The first joint conference AUBE ’17/SUPDET® 2017 was a success with more than 80 presentations and nearly 200 total participants. Thank you to all who attended and spoke at the conference!
Presentations over the three days in College Park, MD, focused on the latest development in research, technology, and applications for the fire protection community, and how they can be put to use by the fire protection community.
Following is a list of honorees who received awards for their paper submissions:
AUBE 2017 Best Paper Awards:
Markus Brune, Annika Gomell, Wilhelm Furian, Andreas Pflitsch
OFDR-Temperature Sensing Using Existing Fibre-Optic Communication Cables – An Application for Automatic Fire Detection?
Justin Geiman, Noah Ryder, Andre Marshall, Prateep Chatterjee
Developing a Fire Test Strategy for Storage Protection Under Slope Ceilings
SUPDET 2017 Ronald K Mengel Award (for best detection paper):
Matthes Dietrich, Markus Brüne, Sebastian Festag, Christian Knaust
Buoyancy driven flow in an underground metro station for different climate conditions – experimental and numerical investigation
SUPDET 2017 William M. Carey Award (for best suppression paper):
Zachary L. Magnone, Jeremiah Crocker, Pedriant Pena
We thank our sponsors for their support: Siemens, Viking, Kidde, NEMA, Victaulic, UL, Zurich, and Hekatron.
Be on the lookout for dates and location of SUPDET 2018.
We all know the role that firefighters play in saving lives and reducing risk in our cities and towns. Or do we?
Increasingly, fire departments are expected to provide data to underscore their impact in communities. NFPA is well aware of this validation trend, because our research department often fields calls looking for metrics that will help fire leaders tell their story to bean counters and policy makers. No doubt, fire leaders can provide passionate perspective, but statistics and research are proving to be a game-changer when it comes to demonstrating the value of the modern day fire department.
Historically, authorities have looked at the number of incidents, deaths, injuries and damage to show why it’s important to have a professional, responsive fire department. Today, departments can also show environmental and economic data to reinforce their clout. Local fire officials, however, are not always equipped to pull together the right insights.
So, in 2015, NFPA sponsored the project, Development of an Environmental and Economic Assessment Tool (Enveco Tool) for Fire Events. The research was done by the Technical Research Institute of Sweden and Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI). NFPA then hosted Economic Decision Making in Fire and Electrical Safety – A Workshop on the Needs and Resources that same year. Findings from these two efforts were released in May and August 2016.
To keep things simple the Enveco feasibility study took into account fully developed warehouse fires in industrial areas where water was used for fire suppression. It looked at incident data and different variables so that a tool could be created that compares the economic impact of fire department intervention for a real study with a situation where there is no fire department intervention. The goal was to provide even more information that would show why it is prudent to invest in a strong local fire infrastructure.
Project leads and the technical panel recommended further research and suggested that the functionality of the tool be expanded. They felt this would not only bolster the worth of fire departments, but possibly benefit other interested parties. Efforts to enhance the tool are currently underway, using the Enveco version as a baseline. The new resource will include pilot studies and enhancements, and will be complete in 2018.
NFPA has been working on other economic impact initiatives in the 18 months since the Enveco discussions so that the fire service can provide relevant data during fire service budget and contract meetings. In the coming months, we will post a series of Economic Impact of Fire blogs highlighting new research, resources and tools that will be helpful as departments look to influence decision-makers. Here’s what’s in the pipeline:
Statistics tell a positive story about the tremendous progress the fire service is making in reducing loss from fire; however, our world and fires are different today. The fire service needs to validate their services in a different way too.
SUPDET 2017/AUBE '17 will take place September 12-14 in College Park, MD, USA. This year's program will feature over 80 presentations over a three day period focused on the latest development in research, technology, and applications for the fire protection community, and how they can be put to use by the fire protection community.
SUPDET/AUBE 2017 will feature a variety of topics, including smoke aerosol characterization for detection applications, new detection technologies, and detection of wild fires. Some other areas of focus are new suppression research, new statistics and tests related to unwanted alarms, relevant standard updates, smart applications, unique modeling investigations, research on oxygen reduction systems, and fire protection in aircraft, vehicles, and tunnels.
The combination of these two international conferences continues the tradition of presenting the latest developments in research, technology and applications for the fire protection community.
REGISTER TODAY to receive the early rates, which are effective till 28 July.
For additional program, hotel and registration details, visit: www.nfpa.org/2017supdetaube. We hope to see you there!
A well attended event on Tuesday afternoon at NFPA Conference sponsored by Jensen Hughes focused on discussing the challenges for women in STEM careers.
Research shows that many women leave STEM in their 30s and 40s for a number of reasons, including raising families or caring for aging parents. This program focused on educating the audience the challenges for women in STEM of achieving a balance between work and life, while informing managers on how to provide better support in order to retain valuable talent.
Using an interactive game show type format, statistics surrounding this issue were highlighted and the three panelists with varying levels of experience and diverse backgrounds - Amy Murdock, Jen Hoyt, and Jenny Nelson - answered questions on how they have overcome challenges in their own careers and gave advice for those in the audience. Following the panel session, industry professionals continued the discussion in a networking event.
The Fire Protection Research Foundation, an affiliate of NPFA, will co-host the 21st annual Suppression, Detection and Signaling Symposium (SUPDET® 2017) with the University of Duisburg-Essen (Germany) as part of a joint conference with the 16th International Conference on Automatic Fire Detection (AUBE ’17). The symposium will be held September 12-14, 2017 at the College Park Marriott Hotel & Conference Center in Hyattsville, MD
This year’s program will feature over 80 presentations over a three day period focused on the latest development in research, technology, and applications for the fire protection community, and how they can be put to use by the fire protection community. SUPDET/AUBE 2017 welcomes professionals and researchers in the fields of fire alarm, suppression, enforcement, insurance, and emergency communications to share their expertise and research, and to exchange ideas.
The symposium will feature a variety of topics. A number of these address detection, including smoke aerosol characterization for detection applications, new detection technologies, and detection of wild fires. Some other areas of focus are new suppression research, new statistics and tests related to unwanted alarms, relevant standard updates, smart applications, unique modeling investigations, research on oxygen reduction systems, and fire protection in aircraft, vehicles, and tunnels.
Each year, SUPDET draws a diverse crowd to learn about advancements in suppression and detection technology and we are happy that our partnership with the AUBE conference this year will provide additional opportunities for updates on relevant research for our audience. Register today for the full symposium. The deadline for early registration is July 28, 2017 and the deadline for hotel reservations is August 15, 2017.
For more information, contact Eric Peterson at + 1 617-984-7281.
A Request for Proposals for Project Contractor has been issued for a new project on Smoke Detector Spacing for High Ceiling Spaces. Proposals should be submitted by May 24, 5:00 pm EDT.
For more details on submitting proposals, please see the Research Project Guidelines for Contractors on the Foundation website.
During a Vision 20/20 workshop on smoke alarms in March 2015, conducting a national census (or representative in-home survey) on the prevalence and characteristics of smoke alarms was identified as the top action item among the fifty-nine stakeholder participants. Therefore, the Consumer Product Safety Commission (CPSC) is moving forward with an in-home representative survey across the US to assess the use and functionality of smoke alarms and carbon monoxide alarms.
The Research Foundation has been contracted by CPSC to facilitate a workshop to gather feedback from stakeholder groups for this planned survey. Stakeholder groups include the fire service, enforcers/AHJs, public educators, researchers, equipment manufacturers, standards developers, and others. The feedback gathered will help inform the questions and methodology of the survey as well as how it is communicated (i.e. what are the really important pieces of data that need to be gathered and included in the overall data set).
The workshop will be held 16 February 2017 from 8am to 5pm EST at the Consumer Product Safety Commission in Bethesda, MD.
The first part of the day will include a review of previous work, on-going relevant work, data gaps, human behavior changes/societal changes that influence safety behaviors, perception of CO alarms, and changes in smoke alarm listing and installation standards. Then, the workshop participants will be broken into smaller groups to discuss the key areas and topics that they feel are needed as part of the survey. A draft agenda is available.
If you would like to participate in this free workshop, please respond back to Eric Peterson, administrator at the Foundation, by email or +1 617984-7281 by February 8. Space is limited.
Have you recently completed or are you actively working on a research topic related to automatic detection or suppression? The extended deadline for abstracts is quickly approaching for the joint AUBE '17 / SUPDET 2017 Conference. Papers are sought on new developments with focus on the topics listed in the Call for Papers. Interested presenters should submit an extended abstract (2-3 pages) by email not later than 4 February 2017 to firstname.lastname@example.org. .