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Engineers Toolbox Episodes

All the episodes covering the tools fundamental to any kind of fire safety engineer, wildfire engineer (I made this up) and Pyromanager (i made this up as well).
Engineers Toolbox

028 - Easy entry into the world of AI in fire with MZ Naser

Nov. 24, 2021

Have you ever been fascinated by the capabilities of AI? Did you wonder how the heck can an algorithm beat humans in repetitive tasks? Or make multi-level correlations that we would never be able to figure out? I was as well…

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027 - Travelling fires with Guillermo Rein

Nov. 17, 2021

If you have ever learned about the compartment fire dynamics framework, have tried zone modelling or any kind of fire modelling, you have probably noticed that as the compartments get bigger, the less uniform conditions insi…

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023 - Risk assessment with Maximum Allowable Damage with Jaime Cadena Gomez and David Lange

Oct. 20, 2021

Risk as a concept is well established in modern Performance-Based Design in Fire Safety Engineering. However, it comes in many flavours - from a simple calculation of consequences vs probability, through indexing methods and…

Engineers Toolbox Fire Science And Engineering

021 - Resilient design for firefighter safety with Ali Ashrafi

Oct. 5, 2021

It is hard for us, fire safety engineers, to talk to firefighters on how to do their job... Probably we even shouldn't, as we have no idea how it is to truly go there into the heat and battle fire to save lives. But it does …

Engineers Toolbox Fire Science And Engineering

019 - Modelling human behaviour in wildfire evacuation with Erica Kuligowski

Sept. 21, 2021

There is plenty of fire engineers who think they are modelling human behaviour... Some claim they can do it... And there is very, very few who actually did and succeeded with it. One of them is today's guest, Dr Erica Kuligo…

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016 - The future of evacuation modelling with Enrico Ronchi and Ruggiero Lovreglio

Sept. 1, 2021

Evacuation modelling is paramount in accounting for the human aspect in our fire modelling. But how is it developing? Where are we with our tools, and where are we heading with them? What are the most profound challenges rel…

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013 - On the use and abuse of CFD in fire engineering with Wolfram Jahn

Aug. 11, 2021

We are living in a kind of weird time, where the most complex tool we have is at the same time the most commonly used (and abused one). The Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) modelling has brought us amazing capabilities in …

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011 - Why temperature is so easy to measure but so hard to interpret?

July 28, 2021

What is the single most measured thing in fire science? The answer is easy - temperature. We use it everywhere - from learning material properties in TGA's to expressing conditions in compartment fires. We use it at the same…

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008 - Zone modelling is not dead with Colleen Wade

July 7, 2021

Zone modelling is a technique introduced in 1970's and 80's that has changed fire science. In my personal opinion, along with oxygen calorimetry and the development of FDS it may have been the most impactful tool of fire sci…

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007 - AI in smart firefighting and the future of FSE PBD with Xinyan Huang

June 29, 2021

Everyone is talking about AI, but how can we really use it in fire safety engineering and firefighting? Prof Xinyan Huang of HK PolyU will explain his research in this field, and we can consider it as a time travel to the fu…

Engineers Toolbox Fire Science And Engineering

003 - Tenability criteria with Gabriele Vigne

June 2, 2021

How do you know if a building is safe in fire or not? Usually through performing ASET-RSET analyses, in which you determine how and when the tenability criteria in the building are breached. This is what I discuss with dr Ga…