Fire safety engineering

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

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Rob Teasdale

Global Business Development Director

Australia

+61 (0) 3 86206180 defence-security@bmtglobal.com

Fire safety engineering

Fire Safety Engineering involves specifying fire protection systems by analysing their performance in protecting human life and assets. These systems may include smoke extractors, smoke detectors, emergency signage, or evacuation procedures that might be 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 Building Codes of Australia, SOLAS or AS 1850. Designers might decide to use alternative solutions to those proposed in the standards and regulations. This is sometimes because the relevant building or vehicle is non-standard, or because they see a benefit to using a different approach. But how would a designer know if their alternative approach provided an acceptable level of safety?

We take a holistic approach to fire safety, using industry-leading tools to best quantify fire safety risks and recommend effective and affordable solutions. This involves a combination of qualitative assessment, statistical analysis and where required, quantitative modelling and simulation. Our approach to fire safety engineering is to integrate all elements of fire safety systems including:

  • Fire Detection and Prevention
  • Fire and Smoke Control
  • Fire Suppression
  • Evacuation
  • Intervention
  • Training
  • Management Procedures
  • Emergency Procedures

Benefits

The benefits of Fire Safety Engineering include:

  • Determining viable options - Receive investigations and analysis of the various fire safety system options and approaches that could be adopted. 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 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. This 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 are creating unacceptable risk and receive advice on how to improve the system.
  • Presenting a strong safety argument - A safety argument is a formal way of demonstrating why your design should provide an acceptable level of safety risk. A strong argument will give the customer confidence that a design is safe. Receive a strong, easy-to-understand argument that 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).