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SFPE Webinar Series

With SFPE webinars you can earn Professional Development Hours (PDH) credits: an exclusive series of online technical webinars focused on helping SFPE members and non-members strengthen professional skills and stay on top of industry trends. Professional expert speakers will lead the webinars, highlighting top technical content that is essential for keeping your skills up to par.

Earning Professional Development Hours (PDHs) are only granted to individuals who have registered through the GoToWebinar and attend the live webinar and are logged in for 50 minutes longer. Group participation will not be awarded PDHs.

Upcoming Webinars

SFPE webinars are live, interactive sessions that connect you to experts discussing a variety of topics designed to keep you on top of industry trends. Recordings of previous webinars can be accessed Webinars on Demand

SFPE members can participate in as many webinars as you'd like, as well as the ability to earn 1 PDH per webinar.  You can sign up by clicking the "Register here" below.

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Fires and Urban Growth – A South African Case Study

Date: Monday, April 6, 2020 

Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT | 3:00 PM GMT - 4:00 PM GMT

Presented by: David Rush, Lecturer in Structural Engineering, University of Edinburgh

Fires in lower- middle- income countries account for 95% of the estimated 150,000 annual deaths around the world, and cause large levels of morbidity with over 10M Disability Adjusted Life Years lost each year. Fires in LMICs can be very large with hundreds, if not thousands, of homes being destroyed in single fire event. These large urban conflagrations predominantly occur in informal settlements (slums/shanty towns) which are typified by the construction of homes using flammable construction material, potentially densely packed, with limited access routes and limited access to water.

This presentation will highlight the global context of the urban fire problem including those who are most at risk, and then turn the focus on the city of Cape Town as a case study and the research findings that the IRIS-Fire team have so far determined, focusing on survey findings, experimental results and the settlement level mapping of risks.

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How is COVID-19 Affecting Fire Protection Engineering?

Date: Tuesday, April 7, 2020 

Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT | 3:00 PM GMT - 4:00 PM GMT

Presented by: Michael Crowley, SFPE President, PE, FSFPE, Jensen Hughes; Carl Baldassarra, PE, FSFPE, WJE;  Deborah Boice, PE, FSFPE, Swiss Re - Corporate Solutions; Ray Grill, PE, FSFPE, ARUP; Deborah Shaner, FPE, Shaner Life Society 

All over the world, people are seeing the impact of the Covid-19 Pandemic on everyday life. We at SFPE are thinking about how this event is already impacting our field, as well as what challenges the future holds, and want to hear from you.  Please join our community forum at www.sfpe.org/members/dashboard.aspx to share your thoughts and the impacts you are seeing on the field as well as what impacts we can expect on the field of fire protection engineering in the future.  By sharing our knowledge, we can help everyone in our industry continue the valuable work we do and hopefully find some solutions to the problems we are about to face.  

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How to Prevent Thermal Runaway in Lithium Ion Batteries

Date: Wednesday, April 15, 2020

Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT | 3:00 PM GMT - 4:00 PM GMT

Presented by: William Sudah, M.B.A, Mechanical Engineer, Xtralis

Lithium Ion batteries have revolutionized our lives and, today are being used in almost all electronics due to their high-energy density, specifically in energy storage facilities. As they’re becoming more economical, data centers are being designed and converted to Lithium ion batteries. But recent battery explosions have demonstrated how dangerous they can be.

This webinar will explain the four stages of battery failure and how to prevent a thermal runaway with proper “Advanced Detection” at the right stage of failure. It will also address why conventional gas detection will not prevent thermal runaway and address best design and layout practices as well as sequence of operation. Lithium Ion batteries are safe once they’re understood!

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Solving for ‘Why?’ - Grenfell Tower 3 Years On…

Date: Monday, April 20, 2020 

Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT | 3:00 PM GMT - 4:00 PM GMT

Presented by: Neil Gibbons, Nicholos Ozog, P.E., Dan Lemieux

The tragedy at Grenfell Tower in the summer of 2017 was, quite literally, a wake-up call for all of us who gathered early that morning at Southbank Centre in London for a symposium on building physics and conservation.  What we saw unfolding before us was, sadly, immediately recognizable - another building engulfed in flames in a pattern all too reminiscent of the Address hotel fire in Dubai and so many other high-rise buildings around the world over the past two decades.

Public outcry was understandable and swift: Why did this happen? Who is responsible? What can be done? As human beings, we mourn those who were lost and feel deeply for those left behind who continue to grieve and now turn to us - architects, engineers and fire science specialists - for answers. Problem-solving is familiar territory for us. Solving for ‘Why?’ is the assignment we have been given…

This presentation will explore the issues and events that have influenced design, construction and product development over the past half-century and the unintended consequences of that history through the lens of exterior cladding and fire protection. After debating the regulatory reforms currently under consideration in the UK in response to Grenfell Tower, we will introduce Building Enclosure Commissioning as an enforceable administrative framework and cost-effective means to reconcile sustainability, cost and risk in our built environment.

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PoE, A Digital Extension Of Architectural And Engineering Evolution: An Overview Of Tentative Applications On Fire

Date: Monday, April 27, 2020

Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT | 3:00 PM GMT - 4:00 PM GMT

Presented by: Ernesto Vega, Senior Manager Opportunities Development, IEEE Standards Association

As there is a constant search for advancing technology for the benefit of humanity, society now lives through the lens of technology, advancing applications to better serve occupants and to better protect lives, properties and function critical equipment and operations; a paramount of fire protection engineers. In this case, a multi-criteria approach has been taken to develop wide-ranging guides when considering Power over Ethernet (PoE) technologies on fire alarm systems. Technical provisions from multiple Standards are used to evaluate a diverse spectrum of possibilities, and a few case scenarios are discussed.


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PE Licensure - How and Why? 

Date: Monday, May 4, 2020

Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT | 3:00 PM GMT - 4:00 PM GMT

Presented by: Kevin M. Black, Senior Consulting Engineer, Simpson Gumpertz & Heger (SGH)

Have you ever though about getting your PE, or had someone else recommend it to you? Are you curious about how to go through the steps or anxious that it seems like too much work? Are you unsure why it's even important or if it's required for your job? Well, come and tune into this webinar!

This webinar will give detailed explanation of why people working in the engineering industry sit for the PE exam in order to become a licensed professional. it will talk about the steps involved, like taking the Fundamentals of Engineering Exam first, creating an account and registering with NCEES, and the required credentials you need in order to sit for the exam. You'll also get a chance to ask questions to some licensed professionals.  

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A Framework for Fire Safety in Informal Settlements

Date: Monday, May 18, 2020 

Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT | 3:00 PM GMT - 4:00 PM GMT

Presented by: Danielle Antonellis, Senior Engineer, Arup

Behind the headlines of conflicts, natural disasters and a rapidly urbanising world, is the parallel story of the growth of informal settlements. Over a billion people live in slums, refugee camps and internally displaced persons camps. When these unplanned and often densely populated areas are hit by a fire, thousands may be affected. There is an urgent need for informal settlement communities to build fire resilience – that is, to improve their ability to survive, adapt and thrive in the face of fire. We developed A Framework for Fire Safety in Informal Settlements to facilitate collaboration and alignment of global fire risk reduction efforts. This framework provides a structured way for stakeholders to engage with the challenge and supports holistic consideration of fire risk reduction for global informal settlements.

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Evacuation Strategies in an Office Building: How a PBD Approach Guarantees an Acceptable Safety Level

Date: Monday, June 8, 2020 

Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT | 3:00 PM GMT - 4:00 PM GMT

Presented by: Matteo Pugnalin, Performance Based Design Manager, Guidi & Partners S.r.l

One of the most important challenge for modern Engineers is to re-use existing buildings that often also have an historical value and cannot easily modified. In this landscape, Fire Engineers need to guarantee a safety level equal or greater than that of new building one.
Prescriptive codes usually refer to new building and do not take in to account existing ones where it is not easy modify layout and materials, especially if an historical restriction is present.

In this abstract, a real case is analyzed, concerning the adjustment of a public office building to Italian Fire Prevention requirements. The respect of prescriptive codes is not totally compliance and so performance based design (PBD) solutions are required.

Principal critical points regard the egress routes; Italian Fire Code [1] requires at least two emergency stairs that connect every floor, but, in the case study, it is not possible to satisfy this prescription. Historical restrictions do not permit to realize an additional emergency stair. Possible solutions to this problem are two: to change the kind of activity inside the building (intended use, occupant typology, people density, etc.) or to switch from a prescriptive approach to a performance based design one (admitted in Italian Fire Code)

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Imaging Through Fire Using Narrow Spectrum Illumination

Date: Monday, August 17, 2020 

Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT | 3:00 PM GMT - 4:00 PM GMT

Presented by: Matthew Hoehler, Research Structural Engineer, NIST; Christopher Smith, Senior Engineer, Berkshire Hathaway Specialty Insurance

This presentation will present a simple and inexpensive method to enhance visibility through flames that allows new opportunities to perform optical metrology in fires. The method combines narrow-spectrum (blue) illumination and matched optical filters to reduce the influence of optical emissions from flames. Compared to white light, the required illumination to detect objects engulfed in flames with this method is reduced approximately four orders of magnitude. After we describe the method words, select applications of the method to a variety of fire experiments will be presented. 

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Promoting Growth While Regulating High Density Development

Date: Monday,October 12, 2020

Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT | 3:00 PM GMT - 4:00 PM GMT

Presented by: Jeremy L. McDonald, P.E, Senior Engineer, City of San Antonio & Yungwei Tang, P.E, Senior Engineer, City of San Antonio

The City of San Antonio, a historically low density population city, is one of the fastest growing cities in the country. With an estimated increase of close to 1 million new citizens in a twenty year period, the city is developing new regulatory approaches to better serve its current and future citizens while promoting development and ensuring sound engineering practices. The Building Official and Fire Marshal’s office have implemented multiple new policies to help San Antonio become a developer friendly city while maintaining the safety, energy efficiency, and sustainability required per the adopted codes. This is demonstrated in three case studies highlighting fire safety challenges faced in projects located in downtown San Antonio. The regulatory approaches used by San Antonio, while unique to the challenges faced by its development needs, can be utilized in many building departments across the country.

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Quantifying Vent Gas Production in Lithium-Ion Batteries

Date: Monday, November 9, 2020 

Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT | 3:00 PM GMT - 4:00 PM GMT

Presented by: Robert Kennedy, Graduate Research Assistant, University of Texas at Austin Fire Research Group

This presentation shows methods for measuring the gas release. Pressure vessel experiments with pouch cells were conducted to understand the total and rate of release of vent gas from varying cell capacities, chemistries, and SOCs. Cell arrays were used to understand how the vent gas production evolves as the failure event propagates. This determined how the changing environment in which a cell fails influences the resulting gas production. The calculated rate from the experiments was tested using a CFD model for the vessel to understand the measurements taken as they correspond to the calculated volume production.

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Impact of Ventilation on Fire Patterns in Full-Scale Structure

Date: Monday, December 7, 2020 

Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM EDT | 3:00 PM GMT - 4:00 PM GMT

Presented by: Daniel Madrzykowski, Research Engineer, UL LLC

Changes in home construction materials, contents, and geometry have resulted in changes on the fire scene.  Today, structure fires are predominantly fueled by synthetic fuels and commonly become ventilation-controlled.  How and where the fire receives oxygen impacts the fire dynamics and resulting fire patterns.  This presentation will include videos, photos, and data from full-scale fire experiments conducted at the UL Large Fire Laboratory.   A one-story and a two-story structure were used for the experiments.  The test scenarios ranged from room fires with no exterior ventilation, to room fires with flow paths that connected the fires with remote intake and exhaust vents throughout the structures.  Elevated fires were also examined.  This project was supported by a grant from the U.S. DoJ NIJ.  A tour of the UL FSRI fire investigation web sub-domain will show attendees how to access training, Xplorlabs, and the resulting data from this study. 

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