SDiB is the leading debating platform for safety and fire professionals in the construction industry. Initiated in collaboration with Intersec in 2012, the Safety Design in Buildings Campaign debates safety standards and practices in the built environment. Expert Talks discuss improved protection of people and buildings by looking at trends in the GCC and construction sector.
The event brings leading Fire Safety Consultants, Architects, Engineers and Testing Experts together with Safety System Suppliers to give updates on industry standards and provide a debating platform for best practice.
The conference programs in Muscat will feature presentations and discussions including:
The Exterior Facade Fire Evaluation Comparison Tool EFFECTTM helps global building owners, facility managers and authorities proactively assess risk in their high-rise building inventory with combustible facades. This presentation talks about its development and research taking into account the building envelope; potential ignition sources; building characteristics; and existing fire safety measures such as means of warning, containment, and extinguishment.
This discussion looks into the announced changes to requirements for replacing facades. What are the anticipated ramifications for stakeholders? What are key concerns to be addressed to help prepare? What are possible obligations and potential consequences for asset managers? The panel features professionals from a variety of fields to share their views on strategies to mitigate business risk from an operational, government and legal perspective.
This presentation will highlight the performance-based fire engineering approach which can be applied in process plants. Performance-based fire engineering is well known in building design, mostly in case of atriums or large volume areas using tools such as CFD smoke modeling to determine the optimal fire and life safety solutions. However, in the oil and gas process plants, performance-based fire engineering is already long implemented without calling it performance-based fire engineering with many valuable lessons that can be adopted.
Adopting a holistic approach to fire safety through design and planning of process safety, security and emergency response.
Designs are often driven to satisfy code requirements or to obtain approval. This may not meet operator or end user-requirements. This presentation discusses how to adopt a holistic fire safety design with emphasis on integrating operational and end-user requirements into the fire strategy design process. New operational facilities involve complex interactions of people, process, technology and environment - the presenter gives an outline of the technology that can facilitate a greater level of fire safety awareness and implementation. The presentation will showcase new technologies available to support operators in managing fire safety in their buildings that can be considered during the design process.
BIM (Building Information Modeling) helps achieve operational safety in complex networks of Building Management Systems (BMS) and helps to effectively manage the integration of specifications in the design stage to enable compliance with requirements for approvals and minimise cost and delays from making changes and modifications in the construction phase.
Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) can be best described as designing a physical space with security principles in mind. In order to do so, it is crucial for designers and architects to bring in security design professionals in at an early stage. The aims of designing for safety are often seen as clashing with the objectives of security. This panel explores this intersection and asks the question on how to achieve the optimal balance.