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 program will feature presentations and discussions including:
Outlining the roles of stakeholders: from the client, consultants, Contractors and government. How can the approvals process and transparency of communication be improved?
This presentation will look at the importance of first understanding the end-user requirements to begin planning the lifecycle of safety. How can design at an early stage best minimize reliance on vulnerable to human error, both in the construction phase and in the operation of the building?
This panel will look at how to eliminate risk through design for both the occupants and those constructing the building. Key issues include how to distinguish between risks, solving through design to avoid the need for operational risk mitigation and communication and understanding can be improved in the different phases for teams involved in a project.
Professional and industry bodies in the UK are working on guidance to better integrate fire safety engineering advice into the construction process from concept through to completion and occupation. Current practice is often to use a fire engineer to develop a conceptual fire strategy, but not to involve the engineer during detail design and construction. This often leads to deviation from the fire strategy and results in non-compliance with fire safety and building codes, disputes and litigation. Al Brown will explore past examples and look at how the appropriate use of professional fire engineers can improve the successful outcomes of construction projects.
The presenter discusses holistic fire safety design, with particular emphasis on sustainable design by integration of operational and end user requirements into the fire strategy design process. All too often designs are purely driven to satisfy code requirements or to obtain approval and ultimately may not meet operator or end user requirements. Many new technologies are now available to support operators manage fire safety in their buildings which can be considered during the design process.
The launching of a new operational facility involves 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.
Exponentially increasing computer power and advances in software make it possible to radically improve fire safety in buildings by visualizing and factoring in human behavior during a building evacuation. This presentation gives an overview of technologies currently in used and developed for building design and how this benefits safety.
- Using BIM and VR to identify hidden bottlenecks and natural movements of crowds
- Modeling Evacuation Strategies: simulating scenarios in all types of building layouts
- Analysis of fire protection and buildings operation using 3D and VR visualization
Onsite data capture for inspection reports, database data mining with the use of AI and collaborating through the cloud to increase productivity, efficiency and accuracy.
This presentation will look at the principles of life safety and fire fighting approaches for super high-rise buildings and use case studies to demonstrate how to adapt planning for active fire protection, smoke and heat ventilation, design considerations and field testing corridor smoke control.
The design, installation, and testing of fire pumps is one of the most interesting and important aspects of fire protection needs for a facility. There are different types of water supplies like overhead tanks, sea, other supplies such as municipal or private fire mains which provide suction to fire pumps or pumping system in order to meet required system flow and pressure requirements. This presentation will discuss in-depth bases, criteria, NFPA 20, NFPA 25 and other applicable code requirements for Selection, Testing and Performance of Fire Pumps and associated components in Fire Pump house for Buildings and Industrial Facilities.