Fire Safety Engineering involves the specification of fire protection systems through analysis of their performance in protecting human life and assets. Such systems may include smoke extractors, smoke detectors, emergency signage, or evacuation procedures that may be in use within a building, engine room or other enclosures. 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.
A designer may often decide to use an alternative solution to those proposed in the standards and regulations. It is often the case that their building or vehicle is non-standard, or they perceive a benefit from using a different approach. But how would a designer know if their alternative approach offered an acceptable level of safety?
BMT Design & Technology take a holistic approach to fire safety, using industry leading tools to best quantify fire safety risk 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
- Management Procedures
- Emergency Procedures
The benefits of Fire Safety Engineering include:
Determining Viable Options
Receive investigations and analysis of the various fire safety system options and approaches that may be adopted. Decide and substantiate the best approach.
Making Informed Design Decisions
Make decisions with confidence knowing the cost/benefit of each fire protection solution, considering both fire safety objectives 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 optimal layout of smoke and fire detectors, sprinklers, and smoke extraction locations. Identify the best escape route options. This can be achieved through numerical modelling of fire and smoke distribution, and simulation of the evacuation itself.
Provide third party verified evidence that a design complies with standards and regulations.
Knowing the Level of Fire Safety Risk
Determine whether or not fire protection systems reduce the level of fire and safety risk to an ‘as low as reasonably practicable’ or ALARP level. Identify what aspects of your design are driving any unacceptable risk, and receive advice on how the system may be improved.
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 client the confidence they need that a design is safe.
Receive a strong, easy to understand argument supported by a body of evidence that the safety risk of a building or vehicle is acceptable and as low as reasonably practicable (ALARP).
For general enquiries relating to Fire Safety Engineering, please contact Andrew Vaughan
BMT Design & Technology