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Fire safety and investigation

We offer fire safety engineering services to help protect human life and assets.

Fire Safety Engineering systems may include smoke extractors, smoke detectors, emergency signage, or evacuation procedures used within a building, engine room or other enclosed spaces.

Requirements for the design and installation of these systems are most often contained in standards and regulations, such as SOLAS or building codes. Designers might sometimes decide to use alternative solutions to those proposed because the vessel, asset or building is non-standard or because they see a benefit to using a different approach.

We take a holistic approach to fire safety, using industry-leading tools to quantify fire safety risks best and recommend practical and affordable solutions, which involves a combination of qualitative assessment, statistical analysis and, where required, quantitative modelling and simulation.

Benefits

The benefits of Fire Safety Engineering include:

  • Determining viable options
    Receive investigations and analysis of the various fire safety system options and approaches; decide and substantiate the best approach
  • Making informed design decisions
    Make decisions with confidence, knowing the cost and benefit of each fire protection solution, considering both fire safety and business objectives. Compare the performance of two or more fire protection system designs. Correlate a reduction in a safety risk to the purchase and through-life cost of an asset
  • Improve the performance of fire protection systems
    Determine the best possible layout of smoke and fire detectors, sprinklers, and smoke extraction locations. Identify the best escape route options, which is achieved through numerical modelling of fire and smoke distribution and simulation of the evacuation itself
  • Demonstrating compliance
    Provide third-party verified evidence that a design complies with standards and regulations
  • Knowing the level of fire safety risk
    Determine whether fire protection systems reduce the level of fire and safety risk to an ‘as low as reasonably practicable or ALARP level. Identify which aspects of your design create unacceptable risk and receive advice on improving the system.
  • Presenting a solid safety argument
    A safety argument is a formal way of demonstrating why your design should provide an acceptable level of safety risk and confidence that a plan is safe. A robust and easy-to-understand argument is supported by a body of evidence that the safety risk of a building or vehicle is acceptable and as low as reasonably practicable (ALARP).

Fire and explosion investigation

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We conduct in-depth fire investigations using the latest technologies.  We are available 24 hours a day, seven days a week. Our network offers clients extra security for an independent and high-quality fire investigation by internationally certified researchers.

Our services

  • On-site attendance to allocate the area of origin of the fire
  • Root cause investigations
  • Court and arbitration work
  • Collecting and safeguarding evidence
  • Sampling and advice on laboratory testing
  • Loss prevention advice

International Association of Arson Investigators

Our certification guarantees the world’s highest standard in fire investigation techniques.  All investigations are performed under the scientific method of the National Fire Protection Association. All investigators go through continuous training and re-certification.

3D Photography (Matterport)

Documenting a fire scene requires precise, on-the-spot mapping of the available evidence. Our 3D laser scan camera (Matterport) helps document fire investigation scenes more comprehensively than traditional tools and provides a complete snapshot of the fire scene. Laser scanning supports a highly objective, systematic approach and improves workflow efficiency, from gathering evidence on the spot to post-processing and presentation in court for forensic investigation.

CT Scan

Fire investigation includes both field and laboratory work to determine the cause of the fire. By using the CT scan, we can create images that distinguish between organic and inorganic substances or identify damage-causing defects, making it easier to pinpoint the cause of the fire.