Reform of Fire Safety Engineering: Where to from here? - Webinar

*Webinar Available* At this half-day session, brought to you by Engineers Australia - Society of Fire Safety, The Warren Centre - University of Sydney, and the Victorian Building Authority, a series of speakers will guide guests through the latest fire safety research and challenges facing fire safety engineers.
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*Webinar Available* Recent years have seen events such as the Lacrosse and Neo 200 fires in Melbourne highlight the risks associated with failed fire safety.

Recognising that these incidents, and similar incidents overseas, demonstrate the need for a new approach to professionalising of Fire Safety Engineering. The Warren Centre has undertaken a major research project examining Fire Safety Engineering in Australia. While much of the inquiries triggered by these incidents have focused on products and appropriate cladding, The Warren Centre recognises that there is a much bigger issue to be considered that speaks to the core of fire safety engineering and the competence of practitioners.

At this half-day session, brought to you by Engineers Australia - Society of Fire Safety, The Warren Centre - University of Sydney, and the Victorian Building Authority, a series of speakers will guide guests through the latest fire safety research and challenges facing fire safety engineers. In particular, the future role of fire safety engineers, required competencies, professional accreditation and potential future regulations will be discussed.

The session will create awareness amongst fire safety engineers of the recommendations of The Warren Centre research, amongst other initiatives, and where the state of the art in fire safety engineering is heading under proposed reform agendas.

Learning Outcomes

Attendees will learn to:

  • Identify and understand some of the issues and needs for reform in fire safety engineering practice and regulation in Australia
  • Understand the recommendations of The Warren Centre project into “Professionalism in Fire Safety Engineering” and implications for their future professional practice
  • Appreciate the issues of future competency and education of fire safety engineers and future resource issues in any transitional phase to full professionalism and a proper career structure

 

Program

Overview of topics covered over the session. Please note times subject to change.

1.30pm: Introduction (Dr Jonathan Barnett / Blair Stratton, Engineers Australia - Society of Fire Safety)

1.45pm: The Need for Reform, an International Perspective (Prof José Torero, University College London)

2.15pm: Q & A (Prof José Torero)

2.30 pm: The Warren Centre Research Project and the Move to Professionalism (Peter Johnson, Arup)

3.00pm: Q & A (Peter Johnson)

3.15pm: Afternoon tea (deleted from Webinar)

3.45pm: Fire Safety Education – Future Needs and Challenges (Dr David Lange, University of Queensland)

4.15pm: The Response of the Profession (Dr Jonathan Barnett / Blair Stratton, Engineers Australia - Society of Fire Safety)

4.45pm: Final Q & A and Wrap-up

 

Speakers

Speakers

 Jonathan Barnett: Managing Director, Basic Expert Pty Ltd

Dr Jonathan Barnett is an internationally acclaimed technical expert in fire engineering with over 38 years’ experience in his field. During his long career, Jonathan has worked on projects with the Australasian Fire Authorities Council, fire brigades in Victoria and New South Wales, CSIRO, and the National Institute of Standards and Technology in the US.

Jonathan is currently the Technical Director for Basic Expert Pty Ltd in Melbourne Australia, and was previously with RED Fire Engineers. He is a chartered and licensed professional engineer, a Fellow in SFPE and a Fellow in the Institute of Engineers Australia. He has designed numerous commercial, residential and special purpose buildings.

As an expert witness, Jonathan has testified on fire events throughout the world. In 2001 Jonathan was a core team member for the Building Performance Study that investigated the events of 9/11 in the United States of America. Jonathan testified before the US Congress House Science Committee on the event and has given over 100 presentations on the topic. 

 

Peter Johnson: Principal and Fellow, Arup

Peter Johnson is a Principal and Fellow at the global planning, design, engineering and management consulting firm of Arup. Peter’s 40-year, international career has included work across fire safety engineering and design of buildings and transport infrastructure, as well as fire research, fire safety education and standards writing.

Peter has a special interest in regulatory reform and professional engineering development as well as the fire safety design process, on which he has written extensively and presented internationally. He holds registration as a fire safety engineer in Victoria and Queensland, and on the National Engineers Registration (NER) in the category of fire safety engineering.

Peter is a Member of the National Fire Protection Association in the USA and committee member of the International Association of Fire Safety Science. He is a Fellow of the Engineers Australia and the US based Society of Fire Protection Engineers, a Fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering (ATSE), and an Honorary Life Member of the Fire Protection Association, Australia.

 

Dr David Lange: Senior Lecturer, Structural Engineering, University of Queensland

Dr David Lange is a Senior Lecturer in Structural Engineering at the University of Queensland, and the current discipline leader of the University’s School of Civil Engineering’s fire safety engineering group. His main research interests lie in fire engineering, and community and infrastructure response to crises.

David’s projects in the field of fire safety engineering have included studying the response of timber, composite, as well as reinforced and prestressed concrete construction and structural glass in fire. He recently completed a European Union Horizon 2020 project studying the operationalisation of resilience to critical infrastructure alongside infrastructure operators’ current risk management processes. He has worked on other European Union funded projects spanning subjects such as structural fire engineering and crisis management.

David has a PhD in structural fire engineering from the University of Edinburgh, and has previously worked as a senior research scientist at SP, the national technical research institute of Sweden. He has also held teaching fellowship and research associate positions at the University of Edinburgh.

 

Blair Stratton: Manager, Major Projects, RED Fire Engineers

Blair Stratton studied chemical and process engineering at the University of Canterbury, New Zealand, before completing a Master of Fire Engineering in 2005. He is one of the founding partners of RED Fire Engineers and co-chair of the Society of Fire Safety in Victoria and is a Fellow of Engineers Australia.

With over 14 years’ experience as a fire safety engineer in Australia and New Zealand, Blair has led the fire engineering design for a number of significant infrastructure and building projects, including the Victorian desalination plant and the Tasmanian Museum & Art Gallery redevelopment. Blair specialises in complex projects such as road/rail facilities and industrial facilities and is currently part of a team assisting various government departments with their ongoing response to combustible facades.

 

Professor José L. Torero: Professor Civil Engineering and Head of the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering, University College London

Professor José L. Torero is a Professor of Civil Engineering and Head of the Department of Civil, Environmental and Geomatic Engineering at University College London. He works in the fields of safety, environmental remediation and sanitation, where he specialises in complex environments such as developing nations, complex urban environments, novel architectures, critical infrastructure, aircraft and spacecraft.

José is a Chartered Engineer (UK), a Registered Professional Engineer in Queensland, a fellow of the Australian Academy of Technological Sciences and Engineering, the Royal Academy of Engineering (UK), the Royal Society of Edinburgh (UK), the Queensland Academy of Arts and Sciences, the Institution of Civil Engineers (UK), the Institution of Fire Engineers (UK), the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (USA), the Combustion Institute (USA) and the Royal Society of New South Wales.

José has been involved in landmark designs including the tallest timber office building in the world and the Space Shuttle hangars in Cape Canaveral, and also significant investigations including the World Trade Centre collapse. 

 

Thank you to our co-hosts:

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Date
24 / 02 / 2020 01:30 pm to 24 / 02 / 2021 05:00 pm
(
AEST
)
Registration Closes
24 / 02 / 2021 11:00 am
Venue
Webinar
Level 31
600 Bourke Street
Melbourne
,
Victoria
,
3000
Cost
Webinar registration
  • Price: $75.00 ($68.18 excl. GST)
Key Speaker(s)
Dr Jonathan Barnett, Peter Johnson, Dr David Lange, Blair Stratton, Professor José L. Torero
Host(s)
Engineers Australia - Society of Fire Safety, The Warren Centre - University of Sydney, and the Victorian Building Authority
Event Contact
  • Contact:
    Engineers Australia Member Services
  • Phone:
    1300 653 113
  • Email:
Maximum CPD Hours
3.5