fire engineering


Fire engineering is a relatively new discipline developed principally as a reaction to the developing trends in building technology. Traditionally, fire safety in buildings has been achieved by reference to prescriptive building standards and codes of practice. However, as buildings are becoming more complex, larger and taller and populated with different types and abilities of users, traditional designs have become restrictive and inappropriate in their application often constraining the original vision.


Performance based fire safety engineering perceives fire safety more laterally to identify areas that will fulfil the purpose of ensuring life safety but can also be used to aid in property protection and business continuity issues. Fire engineering is used to evaluate a perceived problem; identifying actual risks and then creating an integrated package of measures to offset, remove or reduce the risk to an acceptable level. Only by evaluating and quantifying the risk can commensurate protective measures be designed and implemented.


Our fire engineering team's approach is to develop bespoke fire engineering solutions which deliver fire safety strategies not only to achieve an acceptable level of safety but also to provide greater architectural freedom and/or financial savings. This is achieved by investigating and incorporating inherent design features of a scheme supported by fire precaution measures that will substantially contribute towards an optimum designed scheme.


The team also offer a third-party review service. This can include compliance assessment of prepared plans and drawings and/or the review of proposed performance-based designs to ensure the designs are appropriate and which, in the best interest of the clients, may  then identify any potential alternatives that will provide a more beneficial solution.


Computational Modelling


State of the art computational modelling equipment enables us to offer a full range of computational techniques to fully support traditional analysis methods. We utilise a number of software packages on powerful modelling servers to ensure that any modelling is run quickly and efficiently and that the results are available to inform the design team at the earliest opportunity.


Computational modelling is an invaluable tool which allows a multitude of design scenarios to be evaluated in a relatively short space of time; the data generated by the model is refined and presented in a concise format. This assists greatly in streamlining the approvals process by providing the relevant approval authority with sufficient information to take a balanced view of the alternative solution.


Our Fire Engineering team is able to use computational modelling techniques to provide the maximum benefit to the client; in short by allowing a more specific analysis we are able to streamline the impact of fire safety systems on building layouts and budgets without lowering the level of safety.


The team use computational techniques including structural fire modelling, smoke modelling and evacuation modelling that can be used to address issues such as single means of escape, extended travel distances, smoke ventilation optimisation, exit width restrictions or reductions, and structural fire resistance ratings reductions or omissions.


International Delivery


Our engineers have considerable experience in developing new and existing schemes across a range of sectors throughout the world. This has involved the utilising of international fire codes as well as the adoption of local and unique codes of practice to develop the designs. Some of the schemes have also required our engineers to go and meet with local authorities to negotiate and agree proposed designs and/or to temporary relocate to the country to assist in the delivery of the project.


Countries where our engineers have been involved in include:

UK, Eire, Portugal, Eastern Europe, Middle East, Egypt, Libya, New Zealand, Australia, Mexico, South Africa & Russia.




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