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Seminar Schedule

Advance your professional knowledge by attending one of the in-depth professional development seminars. Seminars are taught by the top leaders and subject matter experts in the field. Meet your licensing requirements and earn up to 14 Professional Development Hours (PDHs).


Seminar Registration


Fire Dynamic Simulator and Smokeview - 2 days

Date: Monday-Tuesday, March 9th-10th
CEUs: Earn up to CEUs 1.4 | PDHs 14

This is a hands-on workshop on advanced Fire Modeling techniques using the Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS). 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 through example problems on a personal laptop computer.

Upon completion of this seminar participants will be able to understand:

  • Complex Geometry
  • HVAC (Heating, Ventilation, Air Conditioning) Networks
  • Tracking gas species through the domain
  • Pyrolysis modeling and flame spread
  • Advanced topics in combustion
  • Creating and removing obstructions
  • Smoke detectors and sprinklers
  • Advances visualization techniques: custom iso-surfaces, texture mapping, render files, and CAD view
  • Basics of the Graphical User Interface, PyroSim

Successful completion of SFPE’s Introduction to FDS course or equivalent is a prerequisite for the advanced course. 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 without assistance.

Attendees must bring a laptop computer with a minimum of 4 GB of RAM and 10 GB of free hard disk space. The computer should have a spreadsheet program for analyzing data and Adobe Acrobat for reading the documentation. The attendees should also make sure that they have sufficient security privileges on their computers to allow the software to be installed during class.
Before coming to class, the following software should be installed:

  • For the version of the course that uses FDS only (without PyroSim) attendees should have downloaded the most recent version of FDS and Smokeview software from the NIST website and make sure the programs run on their computer. The NIST website is http://www.bfrl.nist.gov. Follow the links for software, fire simulation software, and the NIST Fire Dynamics Simulator and Smokeview.

  • For the version of this course that uses PyroSim, attendees do NOT need to install the package from NIST and should instead download the most recent version of PyroSim from the download page https://www.thunderheadeng.com/pyrosim/download/. FDS is included within the PyroSim installation and does not need to be installed separately.

Course Assessment
Participants will take a written exam upon completion of the course. The exam will focus on the understanding of the concepts rather than specific calculations. Candidates will need to pass with a minimum score of 70%.

Fire and Life Safety Design of Very Tall Buildings: Challenges and Strategies - 1 day

Date: Monday, March 9th
CEUs: Earn up to CEUs .7 | PDHs 7

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. 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. Attendees will receive a copy of the SFPE Engineering Guide: Fire Safety for Very Tall Buildings.

Upon completion of this seminar participants 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.


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.

Performance-Based Design and the Codes - 1 day

Date: Tuesday, March 10
CEUs:7 PDHs or .7 CEUs

This course will provide an overview of The SFPE Engineering Guide to Performance-Based Fire Protection. This process identifies methods that includes defining a project scope; developing goals, objectives and performance criteria; selecting design fire scenarios and design fires; developing and evaluating trial designs; and preparing design documentation. Emerging issues related to Performance-Based Design (PBD) will also be covered such as incorporating Risk Informed Methods in PBD; selecting an appropriate fire model for a given application; estimating required safe egress time (RSET); performance-based design in tall buildings; performance-based design in long tunnels; performance-based design in structural fire engineering; conducting peer review for a performance-based design and performance-based design ITM for fire protection systems.

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

  • 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 system

General understand of the principle of fire protection engineering. A working knowledge of building codes and fire safety standard is helpful, but not essential, to participate in this seminar.

Materials Needed

FPEs, Fire Marshalls, AHJs, Code Officials, Plan Reviewers, Design Professionals (Architects/Engineers) Local Fire Municipalities.

Seminar Assessment
Participants will be assessed via a written test. A passing score of 70% will be required to obtain a Certificate of Completion.

SFPE is a registered provider for the American Institute of Architects continuing education system (AIA/CES) Provider # G219

SFPE is a Preferred Provider with the International Code Council Provider # 1699