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Conference Keynote Professor Guillermo Rein to Offer Insight On Forecasting Fire Dynamics

Friday, March 1, 2019  
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Professor Guillermo Rein, Imperial College London, will provide his insights on “Forecasting Fire Dynamics: When Smart Buildings Help Fire Commanders” as the keynote speaker at the 3rd SFPE Europe Conference on Fire Safety Engineering, to be held 22–23 May 2019 in Málaga, Spain. The conference is hosted by the SFPE Spanish Chapter with support from SFPE European Chapters.

Rein was inspired to discuss this topic because, he says, “Humans have always been fascinated with seeing the future of an evolving system (for example, astronomy, weather, GPS navigation), and the science underpinning FPE is now mature enough that we can try to use it to foresee where a fire will be in 10 or 30 minutes’ time.”

Smart buildings, or “what is called ‘smart firefighting,’” are the future of fire protection, Rein says, requiring critical changes in forecasting fire dynamics. “The faster we adopt smart technologies, the faster we will be able to foresee fire growth and let the building help the fire service and FPE,” he said.

Smart firefighting is one of the newest concepts for the discipline. The fire detection and alarm sector has been an early industry adopter, but “that is the tip of the iceberg and much more is expected to arrive in the future.”

Rein sees the biggest challenge in fire dynamics is that “our fire models are way too slow and far from accurate enough. This means we depend more than other fields, such as sensor technology and on artificial intelligence, to make fast and useful predictions.”

The best way for forecasting fire dynamics to make a substantial difference in the industry is by leading to “a paradigm shift in the response to fire emergencies, providing the fire service with essential information about smoke propagation and flame spread ahead of time (i.e., minutes before it happens). Providing this fire information before it actually happens would have a positive effect on fire service efficiency and safety, which would save human lives and mitigate property losses and environmental damage. Fire safety engineers can advance fire dynamics by embracing new technologies, pushing the frontiers of knowledge and rewarding innovation” Rein says.

Attending this year’s Europe Conference in Málaga is important because not only does it promise to be “the most-important European event to date in FSE,” Rein says, but it also will offer “a beautiful city, great weather and best speakers in the field. Do not miss this event!”

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