November 2018 By Danny Hopkin, associate director

It’s been a busy month for me…

A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of giving a presentation at the IALCCE (The Sixth International Symposium on Life-Cycle Civil Engineering) in Ghent, Belgium. My talk was a case study on the application of a life quality index based method for determining the fire resistance requirements for two Mumbai residential towers. Ruben Van Coile from the University of Ghent presented our second paper which was on target safety levels for insulated steel beams exposed to fire.

I was delighted to present my views to a varied audience, including academics and fellow consultants. In the evening on the 1st Nov, I also met with past and present Ghent students, sharing a structural fire engineering case study. It was great to see students engaged on the topic of fire safety and asking challenging questions. 

Upon returning to the UK I found out that I have been shortlisted for a BSI award; my nomination is for the work that I’ve undertaken on PD7974 parts 1,3 and 7 which provides guidance to peers on enclosure fire dynamics, fire resistance and fire spread, as well as probabilistic risk assessment.

The BSI awards are given to standards committee members and ‘recognise outstanding contributions by emerging standards-makers, international standards-makers, innovators, consumer champions, industry leaders and committee chairs and secretaries’ (you can find out more here).  

My work has been really rewarding, but of course very challenging so to receive this nomination is appreciated. Delivering the latest revisions of the PD 7974 series has been a big team effort, with many contributors from different organisations giving their time freely.

So I’d like to give a big thanks to my colleagues at OFR who have given me the space to work on these important documents and in some instances assist in their preparation. This flexibility has helped me contribute to something that I hope will help our important sector grow, but ultimately keep people safe.

On a final note thanks to everyone that I met at the IALCCE in Ghent – who came to listen to my presentation and to chat about future collaboration and research.

To access the papers presented at IALCCE please visit here and here.