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

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 18 fire engineers at FESG.

Martial Delplanche

Martial has more than 20 years of experience in fire safety legislation, design of sprinklers and smoke control systems and water retention. He graduated as Fire Safety Engineer and joins our team in the Antwerp office.

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.

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 follow-up of the works and compliance audits.

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.

Melchior Schepers

Melchior holds degrees in mechanical and fire safety engineering (IMFSE). He uses this expertise in the design and modelling of smoke and heat control systems for large infrastructure projects. Besides the practical projects on site Melchior is mainly involved in the digitalization and development of fire safety software and web applications within FESG.

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. At FESG he is mainly active in the Industry department where he focuses on sprinkler, reliability and Oil&Gas projects.

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.

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.

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.

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.

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.

Bert Breemersch

Bert is a fire safety engineer (MFSE) and has experience in evaluating building permit requests at the fire brigade. At FESG he will focus on Technical Audits and Conformity Analysis. Bert will also remain active in the fire brigade as a voluntary fire fighter.

Matthias Vanroelen

Matthias is a fire safety engineer (MFSE) and works on audits, conformity analyses and follow-up of works/contol of proper execution. Internally he is occupied with setting up a model to beter map and estimate the reliability of Smoke- and Heat control systemes..

Stijn Mertens

Stijn has an engineering background in Chemistry as well as a diploma as Fire Safety Engineer (MFSE) for which his master thesis involved 'Fires in tank farms'. He is involved in complex industry projects. As he is located in the Antwerp office, Stijn mainly focusses in projects in Antwerp harbor.

Ettore Carini

Ettore is a fire safety engineer and specialised in CFD and evacuation calculations. He works mainly on smoke and heat control concepts and implementations of evacuation strategies.

Elbechir Senkez

Elbechir is our technical fire protection specialist. He specializes in the design of active extinguishing systems, ranging from preliminary design, execution of detailed design (hydraulic calculations and 3D plans) to drafting of technical specifications and delivery. Elbechir works mainly in the Industry and Infrastructure department. He designs various systems and performs audits.

Laurent Dhont

Laurent is responsible for the internal and external software development. He designs and updates the different calculation tools of 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.

Eefje Van Lancker

Eefje works as HR-support and client satisfaction. She is responsible for internal and external communication, payroll, training, coaching and planning.

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.