SFPE Webinar Series

With SFPE webinars you can earn Professional Development Hours (PDH) credits: an exclusive series of online technical webinars focused on helping SFPE members and non-members strengthen professional skills and stay on top of industry trends. Professional expert speakers will lead the webinars, highlighting top technical content that is essential for keeping your skills up to par.

Earning Professional Development Hours (PDHs) are only granted to individuals who have registered through the GOTOWEBINAR and attend the live webinar and are logged in for 50 minutes longer. Group participation will not be awarded PDHs.

Archived Webinars

Recordings of previous webinars are available to members here.

Schedule

Monday, June 25, 2018 11:00 am Eastern Time (-04:00 GMT)

Development of CFD Fire Suppression Model for Industrial Applications

Yi Wang, PhD, Group Manager – Fire Dynamics, FM Global, Research Division

The presentation gives an overview of recent development and validation of numerical models towards modeling fire growth and suppression for industrial fires. The models are integrated into FireFOAM code, an open source code based on OpenFOAM libraries. The key sub-models include: turbulent combustion, pyrolysis, flame heat transfer, spray injection and transport, water film flow, as well as their interactions. The validations of this newly developed CFD code will be presented. In addition, the recent applications of the CFD code to two industrial fire protection scenarios will be highlighted: 1) effect of sloped ceiling on sprinkler activation and spray pattern, 2) ceiling level sprinkler protections for high storage roll papers. The current capabilities and limitations of the CFD model will be discussed through the application examples to emphasize the proper usage of CFD model for technically sound fire protection engineering.

SFPE MEMBER FEE: FREE
NON-MEMBER FEE: $29 USD


Thursday, July 12, 2018 11:00 am Eastern Time (-04:00 GMT)

Surgical Fires: Prevention, Suppression, and Response

Charles E. Cowles, Jr., MD, MBA, Associate Professor of Anesthesiology, Univ. of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Center

This presentation will explore successes and failures in implementing effective life and fire safety procedures in the operating room (OR) suite. Discussion will include how to address the unique challenges such as patient acuity, staffing patterns, and evacuation procedures critical to this environment as well as fire prevention, suppression, and evacuation programs. The session will provide a unique perspective for how to engage physicians and other key team members from the perspective of a staff anesthesiologist and former firefighter.

SFPE MEMBER FEE: FREE
NON-MEMBER FEE: $29 USD


Monday, July 30, 2018 11:00 am Eastern Time (-04:00 GMT)

Multi-Story Steel Frame Exposed to Travelling Fires and Traditional Design Fires

Egle Rackauskaite, MEng, PhD, Research Associate, Imperial College London

Most of the current understanding of building behavior in fire is based on the adoption of the standard and parametric temperature-time fire curves. However, these design fires are based on small scale tests and idealize the thermal environment. Thus, they have important limitations on their applicability to large enclosures. Instead, in large open-plan compartments travelling fires have been observed. To account for such fires, a design tool called Travelling Fires Methodology (TFM) has been developed and used for design. In this study structural response of a two-dimensional 10-storey 5-bay steel frame exposed to travelling fires and traditional design fires is investigated. Results indicate that, depending on the structural metric examined, both travelling fires and uniform fires can be more severe than the other. Thus, a single worst case fire scenario under which a structure could be designed and deemed to be safe cannot be established. Therefore, in order to ensure a safe fire resistance design of buildings with large enclosures, a range of different fires including both travelling fires and uniform fires need to be considered.

SFPE MEMBER FEE: FREE
NON-MEMBER FEE: $29 USD


Thursday, August 16, 2018 11:00 am Eastern Time (-04:00 GMT)

Computational Simulation of Timber Charring in an Approach across Scale

Franz Richter, PhD Student, Imperial College UK

Cross Laminated Timber (CLT) is an emerging and promising construction material for high-rise buildings. It is strong, sustainable, and cost-efficient. Around the world, skyscrapers out of timber up to 300 meters are proposed by architects. Many regulators, fire fighters, and residents are concerned by these heights, because of the perceived low resistance of timber to fire. This perception stems from your limited understanding of its fire behaviour. For example, in structural applications the charring rate of timber can be used to determine the loadbearing capacity. Based on furnace tests following the standard fire curve, the charring rate is assumed to be one constant valid under all conditions. Charring, however, is a complex interplay of heat transfer and chemistry. It depends on the fire. The simplification of one universal charring rate is a serious limitation to engineering and performance-based design. A general model for the charring of timber under standard and realistic fire conditions is needed. In this webinar, we will present the physical fundamentals of charring together with our work towards developing such a model. Fundamentally, charring is controlled by chemistry as well as heat and mass transfer. We found that the common assumption of neglecting the chemistry is erroneous, and developed, at the microscale (mg-samples), a kinetic model for the chemistry of charring. At the mesoscale (kg-samples), we combined this kinetic model with a heat and mass transfer model. The resultant model is able to predict charring rates under different fire conditions—different heat fluxes and oxygen concentrations. Scaling the model to the macroscale (buildings) offers the potential to predict charring rates under realistic fires. At each scale, however, significant work remains, both experimental and modelling-wise, to better understand the fire behaviour of timber and achieve predictions of the same accuracy as for steel and concrete structures.

SFPE MEMBER FEE: FREE
NON-MEMBER FEE: $29 USD


Monday, August 27, 2018 11:00 am Eastern Time (-04:00 GMT)

Top 10 Fire Safety Challenges in Passenger Terminal Design

John Barrot, PE, Fire Engineer, Arup & Andrew Biery, PE, Senior Fire Engineer, Arup

Airports are highly complex systems that demand cross-disciplinary knowledge and an integrated approach to fire protection and life safety design. For successful delivery, a thorough understanding of the airport operations and its various sub-systems is paramount. Modern passenger terminals are often among the world’s largest buildings and embody iconic and ambitious architecture. A performance-based approach to fire safety is often necessary in response to these ambitions.

John Barrot is a fire engineer with the design firm Arup and has completed airport projects in New York, Mexico City, Doha and Sydney. John will reveal the top challenges a fire protection engineer must consider in designing the modern passenger terminal. The presentation will share real project examples from recently constructed or in-construction projects to illustrate these challenges. These projects include the new Mexico City International Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport, Abu Dhabi International Airport and others.

Airports are highly complex systems that demand cross-disciplinary knowledge and an integrated approach to fire protection and life safety design. For successful delivery, a thorough understanding of the airport operations and its various sub-systems is paramount. Modern passenger terminals are often among the world’s largest buildings and embody iconic and ambitious architecture. John Barrot is a fire engineer with the design firm Arup and has completed airport projects in New York, Mexico City, Doha and Sydney. John will reveal the top challenges a fire protection engineer must consider in designing the modern passenger terminal. He will share real project examples including the New Mexico City International Airport, John F. Kennedy International Airport, Abu Dhabi International Airport and others.

SFPE MEMBER FEE: FREE
NON-MEMBER FEE: $29 USD


Tuesday, September 11, 2018 11:00 am Eastern Time (-04:00 GMT)

The Conversion of a Department Store into a Modern Office

Karl Wallasch, Associate Director, Hoare Lea

The construction output in the United Kingdom is more than £110 billion per annum and contributes to 7% of Gross domestic product (GDP). Approximately 60% of construction output in the UK is new build, whilst 40% is refurbishment and maintenance. In London, due to presence of existing city structure, refurbishment and change of use projects are very common. In particular the refurbishment of existing building including change of use, extensions, considering listing of buildings or building parts can set unique boundary conditions for any design team. These changes to an existing building often create significant implications on the existing fire safety strategy and application of current fire safety standards and guidance cannot be applied. However, the use of modern fire engineering techniques can help to develop safe and robust fire safety strategies to show compliance that minimum level of fire safety is met, furthermore, their use could provide designers and end-users with a better and more detailed understanding of the level of safety and future flexibility for the proposed change of use.

This presentation will show how the use of modern and innovative fire engineering techniques was applied to the conversion and extension of an existing department store into a modern office in London. The existing Department Store in South London (Brixton) has been restored, refurbished and extended to accommodate a new office (Head office for architectural practice Squire and Partners), members club on new top floor level, several individual retail units as well as housing an independent bar/restaurant. The development includes a refurbishment of the former Fire Station and Stables to provide a new location for Brixton Post Office and three units for local creative businesses. The office comprises 4,767sq m of design studio including a new social rooftop space expressed as a series of pavilions, a staff café, gallery/seminar space, modelshop and facilities for staff including cycle storage, showers and a landscaped garden courtyard.

The existing building included compartment floors, sprinkler protection and external fire escape stairs. The new concept was based on changing use (from shop to office), adding new floor level, removing sprinkler protection, removing compartment floors and introducing voids throughout all office levels. From the start of this project it was clear that the change of use, conversion of an existing building will include challenges for the fire engineers. Hoare Lea has been appointed at an early start to assist the architects to overcome these challenges and use modern fire engineering techniques to deviate from standard building regulations to achieve a robust and safe design without restraining the architectural freedom and flexibility.

SFPE MEMBER FEE: FREE
NON-MEMBER FEE: $29 USD


Monday, September 24, 2018 11:00 am Eastern Time (-04:00 GMT)

Hospital Security – Code Compliance is Possible

Michael A. Crowley, PE, FSFPE, Vice President, JENSEN HUGHES

The balance of Life Safety and Security has been a challenge for designers, operators and Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ). NFPA 101 2012 edition and the International Building Code 2015(IBC) allow the locking of egress doors for the security needs of the patient. This is a new allowance for the security need of patients or staff. Locking of egress doors for the clinical needs of the patient has been retained in the Code. This presentation will cover the multiple methods of securing doors within a healthcare occupancy. Electronic control doors, delayed egress devices, access control devices and elevator lobby locking methods, hardware selection fire suppression and fire alarm requirements will be discussed. These new allowances will provide guidance based on Model Code recognized criteria.

SFPE MEMBER FEE: FREE
NON-MEMBER FEE: $29 USD


Monday, October 1, 2018 6:00 pm Eastern Time (-04:00 GMT)

When Can DtS Solutions Make Unsafe Buildings?

Dr. Jonathan R. Barnett FSFPE, FIEAust, CPEng, PE, Technical Director, RED Fire Engineers

Performance based building codes often have a prescriptive option known as Deemed-to-Satisfy (DtS) where the performance objectives are assumed to be complied with if the DtS requirements are met. But, as is the case with Australia, the DtS requirements are usually based on historic or traditional codes and there may be no assurance that compliant DtS solutions will meet the Performance requirements. Can a DtS design result in an unsafe building? This talk will address the history of the DtS concept, its strengths and weaknesses and the need for true Performance Design.

SFPE MEMBER FEE: FREE
NON-MEMBER FEE: $29 USD


Monday, November 5, 2018 11:00 am Eastern Time (-05:00 GMT)

Trends in Fire Protection Engineering: Challenges of Today and Tomorrow

Guillermo Rein, PhD, Reader in Thermal Energy, Department of Mechanical Engineering of Imperial College and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Fire Technology

In this presentation, I will provide an overview of the challenges and global trends impacting Fire Protection Engineering (FPE). I will focus on the most important drivers of change, and on the FPE systems being changed. To do so, I asked fire engineering experts to name and rank current trends and then I will elaborate on these trends. I reached out to the current Board and previous Board of Fire Technology. Fire Technology is the research journal of SFPE (in association with NFPA and Springer Nature) publishing research on the full range of fire hazards since 1965. 72 experts replied with a mix background Industry/Academia of 50/50% and from a wide range of FPE sectors. The results show that FPE is fundamental to society; that it is a rapidly evolving field where systems are changing, creating opportunities and challenges. The drivers for these changes are diverse because FPE is a broad engineering discipline. Our engineers are at the forefront of technology and innovation, and it is exciting and dynamics years ahead.

SFPE MEMBER FEE: FREE
NON-MEMBER FEE: $29 USD


Monday, November 26, 2018 11:00 am Eastern Time (-05:00 GMT)

The Changing Face of the Fire Challenge

Steven Gwynne, PhD, Senior Research Officer (Fire Safety), National Research Council Canada

The balance of Life Safety and Security has been a challenge for designers, operators and Authorities Having Jurisdiction (AHJ). NFPA 101 2012 edition and the International Building Code 2015(IBC) allow the locking of egress doors for the security needs of the patient. This is a new allowance for the security need of patients or staff. Locking of egress doors for the clinical needs of the patient has been retained in the Code. This presentation will cover the multiple methods of securing doors within a healthcare occupancy. Electronic control doors, delayed egress devices, access control devices and elevator lobby locking methods, hardware selection fire suppression and fire alarm requirements will be discussed. These new allowances will provide guidance based on Model Code recognized criteria.

SFPE MEMBER FEE: FREE
NON-MEMBER FEE: $29 USD


Monday, December 17, 2018 11:00 am Eastern Time (-05:00 GMT)

NFPA 13 – Changes in the 2016 Edition

Raymond A. Grill, PE, FSFPE, LEED AP, Principal, Arup

This webinar will cover the number of technical changes in the 2016 Edition of NFPA 13 that can be applied to designs today. It will also review the key changes and discuss some of the background to those changes.

SFPE MEMBER FEE: FREE
NON-MEMBER FEE: $29 USD


 

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