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Key Topics


» The specialised role of a Fire Engineer in beyond-the-ordinary structures: How project teams working on – or involved in the upkeep – of mega structures, interconnected facilities and specialised buildings need to integrate the unique insights and expertise provided by the Fire Engineer. How their involvement from the conceptual stages of a building ought to be a non negotiable feature in ensuring all stakeholders understand and appreciate fire prevention and firefighting access arrangements and specific egress requirements, among others

» Moisture and concrete: How moisture can severely impair the structural stability of vertical and overhead concrete structures and how conditions like spalling can be averted through proper curing protocols. The role of composite concrete repairs, including the use of polymeric repair materials, in protecting concrete structure

» Fire protection coating of steel structures for warmer climes, characterised by temperatures exceeding 40 degrees C: How the right coating solution can ensure structural integrity and offer protection against cellulosic fires

» HVAC and fire safety: The latest developments in compartmentation in fire and smoke control

» Fire resistance testing methodologies: Is there a need to consider a holistic evaluation of suitability of fire doors, fire penetrations, fire walls, partitions, electric cables and other materials and components, as opposed to incremental test method adjustments or a one-size-fits-all approach to testing, which does not consider such factors as the significantly vast difference in evacuation time between small building, on one side, and high-rises and interconnected mega-structures, on the other?

» The world of robotics and drones: What the introduction of Unmanned Aircraft Systems and Unmanned Vehicles) mean for fire safety testing and evaluation, and fire protection (speed and thoroughness in search and rescue and other functions)? What opportunities are they presenting for more sophisticated fire-prevention strategies? What existing or new regulations govern their deployment? How quickly are regulation and enforcement mechanisms being nailed into place towards enabling a structured approach to the use of new surveillance technologies? What clarity does NFPA 2400 offer towards the use of Unmanned Aircraft Systems?

» The growing role of thermal cameras in fire prevention: How thermographic systems can help in detecting hotspots or in enabling the early detection of fires with a view to timely intervention, preventing potentially major conflagrations, especially in low-light or no-light areas

» Understanding NFPA 72 in the context of the growing use of the Internet of Things and connected technologies in a broad diversity of buildings

» Wireless fire and smoke detection: How much of a gamechanger is wireless optical smoke detection

» Microprocessor technology and integration of algorithm as enabling the development of smaller and more sensitive detectors for advanced early fire detection systems

» Intelligent Visual Flame Detectors (iVFDs): What can they offer by way of unique benefits?

» Early warning fire detection systems with multiple alarm thresholds in specialised buildings, particularly in below-the earth facilities, characterised by complex ceiling structures, significant intermittent changes in air flow, obstructed accessibility of detectors for maintenance and testing. The significance of a smoke aspirating detector in overcoming characteristic challenges


» The significance of particulate protection and reduction of heat stress features in Personal Protective Equipment How enhanced particulate, heat and flame blocking are game changers in an industry already characterised by such features as antistatic, chemical splash protection, greater launderability, improvements in breathability and range of movement, and in design and material for unimpaired hearing, greater stretch and recovery, no-gap feature, elbow reinforcements and knee pads

» Fire personnel safety: Fit-for-purpose decontamination wipes for the skin as a means of protection against carcinogens getting absorbed into the body through skin; deep-cleaning of PPE

» Are we looking at a paradigm shift in pump performance?

  • What ought we to look for in fire safety pumps, besides the equipment being able to provide unfailing reliability, provided it benefits from proper O&M schedules and lifecycle evaluation; flexibility while deploying in project sites; and cost savings.
  • How important are IoT and BMS integration for predictive maintenance and faster commissioning?
  • Pumps connected to SCADA systems: Are we seeing a greater exchange of information that goes beyond that pertaining to speed and consumption of energy and flow?
  • Wireless connection of pumps: How this is helping multiple pumps talk to one another?
  • What further efficiencies can be drawn from pumps through improving the design of impellers and internal components?
  • Single-sourcing: The merits and demerits in buying pumps and associated controls, sensors and variable frequency drives from one source

» New developments in getting firefighting water to perform more effectively

  • Achieving a more rapid knockdown and reduced heat contact: The impact of increasing osmotic penetration towards isolating hydrocarbon molecules.
  • How non-toxic, non-slip and non-corrosive are the new norm features in firefighting water

» Water Mist Fire Protection Systems

» Combatting solvent fires in petrochemical applications arising out of such factors as vapour build-up, spillage, spark hazards, lightning:

  • Redundancy design
  • The proper deployment of flame, smoke and heat detectors
  • Gas leak detection and forecasting in piping networks
  • Role of fire suppressants, such as Alcohol Resistant Aqueous Film Forming Foam