FESG provides explanation on Stavanger car park fire
Stavanger airport car park fire The fire that occured on 7/01/2020 in the airport car park in Stavanger is raising a lot of questions. What do we know? The fire is reported to have started in an Opel (diesel) on the ground floor. The fire quickly spread to multiple cars. Parts of the building have collapsed due to the high temperatures. At least 300 vehicles are said to have been destroyed. The fire brigade had to contain the fire from the outside, as the possibilities for internal firefighting were limited due to the quick fire spread and low structural stability (15 minutes). There are no indications that the presence of a large amount of electric cars had a significant impact (compared to combustion engine) Recent fires in open car parks When looking at fires in open car parks in the last 2 years, this event is not a surprise or an…Read more
BIM based approach addressing evacuation in fire
Complex building designs, new construction materials and ever-changing building lay-outs all stress the difficulty to properly address evacuation in modern buildings. Even though the number of fire deaths/ injuries show a great decline compared to 19s, the rate has reduced from around 50% to 10%. One of the reasons is known to be lack of adapting safety measures based on the risk in complex buildings. FESG is starting a comprehensive research program to set forward a methodology that will check the safety level of the building using real time evacuation data and simulation results of how fire and smoke would spread throughout the building. This high-end approach is made possible thanks to integration into a corresponding BIM model. Such a combination between fire evacuation and BIM is rather unique, and comes timely noticing an increased…Read more
FESG colleague Bart receives PhD!
On Friday the 28th of June, a jury of professors, decided unanimously that the title of Doctor in Fire Safety Engineering (UGent) should be awarded to FESG-colleague Bart Van Weyenberge. For 5 years, Bart worked in close collaboration with FESG on his PhD in which he discusses the development of a probabilistic risk based model to quantify the life safety level in buildings in case of fire. Hereby we would like to congratulate dr. Bart! Acknowledgements Bart was excellently supervised in this PhD by his 2 promoters at the University of Ghent: Prof. Bart Merci and Prof. Robby Caspeele. Their input was of crucial importance to complete the PhD successfully. In addition, a word of thanks to the Flemish Agency for Innovation and Entrepreneurship for granting support in the form of a Baekeland mandate. Why a new method? In the…Read more
Testimonials Interns 2018
During the summer of 2018, a couple of IMFSE students took on an internship. Balsa and Giorgos share their experience. Hi Balsa and Giorgos, Why did you apply for an internship at FESG? Balsa: I wanted to expand on the knowledge I gained during my first year of the IMFSE programme with some practical experience. When I heard about the opportunity of working on full scale fire experiments with FESG I applied immediately. Giorgos: Since I had no working experience in the field of Fire Safety Engineering, it was crucial for me to get a practical insight of what a fire engineer does as an everyday task. I wanted to see how all that theoretical knowledge, acquired during my first year of studies, could be applied as an engineering solution to real life problems. FESG is a top engineering and consultancy firm, with a leading position in the…Read more
Succesful study day with live fire test!
Why organise a study day? On the 13th of November the results of the research project "Fire safety in underground sprinklered car parks" were presented on a specifically organised study day at the firefighter academy "Campus Vesta" in Ranst, Belgium. All Belgian departments of the fire and rescue services were invited to attend the event. In total about 80 invitees were present, comprised of different stakeholders such as: firefighters, government agencies and project developers. Study day programme The study day was kicked off by a presentation of Patrick Merckx and Dominique Goidts (Cegelec Fire Solutions) on the structure of the fire tests. Thereafter Xavier Deckers (Fire Engineered Solutions Ghent) elucidated the newly developped Fire Brigade Intervention Model (FBIM) and the main findings of the fire…Read more
Vanaf 2018 publiceert FESG elk kwartaal een nieuwsbrief. Wilt u up-to-date blijven met de nieuwste evoluties en evenementen in brandveiligheid? Lees dan zeker onze nieuwsbrief! Niet enkel de nieuwste trends komen er aan bod, maar ook welke op maat gemaakte dienstverlening we u kunnen aanbieden. Aan de hand van enkele projecten binnen onze diverse afdelingen toont FESG wat het voor u kan betekenen. Aarzel niet en neem een kijkje via onderstaande links! Nieuwsbrief-Q1-2018 Nieuwsbrief-Q2-2018 Nieuwsbrief-Q3-2018Read more