Another Successful SUPDET® Comes to a Close

Blog Post created by jrodowicz Employee on Sep 20, 2019

After a week full of informative and innovative presentations and discussion, the Fire Protection Research Foundation’s Suppression, Detection and Signaling Research and Applications Conference (SUPDET 2019) has officially concluded.


Since 1997, the 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.

Over the course of this year’s 4-day conference, participants were given the opportunity to exchange ideas and learn from colleagues within the fire protection engineering field that are putting old ideas to the test and advancing research in new areas.


On Wednesday afternoon, SUPDET 2019 attendees were invited to participate in a Workshop on Automatic and Remote Testing and Remote Monitoring of Fire Protection Systems. The objective of the workshop was for participants to discuss how technology can be used to perform automatic and remote tests and remotely monitor fire protection systems and identify what may be needed to ensure system reliability in the future.


Representatives from more than 30 organizations were represented at this year’s event. While the focus of the conference was on suppression and detection, sessions covered topics on Notification, Data and Modeling, Standards, Life Safety and Emerging Technologies and Storage Protection, among others.  Thank you to all the researchers and presenters who shared their knowledge and insight this week. As Casey Grant stated at the beginning of the program on Tuesday, “If we didn’t keep doing these sessions and programs, we wouldn’t continue to keep making the kind of progress we’ve been making.”


Thank you again to our sponsors for their support: Gentex Corporation, Viking, Zurich, Victaulic, Fire & Risk Alliance, Underwriters Laboratories, Siemens, National Fire Sprinkler Association, and Wiss, Janney, Elstner Associates, Inc.


For copies of this year’s Suppression, Detection and Signaling Research and Applications Conference (SUPDET 2019) presentation, please visit https://www.nfpa.org/supdet19presentations


And don’t forget to save the date for next year’s AUBE’20/SUPDET2020 which will be held September 15-17, 2020 at Katholische Akademie ‘Die Wolfsburg’ Mülheim an der Ruhr, Germany.