FESG is an independent fire safety engineering and research office. Our mission is to produce reliable and scientifically based analyses and to advise clients on fire safety measures.
  • FESG designs creative solutions
  • through a performance-based approach
  • according to the objectives
  • cost-efficiently
  • determine the optimum combination of safety measures
  • to achieve an acceptable level of fire safety
  • with a passionate team of fire safety engineers

ir. Xavier Deckers

Xavier has been actively involved in the design of smoke and heat control systems since 2006 (civil engineering master's thesis). He started his career as a Fire Engineer at IFC (UK) and completed his studies in the first graduation of Belgian Fire Safety Engineers (2007). He then worked for two years as a researcher on fire safety in underground infrastructure at Ghent University. Since 2009, he has been responsible for a team of ten fire engineers at FESG. In his role as Senior Project Manager, he coordinates the projects of the Buildings, Industry and Infrastructure departments.

ir. Bart Van Weyenberge

Bart is a graduate of the International Master of Science in Fire Safety Engineering. Since 2012, he works as a Project Manager where he specialises in performance-based design of complex buildings and compliance checks. In addition, as part of his PhD at Ghent University, he developed a method to link cost-effective measures objectively with the achieved safety level for fire in buildings. His passion for fire safety does not end when he leaves the office, as he is a volunteer firefighter, allowing him a practical insight in the design of projects at FESG.

ir. Arne Inghelbrecht

Arne is graduate of the International Master in Fire Safety Engineering, having attended the University of Edinburgh, Lund, Ghent and Queensland. After graduating, he gained work experience in New Zealand, where he worked both for the fire services and in an engineering office. The emphasis on quality and performance-based designs at FESG was very appealing to Arne, and he was enthusiastic about joining the team. He enjoys working on challenging projects. When not at work, you can find him outdoors looking for a new hill to cycle over or a river to tackle.

dr. ir. Matteo Pachera

Matteo holds a PhD in tunnel ventilation, where he investigated structural interaction between ventilation and passive fire safety. Matteo is head of R&D and works primarily on infrastructure projects and develops state-of-the-art applications (numerical simulations). This allows out clients to receive reliable advice in short notice. In addition to CFD, Matteo enjoys travelling, reading and motocross.

ir. Emma Vandemoortele

Emma was part of the first graduation of the Master of Science in Fire Safety Engineering at Ghent University. She researched performance-based analyses for smoke propagation and evacuation of people in order to ensure safe evacuation before unsustainable conditions occur. She focusses on the conceptual aspect as well as the appropriate implementation of the fire safety design. This is applied to both the execution of fire safety systems and the procedural aspects (e.g. relating to evacuation).

ir. Kunsulu Bekish

Kunsulu is a FSE (IMFSE) and specialised in design of active fire suppression systems, from predesign to detailed design (hydraulic caluclations and 3D plans) to writing the technical specifications and on-site follow-up. Both for sprinkler, fas suppression and watermist she is a specialist regarding standards and interpretations. She works primarily on industrial and Infrastructure projects, where she designs fire extinguishing systems and carries out compliance audits.

ir. Pascale Vacca

Pascale is a graduate of the International Master in Fire Safety Engineering and studied at the University of Edinburgh, Lund, Ghent and Queensland. She focuses mainly on risk-analysis, assisting the client in selecting the most appropriate method for each project and guiding the client towards the whole project phase. As an Italian-Belgian, or Belgian-Italian, she combines the best of both worlds.

ir. Jan Bonnier

Jan graduated from the International Master in Fire Safety Engineering. His focus is on industry and infrastructure projects. He specialises in the design of SHE systems for parkings and infrastructure, executing compliance audits and site monitoring. He performs smoke tests and air flow measurements in underground, rail and road tunnels. In addition to his job as a fire engineer, he is a volunteer firefighter. This experience gives him an additional perspective in executing FESG projects.

ir. Mathieu Verpaele

Mathieu graduated as a fire safety engineer (IMFSE) and is now active as a project engineer. During his internship and his thesis he participated in several wind measurements in tunnels. Today he is the main go-to point for testing and commissioning of ventilation systems for the Buildings and Infrastructure department. In addition to this, he is responsible for the business development.

ir. Melchior Schepers

Melchior is a fire safety engineer (IMFSE) and specialised in CFD calculations. He works mainlu on smoke and heat controle concepts and implementations on-site.

Sophie Thys

Sophie works as Office Manager and Management Assistant at the Ghent office and is responsible for administration, invoicing, payroll and planning. Sophie is the key figure in ensuring proper organisation and functioning of the office.

Advisory Board

This advisory body seeks the right focus in implementing the strategic objectives in the short term in order to ensure the continuity and growth of the company in the long term.

Bart Dewaele

Bart Dewaele is passionate about the internet, new technologies, communication and enterprise. As a successful entrepreneur, he has added new impetus to the Advisory Board since 2016.

Bart Merci

Prof. Dr. Ir. Bart Merci is a Senior Lecturer in the Department of Flow, Heat and Combustion Mechanics at Ghent University, and has been involved with quality control at FESG since the outset.

Philippe Deckers

Philippe Deckers is Division Finance Manager at Etex and has been involved with strategic development at FESG since the outset.

Founding of FESG

Founding of FESG

The new UGent-spin-off Fire Engineered Solutions Ghent (FESG) was founded by Ir. Xavier Deckers in 2009 from the Department of Flow, Heat and Combustion Mechanics (www.ugent.be/ir/floheacom/en/), more specifically the 'Combustion Mechanics, Fire and Fire Safety' research group led by Prof. Bart Merci.