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Professor John L. Bryan, 1926–2014

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Professor Emeritus and founding FPE Chair John L. Bryan.

SFPE is deeply saddened to report the passing of Dr. John L. Bryan, the founding chair and professor emeritus of the University of Maryland’s Department of Fire Protection Engineering. We would like to share the following link that provides information on the memorial arrangements:

http://www.keeneybasford.com/memsol.cgi?user=1435182Bryan

Dr. Bryan’s family will receive friends from 2:00 p.m. to 5:00 p.m. on Sunday, November 16th at the Keeney and Basford Funeral Home, located at 106 East Church Street, Frederick, MD.

Funeral Services will begin at 10:00 a.m. on Monday, November 17th at Calvary United Methodist Church, located at 131 West 2nd Street, Frederick, MD 21701.

Interment will be at Mount Olivet Cemetery, located at 515 South Market Street, Frederick, MD 21701.

The University of Maryland Department of Fire Protection Engineering is in the process of composing a more comprehensive release that describes Professor Bryan’s role and contributions, and we will share this information on this blog once it is available.

 

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SFPE STAFF NEWS

SFPE is pleased to announce the promotion of Chris Jelenewicz. P.E. to the position of Senior Manager, Engineering Practice and Technical Editor of Fire Protection Engineering.

In his new role, Chris will continue to provide oversight for our work with NCEES and the PE exam, our higher learning accreditations through ABET, career development of professionals in our field, and better alignment and exchange of information with the fire service community. Additionally, Chris will serve as Technical Editor of both Fire Protection Engineering and the soon-to-be launched Fire Safety Engineering – European digital edition, as well as moderate the SFPE webinars. He will also serve as staff liaison to the Technical Steering Committee and  the technical committees and task groups that are currently active, notably the Predicting the Thermal Response of Structural Assemblies Committee, which is just completing its work; the Design Fire Scenarios Committee; and the Human Behavior in Fire Task Group.

Having celebrated his 10th anniversary with SFPE this past April, Chris has a long and strong record of providing both professional practice and technical leadership to the Society and the profession. He is perfectly positioned to assume these new responsibilities and take the Society to new levels. We know you all will be supportive of Chris as he assumes his new role within our Society. Please take a few moments to extend your personal congratulations to him in Long Beach. He can continue to be reached at chris@sfpe.org.

SFPE is also pleased to announce that Jani Zhu has joined SFPE in the position of Administrative Coordinator, reporting to Julie Gordon, effective September 2.  Her responsibilities include membership support, publications, bookkeeping, web site maintenance, database support, meetings support and general office operations.

Prior to SFPE, Jani was with Home Evolution, one of the leading home construction and decoration companies in Maryland. Jani earned her Masters of Accounting from Zhongnan University of Economics and Law and her Bachelors of International Business from the University of Shanghai. Jani is fluent in Shanghainese, Mandarin, Cantonese, and Japanese. In her spare time, she enjoys spending time with her family, reading and hiking. Please join us in welcoming Jani to SFPE. She can be reached at jzhu@sfpe.org or directly at (301) 915-9726.

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Actions Taken by SFPE Standards-Making Committee on Predicting the Thermal Performance of Fire Resistive Assemblies on Proposed Modifications Available for Review and Comment

The SFPE Standards-Making Committee on Predicting the Thermal Performance of Fire Resistive Assemblies acted on the proposed modifications that were submitted during the previous review period of the draft standard for Calculation Methods to Predict the Thermal Performance of Structural and Fire Resistive Assemblies. The proposed modifications and the actions that the committee took on them as well as the present draft of the standard that shows the modifications is available on the SFPE website. Comments on the actions that the committee took on the proposed modifications are now available for review and are due by December 8, 2014.

Please use the form on the website to submit comments. Please note that only items that were the subject of one or more proposed modifications are open for comment.

For more information, contact Chris Jelenewicz at cjelenewicz@sfpe.org.

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Applications Now Being Accepted For The Chief Donald J. Burns Memorial Research Grant

Application Deadline is November 17, 2014
 
This Grant Program Is Made Possible By Funding Provided By Bentley Systems, Inc.

The mission of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) Educational and Scientific Foundation is to advance the science and practice of fire protection engineering internationally, by advocating and supporting engineering research, technology transfer and education.

Funding for this grant has been provided by Bentley Systems, Inc. Bentley Systems is a global leader in providing architects, engineers, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure. Bentley’s mission is to empower its users to leverage information modeling through integrated projects for high-performing intelligent infrastructure.

Purpose
The purpose of the Chief Donald J. Burns Memorial Research Grant is to utilize information modeling as a means of improving infrastructure safety and fire service preparedness. The grant is named in memory of FDNY Assistant Chief Donald Burns. Chief Burns died in the collapse of the World Trade Center Towers on September 11, 2001, while setting up his command post to direct the evacuation.

Chief Donald Burns was a decorated 39-year veteran of the New York City Fire Department (FDNY). He was known for his in-depth knowledge of firefighting and the FDNY, and is fondly remembered as a walking encyclopedia for his broad knowledge of New York City. Fighting fires was his passion, and he inspired many of his colleagues within the department, who hailed him as an exceptional leader and brilliant tactician and strategist. Burns was elevated to lieutenant and later captain before being named chief of operations after the bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993. He was promoted to Citywide Tour Commander in 1997. Burns is survived by his wife Elizabeth and his children Lori; Michael, a police officer; and Patrick, a lieutenant in FDNY.

Statement of Need
Applications will be considered for projects that research, develop or apply information modeling as a means of improving infrastructure safety and fire service preparedness. The grant will fund one baccalaureate, masters or doctorate student research project that applies information modeling and mobility to improving fire service safety when training for, responding to, and operating during building emergencies. Specifically, the grant will be awarded to research focused on the use of information management technology that:

  • Provides “real-time” building-specific information to key fire department personnel during and in response to emergency operations;
  • Utilizes the principles of fire dynamics to predict how fire service operations will impact conditions within a building;
  • Provides information to fire department personnel regarding the design of a building’s structural framework, structural fire protection, and how the fire may impact structural stability during a fire;
  • Predicts how humans will behave in a specific structure during a building fire and how their actions will impact fire department operations.

Funding
Funding for this grant is to support baccalaureate, masters and doctoral students in fire safety science or fire protection engineering. A condition of funding is that the research must result in a publishable paper and a digital deliverable in Bentley software (i.e. Bentley’s tablet-based applications or Bentley MicroStation or Bentley Navigator). Additionally, a paper or an alternate presentation or report must be made available for posting on the SFPE website within 12 months of awarding the grant. If possible, it would also be desirable, if the research work was presented at the next SFPE Conference & Expo.

The maximum amount of the grant award will be USD $25,000 over a one-year period.

Ownership & Rights
Any papers or demonstrations may be used by Bentley and SFPE in demonstrations, trade-shows, technical meetings, etc. Bentley also holds the right to announce the recipient of the award at any time.

Application
Two copies of the application must be submitted by the student and must include the student’s faculty advisor’s recommendation, if being mailed. These should be sent to:

Nicole Testa Boston
SFPE Educational and Scientific Foundation
7315 Wisconsin Avenue, Suite 620E
Bethesda, Maryland 20814
Phone: 301-915-9723

Alternatively, applications can be emailed to ntboston@sfpe.org.

Note that applications may not be longer than five pages and must include a timeline of major tasks and deliverables.

Deadline

THE APPLICATION DEADLINE IS NOVEMBER 17, 2014. APPLICATIONS MUST BE POSTMARKED BY THIS DATE TO BE ACCEPTED AND CONSIDERED.

Grant Period
The grant period will be begin on January 1, 2015 and shall be completed not more than 365 days after the start date. If the project is not completed within this timeframe, a progress report shall be submitted. This progress report shall include a schedule for project completion.

Evaluation Criteria
Applications for this grant must, in addition to the research plan, provide written documentation addressing each of the evaluation criteria. Clear, concise written examples of prior research and experience will greatly aid the evaluation process. The following specific criteria will apply to the review of each application.

Technical Merit – 35%. The quality of the research plan and the possibility that it will yield valid and broadly applicable results or contribute to integrating information modeling and information mobility as a means of improving infrastructure safety and fire service preparedness will be evaluated according to the following:

  • Does the hypothesis or objective have a supported basis?
  • Does the approach follow accepted procedures of scientific inquiry?
  • Are the means of evaluating experimental results appropriate?
  • What are the novel aspects of this research?

Usefulness – 35%. Potential impact of the research on the field of fire protection engineering and information mobility will be determined by the following:

  • Will the research produce results that are useful to protecting occupants, structures and/or firefighters?
  • Will the research advance the student, advisor, or institution in such a way that, individually or collectively, they will be able to contribute to the future of fire protection engineering?

Qualifications – 15%. The qualifications of the applicant and advisor will be evaluated according to a combination of the following criteria:

  • Number of fire protection engineering students whose research was supervised by the faculty supervisor in the last 5 years.
  • Number of student’s in other engineering disciplines whose research was supervised by the faculty advisor in the last 5 years.
  • List of students and faculty advisor’s major publications resulting from research assisted by student’s in the last 5 years.
  • List of publications or research projects carried out by the student or faculty advisor that has directly impacted the fire service.
  • Fire service experience and experience with information modeling.
  • Student’s or faculty supervisor’s general knowledge and involvement with fire service research.

Achievability – 15%. This is a measure of whether the proposed plan can be carried out within the stated time frame. Applicants should specifically identify the following:

  • Human and facility resources available (or planned) at the home institution.
  • Facilities or assistance to be provided from another institution.

Grant Review
Complete applications meeting compliance with the evaluation criteria will be submitted for grant review by a panel established by the SFPE Educational and Scientific Foundation.

Software and Training Materials

Information management software and training materials for this research will be provided by Bentley Systems, Incorporated at no cost to the student researcher(s).

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SFPE President Carl Baldassarra Joins WJE

One of the nation’s leading fire protection and life safety experts, Carl Baldassarra, has joined the Northbrook, Illinois, headquarters of Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates (WJE) as Principal and Unit Manager. Mr. Baldassarra, renowned for his work in fire protection engineering, has worked extensively with WJE on past projects, including the 2006 Metropolitan Highway System Stem-to-Stern Safety Review in Boston, Massachusetts. In his new capacity with WJE, Mr. Baldassarra will build and lead WJE’s fire protection practice.

Over his career, Mr. Baldassarra has managed operations, led project teams, and has participated in numerous design, consulting, and research projects. Mr. Baldassarra is a recognized authority on the model code development process through his long-time participation in several national codes- and standards-making technical committees. He is also recognized for his development of innovative alternate methods and application of performance-based design principles to a wide range of facilities. His experience also includes fire protection and life safety program development, code consultation, system design, property and casualty loss prevention surveys, loss investigations, litigation support, and related services.

Prior to joining WJE, Mr. Baldassarra was the Executive Vice President of Rolf Jensen & Associates, Inc. in Chicago, where he managed the firm’s western region and practice development. His experience also spans more than thirty-five years at Schirmer (Aon) Engineering Corporation in Deerfield, Illinois, where he most recently served as president of the firm and was responsible for operations in all regional offices.

Mr. Baldassarra has served and is currently active on the committees of several organizations and is a Fellow and President of the Society of Protection Engineers. He holds a bachelor of science in fire protection and safety engineering from the Illinois Institute of Technology and a master of business administration from the Lake Forest Graduate School of Management. Mr. Baldassarra is a licensed engineer in several states.

About WJE

Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc. (WJE), is an interdisciplinary firm of architects, structural engineers, and materials scientists that specializes in the investigation, analysis, testing, and design of repairs for historic and contemporary structures. Since the firm’s founding more than fifty years ago, WJE has focused on delivering practical, innovative, and technically sound solutions across all areas of new and existing construction. Our specialists bring the collective experience gained from conducting more than seventy-five thousand investigations worldwide to every construction challenge. WJE combines state-of-the-art laboratory and testing facilities, nationwide offices, and knowledge sharing systems to provide solutions for the built world. For more information, please visit wje.com.

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SFPE ECCG Publishes White Paper that Sets a Roadmap for the Recognition of Fire Safety Engineering in Europe

The SFPE European Chapters Coordination Group (ECCG) recently published a white paper entitled SFPE ECCG: White Paper for Professional Recognition for Fire Safety Engineering. The white paper provides a current snapshot of the state of recognition of fire safety engineering professionals in Europe and articulates a set of 14 initiatives intended to help gain a common understanding of qualifications, educational requirements and further advance recognition of fire safety engineering professions within Europe.

The paper primarily focuses on competency requirements for fire safety engineering in developing performance-based fire safety solutions. The focus has been put on performance-based design as it is considered to be the main basis to be able to develop and achieve professional recognition for the profession.

The ECCG is a body comprised of presidents of the European Chapters of SFPE and the elected ECCG president, which has been formed to facilitate collaboration on issues which are common to the chapters.

The ECCG white paper can be found at http://goo.gl/ocusMm.

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SFPE President Takes the Ice Bucket Challenge

In this video SFPE President Carl Baldassarra takes the Ice Bucket Challenge. As a result of this challenge, members from the SFPE Board of Directors donated $160 to the SFPE Foundation. This video was filmed at the WPI Department of Fire Protection Engineering fire lab.

Baldassarra challenged each SFPE Chapter to take the Ice Bucket Challenge and to donate to the SFPE Foundation.

The mission of the SFPE Foundation is to advance the science and practice of fire protection engineering internationally by advocating and supporting engineering research, technology transfer and education. More information can be found at http://www.sfpe.org/EducationalScientificFoundation/EducationalScientificFoundation.aspx.

SFPE took on the challenge after the NFPA Senior Management Team challenged SFPE to the Ice Bucket Challenge. NFPA’s challenge can be found at http://www.nfpa.org/press-room/news-releases/2014/nfpa-leadership-team-takes-the-als-ice-bucket-challenge-to-raise-funds.

 

 

 

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SFPE Foundation Releases Research Report Aimed at Keeping Firefighters Safer During Building Emergencies

As part of the Bentley Systems Chief Donald J. Burns Memorial Research Grant Program, University of Texas Researchers Outline a Framework that Uses BIM Software to Provide Relevant Fire Information to First Responders During Emergencies 

The SFPE Educational & Scientific Foundation published a research report outlining a framework that uses Building Information Modeling (BIM) software to provide important fire hazard information to responding firefighters. The research was completed by researchers from The University of Texas at Austin as part of the Chief Donald J. Burns Memorial Research Grant Program. Funding for this grant has been provided by Bentley Systems, a global leader in providing architects, engineers, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for sustaining infrastructure.

The goal of this research was to improve the level of fire hazard and risk information that is available to fire departments and other emergency responders within the BIM context. This approach outlines a framework by tying objects tracked in asset management software to available fire modeling and statistical risk approaches through the addition of new object attributes.

“This work explored the possibilities of appropriately connecting the detailed information contained within BIM models with high quality fire dynamics models in order to identify and evaluate fire scenarios in building compartments,” said Professor O.A. “DK” Ezekoye at The University of Texas at Austin. “Identification and evaluation of fire scenarios provide valuable insights regarding outcomes of fires and supply building blocks for more complex decision models regarding fire risk in the building, usable by the different stakeholders associated with fire protection.”

Ultimately, the research outlines a framework designed to provide an informed risk analysis of a building using a combination of BIM software, fire models, and statistical analysis. It shows how this software can be used to construct numerous relevant fire scenarios for buildings that can then be analyzed in many different ways. As a result, this information will provide fire departments with a much better idea of the kinds of fires they might face within a given building.

The purpose of the Chief Donald J. Burns Memorial Research Grant is to integrate information modeling as a means to improve infrastructure safety and first responder preparedness in the event of fire. The grant is named in memory of FDNY Assistant Chief Donald J. Burns. Chief Burns died in the collapse of the World Trade Center Towers on September 11, 2001, while setting up his command post to direct the evacuation. Chief Burns was a vocal advocate for fire safety research and education, and in his memory the grant intends to fund baccalaureate, master’s, and doctoral student research projects that apply information modeling to improving emergency responder safety when training for, responding to, and operating during building emergencies.

The research report can be downloaded here.

About Chief Donald J. Burns
Chief Donald Burns was a decorated 39-year veteran of the New York City Fire Department (FDNY). He was known for his in-depth knowledge of firefighting and the FDNY, and is fondly remembered as a walking encyclopedia for his broad knowledge of New York City. Fighting fires was his passion, and he inspired many of his colleagues within the department, who hailed him as an exceptional leader and brilliant tactician and strategist. Burns was elevated to lieutenant and later captain before being named chief of operations after the bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993. He was promoted to Citywide Tour Commander in 1997. Burns is survived by his wife, Elizabeth, and children Lori; Michael, a police officer; and Patrick, a lieutenant in the FDNY.

About Bentley Systems
Bentley Systems is the global leader dedicated to providing architects, engineers, geospatial professionals, constructors, and owner-operators with comprehensive software solutions for advancing the design, construction, and operations of infrastructure. Bentley users leverage information mobility across disciplines and throughout the infrastructure lifecycle to deliver better-performing projects and assets. Bentley solutions encompass MicroStation applications for information modeling, ProjectWise collaboration services to deliver integrated projects, and AssetWise operations services to achieve intelligent infrastructure – complemented by worldwide professional services and comprehensive managed services. Founded in 1984, Bentley has more than 3,000 colleagues in over 50 countries, more than $600 million in annual revenues, and since 2006 has invested more than $1 billion in research, development, and acquisitions. For additional information, visit www.bentley.com.

About the SFPE Educational and Scientific Foundation
The mission of the SFPE Educational and Scientific Foundation is to advance the science and practice of Fire Protection Engineering internationally, by advocating and supporting engineering research, technology transfer and education. More information can be found at www.sfpe.org.

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2014 SFPE Fire Protection Engineering Compensation Survey Report Now Available

Since 1976, SFPE has surveyed the fire protection industry concerning different aspects of their education, compensation and other related employment questions. In the spring of 2014, 900 engineers, from 35 countries, completed the latest survey, a 20% increase in participation over the survey that was performed in 2012. For the first time, survey participants were asked about their plans for retirement. This data can be used to gauge the expected job turnover due to retirements in the profession.

According to SFPE President Carl Baldassarra, “The information in the compensation survey is especially important in the highly competitive profession of fire protection engineering for both practicing professionals and employers. The survey is a ‘must have’ for all persons interested in providing and practicing in a rewarding work environment.”

Additionally, the survey report provides compensation data based on:

• Years of work experience
• Job responsibility level
• Type of industry
• Education level
• Age
• Licensure status

The report also includes data about the availability of benefits such as 401K plans, flexible spending, insurance, tuition reimbursement and holidays.

The report is available free for download to all SFPE members and $49 for non-members by going to here.

Once purchased, download the report by going here https://netforum.avectra.com/eweb/DynamicPage.aspx?WebCode=LoginRequired&Site=SFPE, after you are logged in you will need to go “My Transactions” on the left side, then on the my transaction page, up at the top click on “My Downloadable Products” you will be able to download it from there.

 

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The International Master of Science in Fire Safety Engineering (IMFSE) is formally included to the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees (EMJMD) Catalogue

The International Master of Science in Fire Safety Engineering (IMFSE) Management Board is proud to announce that the IMFSE program has been labeled ‘a very interesting and valuable Erasmus Mundus Master course’ after official Quality Review assessment by the European Commission.

As a result, the IMFSE program has been formally included to the Erasmus Mundus Joint Master Degrees (EMJMD) Catalogue of EACEA (Education, Audiovisual and Culture Executive Agency). The IMFSE program scores particularly well in terms of ‘relevance’ and ‘attractiveness’. The major challenge is the attraction of external funding from public/private partners.

Interested parties are encouraged to contact the IMFSE program directors for more details: Prof. Bart Merci (Bart.Merci@UGent.be) Prof. Albert Simeoni (A.Simeoni@ed.ac.uk) and Prof. Patrick van Hees (patrick.van_hees@brand.lth.se).

More information can be found at www.imfse.ugent.be.