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Registration Open for 2016 SFPE North America Conference & Expo

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Registration is now open for the 2016 SFPE North America Conference & Expo: Engineering for Peak Performance. This year’s event will take place September 25-30 at the Denver Marriott City Center in Denver, Colorado. We invite you to join your colleagues and other fire protection industry professionals as we gather for a great technical program addressing a variety of timely and interesting topics, the annual business meeting and annual awards program, a Chapter Leadership Forum, the Expo showcasing the latest products and services in the field and a host of other activities. This annual event is THE source for technical information, research, networking and industry developments impacting fire protection engineers, fire safety engineers, fire engineers and allied professionals.

Register today to take advantage of discount registration rates, and book your room at the Denver Marriott City Center. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to take advantage of early-bird discount rates and to secure your hotel room before the limited room block sells out.

Check out the fantastic lineup of technical presentations already scheduled for the conference, as well as the continuing professional development seminars being offered on Wednesday thru Friday, September 28-30, 2016. The post-conference seminars offer an exceptional opportunity to optimize your educational experience, expand your knowledge base, and earn up to 21 additional professional development hours (PDHs). Seminar topics include:

  • Beyond Cause & Origin Engineering Analysis of Building Fire
  • Engineering Human Response in Fire: Principles, Models and Applications
  • Introduction to Fire Risk Assessment
  • Principles of Fire Protection Engineering

Interested in exhibiting and/or sponsoring? Exhibit and sponsor spaces are selling out quickly, so don’t delay–click here to access 2016 Sponsor and Exhibit information, or contact Brian Marks, Media and Event Sales at bmarks@networkmediapartners.com or 410-316-9855.

We hope you’ll join us in Denver for what promises to be one of the best North America Conference & Expos ever!

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Only Two Days to Save: Early-Bird Registration for Warsaw Ends Friday

11th Conference on Performance-Based Codes and Fire Safety Methods

Thinking about attending the 11th Conference on Performance-Based Codes and Fire Safety Design Methods in Warsaw, Poland, 23-25 May? Only a few days remain to register at the early-bird discount rate. Register today and book your hotel room at the Hilton Warsaw to secure the best rates before it’s too late.

This year’s program, spearheaded by Conference program chair Piotr Tofilo, Ph.D., The Main School of Fire Service / Polish SFPE Chapter, boasts educational session led by experts in the field across three days in two tracks covering:

  • Applications in FSE, Framework, & Life Safety
  • Fire Models
  • Human Behavior / Egress
  • Regulation
  • Risk
  • Smoke
  • Structural in Applications & Concrete

Keynote Speakers

 Almand Kathleen H. Almand, PE, FSFPE, Vice President, Research, National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
 Carvel Ricky Carvel, Ph.D., Lecturer, University of Edinburgh
 Fleischmann Charles Fleischmann, Ph.D., FSFPE, Professor, University of Canterbury
 Karlsson Björn Karlsson, Ph.D., Director General, Iceland Construction Authority
 Koffel William E. Koffel, Jr., PE, FSFPE, President, Koffel Associates, Inc.
 Nilsson Daniel Nilsson, Ph.D., FSE, Department of Fire Safety Engineering and Systems Safety, Lund University
 Rein Guillermo Rein, Ph.D., Reader in Thermal Energy, Department of Mechanical Engineering of Imperial College and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Fire Technology
 Tofilo Piotr Tofilo, Ph.D., The Main School of Fire Service / Polish SFPE Chapter
 Wieczorek Christopher Wieczorek, Ph.D., Group Manager Fire & Explosion Protection, FM Global

Visit the SFPE website to view the complete program.

In addition to the educational sessions, we will be featuring global Case Studies from; Australia, Finland, France, Hong Kong, Italy, Japan, New Zealand, Poland, Spain, Sweden, United Kingdom, and United States of America. We are fortunate to have such a great lineup.

After the conference, you can earn up to 14 additional Professional Development Hours (PDHs) by attending the post-conference professional development seminars offered Thursday, 26 May through Friday, 27 May. The post-conference seminars offer an exceptional opportunity to optimize your educational experience and expand your knowledge base. Seminar topics include:

  • Introduction to Fire Risk Assessment. This course is intended for fire protection engineers and individuals interested in the application of risk assessment in fire protection design. Those who would benefit from this seminar include fire protection and systems engineers, fire protection risk managers, insurance professionals, quality control engineers, architects and others interested in preparing fire risk assessment reports for application to buildings designs utilizing both performance-based and prescriptive code design methodologies
  • Introduction to Industrial Fire Protection Engineering. Intended for engineers and technicians interested in expanding their knowledge and understanding of the application of fire protection engineering design to industrial facilities. Those involved in the design, operation, emergency response, and risk management of industrial facilities will benefit from this seminar

We hope you’ll join us in Warsaw for this internationally-renowned event showcasing the latest and greatest performance-based code approaches and engineering design methods.

Interested in exhibiting or sponsoring? Please contact Brian Marks, Media and Event Sales, at 410-316-9855 or bmarks@networkmediapartners.com.

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Participate in the 2016 Fire Protection Engineering Compensation Survey

The 2016 Fire Protection Engineering Compensation Survey is now live! We need your input to help us provide the most accurate report of current salary data for the fire protection engineering profession.

Since 1976, SFPE has surveyed the fire protection industry on compensation levels and other employment-related questions and then published a report of the findings. Anyone who participates in the survey will receive a complimentary copy of the report once it is published in fall 2016. SFPE members who do not participate will be able to purchase the results at a discounted price.

The survey is open to fire protection engineers and fire safety engineers throughout the world and is available here. Responses can be submitted until April 15 at 11:59 pm Eastern Time.

Please take a few minutes to respond to the survey, and feel free to pass the link to anyone in the field and encourage them to participate. The more data we collect, the better and more complete the report will be.

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SFPE Europe Issue 3 Available Now

SFPE Europe Issue 3

If you subscribe to SFPE Europe, you’ve already received Issue 3; if not, you can view it here.

The mission of SFPE Europe, which launched in 2015, is to highlight the practice of fire protection engineering and fire safety engineering in Europe and to showcase current research being done in the field.

Topics in Issue 3 include:

  • A Message From Jimmy Jönsson, Past ECCG President
  • SFPE European Chapter News
  • Intelligent Active Dynamic Signage System: Bringing the Humble Emergency Exit Sign into the 21st Century
  • Fire Safety in Timber Buildings: First European Guideline
  • New Performance-Based Method for External Fire Spread Assessments and Other New Software for Fire Protection Engineers
  • 11th Conference on Performance-Based Codes & Fire Safety Design Methods, Warsaw, Poland 23-25 May 2016

SFPE Europe is published twice a year and available to anyone for free. Subscribe to receive future issues via email here, and access the archives here.

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Warsaw – Come Early, Stay Late

11th Conference on Performance-Based Codes and Fire Safety Methods

SFPE’s 11th Conference on Performance-Based Codes and Fire Safety Design Methods has a multitude of exceptional parallel tracks, case studies and keynote speakers on the three day conference program. Before and after the conference we have put together some outstanding optional tours that will help attendees see the wonders that Poland has to offer. Take advantage of spending a full day exploring the city of Warsaw or visit the Krakow and the Wieliczka Salt Mines, a unique world class attraction you won’t want to miss. More information and how to sign up on these great tours can be found here.

The 22 May, ITB is offering a complimentary tour for the first 25 registrants that sign up during their registration. The ITB laboratory is among the biggest and most modern in the Europe, and allows to test almost any product available in the market. This tour is an opportunity for Fire Safety Experts to gain firsthand experience in fire testing of various building elements. This event will help understanding the fire requirements given in prescriptive codes. The ITB representatives during the tour will guide attendees through various methods, ranging from small “desktop” scale, to some of the world’s largest furnaces, sharing their experience and observations. Register and sign up today as space is limited and is on a first come, first serve basis.

In addition to the technical presentations at the 11th Conference on Performance-Based Codes and Fire Safety Design Methods, you can earn up to 14 additional Professional Development Hours (PDHs) by attending the post-conference professional development seminars offered Thursday, 26 May through Friday, 27 May. The post-conference seminars offer an exceptional opportunity to optimize your educational experience and expand your knowledge base. Seminar topics include:

  • Introduction to Fire Risk Assessment
  • Introduction to Industrial Fire Protection Engineering

For complete details on the post-conference seminars, visit the SFPE website.

Register today to take advantage of discount registration rates, and book your room at the Hilton Warsaw Hotel. Don’t miss out on this opportunity to register early and save on the premier global event in advancements in engineered fire protection design practices.

We hope you’ll join us in Warsaw for this internationally-renowned event showcasing the latest and greatest performance-based code approaches and engineering design methods.

Interested in exhibiting or sponsoring? Please contact Brian Marks, Media and Event Sales, at 410-316-9855 or bmarks@networkmediapartners.com.

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SFPE Seeks Professional Qualifications Manager, Engineering Manager

Want to play a significant role in advancing the science and practice of fire protection and safety engineering? SFPE is currently seeking candidates for two technical roles, both of which are located in our Gaithersburg, MD offices.

Professional Qualifications Manager: This is a unique leadership opportunity to develop strategies and implementation plans that will elevate the fire protection engineering profession and shape the future of the profession at a global level. The position reports to the CEO. Qualified candidates must have a B.S., M.S. or doctoral degree in fire protection engineering or fire safety engineering and more than five years’ experience. Additionally, he/she must be a licensed engineer who has passed the NCEES Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) Exam in Fire Protection. Additional details and application information for this position are available here.

Engineering Manager: This is a unique opportunity to help shape and expand the practice of fire protection engineering globally. Potential growth within the Society exists for the right candidate. The position reports to the Senior Manager for Engineering Practice. Qualified candidates must have a B.S. or M.S. degree in an engineering discipline, and if a discipline other than fire protection engineering, must have a desire and willingness to obtain licensure in fire protection engineering. Preference will be given to candidates who are licensed engineer who have passed the NCEES Principles and Practice of Engineering (PE) Exam in Fire Protection, and/or have a B.S. or M.S. in fire protection engineering or fire safety engineering. Additional details and application information for this position are available here.

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Electronic Version of SFPE Handbook of Fire Protection Engineering, 5th Edition Now Available

The definitive reference on fire protection engineering, now expanded to three volumes and SFPE Handbook of Fire Protection Engineering, 5th Editionavailable in electronic format for the first time. The hardcover version will be available in November. The cost of the eBook is $299.00 for SFPE members/$949 non-members. To purchase the eBook today or pre-order the hardcover version, visit the Springer website. SFPE members, click here to reveal the member-only discount code (member login required).

Revised and significantly expanded, the fifth edition of this classic work offers both new and substantially updated information. This book provides thorough treatment of the current best practices in fire protection engineering and performance‐based fire safety. Over 130 eminent fire engineers and researchers contributed chapters to the book, representing universities and professional organizations around the world. It remains the indispensable source for reliable coverage of fire safety engineering fundamentals, fire dynamics, hazard calculations, fire risk analysis, modeling and more.

With seventeen new chapters and over 1,800 figures, this new edition contains:

  • Step‐by‐step equations that explain engineering calculations
  • Comprehensive revision of the coverage of human behavior in fire, including several new chapters on egress system design, occupant evacuation scenarios, combustion toxicity, and data for human behavior analysis
  • Revised fundamental chapters for a stronger sense of context
  • Added chapters on fire protection system selection and design, including selection of fire safety systems, system activation and controls, and CO2 extinguishing systems.
  • Recent advances in fire resistance design
  • Addition of new chapters on industrial fire protection, including vapor clouds, effects of thermal radiation on people, BLEVEs, dust explosions and gas and vapor explosions.
  • New chapters on fire load density, curtain walls, wildland fires, and vehicle tunnels
  • Essential reference appendices on conversion factors, thermophysical property data, fuel properties and combustion data, configuration factors, and piping properties

SFPE members save 75% on both the eBook and hardcover versions! If you’re not already a member, join today to take advantage of member pricing on this essential resource.

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SFPE Launches New Job Board, Career Connect

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SFPE is happy to announce the launch of our new, improved job board, Career Connect. Career Connect is tailored specifically to the needs of fire protection engineers, fire safety engineers and those in allied fields. Career Connect provides a “one stop shop” for job seekers by featuring not only jobs posted by employers but also an aggregation of relevant job postings from commercial job sites.

Career Connect is free for all job seekers, but SFPE will members receive access to exclusive content and resources that are currently being developed. Job seekers can upload resumes to showcase their skills to recruiters while keeping their personal information confidential. Personalized job alerts notify you by email when new jobs are posted that match your search preferences and criteria. Create one now for free and never miss a new career opportunity.

Employers can easily post job openings and take advantage of listing enhancements to increase the visibility of postings, reaching targeted and qualified candidates. Career Connect offers advanced resume searching capabilities that allow you to search for qualified candidates who are actively searching for opportunities. The Employer dashboard lets you manage your jobs and candidates in one place, giving you full control over your recruitment efforts. SFPE Corporate 100 Partners receive discounts on job postings and listing enhancements.

Visit Career Connect today!

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SFPE Mourns the Loss of Two Distinguished Leaders: James Nolan and Edwin Bayley

James (Jim) Nolan, P.E., FSFPE, SFPE Past President

James (Jim) Nolan, P.E., FSFPE, SFPE Past President

It is with great sadness that the SFPE announces the passing of two SFPE leaders– James (Jim) Nolan, P.E., FSFPE and Edwin (Ed) Bayley, P.E., FSFPE.

Jim was a Past President (1973-75) and founder of the Corporate 100 Partner Program, of which he remains a member Emeritus. He received his BS in Mechanical Engineering from Purdue University in 1950. In 1962 he founded the James W. Nolan Company, Park Ridge, IL, retiring in 1998. The company specialized in design/application/sales of pumps and related equipment for Water Supply Systems for Fire Protection and Domestic Water Supply, Fire Pump Application Field. In addition to serving as SFPE President from 1973-1975, he earned the designation of Fellow in 1980 and received the Harold E. Nelson Service Award in 1994. At the local level, he was an active member of the Chicago Chapter of SFPE since 1955, serving as President of the Chapter in 1963. Information about the memorial service is available in his obituary. Jim was 88.

Ed was longtime member of SFPE who earned the grade of Fellow in 1986 and chaired the Qualifications Board for many years. He started his career in Boston and served as Chief Engineer at FMI Limited in London before retiring in Houston in 1998. Ed was 93.

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Showcase Your Expertise in Warsaw: Deadline for Abstracts is Friday, 9 October

Since 1996, SFPE, along with several partner organizations, has held a biennial conference to showcase state-of-the-art practices in performance-based code approaches and engineering design methods. In May 2016, SFPE will hold the 11th Conference on Performance-Based Codes and Fire Safety Design Methods in Warsaw, Poland.

This event offers a great opportunity to showcase your research and expertise in performance-based codes and fire safety design methods. But time is running out to submit a presentation abstract–the deadline for submissions is Friday, 9 October.

Specification for Submissions

Performance-Based Codes

We are seeking abstracts relating to performance-based regulatory structures, performance-based codes and performance-based standards. Topics of interest include infrastructure needed for the successful implementation of performance-based codes (education, professional registrations, enforcement, legal environmental, etc.) as well as perspectives on experiences (both positive and negative) associated with use of performance-based codes.

Performance-Based Design

We are soliciting abstracts on fire safety engineering methods currently in use or under development. Viewpoints are also sought on dealing with uncertainty and new research findings relevant to performance-based design. Please note that case studies without generalizable results are typically not acceptable.

Audience

The participants in this conference will be professionals involved in all disciplines of engineering, regulation development and enforcement, testing, standards of development and development of engineering design methods.

Submittal Requirement

Those wishing to present at the 11th Conference on Performance-Based Codes and Fire Safety Design should submit a completed presentation abstract application by 9 October 2015. The conference language is English.

The abstracts should identify the topic being addressed, the approach used or suggested for addressing the topic, and results or recommendations. All topics relevant to performance-based codes or performance-based design will be considered.

Submit abstracts to Melissa Franco, Meetings & Education Manager, mfranco@sfpe.org and include “Warsaw Conference 2016” in the subject line of email.

Details about the program and information about registration will be posted on the SFPE website within the next few months.