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IFE Fire Dynamics Course & IFE AGM

2017-10-10 to 2017-10-12

When: 10-12 October 2017
Where: Protea Wanderers Hotel
South Africa


The Institution of Fire Engineers is hosting the 3-day Fire Dynamics Course (& their AGM) 10-12 October. With international speakers Dr Rory Hadden and Dr Ricky Carvel from the University of Edinburgh.
The building industry is constantly innovating in pursuit of environmental, economic and construction efficiency. It is the role of the fire safety engineer to understand, anticipate and react to these innovations to ensure that disaster is avoided.

To meet this challenge, fire safety engineers need to be equipped with fundamental knowledge and experience of fire phenomena, and an understanding of how people, structures, and fire safety systems respond to fire. Fire engineers must be able to combine these diverse fields of knowledge to design or approve buildings that are inherently safe, while meeting the needs of clients, architects and fire authorities. 

The IFE South Africa Branch has invited two esteemed academics from the BRE Centre for Fire Safety Engineering at The University of Edinburgh, Dr Ricky Carvel and Dr Rory Hadden, to share their specialist knowledge and give us an insight into the complexities of Fire Dynamics which includes the knowledge of science and fire, physical and chemical behaviour of combustion systems as well as the impact of fire on structures and materials.

Who Should Attend?

  • Engineers and Technologists involved in the design of fire protection 
  • Fire Safety Officers involved in the Local Authority approval of fire protection plans
  • Insurance Risk Assessors involved in review of fire protection plans for Insurance considerations
  • Any other Fire Safety Practitioners responsible for fire safety and fire protection in the Built Environment.

On successful completion of this seminar, the delegate should be able to:

  • Demonstrate understanding of the science which underpins current fire safety engineering calculations 
  • Estimate certain parameters of fires such as flame length, heat release rate, plume temperature and smoke production, for simple, well defined fuel packages.
  • Explain fire behaviour in each of the stages in a compartment fire.
  • Perform certain typical fire safety engineering calculations, such as sprinkler activation times and compartment smoke filling, using a spread- sheet model.

About the Speakers:

Dr Rory Hadden
is the Rushbrook Lecturer in Fire Investigation. Prior to joining the University of Edinburgh he held positions at University of Western Ontario and Imperial College London. His research interests include pyrolysis, ignition and flammability of solid fuels with application to the built and natural environments.  Dr Hadden specialises in experimental work ranging from laboratory scale studies to field scale measurements of fire phenomena with novel sensing methods. He teaches courses on Fire Safety Science and Fire Investigation at undergraduate and MSc level. Dr Hadden has authored more than 20 peer reviewed journal papers and more than 30 conference papers spanning fire safety in the built and natural environment. He has featured in the Edinburgh International Science Festival, the BBC Four documentary “Catching History’s Criminals” and regularly contributes to the Jeremy Vine Show on BBC Radio 2. 

Dr Ricky Carvel is Lecturer in Combustion & Fire Dynamics in the BRE Centre for Fire Safety Engineering at the University of Edinburgh, Scotland. He has previously worked for the University of Aberystwyth, Heriot-Watt University, and International Fire Investigators and Consultants. He is editor of the ‘Handbook of Tunnel Fire Safety’ (2nd Edition, ICE Publishing, 2011) and was associate editor of Fire Safety Journal (2009-2015). He has been working in the field of fire science and tunnel fire phenomena since 1998. His research work has focused on the interaction between fires and ventilation (specifically tunnel ventilation systems, crosswinds and, currently, under-ventilated fires such as in basements). In 2004 he was awarded a PhD from Heriot-Watt University (Edinburgh, Scotland) for his thesis “Fire Size in Tunnels”. In addition to fire vs ventilation research, he has also been involved in research in dust explosions, ignition, material flammability, CFD modelling and fire suppression. As well as his teaching and research responsibilities at the University, he currently provides fire safety engineering consultancy services to a number of different companies, primarily with regard to tunnel fire safety and fire dynamics. He has authored more than 20 journal papers and more than 40 conference papers.

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