure of the pump under a variety of challenging suction pressure and performance conditions, combining the challenging requirements of multiple codes and standards that frequently apply to super high rise buildings, additional requirements of NFPA 409 for aircraft hangars, electrical power arrangements for motor driven pumps and their controllers, sizing drivers for fire pumps, design of systems with multiple pumps in series, and the design of systems with multiple pumps in parallel.

Learning Objectives:
At the completion of the program, the participant will be able to:

  • Select an appropriate stationary fire pump and arrangement of related equipment from a number of acceptable options in conditions where the suction supply is coming from different sources or is widely varying in pressure.
  • Select an appropriate fire pump and arrangement of related equipment from a number of acceptable options in conditions where the pump needs to create a great deal of pressure at the system demand flow, but then has the potential to over-pressurize the fire protection system at churn.
  • Compare and contrast the requirements from a number of overlapping codes and standards regarding super high rise buildings and determine a design solution that meets all of the applicable requirements.
  • Identify the unique requirements regarding fire pumps protecting aircraft hangars in NFPA 409 that someone might not know if they only had knowledge of NFPA 20.
  • Identify acceptable power arrangements for electric motor driven fire pumps.
  • Select a properly sized driver for a fire pump given the system demand and a specific size fire pump.
  • Identify the additional equipment and design considerations necessary for fire pumps arranged in series.
  • Identify the additional equipment and design considerations necessary for fire pumps arranged in parallel.

Learn more about the course prerequisites and requirements. CEUs 1.4 | PDHs 14

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