FiSEC News

FiSEC Seeking New Partnership

FiSEC have been in practice for more than 20 years and although the Directors are as keen as ever they feel the time is drawing near when the baton needs to be passed on to a new generation.

We are therefore prepared to consider linking up with an existing professional engineering practice from within the UK or overseas who wish to expand into the field of fire engineering. We may also be prepared to consider merging with another fire engineering practice.

As well as being able to pass on our breadth of knowledge and experience we are also prepared to pass on the rights to what must be the best name for any Fire Engineering Practice.

Interested parties should contact us direct.

FiSEC offers training in the use of FDS

FDS the computational fluid dynamics model developed by NIST in the United States is increasingly seen to be an essential tool for solving fire engineering problems.

The program is complicated to set up and run. FiSEC who have been using it for five years are prepared to offer on-site training to fellow fire engineers, building control officers, fire brigade personnel and others who wish to use or understand more about the model as well as providing some insight into how and when it is appropriate to use it.

Interested parties should contact Simon Ham in our Lincoln Office.

Two New Museum/Galleries will open this Year

Two new galleries designed by Rick Mather Architects with fire safety engineering input from FiSEC will open in Eastbourne and Oxford in 2009.

Eastbourne's Towner art collection will move to a new purpose designed gallery and conference exhibition space, forming an extension to the existing listed Congress Theatre. The main challenge was to coordinate and alter the means of escape in the existing building in such a way as to provide a satisfactory escape strategy for the building as extended.

In Oxford the significantly redeveloped Ashmolean Museum is expected to be formally opened by the Queen later this year. Having been in development for some time the most interesting aspect from a fire engineering perspective was persuading the management of the benefits of installing sprinklers in this large open volume space. During the course of development this approach which was initially viewed with suspicion and concern became the preferred option in all similar buildings.