Cost-Effective Fire Hazard Mitigation

Fire protection engineering is normally understood by its technical appliances like sprinklers, fire alarms, and fire hazard warning signs. Although these tools are extremely effective at reducing risk and dealing with…

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Decrypting Amazon Web Services (AWS) for Fire Protection Analysis

Earlier this year, Phil Friday worked with Thunderhead Engineering’s Bryan Klein to pioneer a new IT strategy for running FDS and Smoke View in the Cloud. Thunderhead Engineering developed PyroSim, a graphical user interface…

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Enhancing FDS Analysis

New computing architectures allow sophisticated, powerful fire modeling simulations that are crucial for the future of fire safety.  However, the computing resources that are needed to use these tools has historically been…

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Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS) and Smokeview (SMV) – Bringing Fire Analysis to Life

In the last 15 years, scientists and engineers have developed two powerful tools for fire modeling and visualizing the complex phenomenon that is fire: Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS) and Smokeview (SMV). Together, they can help…

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San Antonio Fire Investigation of Idle Plastic Pallet Fire Reveals Code Violations

An August 17th warehouse fire that burned for six hours is being investigated by the San Antonio Fire Department. The fire shot flames and smoke into the air in a warehouse that stored approximately 35,000 plastic pallets.…

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How Can Computer Fire Modeling Help Fight Fires?

Click on the image to view an example of computer fire modeling Computer fire modeling uses complex mathematical tools to analyze the fire and life safety in buildings. Modern computer fire modeling is capable of many things,…

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What Can A Fire Protection Engineer Do To Help During a Fire Loss Investigation?

Fire protection engineers are a vital asset in fire loss investigations. With a broad range of expertise related to fire dynamics, building construction, codes and standards, and fire protection systems, few are better suited…

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Questions Attorneys Should Ask During A Fire Loss Investigation

In cases of fire loss investigation, many questions will come up. For example: What started the fire? Did the fire spread? What materials played a role? Did the fire protection systems work right? Was the building…

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Fire Protection Engineers For Lawyers

The difference between winning and losing a fire loss case might hinge upon the scientific principles applied during the investigation. The more complex the issues, the more difficult it can be to demonstrate that scientific…

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Forensic Fire Engineering Helps to Understand Harmful Effects of Fire

In regards to forensic fire engineering, FPE Magazine states: “Understanding the harmful effects of fire and the means to protect against them are central to the practice of fire protection engineering. Given this specialized…

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Analysis of a Fatal Fire

A fatal fire occurred in a single-family residence. Investigators working for the insurance company performed an analysis subsequent to the fire for the purpose of determining the fire’s cause and the key factors contributing…

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Using Forensic Fire Engineering to Investigate Suppression Failures

Forensic Fire Engineering Investigation of the Accidental Discharge and Catastrophic Failure of a Gaseous Fire Suppression System A large telecommunications company utilized high-pressure gaseous fire extinguishing systems to…

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The Role of the Fire Protection Engineer in Fire Loss Investigation

By: Phil Friday Introduction More and more, fire protection engineers are called on to act as the primary investigator of fire losses. Fire protection engineers have historically been regarded as special experts, called upon to…

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