Seminar Schedule

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Advanced Fire Dynamics Simulator and Smokeview - 2 days

Date: Wednesday-Thursday, October 17-18
CEUs: Earn up to CEUs 1.4 | PDHs 14

Description
This two-day seminar seminar is a hands-on seminar on advanced techniques in using the Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS) modeling and Smokeview visualization software. 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.

Objectives
Upon completion of this seminar participants will be able to:
  -  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 cad view
  -  Basics of the Graphical User Interface program, PyroSim

Prerequisite
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 using Smokeview without assistance.

Who Will Benefit
Experience Level Intermediate FPEs, Code Officials, Facility Engineers, Plan Reviewers, Design Professionals (Architects/Engineers)

Materials Needed
Attendees must bring a laptop computer with a minimum 1 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, 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.

Assessment
Participants will be assessed via a written exam upon completion of the seminar. A passing score of 70% will be required to obtain a Certificate of Completion.


Application of Fire Risk Assessment - 2 days

Date: Wednesday-Thursday, October 16-17
CEUs: Earn up to CEUs 1.4 | PDHs 14

Description
This two-day seminar 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.

Objectives
Upon completion of this seminar 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
    -   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)

Materials Provided 
SFPE Engineering Guide to Fire Risk Assessment

Assessment
Participants will be assessed via a written exam upon completion of the seminar. A passing score of 70% will be required to obtain a Certificate of Completion.


Beyond Cause & Origin: Engineering Analysis of Building Fire - 2 days

Date: Wednesday-Thursday, October 16-17
CEUs: Earn up to CEUs 1.4 | PDHs 14

Description
This two-day seminar 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
Upon completion of this seminar, the participant will be able to
  - 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.

Prerequisite
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
None

Audience
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.


Intro to Advanced Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS) and Smokeview - 1 day

Date: Wednesday, October 16
CEUs: Earn up to CEUs .7 | PDHs 7

Description

Learning Objectives

Prerequisite
None

Materials Needed

Audience

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


Principles of Fire Protection Engineering - 3 days

Date: Wednesday-Friday, October 16-18
CEUs: Earn up to CEUs 2.1 | PDHs 21

Description
This three-day seminar 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
Upon completion 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

Prerequisite
None

Materials Needed
None

Audience
Fire Protection Engineers (FPEs), Fire Alarm Designers, Architectural, Civil, Structural, Mechanical and Electrical Engineers

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


Understanding Human Behavior in Fires - 1 day

Date: Wednesday, October 16
CEUs: Earn up to CEUs .7 | PDHs 7

Description
This one-day seminar is the prediction of human behavior during a fire emergency is one of the most challenging areas of fire protection engineering. Yet, understanding and considering human factors is essential to designing effective evacuation systems, ensuring safety during a fire and related emergency events.

The first module of this course will present the many types of characteristics that may influence occupant performance, reaction and movement process in an emergency situation. It will include a discussion on the Protective Action Decision Model (PADM) and how it serves to inform our understanding of the flow of information to occupants via cues from the fire, building or people in a fire situation and the resultant decision-making processes that influence their protective action responses during the fire incident. Discussions will also address exposure to toxicants, irritants, heat and visibility loss in a fire and the potential impacts, including additive effects, on the human body at varying degrees of exposure.

The second module will focus on modeling human behavior in fire and will include a discussion on the development and selection of occupant behavioral scenarios. The module will also discuss the many considerations that affect the choice of a particular calculation approach or model, such as project data needed, model input data needed, complexity of scenario(s), detail of output needed, and need to assess the impact of behavioral assumptions.

The third module will discuss fire situation management and will include discussions on enhancing human response to emergency notification and messaging and managing the movement of occupants during fire emergencies.

Learning Objectives
Upon completion of this seminar, the participant will be able to
  - Understand the many types of characteristics that may influence occupant performance, reaction and movement process in an emergency situation.
  - Understand the theory and process of individuals or groups of occupants taking protective actions in the context of the building fire emergency timeline.
  - Understand how fire effluents can lead to incapacitation of people subject to the hazards of a fire.
  - Obtain guidance to assist in developing occupant behavioral scenarios as part of a performance-based design.
  - Understand the basic concepts of occupant movement and how to estimate the time for occupants to move to a place of safety or refuge.
  - Obtain understanding and guidance for the selection of one of the various methods of performing egress calculations.
  - Develop an understanding of the various sources of uncertainty in a human behavior analysis.
- Understand how people process emergency warning information and examine factors that may inhibit the process.
- Consider the numerous factors that play roles in the use of evacuation, relocation, and protect-in-place strategies when deciding how building occupants can best be safeguarded during fire emergencies.

Prerequisite
None

Materials Needed
Each participant is required to buy the UPDATED SFPE Guide to Human Behavior in Fire, 2nd Edition and bring it to class with them.

Audience
This seminar has been developed for engineers, Architects, Code Officials/AHJs, and Public Educators.

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

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