Fire Engineering – Design and Application of Protective Coatings to Optimise Performance

Start time: 4:00 pm AEST. Understanding International and Australian standards now and in the future.
Fire Engineering – Design and Application of Protective Coatings to Optimise Performance

Due to increasing community and government concern over Coronavirus, Engineers Australia has decided to temporarily suspend all face-to-face events. This includes events which meet our previously imposed attendee limits. We will continue to offer members access to our online events and services such as EAXchange. We are also working hard to deliver more for our members in this area over coming months.


Join us for an International webinar on Wednesday the 29th of April, as we hear from global experts who will share insights into the future of performance-based fire modelling to optimise performance.

Construction failures in recent times, such as the Grenfell Tower in London, the NEO 200 building in Melbourne, and the Opal Tower in Sydney, highlight the critical issue of performance-based fire modelling in engineering compliance and design.

You will hear from three keynote speakers who will discuss the latest regulations, research and challenges facing engineers with regards to fire modelling and will provide insights into the various performance-based materials and methods that are fit-for-purpose for the engineering profession and community. 

Our speakers will focus on how optimal performance methods may be applied through the context of protective coatings, and will breakdown the new International and Australian standards for fire compliance.

Key takeaways:

  • How to optimise performance-based design
  • Breakdown and history of Group Number classification
  • Application of fire safety design with protective coatings
  • ISO and code compliance

This webinar is equal to 1.5 CPD Hours.

Preliminary Program

4.00pm - 4.05pm Welcome Address
4.05pm - 5.15pm Presentations and Discussion
5.15pm - 5.30pm Online audience Q&A

6:00pm NZT/ 4:00pm AEST / 2:00pm AWST / 3:30pm ACST

Guest Speakers

Dr Greg Baker
Director | Fire Research Group Limited

Greg Baker has worked for over 35 years in the New Zealand building and construction industry. Greg’s working life started in structural engineering consultancy, followed by working for multi-national building products manufacturer James Hardie. In 2002 Greg joined BRANZ (an independent building research institute in Wellington, New Zealand) where he was manager of fire and structural engineering for 13 years. Up until 2018, Greg was a Senior Fire Research Engineer at BRANZ, when he left to join boutique fire engineering consultancy, Olsson Fire and Risk, which subsequently merged with multi-national consultancy GHD. At the start of 2020, Greg left GHD to form Fire Research Group Ltd, a specialist consultancy offering research-based expert advice in the field of applied fire engineering. Greg’s main areas of research specialty are structures in fire, fire performance of external claddings and fire dynamics.

Greg has a BE (Civil) from the University of Auckland, and an ME (Fire Engineering) and PhD (Fire Engineering) from the University of Canterbury.

Dr Colleen Wade
Director | Fire Research Group Limited

Colleen Wade has worked in research for over 30 years, having first started her working career at BRANZ in 1987. Colleen was heavily involved in the technical input required for the introduction of a performance-based building code in New Zealand in 1992 and has also done research and consultancy for the Australian building regulator the ABCB since the 1990s. Over her time at BRANZ Colleen was the organisation’s leading expert on all matters related to fire science and fire safety engineering in her role as Principal Fire Research Scientist. In 2020 Colleen left BRANZ to become a co-director of start-up consultancy Fire Research Group Limited. Colleen is heavily involved in ISO and SFPE activities internationally and her areas of research specialisation include fire modelling, post flashover fires and fire dynamics, and she is best known internationally as the developer of the BRANZFire/BRISK fire model.

Colleen has a BBSc (Building Science Honours) from Victoria University Wellington, an MSc (Fire Protection Engineering) from Worcester Polytechnic Institute and a PhD (Fire Engineering) from the University of Canterbury.

Dr Daniel Nilsson
Director | Fire Research Group Limited
Professor of Fire Engineering | University of Canterbury

Daniel Nilsson has worked for his entire career in academia at two of the world’s leading fire engineering universities.
From 2002 to 2018 was an academic staff member at the University of Lund in Sweden and in 2018 he took up the position of Professor of Fire Engineering at the University of Canterbury. In 2020 Daniel also became a co-director of Fire Research Group Limited, alongside his continuing academic duties at the University of Canterbury. Daniel is a world-renown expert in the field of human behaviour in fire and has an extensive body of published research on this and associated topics.
Daniel has been involved in ISO standards development activities for many years, the last five as Chair of Subcommittee 4 (SC4 – Fire Safety Engineering) within Technical Committee 92 (TC 92 – Fire Safety). Daniel has a BSc (Fire Protection Engineering), PhD (Fire SafEngineering) and Docent (Fire Safety Engineering) all from the University of Lund.

Who should attend

Fire Engineers, Civil Engineers, Structural Engineers, Asset Managers and Risk Engineers


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Please note: this session is available as a webinar only. Register to access webinar details.

29 / 04 / 2020 - 04:00 pm to 05:30 pm
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29 / 04 / 2020 05:30 pm
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