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.
A Cladding Assembly is an engineered system tasked to perform at several levels. Architects, Consultants, Contractors and Material suppliers all have to play their part to bring about a cladding that would not catch fire. The presentation brings out the milestones where conformity to standards and codes needs to be checked to ensure Cladding Fire Safety. The slides also intend to set the scene for the panel discussion
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.
With the emergence of the digital revolution the means by which we undertake fire engineering analysis and present our work is about to change. Fire strategies are currently a combination of reports and drawings. There are many new tools and technologies available in which to communicate the strategy. This talk will cover how the fire engineering discipline can evolve to provide visual, animated and interactive strategies that are easy to understand. This can help stakeholder approval and support building operators, managers quickly understand the building strategy and therefore help retain those principles through the life cycle.
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.
Balustrades appear to be simple constructions; particularly when formed from glass. However, there are a multitude of factors to consider that are frequently missed, leading to problems and even failures. Since these are often only noticed towards the end of construction, fixing them can be costly.
In this presentation, Andy Dean methodically exposes these issues, with a focus on safety and good design.
People often assume that security is mostly about people or technology being added to a place. CCTV and the physical presence are however the last step in a series of far more fundamentally important design decisions that affect security. Crime Prevention through Environmental Design (CPTED) is an established paradigm of design thinking that aims to make spaces fundamentally unsuitable to criminal activity and utilises community ‘eyes-on-the-ground’ as primary security measures. The paper will examine practical use of CPTED principles in Urban Planning and Design.
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.