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Fire testing

Findings and insights from mass timber fire safety experiments


This presentation summarizes and reviews Dr Wiesner’s fire safety engineering research on mass engineered timber. Multiple large scale compartment fire tests are presented alongside laboratory scale results to highlight findings on fire dynamics in compartments with exposed timber and its structural fire performance. In addition, this talk will give some insight into the behind-the-scenes preparations, decisions and concerns that were addressed to successfully design, build and execute these experiments.

Start date: 
Tuesday, March 28, 2023 - 12:00

Fire Testing and Product Development

The development of new fire products often aligns with existing test standards. When this occurs it is relatively easy- with the right advice- to qualify the product and obtain a listing on successful completion of the testing process. While it should be relatively easy to align products for successful testing this is often not the case and even routine testing can be unsuccessful due to a variety of factors including temperature on the day of the test.

Start date: 
Tuesday, April 4, 2017 - 17:30

Stretching the Boundaries of Fire Testing

Good and bad practice in the use of small and large scale fire testing and relevance to fire protection engineering.


In the last 50 years there have been significant product and fire testing developments. However, there is still much abuse of fire testing data by manufacturers and others. Test management is important to achieving an acceptable outcome.

Mike van Geyn will present his own perspective on the situation and his recent role in Indicative Fire Testing to help facilitate building and other authority approvals.  Mike van Geyn is the former manager of the Inertek Fire Laboratory and Principal in Fire Stance Professional Services.


Date:  November 27, 2012

Time:  Registration and Reception 5:30

Location:  False Creek Yacht Club (1661 Granville Street)

Cost:  $25 Please bring cash or a cheque payable to BC Society of Fire Protection Engineers

Registration Deadline:  November 23, 2012


Free parking is available in the Yacht Club parking lot.

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