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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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Design and Future Trends of High-Rise Residential Towers – A Comparison Between UK and German Regulations

Date: Monday, November 25, 2019

Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Eastern Time; 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM CEST

Presented by: Karl Wallasch, Dipl.-Ing., CEng

High-rise residential towers are becoming more common globally. Traditional fire safety codes do not address specific fire safety concerns for tall and super tall buildings. Some code development has taken place to address residential buildings with height of more than 30m or 50m.

The practical application and development of fire safety strategies for high-rise residential towers often require the use of modern fire engineering techniques.

This presentation will outline basic guidance applicable for high-rise residential towers in the U.K. and Germany. A comparison of the different fire safety philosophies between both countries will be made to show different approaches taken based on the same case study. This includes comparison of evacuation strategy, compartmentalization, compartment sizes, internal fire spread, fire brigade access and facilities, fire safety systems etc. The presentation includes furthermore highlighting of possible future trends in the design of fire safety strategies for high-rise residential towers.

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Deluge and Preaction Systems - Introduction, Characteristics and Applications

Date: Wednesday, December 4, 2019

Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 Eastern Time

Presented by: Gijsbert van Rooijen, Global Product Manager, JCI & Troy Wiltbank, Business Development Manager, JCI

This presentation will outline basic guidance applicable for high-rise residential towers in the U.K. and Germany. A comparison of the difference fire safety philosophies between both countries will be made to show different approaches taken based on the same case study. This includes comparison of evacuation strategy, compartmentalization, compartment sizes, internal fire spread, fire brigade access and facilities, fire safety systems etc. The presentation includes furthermore highlighting of possible future trends in the design of fire safety strategies for high-rise residential towers.

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Performance Based Design Of Fire Safety In High-Rise Timber Building

Date: Monday, December 9, 2019

Time: 10:00 AM - 11:00 AM Eastern Time; 04:00 PM - 05:00 PM CEST

Presented by: Robert Jonsson, FSFPE, Senior Advisor, SWECO AB & Carl Pettersson, Senior Fire Engineer, RED Fire Engineers

The construction of an engineered timber building creates many fire safety challenges.

In a timber building, intensive fire scenarios can be expected if timber is being exposed in floors, walls or ceilings. This is also to be expected where protective layers are lost, and timber becomes exposed at a later stage in a fire scenario. De-lamination of laminated timber layers with secondary flash-over fire scenarios will have a serious impact on the structural redundancy of the loadbearing structures which will be exposed to more challenging fires than in a traditional high-rise building if the fire is not suppressed in its early stages.

If self-extinguishment of a fully developed fire is not addressed in the design, the building will be reliant on fire brigade intervention to mitigate the collapse of the building. High-rise buildings pose more challenges for the fire brigade and thus fire brigade intervention should not be relied upon in a robust design.

The fire safety in high-rise timber buildings is complicated and need a holistic risk assessment to address the many complexities. There are also many uncertainties in the fire dynamics and behavior of the material in the structure which must be addressed to meet an acceptable level of safety.

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Oxygen Reduction System for Automated Deep Freeze Warehouse – A Case Study

Date: Monday, January 13th, 2020 

Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 Eastern Time

Presented by: Florian Buchner, Regional Sales Manager, WAGNER Fire Safety Inc.

The presentation will focus on the usage and benefits of Oxygen Reduction Systems in automated cold storages by a case study of WAGNER and NewCold. NewCold, a leader in operating highly automated cold storages for food companies worldwide, realized the second low-oxygen and fully automated high-bay freezer in Tacoma, WA. The WAGNER Group is leading manufacturer of ORS systems in Europe and preferred supplier for NewCold.

The new facility in Tacoma with a volume at approximately 25 million cubic feet and a storage capacity of 103,000 pallet positions is one of the largest in the U.S., fully automated with vertical design processes housed within a low oxygen environment. All in all, this 150,000-sf high bay warehouse replaces the need for a facility the size of nearly 600,000 sf on a traditional warehouse footprint, a reduction of nearly 75 % for warehouse space alone.

This is accomplished by the combination of a low oxygen environment and automated processes, which leads to reduced energy costs, reduced fire risks, reduced dead space within the building, and reduced land use. The new facility goes far beyond high-bay solutions introduced in the U.S. in the past years and makes it possible to offer customers a sustainable solution with lower operating costs of energy and personnel.

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Probabilistic Fire Risk Analysis in An Automated Intensive Warehouse: A Difference Approach to Fire Safety

Date: Monday, February 10, 2020 

Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 Eastern Time

Presented by: Matteo Pugnalin, Performance Based Design Manager, Guidi & Partners

An unusual approach to fire safety in automated warehouses that analyzes the real fire risk with a scientific and probabilistic method. This study can be replaced in similar activities and could be an useful point of view for other fire designer. The new technologies permit to improve not only fire protection systems but also fire prevention measures with a sensibly reduction of the probability of fire.

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Fires and Urban Gowth – A South African Case Study

Date: Monday, April 6th, 2020 

Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 Eastern Time

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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A Framework for Fire Safety in Informal Settlements

Date: Monday, May 18th, 2020 

Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 Eastern Time

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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Promoting Growth While Regulating High Density Development

Date: October 2020 (date TBA)

Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 Eastern Time

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 9th, 2020 

Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 Eastern Time

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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