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Submit Your Presentation Abstract for the 2018 North America Conference & Expo

Friday, January 26, 2018   (0 Comments)
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SFPE is accepting presentation abstracts for the 2018 North America Conference & Expo, October 28-30, 2018 at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel, Nashville, Tennessee. The theme of the conference is Gaining Ground on Global Fire Protection and the event will showcase advanced and cutting-edge practices in fire protection engineering used to protect people, property and the environment from fire. 

We invite you to share your expertise on the advances in fire protection engineering by submitting a presentation abstract today. Presentation abstracts should provide sufficient detail regarding scope, results and applications to determine the quality and applicability of the engineering concepts that would be presented. References, where applicable, should be included. Presentations will be 20 minutes in length with 5 minutes for Q&A and must be noncommercial.

For 2018, the conference program committee has developed the following list of topics that we would like this year’s program to include. Please consider these topics as you prepare your abstract, and forward to peers who may be interested in presenting on one of these topics.


  • Insulated façade systems
  • Building envelope
  • Fire resistant building materials
  • Tall Wood Buildings
  • Whole building design
  • Regulatory impact
  • Historic preservation
  • BIM
  • Contract documents
  • Liability

Fire Service

  • Operations and management
  • Emergency Responder
  • Health and Safety
  • Threats and vulnerabilities
  • Wellness
  • Response to Large Industrial Fires



  • Accident reconstruction
  • Construction analysis
  • System failures- commercial/ residential
  • Laboratory experimentation and research
  • 3D Laser Scanning
  • CFD and FEA computer modeling


  • Hospitals
  • Healthcare Facilities
  • Codes and Standards
  • Risk-based concepts
  • Designing fire and life safety systems
  • Technological advances in ECS
  • Accessibility/ADA Compliance



  • Manufacturing
  • Automotive
  • Forest Products (Paper Mills, Saw Mills, Woodland Forestry Practices
  • Construction
  • Building systems
  • Dynamic Wayfinding
  • Technology
  • Global Impact

New Technology

  • Software
  • Modeling
  • Drone Applications
  • Photogrammetry
  • RFID
  • Sensors
  • Monitoring Technologies



  • Disasters (earthquake, wind, flood, fire)
  • Post disaster reconnaissance
  • Building and fire codes
  • National Earthquake Hazard Reduction Program (NEHIRP/NIST)
  • Wildland-Urban Interface (WUI) National Windstorm Impact Reduction Program (NWIRP/NIST)
  • Economic Decision Guide Software (EDGe$) NIST

Deadline for abstract submission is March 21, 2018. The application can be downloaded here. Please send completed abstracts to Kendall Talbert and include “2018 Conference & Expo Abstract” in the subject line of the email.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact Victoria Valentine

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