SDiB is the leading debating platform for safety and fire professionals in the construction industry. Initiated in collaboration with Intersec in 2012, the Safety Design in Buildings Campaign debates safety standards and practices in the built environment. Expert speakers will discuss the improved protection of people and buildings by looking at trends in the GCC and construction sector.
The event brings leading Fire Safety Consultants, Architects, Engineers and Testing Experts together with Safety System Suppliers to give updates on industry standards and provide a debating platform for best practice.
We spent the last decade and a half warning of the dangers of combustible façade materials. That is now both understood and unfortunately demonstrated. We’ve spent the last 5 years presenting strategies for replacement. During that time we know that many developers have assessed their buildings’ risk profile’s.
So why are we not seeing hundreds of building refurbishments?
Andy Dean asked developers from various sectors, and presents their opinions.
This presentation will review types of compartmentation, the functional and testing requirements of perimeter barrier firestop systems and cavity barriers in global market and Routes to compliance though large scale system tests like NFPA 285 and BS 8414
This presentation will aim to discuss the need for safety compliance on existing buildings and strategies for achieving this in instances where the buildings have been in use for some time, and how that might affect the overall safety strategy. It will highlight the necessity and methods for inspections on key safety elements, such as doors.
Fire and life safety systems are commonly engineered and designed based on the operational effectiveness. What is equally important but often overlooked is the ease of maintenance, testing and even commissioning. A fire safety system that cannot be or is difficult to maintain or to test will result is systems not being tested or maintained which in turn will lead to systems not working properly.
This presentation highlights the requirements and also typical examples of issues being found in High Rise Tower cluster projects.
The new Doha Metro is one of Qatar’s World Cup 2022 Infrastructure Projects and is currently in its final stages of construction. This presentation aims to describe the fire and life safety related systems and equipment considerations which require to be made when dealing with a mega project. It will look at the design, installation, inspection and testing requirements necessary to take this project from its inception to its completion.
The presentation will discuss how fire and life safety within operational buildings can be significantly improved through the use of digital tools. Despite laws & regulations human error is putting us at higher fire risk on a daily basis because ‘passive assets’ (non-digital fire systems) such as fire doors, fire escapes, stairways & fire extinguishers amongst others are often being overlooked. We put faith in the Building Owners & Operators / FM Companies / fire protection systems & AMC’s that provide them. We put our faith in the BMS systems / CAFM software platforms to manage these assets, but despite technology these checks are still largely done via laboursome & often unreliable paperwork exercises. Critical checks are more often than not being overlooked with no responsibility or accountability. We often don’t have visibility of who is doing what checks and when.
The Answer – We need to have more transparency on how passive fire assets are managed & checked building to building. This can be achieved through the us of Digital Platforms consisting of a digital dashboard & app that simplifies the fire inspection process to ensure a holistic view & management of passive fire safety assets & ensure the same are Fire compliant. And this is just the beginning. The same tools can be used to track the “smarter” fire safety systems, such as fire alarms, fire pump controls, etc. and all be integrated under one simple dashboard providing real-time feedback on the fire health status of the building.
Building Facade Refurbishments For Safety – The Developers’ Perspective
Andy Dean, Head of Façade Engineering | WSP
Overcoming Challenges Of Fire Compartmentation Of Façades
Sreenivas Narayanan, General Manager – Middle East and Asia Pacific | Siderise Insulation Limited
How Safe Are Our Buildings?
Strategies For Achieving Safety Compliance On Existing Buildings
Cristina Perez Domper, Regional Operations Manager – Product Testing and Certification Building & Construction | Intertek
Maintainability And Commissionability Of Fire And Life Safety Systems In High Rise Tower Clusters
Peter van Gorp, Director of Fire and Life Safety | AESG
Planning And Delivering Fire And Life Safety Related Systems For Mega Projects; New Doha Metro Project
Stephen Hunter, Senior Fire Engineer | WarringtonFire
Automating Fire Safety
David Black, Director, Middle East Operations | Joule Group
Securing Major Event Infrastructure
Oliver van den Broek, Security Consultant & Director | BaRC Solutions
Kindly reach the venue on October 16, 2019 at 8:30 am
Andy has over 30 years of experience in the field of Building and Construction, ranging from structural testing within the nuclear industry to fire testing. Having established the Dubai Cladding Technology Centre and Laboratory, and operated it for 10 years, he has particular knowledge of heavy structures testing and weathertightness testing of cladding, curtain walling and building envelope systems.
He has carried out many consultancy projects as a third-party specialist in the field of building envelope technology.
Andy has a long-standing association with the CIOB. He is currently the Chairman of the Dubai and Northern Emirates Center and he is also an experienced candidate mentor.
He continues to provide input into the UAE code and is a regular speaker at industry technical seminars such as this one.
Peter Van Gorp has been working as a Fire Engineer for more than 23 years, of which 13 years have been spent in the Middle East. He handled building fire and life safety projects ranging from schools, hotels, hospitals to large shopping malls to multi occupancy high rise and industrial developments, from initial concept to assistance during construction. Van Gorp has also been involved in the fire safety system design and engineering fire safety system construction supervision and site management and in assistance and witnessing of testing and commissioning of fire and life safety systems. He also has extensive experience in fire risk assessments ranging from qualitative fire risk assessments of refinery and chemical processes to quantitative fire risk assessments of installations. In his role, he has conducted numerous risk assessments involving gas installations and involving the storage and handling of hazardous materials. Van Gorp holds a Masters in Applied Engineering Electro-Mechanics from H.I.K Belgium.
Claire is a Principal Consultant in the Security Risk Management Department at WSP in the Middle East. She combines her academic background, varied industry experience and strong communication skills to deliver comprehensive security, risk & resilience advice to clients. Claire specialises in Security Risk Management, Security Strategy & Resiliency Planning.
Claire is experienced across a number of key sectors including major sporting events, the built environment (predominantly mixed use developments), the hospitality industry (leisure & tourism) and transportation infrastructure (rail).
She has worked with both government and private sector organisations across the UK, Europe, MENA and Asia-Pac regions. She has a passion for coordinating, managing and executing successful security solutions for clients, that are bespoke to their requirements.
Claire has a BA in Law & Criminology, as well as a MSc in Security Sector Management from Cranfield University at the UK Defence Academy.
Cristina Perez Domper has a Masters of Science in Structural Engineering. She gained her experience in the fire industry as a Fire Engineer for AFITI in Madrid, Spain. She is now the Regional Operations Manager for Intertek in Dubai, UAE. She specialises in product testing and certification in building & construction.
Sreenivas Narayanan (“Sreeni”) is Façade Specification & Compliance Officer at Siderise Insulation Limited, in charge of the Middle East and India regions.
Sreeni has over a decade’s experience in sales, business development and new market development, majority of which has been in the field of passive fire protection and working with façade related products. He has been in the Middle East since 2007 and has a keen understanding of the region, its requirements and regulations. He has worked extensively with contractors, architects and developers in Middle East, India and Australia, assisting and advising them on matters relating to applicable code compliance and completion of projects. On behalf of Siderise, Sreeni has been instrumental in ensuring successful completion of a number of large-scale system tests relating to external façade assemblies.
Sreeni is a regular participant at various façade and fire-safety conferences and frequently delivers CPD presentations on the subject to industry associates.
Stephen is a Senior Fire Engineer with Warringtonfire Qatar. He has recently completed a secondment to the Doha Metro Green Line Underground project, where he was responsible for the provision of fire engineering advice to the main construction contractor. This included ensuring that all fire and life safety related systems and equipment within the six underground stations, ten underground ancillary structures and connecting underground train tunnel network were designed, installed, inspected and tested in accordance with current relevant national and international fire safety standards in readiness for Qatar Civil Defence Directorate inspection and certification. At the completion of this secondment all of the Green Line Underground facilities had been issued with fire certificates by the authority having jurisdiction. He has recently commenced a similar role with the Doha Education City Tram project.
Prior to this he was a Fire Engineer with one of Qatar’s largest liquefied natural gas (LNG) producers. His role was to identify the standards of fire and life safety prevailing within all of the company’s facilities and identify the work required within these facilities to ensure compliance with current relevant national and international fire safety standards. The total cost of the fire and life safety upgrade work required exceeded US $13million. At the completion of this work a total of over 130 gas plant and non-gas plant related facilities, including a 57 storey headquarters building, four large schools and a medical centre, had been issued with fire certificates by the authorities having jurisdiction.
Stephen served for over 33 years within the fire and rescue service within the United Kingdom. In his 11 years as Chief Fire Officer of Tayside Fire and Rescue he transformed the service from a traditional, reactive emergency response service to a proactive, high performing and continuously improving prevention-focussed community safety service. He has extensive experience in operational emergency planning and emergency response management. He was the fire and rescue service lead in the planning and execution of all safety related matters for the G8 World Leaders Summit in Scotland in 2005, with responsibility for ensuring the safety of all delegates attending, including Her Majesty the Queen, the Prime Minister of the United Kingdom, the President of the United States and the other high profile world leaders. Following this he was invited by the United Nations to Beijing in 2007 to address senior members of the Beijing Public Security Bureau on the abilities of the fire and rescue service in Scotland to prepare for and respond to major emergency incidents. This address formed part of a United Nations training mission to Beijing to assist the Chinese authorities prepare for the Olympic Games in 2008.
He is an Officer of the Most Excellent Order of the British Empire (OBE) and was awarded the Queen’s Fire Service Medal (QFSM) for exemplary service. He holds a Master’s Degree in Business Administration (MBA) and a Bachelor of Science Degree (BSc) in Fire Safety, Technology and Management. He is a Member of the City and Guilds of London Institute (MCGI) and a Fellow of the Institution of Fire Engineers (FIFireE).
Peter is a Fire Safety Engineer with over 30 years experience in the Sector. As the Business Development Manager at Warringtonfire, Peter co-ordinates the business development of the Middle East Fire Engineering Consultancy activities in addition to supporting the development of fire strategies, building assurance inspections and fire systems analysis for projects.
Peter is also a Fellow of the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) and is currently President of the IFE GCC UAE Branch which has been registered in Dubai through the Dubai Association Centre. His considerable experience in Fire Safety Engineering and Rail Infrastructure Projects includes working as Senior Fire Safety Engineer for Network Rail, as Fire Safety Officer for Royal Berkshire Fire and Rescue Service and as a consultant in both large multi-disciplinary and small independent practices. Peter is actively engaged within the international fire safety community, being a Committee Member of the Railway Industry Fire Association (RIFA), and former finance director of the International Aviation Fire Protection Association (IAFPA).
Oliver van den Broek is a Security Consultant & Director at BaRC Solutions (SIRA). He is an experienced Security Consultant with a demonstrated history of working in the security industry. Skilled in Security Risk Assessments; Security Strategies, Schemes & Masterplanning; Counter-Terrorism Protective Security; Electronic Security Systems; Physical Security; Security Operations & Procedures. SIRA registered.
Andrew is an internationally experienced and recognised Major Event Sport Safety and Security Specialist with a career spanning over 27 years with multi-disciplinary sport security, risk management and law enforcement experience. Andrew has managed and directed the Safety and Security operations for a large number of International Sporting Organisations across the globe.
Andrew plays a key role in advising major sporting organisations (globally) on safety and security strategy, planning, readiness, testing and assurance as well as the operational effectiveness of the security during the event. Andrew has reviewed and audited major sporting events and stadiums around the world to identify improvements and alignment to best practices and current standards.
As Director of Security Operations, Andrew leads the ICSS Safety & Security Operations team in their work with major sport events, governments and international federations in their security planning, testing, auditing, training and execution.
The ICSS is an international, non-profit organization that works with National Sporting Bodies, International Federations, governments, cities, leagues, clubs, venue operators, major event organizers and other stakeholders to safeguard all aspects of sport.
David is the Middle East Director of Joule Group, a boutique Fire Engineering Practice based in Dubai and the UK. A Principal Fire Safety Engineer he holds an MSc in Fire Protection Engineering.
David has gained a wide range of experience in fire engineering in the Middle East, Asia and Europe.
He applies his expertise primarily in fire safety design, on-site implementation and handover of Commercial, Residential, Public Landmarks, Aviation, and Transportation projects across the built environment.
David is part of the founding committee for the GCC UAE Branch of the Institute of Fire Engineers (IFE).
David’s passion is for advancing the field of fire engineering in its application into the design and operation of the built environment. He represents Joule Group and the industry in promoting this message on fire safety at targeted fire safety seminars and conferences.
Hani Awni Al Hawamdeh is the Chief Technical Officer at Arab Engineering Bureau and brings 29 years of diverse work experience in Architectural, Structural and Electro-Mechanical projects. With his effective forward planning Hani successfully lead and managed design and execution of some major projects at AEB. Most notably he managed the project for Qatar 2022 World Cup – Al Thumama stadium – and is currently in charge for delivering several TODs (Transient Oriented Developments) for the new Qatar Rail project. Hani hold a number of industry relevant certifications such as USGBC LEED accreditation, GSAS certification, PMP and is a member of PMI institute USA, and ASHRAE Oryx Chapter in Qatar, being the former president of the latter and Vice chair of the current advisory committee. Hani holds BSc in Mechanical Engineering from Mu’tah University in Jordan and MBA in Finance from University of Leicester in UK.