Episodes

Fire Science, Engineering And Education UL FSRI Usefull For Firefighters

042 - Unsafe environment of post fire scenes with Gavin Horn

March 16, 2022

We all understand the dangers of smoke inhalation in fires. But what about the site of the fire a few days after it was put out? It looks clean, maybe even lost the smell... Is it something to worry about, or you can rush st…

Fire Science, Engineering And Education

041 - Sprinkler and safety systems reliability with Arnstein Fedoy

March 9, 2022

How reliable are sprinkler systems? Is it 100%? Is it 95%? Maybe it is 88%... actually, whatever the number is, do we truly understand what does it represent? What does it mean that a sprinkler has succeeded and what does it…

Car Parks And Tunnels Sustainable Future And Burning Issues

040 - Resilient road tunnel infrastructure with Ingo Riess

March 2, 2022

This week I've invited a guest, that I was looking to talk to for a good while... Dr Ingo Riess from Riess Ingenieur-GmbH is someone I look up to in the field of tunnel fire safety, in which I am very active in the last few …

Risk, Performance Based Engineering And Modelling

039 - The (near) future of modelling with a tool developer Bryan Klein

Feb. 23, 2022

What does the future hold? Probably no one knows. But what happens in near future with some of the most popular tools used by the FSE community? That is a great question to a tool developer - Bryan Klein of Thunderhead Engin…

Timber Structural Fire Engineering 2022 Highlights

038 - Fire resistance is not always enough for timber with Daniel Brandon

Feb. 15, 2022

It is the third time we talk about mass timber and fire in this show, and I hope every time the message gets even more refined. In this episode, it is clear - fire resistance is not always enough. But why? You will learn tha…

Evacuation And Human Behaviour

037 - Human behavior misconceptions that lead to (mis)modelling with Enrico Ronchi

Feb. 9, 2022

If you were investigating phenomena and built your whole narrative around a flawed and debunked concept, would that get published? Would that get cited? Would that be recognized? Many of us would say an obvious *no*, but tha…

UL FSRI Usefull For Firefighters

036 - Researching fire with firefighters - UL FSRI: Steve Kerber and Craig Weinschenk

Feb. 2, 2022

In this episode I was really happy to host two amazing researchers from UL FSRI - Dr Steve Kerber, the VP of Underwriter Laboratories and Director of UL Fire Safety Research Institute, and Dr Craig Weinschenk, research engin…

Timber Sustainable Future And Burning Issues

035 - Fire safety as cornerstone of sustainability with Margaret McNamee

Jan. 26, 2022

Building a fire-safe future is not an easy task. Including sustainability in that build, is even harder. But how hard is it to include fire safety in the discussion, when sustainability itself is a goal? Does sustainability …

Sustainable Future And Burning Issues

034 - Fire safety as a human right, not a privilege with Danielle Antonellis

Jan. 19, 2022

There are topics in fire science that gain more attention than others. Timber in fire. Batteries. Facades. They are novel, complex, challenging and yet as engineers, we must handle them in our everyday job. But are they impo…

Car Parks And Tunnels Risk, Performance Based Engineering And Modelling

033 - Science, theatre or engineering? Polish take on hot smoke test with Piotr Smardz and Janusz Paliszek

Jan. 12, 2022

Have you ever heard about the hot smoke testing approach? If you had, there is a great chance you have not heard anything positive about it... From our experience, this method is often downplayed as useless, unrealistic and …

032 - Closing the year with a look back on 2021 and forward to the future!

Dec. 22, 2021

Welcome to the final episode of this year! I hope you all had a great year. For me, it was probably the most challenging, and the most rewarding year of my whole professional career. Join me in this episode recollecting the …

Car Parks And Tunnels Fire Science, Engineering And Education

031 - Suppressing tunnel fires with water mist with Johny Jessen

Dec. 15, 2021

Can water mist be used in tunnels? I wondered that for a long time, and with every tunnel project, many questions around this issue were piling in my head. When dealing with large infrastructure projects you really need to w…

Risk, Performance Based Engineering And Modelling

030 - Visibility Prediction Framework with Lukas Arnold

Dec. 8, 2021

If you ever had anything to do with Fire Safety Engineering, you have most likely touched the visibility in smoke. What's an easier way to explain how bad the conditions are inside of a building than saying how much smoke wa…

Car Parks And Tunnels Fire Science, Engineering And Education

029 -Busses, flammability and an unknown force holding good solutions back... with Anja Hofmann-Böllinghaus

Dec. 1, 2021

This is not a fun episode. It starts with a tragedy, that fueled a whole field of research. Continues into disbelief, that one aspect of fire safety can be at the same chosen as the sole foundation of fire safety within a br…

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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…

Risk, Performance Based Engineering And Modelling Structural Fire Engineering

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…

Conference Reports

026 - Field report from IWMA conference in Warsaw

Nov. 10, 2021

Thanks to the courtesy of the International Water Mist Association I have been invited to the recent conference held in Warsaw. The conference was a two-day event focused on water mist technology. In fact, it was the 20th me…

Timber Structural Fire Engineering Fire Science, Engineering And Education

025 - Structural fire engineering with engineered timber with Felix Wiesner

Nov. 3, 2021

In Episode 18 we have touched on the important topic of fire performance of engineered wood and its wide use in the modern built environment. Today, we follow up on this subject with Dr Felix Wiesner from the University of …

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024 - Who's a Fire Safety Engineer with Jimmy Jönsson

Oct. 27, 2021

Who is a Fire Safety Engineer? And when do you become one? How do you know the person on the other side of the table at the project meeting has the necessary competencies to judge fire safety solutions of a building you desi…

Risk, Performance Based Engineering And Modelling Structural Fire Engineering

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…

Wildfires, WUI And Wind Fire Science, Engineering And Education

022 - Combustion, fluid mechanics and fire safety engineering with Michael Gollner

Oct. 13, 2021

https://firelab.berkeley.edu/ this is the place you need to go! Ignition at different slope angles. Firebrand spotting. Fire whirls. What does connect these various fire phenomena? They are all driven by fluid dynamics and c…

Risk, Performance Based Engineering And Modelling Structural Fire Engineering Usefull For Firefighters

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 …

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020 - Fire Safety Engineering as a socio-technical system with Brian Meacham

Sept. 29, 2021

Do you sometimes feel that fire safety engineering is not making a footprint as it should? With all our knowledge, models, technology...why do huge fires exist? Why fire is such a threat to billions of humans? In today's epi…

Evacuation And Human Behaviour Fire Science, Engineering And Education

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…