This website uses cookies to store information on your computer. Some of these cookies are used for visitor analysis, others are essential to making our site function properly and improve the user experience. By using this site, you consent to the placement of these cookies. Click Accept to consent and dismiss this message or Deny to leave this website. Read our Privacy Statement for more.
News & Press: SFPE News

Here’s Your One-On-One Time with 4 Fire Dynamics Simulation Experts

Thursday, October 26, 2017  
Share |

 The instructor line-up for SFPE’s Advanced Fire Dynamics Simulator and Smokeview workshop in Gaithersburg, Maryland, reads like a who’s who in the field. Scheduled for November 6-9, 2017, this 4-day workshop will provide a hands-on experience on the most up-to-date advanced techniques in FDS modeling and Smokeview visualization.

UPDATE: Only 9 spots remain in this workshop. Please register today to secure your place.

SFPE is proud to announce the instructors for this unique opportunity to learn and experience real-life results in a NIST laboratory:

Dr. Kevin B. McGrattan is a mathematician in the Engineered Fire Safety Group of the Fire Research Division of the Engineering Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology. Dr. McGrattan joined the Building and Fire Research Laboratory at NIST after working in the Computing and Applied Mathematics Laboratory as an NRC research associate. During this time, he developed large eddy simulation models of smoke movement in enclosures of various geometries and in the atmosphere.

Since joining BFRL, Dr. McGrattan has applied these numerical models to the problems of in situ burning of oil spills and the impact of fires in large buildings. The emphasis of the computations is on efficiency and high resolution, so that future advances in computing power can be met with corresponding advances in numerical combustion techniques.

The early work in fire modeling led to the release of the Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS) in 2000. This model is now used worldwide for a variety of applications. It has been used at NIST to investigate actual fires, most notably the World Trade Center disaster and the Station Night Club Fire of 2003. Current research involves fire model verification and validation in cooperation with the US Nuclear Regulatory Commission.

Dr. David Sheppard is senior technical advisor at ATF and contributes daily to ATF’s mission in the field of fire research at the ATF Fire Research Laboratory, which is the world’s largest research laboratory dedicated to fire scene investigation. ATF’s lab involves fire scene reconstruction, fire cause evaluation, and validation of fire pattern analysis indicators. He also participates in important investigations regarding the impact of accelerants on fire growth and spread, ignition studies, and electrical fire cause analysis.

Daniel Swenson is an engineer and co-founder of Thunderhead Engineering Consultants. He develops engineering software used worldwide to simulate fires, predict evacuation times, and model multi-phase flow through porous media.


Bryan Klein is product manager for PyroSim and Pathfinder at Thunderhead Engineering Consultants. He handles sales and support issues, along with training both online and on-site. Klein formerly worked as part of the Fire Fighting Technology Group in the Engineering Laboratory at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, where he assisted in many areas of

research and development. One of his primary duties as part of the Fire Modeling Group was to establishing modern best practices for FDS and Smokeview (SMV) code development, distribution, archiving, and bug reporting.

As the FDS and Smokeview community manager, he assembled a cohesive collaboration and communication platform to improve developer and support communication between the core development team and users of the FDS-SMV software package. In addition, as a part of the simulation and reconstruction of actual fire incidents process, he specialized in acquiring and generating geometry, materials, and ignition properties, creating input for fire models, and conducting parametric studies of ignition location, ventilation, and material flammability for specific scenarios. Prior to working at NIST, Klein was employed at Western Fire Center, where among other duties, he frequently served as an expert witness and provided litigation support.


 Don’t miss this opportunity to gain valuable professional development on-site in a NIST laboratory!

SFPE’s Advanced Fire Dynamics Simulator and Smokeview workshop includes module lectures and workshops — taught by the actual software designers — where attendees work on example problems in a unique hands-on environment.

Learning by doing is best! Only 9 spots remain in this workshop, so please register as soon as possible.

FOR BEST PRICING, REGISTER BY: Friday, October 27, 2017 by 5 PM.


This 4-day hands-on workshop will cover advanced techniques in FDS modeling and Smokeview visualization and includes a significant update on the previous workshop.

Each topic module is comprised of a lecture and a workshop in which the student works example problems on their personal laptop computer. It will also include an introduction to PyroSim with the option to complete each module example using FDS or PyroSim.

Here is just some of the value you can expect from the workshop this year:

  • 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

As leaders in engineering a fire safe world, SFPE's responsibility is to offer our professional community the best opportunities to advance their learning and better serve customers.

Corporate 100 Visionaries

About Us

© 2019 SFPE | All Rights Reserved
Privacy Policy