Since 1997, the Fire Protection Research Foundation has organized SUPDET®, an annual symposium which brings together leading experts in the field of fire protection engineering for the purpose of sharing recent research and development on techniques used for fire suppression, detection, and signaling. These events are generally attended by a variety of fire protection professionals, such as engineers, researchers, insurers, designers, manufacturers, installers, and AHJs.
This year, the weather was unwilling to cooperate with our planned 2018 SUPDET® symposium. Due to the likelihood of Hurricane Florence’s impact on the region later in the week, the decision was made to cancel part of this week’s SUPDET® program.
The Detection portion of the program was held as scheduled on Tuesday, September 11-to Wednesday, September 12, ending at 11:30 am on September 12.
Tuesday started with a keynote by Chris Jelenewicz, the Technical Director at SFPE. His presentation “Research Needs for the Fire Safety Engineering Profession: The SFPE Roadmap”. The program continued with presentations that included research on smoke alarms, pre-ignition detection algorithms, code requirements and new technologies.
The workshop planned for the afternoon of Wednesday, September 12 and the Suppression portion of the program scheduled for Thursday, September 13 and the morning of Friday, September 14 has been cancelled.
We know that the speakers have put in a lot of effort to develop their presentations and papers, so the Fire Protection Research Foundation is currently looking into options for possible webinars to cover both the workshop and suppression presentations. The Foundation will follow up on this as well as on refund options as soon as the details are worked out.
For more information, please visit the SUPDET page on NFPA.org.