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Will We See You at the 2018 SFPE Annual Conference & Expo?

Monday, July 23, 2018  
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If you’re not already registered...what are you waiting for? The 2018 SFPE Annual Conference & Expo is THE source for technical information, research, networking and industry developments impacting fire protection engineers, fire safety engineers, fire engineers and allied professionals. This year’s theme is Gaining Ground in Global Fire Protection Engineering and will take place October 28-30 at the Renaissance Nashville Hotel, Nashville Tennessee. Don’t be left out, come join your colleagues and other leading professionals as we gather for a great technical program addressing a variety of timely and interesting topics, along with our Annual Business Meeting and Chapter Leadership Forum.

Registration & Hotel

It is strongly encouraged that you register by August 31 to take advantage of the early bird discount of $200 off the regular conference fee. In addition, SFPE is in the heart of downtown at the Renaissance Hotel. Secure your hotel room before the limited room block sells out.

Educational Seminars

Check out the fantastic lineup of technical presentations already scheduled for the conference, as well as the educational seminars being offered on Wednesday - Friday, October 31 – November 2. The seminars offer an exceptional opportunity to optimize your educational experience, expand your knowledge base, and earn up to 21 additional professional development hours (PDHs). Educational seminars to be offered include:

  • Advanced Fire Dynamics Simulator - This two-day seminar will cover advanced techniques in Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS) visualization. Each topic module includes a lecture and a workshop in which the student works example problems on their personal laptop computer. This seminar is a significant update of the previous seminar. It will include an introduction to PyroSim with the option to complete each module example using FDS or PyroSim.

  • Application of Fire Risk Assessment - 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.

  • Fire Sprinkler Design for Engineers - This three-day course is based on the 2016 editions of NFPA 13 and 20 standards. The seminar is designed to provide participants with the tools needed to design fire sprinkler systems in accordance with building and fire codes. The three-day seminar covers introductory aspects that are essential for engineers, designers, and AHJ’s who are new, or need a 2016 update/refresher, to sprinkler system design, classification of the hazards and commodities to be protected, water supplies, fire pumps, confirmation of the hydraulic data and preliminary hydraulic design, and preparation of design documentation. In addition, more advanced topics such as application of new technologies, protection of high-piled storage, and computer generated hydraulic calculations is also included.

  • Principles of Fire Protection Engineering - 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 seminar 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.



Exhibiting at the SFPE Annual Conference & Expo gives you direct access to the FPEs responsible for specifying and designing fire protection and suppression systems. Don't miss out on this opportunity to grow your business within this market. Last year was a sold out show and we are ahead this year with 32 exhibitors already signed up. Spaces are selling our quickly, so don’t delay--contact Brian Marks, Media and Event Sales at or 410-316-9855.

  • 3M Company
  • AGF Manufacturing
  • BlazeMaster
  • C-Aire Compressors
  • Clarke Fire Protection Products
  • Comtran Cable
  • Denios, Inc.
  • Duravent/ Security Chimneys
  • Eaton - Fire Pump Controllers
  • FFE Limited
  • FireFlex Sysytems Inc.
  • Fire Tech Productions, Inc.
  • Flexhead Industries
  • FM Global
  • Globe Fire Sprinkler Corp.
  • Hydratec, Inc.
  • International Code Council
  • Institute for Building Technology and Safety (IBTS)
  • JOB Thermobulbs Gmbh
  • Keltron Corporation
  • Mircom
  • Protectowire Fire Systems
  • Reliable Automatic Sprinkler Co., Inc.
  • Sabalcore Computing Inc.
  • Senju Sprinkler
  • Siemens
  • South-Tek Systems
  • Spears Manufacturing Company
  • SPP Pumps
  • Springer Nature
  • The Metraflex Company
  • Victualic
  • Viking Corporation
  • Wagner Fire Solutions
  • Willseal LLC

Students, academics, corporations, and research industry groups, want your research to be noticed? SFPE is excited to present a research poster sessions in the Expo area. Poster submission deadline is July 31.

We hope you’ll join us in Nashville for what promises to be one of the biggest Annual Conference & Expos ever!












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