In addition to a full SupDet suppression and detection program this year, the Foundation will feature a workshop on inspection, testing, and maintenance of fire protection systems and emerging challenges. The workshop, (free to SupDet participants) will address recent questions raised about what constitutes proper ITM activities. Some of the questions that will be considered are:
- How much do current ITM requirements improve the effectiveness of fire protection systems? Are there gaps?
- How are ITM programs being implemented currently? What is needed by enforcers?
- Are additional activities, such as design evaluations or re-commissioning, warranted?
- On the other side, what is the cost/benefit ratio of ITM activities? Is there a technical basis for the required frequencies?
The goal of this workshop is to establish a research plan on the topic of ITM and fire protection system effectiveness.