SFPE will be exhibiting at the NFPA Conference & Expo next week in Chicago, IL, as well as sponsoring the Fire Protection Engineering Track.
SFPE staff will be at booth 253, sharing information about SFPE membership, products and other resources. We will have a preview copy of the much-anticipated new edition of the SFPE Handbook of Fire Protection Engineering, as well as information about pre-ordering. If you’re in the expo hall, please stop by to say hi and to enter to win a $100 gift certificate for the SFPE online store!
The SFPE-sponsored Fire Protection Engineering track includes these sessions:
Monday, Jun 22, 2015
Sprinkler Technology for Storage Protection – 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Speaker: James Golinveaux, Tyco Fire Protection Products
Content Type: Code/Standard Updates
This session will discuss the protection challenges inherent in various unique storage scenarios and ways in which those challenges might be met. Also addressed will be the codes and standards that dictate protection schemes and how recent updates will affect your business, including a comparison of storage design requirements in the 2013 edition of NFPA 13, Standard for the Installation of Sprinkler Systems, and the 2011 edition of FM 8-9.
Retrofitting Historic Properties with Fire Protection – 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Speaker: Lowell Black, GSA Fire Protection Branch
Speaker: Mariah McGunigle, GSA
Content Type: Best Practices
This session will provide details on how historic buildings have been successfully retrofit with fire protection systems, from the perspectives of both a historic preservation officer and a fire protection engineer. Details will include the on-the-ground methods used to preserve historic fabric while attaining new fire protection in historic structures. This case study will illustrate the importance and effectiveness of collaboration between fire protection engineers, AHJs, historic preservation officers, fire marshals, and building owners.
Tuesday, Jun 23, 2015
A Risk-Based Assessment of Tunnel Emergency Ventilation System Design – 8:00 AM to 9:00 AM
Speaker: John Devlin, Aon Fire Protection Engineering Corporation
Content Type: Case Study
This session will present a risk-based assessment method for evaluating alternative emergency ventilation schemes when retrofitting existing tunnel and underground stations in fixed-guideway transit and passenger rail systems.
Fire Exposure Impact on New Cantilevered Buildings – 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Speaker : Stephen Hill, Rolf Jensen & Associates, Inc.; Timothy Costello, Rolf Jensen & Associates, Inc.; Jared Mattern, Rolf Jensen & Associates, Inc.
Content Type: Current Events
In New York City, developers and architects have long built some of the tallest and most iconic high-rise buildings in the world. A recent, architecturally innovative trend takes a new approach. By obtaining air rights above adjacent, smaller buildings, new buildings are being designed to maximize their floor area through the use of cantilevered construction. Such construction poses challenges not anticipated by the New York City building code with respect to exterior fire exposure. This session looks at a prescriptive and performance-based design rationale, the development of fire exposure performance criteria and pass/fail thresholds, possible design fire scenarios, and the use of Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modeling to evaluate the potential severe case exposure.
Water Mist System Fire Protection in Data Processing Equipment Rooms/Halls – 11:00 AM to 12:30 PM
Speaker: Jonathan Carpenter, FM Approvals; John LeBlanc, FM Global
Content Type: Research Results
A modern data center can exceed 300,000 ft2 and consist entirely of server racks where power loss is not acceptable and cooling needs are increasing exponentially. These changes create more challenging fire hazards, including higher cable density and novel cooling configurations. This session will define the challenges of applying water mist systems to the hazards associated with grouped cables and storage of commodities in data center processing equipment rooms. Water mist system protection schemes developed are from fire testing in a collaborative project between a commercial insurance company, a data center owner, and a water mist system equipment manufacturer.
Pre-Fire Planning in Sprinklered Warehouses – 3:30 PM to 4:30 PM
Speaker: Christina Francis, The Procter & Gamble CO
Content Type: A Look Ahead
A facility fire is always of concern–place that fire in a warehouse, seated 30 ft (9.1m) high in a double row rack, and the concern grows expotentially. This session will introduce a new incident command application used by P&G to determine fire activity and size within a sprinklered area without requiring immediate entry into the fire area. The engineering concepts of a sprinklered warehouse (control, suppression, out of control and extinguishment) will also be reviewed as they pertain to incident command. Some questions we will address: How long do we wait? When can we turn off the sprinklers? When can we enter the racking system? What to do when the fire growth exceeds the riser hydraulic demand or the fire pump demand?
Wednesday, Jun 24, 2015
High Expansion Foam for Department Of Defense Aircraft Hangars– 9:30 AM to 10:30 AM
Speaker: Samuel Dannaway, S. S. Dannaway Associates, Inc.
The presentation will discuss the requirements for high expansion foam systems for U.S. Air Force Hangars and present a case study of a recent high expansion system project.
Fire Protection Design in the Wildland-Urban Interface – 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Speaker: Daniel Gorham, National Fire Protection Association
Content Type: Current Events
As the fire problem increases in areas of wildland-urban interface, so does the need for fire protection design in these areas. At-risk homeowners can improve their protection by implementing Firewise practices; as new communities are built, they can be designed using best practices and knowledge gained from current research. This session will discuss current knowledge and implementation of fire protection design on a new construction suburban community in the wildland-urban interface.
Design Strategies for Corrosion Control in Fire Sprinkler Systems – 11:00 AM to 12:00 PM
Speakers: Jeffrey Kochelek, Engineered Corrosion Solutions; Lucas Kirn, Engineered Corrosion Solutions
Content Type: Innovation
There are multiple options available to remediate corrosion related failures in fire sprinkler systems, but there are also several approaches that can be used during the design or commissioning phase of fire sprinkler systems that can significantly reduce corrosion activity. With all of the risks associated with corrosion related failures it makes sense to take preventative measures to stop corrosion before it leads to irreparable damage. This presentation serves to provide practical examples which follow the basic tenets of 1) minimize the trapped water present in dry pipe and pre-action systems and 2) minimize the trapped air present in wet pipe systems. Corrosion in fire sprinkler systems is one of the most popular and transformational issues to impact the fire sprinkler industry in many years. Changes in materials of construction (use of black steel over galvanized) to hydraulic calculations (removal of C factor advantage for galvanized pipe) to the use of nitrogen as a supervisory gas in dry systems in place of compressed air all represent a monumental shift in our industry. As the pioneer behind these technical discoveries, ECS seeks to educate the industry about all corrosion related issues. As the leading solutions provider of nitrogen inerting and corrosion monitoring technology for all water based fire sprinkler systems ECS is uniquely positioned to deliver this training.
If you’re attending, don’t forget to stop by booth 253 to say hi and enter the raffle to win a $100 gift certificate for the SFPE Online Store. If you don’t already follow SFPE on Twitter, follow us as we tweet photos from the show.
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