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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.


Advanced Detection Using Video Analytics and Integration with Other Technologies

Date: Wednesday, September 25, 2019

Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 PM Eastern Time;

Presented by: Rick Jeffress ARM, CET, CFPS, Director of Business Development, Fike Corporation

Significant progress in computer processing, video imaging devices and video analytics provide a prolific context for new methods of flame, smoke and atmospheric oil mist detection.

Video analytics for fire detection identify flame, smoke, oil mist, reflected flame and motion events based on patterns of movement through video analysis of monitored environments. Detection methods may be of the listed/approved type or supplemental using server based analytics to monitor off the shelf IP cameras.

New IR3 and UV/IR flame detectors include embedded IP cameras, allowing server based analytics to also monitor for oil mist, reflected flame, smoke and motion virtually with a single device. The reflected flame algorithm supplements radiant energy detectors that require line of sight to flame. Live/recorded video is also available from environments that would normally require a specially rated camera or housing.

This presentation will provide an overview of video analytics detection technology, how to apply in various hazards as well as considerations to avoid false alarms and allow earliest detection with available settings. Integration of video analytics with IP cameras available with flame and thermal radiometry systems offers multiple methods of detection, allowing earlier detection, possibly prior to fire or explosion.

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Intelligent Egress in a Historical Building

Date: Monday, October 7, 2019

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

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

The “adaptive reuse” of the building heritage should be linked to an adequate response to needs of people who use the spaces itself, in terms of functionality. Since the historical buildings are protected sites it is often impossible to modify the internal layout in order to achieve the requirements imposed by the prescriptive rules. In these cases, the performance-based design techniques seem to be the only approach able to ensure both heritage preservation and safety of the occupants.

This paper aims to show the approach used to ensure the Life Safety in an Italian Villa belonging to old nobility that has been chosen to be reused as University building. The main features of the performance-based design will be presented in the following paper. In particular, the analysis of the human wayfinding has led to develop new strategies for the evacuation in emergencies. In particular, the Intelligent Active Dynamic Signage System has been considered to redirect people, indicating the viable and non-viable exits, depending on the position of the fire source identified by the automatic detection system. These solutions have a low impact on the building since they do not need any layout modifications.

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Competency Webinar

Date: Tuesday, October 8, 2019

Time: 11:00 AM - 12:00 EST

Presented by: James Basset, FPE, Safe T. Swiss; Benjamin L. Brooks, PE, CPD

SFPE released the Recommended Minimum Technical Core Competencies for the Practice of Fire Protection Engineering in December 2018.  The document was created in order to identify the minimum working knowledge and skill areas SFPE recommends a person have in order to be considered a competent fire protection/fire safety engineer. This body of knowledge is built of both education and experience in fire protection engineering.  This program will review the content of the document, the intent behind the core competencies and recommended uses for this information.  

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Structural Performance and Particularities of Multi-Story Intermodal Steel Container Structures at Elevated Temperatures

Date: Monday, October 21, 2019

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

Presented by: Felipe Herrera, BSc MSc MSFPE AIFireE, Principal Fire Engineer, Trenton Fire Ltd.

Within current sustainability drivers, intermodal steel buildings are in demand for permanent multi-story structures to be used for sleeping accommodation and other uses, too. The structural framing of these buildings involves typical arrangements which are centered on steel container box modules. Similarly, the internal fire compartmentalization design, as well as the passive fire protection to the steel structure also have the potential to be designed following typical solutions.

This presentation studies the structural design of a multi-story residential building constructed with intermodal steel container modules connected vertically and horizontally to each other. Given the particularities of the building structural system, different results show that fire engineers need to be careful about the way these types of structures are designed and fire protected. Structural engineers also need to be aware that design details that bring benefits to the robustness of these types of structures at normal ambient conditions could bring unfavorable situations at elevated temperatures. This is concluded as a result of a performance-based analysis carried out, where even when structural elements are fire protected to a high degree, the interactions and the restrains created by the structural system could create local element failure, or more significant failures, too.

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Crowd Management and Control - Case Study For a Stadium Using Pedestrian Dynamics® Software

Date: Monday, November 11, 2019

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

Presented by: Maria Lappano, Risk Analyst, Tesca S.r.l.

Crowd safety is an important issue when organizing a large-scale event. The role played by management is crucial in ensuring safety of participants. Due to the increase of leisure massive events, safety of spectators has become an important matter to consider while planning these events.

In the present work, we study the characteristics and movements of crowds in different environments (e.g. stadiums, stations, airport etc.), then we analyse the specific characteristics of crowd egressing from a stadium. Finally, a specific case study applied on a sport stadium is investigated using Pedestrian Dynamics® software. In this case study, the impact of some design variations and different evacuation strategies are compared by investigating the egress time and the congestion points to evaluate the evacuation performance of different planning solutions.

A stadium has been chosen since it has peculiar characteristics from an occupant viewpoint. Stadia are one of the most populated assembly occupancies for crowd gathering and they need a good management to guarantee occupancies safety. We run several the simulations to forecast of crowd evacuations and ingress/egress flows. Those simulations are used to propose a more rational and safe evacuation guidance policy for this arena.

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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, Technical Director, Fire Engineering, Hoare Lea

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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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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