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Techniques for Forensic Analysis of Fires- Case studies

The analysis of fires to determine fire cause and account for the physical evidence as well as accounts of what transpired leading up to and during the fire event has often relied on experience and known patterns of fire behaviour for various types of fires. Over the last 20 years the use of fire science and investigation techniques have developed to the point thatanalysis of large fires relies increasingly on correlation of the predicted fire behaviour with the actual observed or recorded information from witnesses, responding agencies such as the fire service etc.

Peter Senez and others from the Sereca fire team will present an overview of these techniques illustrated by actual examples taken from real cases.

A future session may be held should there be further interest in the application of CFD modelling to support complex investigations where replication of fire behaviour in particular cases is possible.

Date: February 18, 2014
Time: Registration and Reception 5:30pm
Location: False Creek Yacht Club (1661 Granville Street)
Cost: Members - $30; Non-members $35. Please bring cash or a cheque payable to BC Society of Fire Protection Engineers to cover the cost of dinner.
Registration Deadline: February 14, 2014

Free parking is available in the Yacht Club parking lot.

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Tuesday, February 18, 2014 - 17:30
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The APEBC Guide to FPE Practice in BC - Paving the Way to Future FPE Practice

The Association of Professional Engineers of BC (APEGBC) recently published the Guidelines for Fire protection Engineering Services for Building Projects.

The publication of this guide is as a result of efforts by the
Building Code Committee of APEGBC and those fire protection engineers who spent over a decade contributing to various constituent sections. Bob Heikkila will make a joint presentation with Murray Johnson overviewing the guide to practice and presenting details that will highlight the key requirements relevant to FPEs, fire protection contractors and other engineers. Final format for the presentation may change.

All FPEs, sprinkler contractors, specialist designers, building officials, CPs and other interested parties are asked to attend.

A brief overview and follow up discussion will follow on the new Surrey Assurance of Independent Fire Suppression Systems Design Concept Review.

Date: December 3, 2013
Time: Registration and Reception 5:30pm
Location: False Creek Yacht Club (1661 Granville Street)
Cost: Members - $30; Non-members $35. Please bring cash or a cheque payable to BC Society of Fire Protection Engineers to cover the cost of dinner.
Registration Deadline: November 29, 2013

Free parking is available in the Yacht Club parking lot.

 

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Tuesday, December 3, 2013 - 17:30
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Fire Protection Challenges and Solutions in Rail and Road Tunnels by Jack Mawhinney

Jack Mawhinney of Hughes and Associates in Baltimore, Maryland will present
the season's opening presentation on: Fire Protection Challenges and
Solutions in Rail and Road Tunnels. Jack has an international reputation as
a fire protection engineer- partly as a result of his work on water mist
systems. He has done much to further the cause of fire research and its
application to difficult design problems.

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Tuesday, September 10, 2013 - 17:30
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Recent Changes and Trends in NFPA 13 Presented by Alex Hoffman P. Eng

An understanding of automatic sprinkler requirements is fundamental to professional practice in fire protection engineering and code consultancy. References in building codes run significantly behind the current version of NFPA 13: the current reference in the Vancouver building bylaw is the 1999 version of the standard. The building code sets out the minimum standard but the ‘duty of care’ demands knowledge of the latest version and any changes that may affect fire and life safety. A number of legal decisions have supported this position.

 The presentation will provide an overview of recent changes in the standard and how these will impact professional practice now and into the future.

 

 Aleksandar Hoffman P.Eng is the Regional Manager of Viking Fire and a member of the NFPA 13 committee.

Date:  June 18, 2013
Time:  Registration and Reception 5:30pm
Location:  False Creek Yacht Club (1661 Granville Street)
Cost:  $25 Please bring cash or a cheque payable to BC Society of Fire Protection Engineers to cover the cost of dinner.
Registration Deadline:  June 14, 2013

Free parking is available in the Yacht Club parking lot.

 

Start date: 
Tuesday, June 18, 2013 - 17:30
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Challenges and Strategies for Alternative Solutions: the Regulatory versus Consultant’s approach: are they irreconcilable??

Bob Heikkila, Vice president of SFPE BC and principal of CFT Engineering will be the panel moderator.

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Tuesday, April 30, 2013 - 17:30
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