Loughborough University
Leicestershire, UK
LE11 3TU
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Loughborough University

Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Construction Engineering

2012


Dr Peter Wilkinson

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Thesis

An investigation into resilient fire engineering building design

Project Title

An investigation into resilient fire engineering building design

Company

Fire Protection Association

Supervisors

Academic:
Dr Kirti Ruikar
Prof Dino Bouchlaghem

Industrial:
Dr Jim Glockling

Director of Research:
Professor Stephen Ison

Research Period

2008 - 2012

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An investigation into resilient fire engineering building design

Context and Background:

Fire engineering is the use of fire science, engineering analysis and expert judgement to provide customised lire safety solutions for the built environment. As an engineering discipline, fire engineering is relatively young, and it has been accepted as an alternative means of meeting the functional requirements of the Building Regulations since the publication the 1985 edition of Approved Document B.

When developing fire engineered solutions for buildings, it is common practice for the fire engineer to concentrate solely on life safety and evacuation because these are the elements mandated by the Building Regulations process. Although life safety is of utmost importance, a solution which focuses exclusively on life safety may have a detrimental effect on property and business protection when compared to a prescriptive codes solution. Evidence suggests that fire engineering is also used as a means of reducing construction project costs at the expense of fire safety resilience; i.e. placing reliance on a reduced number of fire safety measures. A reduction in fire safety resilience increases the importance of high quality workmanship at the installation stage, selection of appropriate material and ongoing management and maintenance.

Although fire engineering is subject to a well accepted British Standard Code of Practice, B57974, questions remain relating to its appropriate application and regulation, and the potential implications to the insurance industry.

Aims and Objectives:

The aim of this project is to address a number of these issues, to inform industry stakeholders and develop best practice methods to reduce the risk of intentional and unintentional misapplication of fire engineering techniques. Potential areas of research include;

• Has the fire engineering 'experience' lived up to the expectation at conception (good/badiunforeseen)

• Qualification and regulation of fire engineering professionals

• Control of fire protection contractors

• Choice of materials and construction methods

• Influences from political and economic trends

• Fire engineering contribution to business continuity management

Method:

It is proposed that the first stage of the project will involve a state of the art review of both academic and industry literature to identify the key issues surrounding the subject. The project will then be developed by agreeing a quantity of mini-projects, each tackling a particular related theme. Research will include interrogation of Building Regulations submissions, fire investigation reports and statistics, insurance company loss reports, as well as reviewing innovative construction techniques and materials, and liaising with key industry, academic and government organisations as appropriate. An international perspective will be gained by understanding how fire engineering is used in other parts of the world, especially those where fire engineering is a more established profession.

Sponsoring Partners:

This project will be completed in partial fulfilment of an Engineering Doctorate (EngD) postgraduate award administered by the Centre for Innovative and Collaborative Engineering (CICE) at Loughborough University. The Fire Protection Association is the UK's National Fire Safety Organisation and through the work of the Technical Division conducts fundamental research into loss mitigation to life, business and property which in turn is translated into end-user guidance to support insurers, business and the general public alike,


 

Wilkinson P J and Hancock C P, An FMEA on the training of staff to evacuate patients from a hospital ward, Health Care Risk Report, Volume 15, Issue 8, July 2009

Wilkinson P J, Glockling J L D, Bouchlaghem N M, Ruikar K D, A historic perspective of fire engineering in the UK, Journal of Applied Fire Science, Volume 21, Number 1, 2012

Wilkinson P J, Glockling J L D, Bouchlaghem N M, Ruikar K D, Ensuring Resilience in Building Design Using Fire Engineering, Journal of Applied Fire Science, Volume 22, Number 1, 2012

Wilkinson, P.J., Glockling, J.L.D., Bouchlaghem, N.M., Ruikar, K.D., 2012. Using business impact analyses to enhance resilient fire engineering building design. Journal of Architectural Engineering and Design Management, Volume 9, Issue 1, 2013

Annual Conference: Fire Related Research and Developments (RE09), Fire Service College, Moreton in Marsh, 11 November 2009. Presented  poster The application of fire engineering in the UK’

International Symposium on Fire Safety Management and Evacuation Program for Health Care Facilities, National Taiwan University of Science and Technology, Taipei, 26 and 27 November 2009. Presented paper ‘An FMEA on the training of staff to evacuate patients from a hospital ward’

RISCAuthority Seminar 2010, Institution of Civil Engineers, London, 25 February 2010. Presented paper ‘A review of fire engineering from inception to the present day’

Fire Safety International Workshop- Innovative construction design for fire safety engineering, University of Ulster, Jordanstown, Northern Ireland, 26 February 2010. Presented poster ‘A historic perspective of fire engineering in the UK’

Fire Risk Management Conference, Loughborough University, 14 April 2010. Presented poster ‘A historic perspective of fire engineering in the UK’

8th International Conference on Performance-Based Codes and Fire Safety Design Methods, Lund University, Sweden, 16 June 2010. Presented paper ‘Has fire engineering lived up to expectations?’

4th European Risk Conference, Nottingham University, 13-15 September 2010. Presented poster ‘Fire engineering and the role of the insurer’

FireSEAT 2010: Fire safety engineering in the UK- the state of the art Symposium, University of Edinburgh, 10 November 2010. Presented paper ‘Fire safety engineering and the role of the insurer’

RISCAuthority Seminar 2011, Institution of Civil Engineers, London, 7 March 2011. Presented paper 'Fire engineering as a tool for achieving business continuity objectives- development of a British Standard’

Fire Safety Engineering International Conference- Raising the Bar, Sydney, Australia, 22-24 March 2011. Presented paper 'Insurer involvement in the fire safety engineering design process'

2nd Conference on Integrated Risk Management Planning, University of Glasgow, 5-6 May 2011. Presented paper 'Using fire engineering to achieve business protection objectives'

Annual Conference: Fire Related Research and Developments (RE11), Fire Service College, Moreton in Marsh, 17 November 2011. Presented poster 'Ensuring resilient building design using fire engineering'

 

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