fire safety engineering: myth vs reality
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By Maisam MirbagheriManager Fire Engineering, Norman Disney & Young, Melbourne
Fire safety engineering(FSE) frequently relies onthe use of black magicincluding smoke and mirrors
FSE is founded onsound, reliable androbust engineering
FSE is a mature engineering discipline supported byadvanced computational tools and scientic research,
practiced by highly skilled professionals.
Limited use in otherparts of the world
FSE is commonly and widely used throughout the world
FSE is used on most major building and infrastructure projects,enabling amazing buildings to be designed and constructed.
It is widely accepted and used throughout many parts of the worldincluding US, Canada, UK, New Zealand, UAE and parts of Asia.
Fire safety and re services engineersare the same
Fire safety and re services engineersare not the same
Fire safety engineers provide a holistic re safety strategy that sets the design parameters for various re safety systems and guides
various building parameters across multiple disciplines.Fire services engineers are responsible for the
design of the re protection systems.
FSE is required when all of the variations to the prescriptive building code requirements have been identied
Fire safety engineersprovide most benetwhen engaged at theearly phase of design
Fire safety engineers can assist and provide advice in the early phases of design in order to develop cost eective, exible and
FSE is yet anothercost to the project
FSE can save time,money and/or provideadded exibility
Performance based building codes permit alternative solutionsto be developed which can substantially reduce the cost and/or
increase design exibility for the project when compared withfollowing a prescriptive approach.
No formal educationis available
Formal education is now widely available
In Australia, Victoria University, University of Western Sydneyand University of Queensland provide postgraduate
courses in FSE. Formal education is also availablein many other parts of the world.
FSE is uniformly regulated across Australia
FSE is regulated dierently in various jurisdictions across Australia
Currently, FSE is not uniformly regulated across Australia with variousjurisdictions having varying degrees of regulation. Fire safety
engineers can advise you of the process for certication.
The re brigade is anapproving authority
The re brigade is notan approving authority
The re brigade is an important stakeholder that is consulted as part of the re engineering design process. However, the re brigade is not an Authority Having Jurisdiction with the ultimate certication
of the works being up to the re engineer and project certier.
FSE cannot be integrated in other services
FSE is closely integrated into the design of other services
Fire safety engineers work closely with other disciplines to developa cost eective and reliable building solution.
Tall buildings are riskier Tall buildings are safe when designed appropriately
Compared with many lower rise buildings, tall buildings can besome of the most robust structures against re when designed
by a professional and experienced re safety engineer.
To bust more myths and see how FSE will benet you, talk to NDYs re safety engineeringexpert, Maisam Mirbagheri.
T 03 9862 6833 M 0433 213 992E firstname.lastname@example.org