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. 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. 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.

Christine Inghelbrecht

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

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. 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. Khodadad Kamaliseresht

Khodadad has a background as Safety and Technical Inspection Engineer at the Petroleum University of Technology in Iran and obtained a master of Fire Safety Engineering at the University of Ghent in 2019. At FESG he will be mainly active in the Industry department where he will focus on Oil&Gas projects.

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. 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.

Matthias Vanroelen

Matthias is trainee and works on design, reliability and audit of smoke control systems.

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. 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.

ir. Mohamed Dammak

Mohamed is a Chemical Process Engineer. He previously worked for a major contractor in the oil and gas industry on projects in the oil and gas fields of North Africa and the Middle East. Mohamed specialises in hydraulic calculations, the design of fire extinguishing systems and standards compliance. He works primarily on industrial projects, where he designs fire extinguishing systems and carries out compliance audits.

ir. Simon Loosvelt

Simon graduated as fire safety engineer (MFSE) at the Ghent University. At FESG he is active as a project engineer, with a main focus on CFD-calculations for the departments Infrastructure, Buildings and R&D.

Stijn Mertens

Stijn is trainee and works on industrial fire protection.

ir. Soheila Bigdeli

Sohelia graduated as a fire safety engineer in 2019 at the University of Ghent. At FESG she will focus mainly on integration of the 3D models in BIM.

ir. Xavier Deckers

Xavier has been actively involved in the design of smoke and heat control systems since 2006. He 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 15 fire engineers at FESG.

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.