Welcome to the Web page for the British Columbia Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers. This webpage is for members of the chapter and for those interested in fire protection engineering in British Columbia.
Designs of conventional open solid fuel burning fire places vary; these devices are primitive in terms of efficiency and heat transfer and comfort and result in negative impacts to local air quality, yet remain widely in use. The majority of municipalities will no longer permit the construction of these primitive heating devices.
Fire Protection and Loss Control in Power Generation Facilities:
Power generation facilities vary significantly depending on the mode of Power Generation. For instance, they may be nuclear, hydro-electric, steam powered turbo-generators or wind or tide powered with or without interconnection with private and public utility grids. A combination of facilities is relatively common on large sites.
The mechanisms for upgrading buildings have developed significantly
over the last 20 years- particularly in the City of Vancouver. While the
current guidance for upgrading buildings is more definitive and intended
to be flexible, the individual characteristics of historic and other existing
buildings often require a bespoke i.e. customized-strategy to be
developed. The perception in the development and design community is
that it is more difficult to upgrade existing structures; certain
professionals and others may have perceptions about the level of
The provincial push for exploration and development of natural gas in British Columbia requires significant investment in liquefied natural gas (LNG). The hazards of liquefied natural gas are well documented but the extraction, processing and storage hazards as well as fire prevention and fire protection of LNG facilities require careful analysis and engineering judgement.
Don Delcourt of Jensen Hughes Consulting Canada will present an overview of Liquefied Natural Gas plants, LNG properties, LNG plant hazards, fire & explosion risks and typical mitigation measures. He was involved in a three year project with BC Hydro to determine the fire & explosion risks, and major fire protection upgrades to the Tilbury Island LNG plant before it was sold to BC Gas/Terasen/FortisBC's. Don will also provide lessons learned on our current approach to risk assessment and deterministic gas modeling.