Experience

This deals with experience in the fire field over the past 40 years. (For further information see Publications)

  • Finding acceptable alternatives to the prescriptive fire regulations and codes
  • Guiding owners/managers/designers of buildings, especially residential and commercial, on how to satisfy the fire regulations
  • On behalf of local authorities and private building control inspectors, approving fire safety aspects of complex fire safety engineered buildings
  • Undertaking fire risk assessments under the Regulatory Reform( Fire Safety) Order 2005
  • Making smoke control calculations e.g. smoke fill times for different design fires
  • Specifying passive fire precautions (structural fire precautions and means of escape)
  • Specifying methods for upgrading fire resistance of buildings, especially historic buildings
  • Identifying inadequacies in installed passive fire protection systems in buildings and proposing remedial measures
  • Achieving fire resistance in lightweight building components
  • Making informed Trade-off of active and passive fire protection methods
  • Publishing BRE guidance on fire engineering design of tall fire walls
  • Investigating thermal bowing and how it affects building design, and publishing BRE design guidance
  • Conducting BRE research into large scale compartment fire tests to establish fire severity in enclosures and comparing the results with the time-equivalent calculation method
  • Arranging large scale fire tests at BRE for European harmonization of fire resistance furnaces using the plate thermometer. Publishing results of the ‘travelling’ fire phenomena
  • Researching new methods of fire protecting steel work and predicting the behaviour of steel and composite structures
  • Drafting BRE guidance on fire resistance of portal frames and composite deck floors
  • Co-authoring BRE guidelines for determining the fire resistance of structural elements
  • Assessment of fire damage in buildings and bridges
  • Researching fire safety design of lightweight sandwich panels
  • Publishing BRE guidance on means of escape for the disabled
  • Chairing British drafting work giving guidance on fire fighting lifts and lobby-approach stairways – leading to the worlds first Standard (BS 5588 Part 5)  on this important fire fighting bridgehead facility
  • Undertaking smoke control design and calculation audits
  • Contributing to the development of British and international documents/codes on fire safety engineering in BSI, ECSC and ISO
  • Assisting the development of a 10-year fire safety engineering research strategy for BRE

Clients

Government departments in Great Britain:

  • Department of Environment
  • Ministry of Defence
  • Scottish Development Department
  • Home Office
  • Department of Health and Social Security
  • Ministry of Agriculture Fisheries and Food
  • Property Services Agency
  • Department of Finance, Northern Ireland
  • An Bord Pleanala (Planning Appeals Board ), Republic of Ireland

Overseas Public Sector clients:

  • Overseas Development Administration, India
  • United Nations Industrial and Development Organisation, Brazil
  • Fire Safety Bureau, Singapore

Overseas Private Sector clients:

  • Arbed Recherches, Luxembourg
  • A major sandwich panel manufacturer, Finland
  • Sodra, a major timber product manufacturer, Sweden

Private and commercial clients

  • Too many to list (see list of ‘Projects‘ where clients are mentioned)