The 2018 Harry C. Bigglestone Award was presented to a quartet of authors whose paper, “An Unbiased Method for Probabilistic Fire Safety Engineers, Requiring a Limited Number of Model Evaluations” was featured in Fire Technology.
The paper, authored by Ruben Van Coile (Ghent University, Belgium and University of Edinburgh, UK), Georgios P. Balamenos (Rice University, Texas), Manesh D. Pandey (Waterloo University, Canada), and Robby Caspeele (Ghent University, Belgium), provides a computationally efficient methodology for application to structural fire safety. Results of this work can be applied with existing models and calculation tools, and allows for a parallelization of model evaluations.
The Bigglestone Award is given annually to the paper appearing in Fire Technology that best represents excellence in the communication of fire protection concepts. The award is accompanied by a $5,000 prize.
Lead author Ruben Van Coile was presented the award by Casey Grant, executive director of the Fire Protection Research Foundation.