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Fire Protection in Buildings

Active and Passive Fire Safety Systems in Buildings

(Based on 2010 NBC and NFC and similar Provincial Codes)

Includes Review of upcoming code changes in Part 3 of the 2015 NBC

Upcoming Courses

Description

This newly updated two-day seminar focuses on the requirements for active fire safety systems (e.g. fire alarm, sprinkler systems, water supplies, emergency lighting, smoke control, etc.) and passive fire safety systems (e.g. fire separations, exits, etc.) in buildings.  There will be a structured workshop environment with constant interaction between attendees and seminar Leaders. Participants will learn about:

Passive Fire Safety Systems (e.g. fire separations, exits, etc.)
NBC and NFC Requirements
Installation Methods
Construction Requirements
Maintenance Requirements

Active Fire Safety Systems (e.g. sprinkler, fire alarm, etc.)
NBC and NFC Requirements
Design Standards Requirements
Installation Requirements
Maintenance Requirements

Pre-requisite

Attendees should have a working knowledge of Part 3 of the NBC.

Who should attend

This seminar is structured for building operators, building owners, architects, engineers, designers, building inspectors, and fire inspectors.

Benefits to participants

  • Application of the 2010 NBC specific to active and passive fire safety systems
  • Learn a methodology for applying the Building Code to both new construction and retrofits
  • Participate in hands-on interactive workshops to apply the NBC and referenced Standards
  • Learn from the experience of others who evaluate building designs and who make decisions on Building Code issues
  • Become familiar with the potential for developing alternative solutions to prescriptive Building Code requirements
  • Review of upcoming code changes in Part 3 of the 2015 NBC.

Objectives

The course is designed to provide participants with knowledge on the various fire safety systems individually and how they impact overall fire safety in buildings. This will include fire separations, sprinkler systems, fire alarm systems, as well as all other passive and active fire systems.

You will require

Participants are encouraged to bring the following materials for workshop activities:

  • The 2010 National Building Code
  • Metric scale
  • Calculator

Format

Day 1 - registration/check-in will start at 8:00 a.m. with sessions to begin at 8:30 a.m. and adjourn at 4:00 p.m. Day 2 will commence at 8:30 a.m. and adjourn at 4:00 p.m. There will be 15 minute mid-morning and afternoon breaks. Lunch will be from 12 noon to 1:00 p.m.

Program outline

Introduction

Passive Fire Safety Systems (e.g. Fire Separations)

Applicable Code Requirements
National Building Code 2010
National Fire Code 2010
Referenced Standards
Construction Methods
Maintenance Requirements
Upcoming changes to part 3 of the 2015 NBC

Active Fire Safety Systems (e.g. Sprinklers, Fire Alarm, etc.)

Applicable Code Requirements
National Building Code 2010
National Fire Code 2010
Referenced Standards
Construction Methods
Maintenance Requirements

Alternative Solutions

When are they applicable?
What is required?
Examples of application

Note: Quizzes and workshops on applying requirements for active and passive fire safety systems will be part of the program on both day 1 and day 2.

Instructors

A member of the RJ Bartlett Engineering Ltd team will lead the presentations and workshops.

Ian MacDonald, P.Eng., CFEI

Ian MacDonald is the General Manager of RJ Bartlett Engineering Ltd in Fredericton, New Brunswick.  Ian is a licensed Professional Engineer in Manitoba, New Brunswick, Northwest Territories, Nunavut, and Ontario.  Ian graduated from Queen’s University with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Electrical) degree in 1985. He joined RJ Bartlett Engineering Ltd in 1995 after working in Ontario as a fire protection consultant for ten years.

In addition to being a National Association of Fire Investigators (NAFI) Certified Fire and Explosion Investigator, Ian has participated on a variety of committees with organizations such as FiRECAM Atlantic Working Group, Society of Fire Protection Engineers, Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of New Brunswick, Canadian Standards Association, Underwriters’ Laboratories of Canada, National Research Council, and Association of Consulting Engineering Companies.

Ian provides fire protection consulting services on all types of occupancies.

Ben Coles, M.Sc.E., MBA, P.Eng., PE, Fire Protection Engineer

Ben Coles is a Project Coordinator at RJ Bartlett Engineering Ltd in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Ben is a licensed Professional Engineer in New Brunswick, Prince Edward Island, and Maine. Ben graduated as a mechanical engineer in 2003 from the University of New Brunswick (UNB) and has since completed his M.Sc.E. in Fire Protection Engineering from Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in 2009 and MBA in Engineering Management from UNB in 2011.

Ben has participated on a variety of committees with organizations such as the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of New Brunswick, and Association of Consulting Engineering Companies.

Ben provides fire protection consulting services on all types of occupancies.

Christian Oickle, M.E., P.Eng., Fire Protection Engineer

Christian Oickle is a licensed Professional Engineer in Nova Scotia as well as Newfoundland and Labrador. Christian graduated from the Dalhousie University with a Bachelor of Science in Engineering (Mechanical) degree in 2006, and has subsequently earned a Master of Fire Protection Engineering in 2013 through the University of Maryland. He has 7 years’ experience working in the fire protection and code consulting industries. As the Project Manager, Christian will provide day-to-day project management and engineering services throughout the building code review process.

Sean Bartlett, P. Eng.

Sean Bartlett is a Project Manager at RJ Bartlett Engineering Ltd in Fredericton, New Brunswick. Sean is a licensed Professional Engineer in New Brunswick and Saskatchewan. Sean graduated as a mechanical engineer in 2006 from the University of New Brunswick (UNB) and is currently pursuing a Master’s degree in fire protection engineering at the University of Maryland.

Sean is an active committee member with the Fredericton Branch of the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of New Brunswick.

Sean provides fire protection consulting and design services on all types of occupancies.

Adam Murray, CET, NICET IV

Adam Murray is a certified engineering technologist. Adam graduated from the New Brunswick Community College (Moncton, NB) with a diploma in Civil Technology in 1999. He joined RJ Bartlett Engineering Ltd the same year.

Adam is an active member of various standards subcommittees for Underwriter’s Laboratories of Canada.

Adam has participated in various projects with RJ Bartlett Engineering Ltd including fire protection engineering with respect to schools and universities, nursing homes, office buildings, industrial facilities, and hotels.  He currently holds the position of Project Coordinator and leads the RJ Bartlett Engineering Ltd fire protection systems team.

Adam has specifically been involved in various educational and institutional projects including schools, universities, and hospitals. These projects include the construction of new buildings as well as renovations and additions to existing facilities.

Luc Doucette, PTech, NICET III

Luc Doucette is a certified engineering technologist.  Luc graduated from the New Brunswick Community College (Moncton, NB) with a diploma in Civil Technology in 2004.  He joined RJ Bartlett Engineering Ltd in April of 2006.

Luc is registered with NICET (National Institute for Certification in Engineering Technology) as a Level III Water-Based Systems Layout Professional.

Luc has participated in various projects with RJ Bartlett Engineering Ltd including fire protection engineering with respect to schools and universities, nursing homes, office buildings, industrial facilities, and hotels.  These projects include the construction of new buildings as well as renovations and additions to existing facilities. Luc currently holds the position of Project Manager with the fire protection systems team.

Other personnel from RJ Bartlett Engineering Ltd may participate in the delivery of this seminar.