This two-day course focuses on the computational methods used to implement a performancebased design approach to fire alarm design problems. It includes a review of fire dynamics,
computational methods for predicting initiating device response and computational methods for
predicting the efficacy of both visible and audible occupant notification. Participants will solve a
number of design problems during the course.
Upon completion of this course participants will be able to:
- Illustrate basic familiarity with the computational methods.
- Understand the zone and CFD modeling approaches used to simulate fire phenomena.
- Develop analytical skills for verification and validation of simulation results from fire
- Understand how to predict fire alarm system performance in the context of both
prescriptive design and performance-based design.
- Distinguish current technologies associated with fire alarm and detection systems.
- Review engineering tools to assess the performance of smoke management systems and
fire detection and alarm systems.
- Know the National Fire Alarm code NFPA 72.
Successful completion of the SFPE Advanced Fire Alarm System Design Seminar -Session I
FPEs, Architectural, civil, structural, mechanical and electrical engineers engaged in the design
of buildings and related infrastructure.
Student should bring their copies of NFPA 72- National Fire Alarm Code; NFPA 101- Life
Safety Code and a scientific calculator.
Participants will be assessed via a written exam upon completion of the course. A passing score
of 70% will be required to obtain a Certificate of Completion.