School of Civil Engineering

OPEN EXPRESS OF INTEREST FOR 4th EDITION

 

General Information

Edition: 4th Edition

Location: The University of Queensland, St. Lucia Campus, 4072 QLD, Australia

Dates: to be confirmed upon minimum EOIs

Contact Hours: 35 hours, 8:00AM – 5:00PM (total of five days)

Cost: AU$5,000 (not including GST)

Discounts apply for institutions sending more than one participant:

  • Two participants: AU$4,000/participant (total of $8,000 not including GST)
  • Three or more participants: AU$3,500/participant (total of $10,500 not including GST)

Registration: Application form  and 2-page CV via email at uqfirecpd@civil.uq.edu.au

Purpose

The purpose of this course is to provide practising engineers with the specialist knowledge to address the fire safety strategy of buildings and understand the implications of using cladding products capable of supporting external flame spread. The provision of design solutions for buildings requires competent fire engineers with the understanding of the key fundamental processes regarding the fire safety strategy, cladding design, and the interactions between the cladding of a façade and the building in the event of a fire.

The course uses a combination of lectures, laboratory sessions, and case studies to deliver a comprehensive review of the fire safety strategy, the fire performance of cladding systems, and the implications of potentially combustible cladding products such as aluminium composite panels (ACP) or insulation materials to the fire safety strategy of buildings. This course programme has been developed in close collaboration between The University of Queensland (Australia), The University of Edinburgh (UK), and University College London (UK).

Learning Objectives

Upon the completion of the course, the participant should be able:

  1. To explicitly define and describe the fire safety strategy for a given building in the context of external fire spread;
  2. To interpret the inherent links and interdependence of fire safety systems and phenomena with respect to code based solutions and external fire spread;
  3. To describe the fire dynamics and fluid dynamics behind vertical fire growth;
  4. To recognise the distinction between construction typologies with respect to the fundamental phenomena that control fire spread;
  5. To comprehend the mechanical behaviours that are relevant to external fire spread in common cladding typologies;
  6. To create fire safety engineering solutions that explicitly link the governing phenomena of vertical fire spread, common cladding typologies, and the fire safety strategy.

Who Should Participate?

Experienced fire safety engineer professionals interested in acquiring knowledge to address the fire safety strategy of buildings and the potential implications of using cladding materials capable of sustaining vertical flame spread. This course is not an introductory course, and it is only intended for experienced professionals who are familiar with the different aspects of building design and fire safety engineering.

Prerequisites

  • Accredited engineering degree (4-year minimum) or equivalent.
  • Practicing fire safety engineer with demonstrated experience.
  • Registered professional engineer standing or ability to become one.

Examination and Certificate of Completion

On the fifth day of the course, all participants will take an examination. Participants passing the exam will be awarded a certificate completion stating participation and successful completion of the CPD course. Participants not passing the exam try will be given a chance to revise their exam subject to a peer-review process. Participants not passing the exam will be awarded a certificate of attendance.

Express of Interest Process

Interested professionals must complete the application form and submit it with a 2-page Curriculum Vitae or Resume via email at uqfirecpd@civil.uq.edu.auRegistration does not require payment at the moment of submission.

Course Staff

Course Structure

  • Module 1 – Analysis of the fire strategy of a building. [Day 1] (7 hours)

This module covers an analysis of the fire strategy of the building based on the solutions for an implicit (prescriptive-based) and an explicit (performance-based) design. The objective of this section is to highlight the relationship between an implicit design and external fire spread, and the consequences of external fire spread related to main objectives inherent to the fire safety strategy (occupants’ life safety and fire-fighting intervention).

  • Module 2 – Fundamentals of fire spread. [Day 2] (7 hours)

This module aims to establish the fundamentals of fire spread, identifying the main parameters that govern flame spread and characterising the conditions required to enable horizontal and vertical fire spread. This module covers fundamentals relevant to the flammability of materials such as material composition, thermal decomposition mechanisms (pyrolysis and oxidation), flaming ignition, flame spread, burning behaviour, the role of fire retardants, and the dynamics of external fire plumes. A discussion on fire testing methods and their relevance, and the differences between the material and system behaviour are included. A series of case studies consisting of different façade systems are used to illustrate the mechanisms of external fire spread and the interaction between different façade components.

  • Module 3 – Responding to the ‘Shergold & Weir Inquiry’. [Day 3] (2 hours)

This short session will review the design and verification processes for fire safety engineering. It will also briefly discuss professionalism of the discipline and the competencies and attributes that could be expected of fire safety engineers.

  • Module 4 – Curtain walling systems. [Day 3] (2 hours)

This module covers the mechanical behaviour of façade elements when exposed to severe conditions of heat exposure. The module is split into two sections: the first reviews current drivers for the mechanical design of facades, including current fire test methods; the second gives an introduction to structural mechanics at high temperature and links this to the overall mechanical response of curtain walls in fire.

  • Module 5 – Reformulation of the building fire safety strategy. [Days 3 and 4] (6 hours)

This module consists of two case studies in which the fire safety strategy of real tall buildings is reformulated based on the risk of external fire spread. The first case study covers the case of a tall building with a classical façade system (curtain wall system) where no combustible/flammable cladding materials are used; thus, the risk of external fire spread is represented by the mechanical displacement of the façade and the geometrical constraints of openings. The second case study covers the case of a tall building with a modern façade system where potentially combustible/flammable cladding materials are used.

  • Module 6 – The Material Library and laboratory sessions. [Days 4 & 5] (7.5 hours)

On day 4, the Material Library of Cladding Materials developed at The University of Queensland will be presented. The Material Library consists of an extensive flammability database of aluminium composite panels, insulation materials and sarking materials identified in Queensland. The Material Library is intended to provide a characterisation of the fire hazard from different cladding materials and complement the assessment of the performance of cladding systems.

On day 5, a series of laboratory sessions will be carried out at The University of Queensland’s fire laboratory. These sessions will consist of multi-scale experiments applied to aluminium composite panels, which correspond to part of the experimental protocol proposed by The University of Queensland to develop the material library with data regarding the flammability cladding materials.

  • Module 7 – Examination. [Day 5] (3.5 hours)

A final examination will take place to assess the participants' knowledge with regards to the concepts presented over the course. The participants will be required to pass the test according to UQ policies regarding marking and scoring.

 

Additional Information

This course requires a minimum enrolment of 20 participants. The University of Queensland reserves the right to cancel the course if the minimum enrolment is not achieved.

Email: uqfirecpd@civil.uq.edu.au

Successful participants

The following participants have successfully completed this course.

  • Mr Mark Anderson (Professional Certification Group)
  • Mr Andrew Brennan (Omnii Pty Ltd)
  • Mr Leigh Clark (Exova Defire)
  • Mr Michael Conway (QFES)
  • Mr Mathew Freeman (Holmes Fire)
  • Mr Alex Glennon (VBA)
  • Ms Jenny Han (RED Fire Engineers Pty Ltd)
  • Ms Sarah Higginson (ARUP)
  • Dr Ryan Hilditch (WSP)
  • Mr  Man Cheung Hui (RED Fire Engineers Pty Ltd)
  • Mr Benjamin Hughes-Brown (Ignis Solutions)
  • Mr Sebastien le Roux (Sotera)
  • Ms Nages Karuppiah (South Australian Metropolitan Fire Services)
  • Mr Koroush Keshavarz (Engineers DMA)
  • Mr Dmitry Kiselev (Exova Defire)
  • Dr Amer Magrabi (Lote Consulting - Fire I Risk I Security)
  • Mr Steven Moon (GN Consulting Pty Ltd)
  • Mr Graham Morris (Core Engineering Group)
  • Prof Yulianto Nugroho (Universitas Indonesia)
  • Mr Josh Ogilvie (WSP)
  • Ms Gianne Quijano (Lucid Consulting Australia)
  • Mr Kapilan Sarma (Scientific Fire Services)
  • Mr Faimeen Shah (Vortex Fire)
  • Mr Edward Simmonds (QFES)
  • Dr Gerardo Soret (QFES)
  • Mr Nhat Duy Tran (Aurecon)
  • Mr Darryl Waddingham (Wood and Grieve Engineers)

The University of Queensland has requested formal permission from the participants to release these data.