January Lunch & Learn: Mass Timber Construction
Jan
10
11:30 AM11:30

January Lunch & Learn: Mass Timber Construction

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In early 2016, the ICC Board of Directors approved the creation of an ad hoc committee to explore the building science of tall wood buildings with the scope being to investigate the feasibility of and take action to develop code changes for tall wood buildings. Since that time, the Tall Wood Building (TWB) Ad Hoc Committee has reviewed voluminous materials regarding tall wood buildings, including results of various testing around the world, as well as studies domestically in support of the TWB charge to conduct a thorough review of the science of tall wood. The TWB developed its own test scenario(s) to substantiate any code change proposals (testing was carried out at ATF labs); and worked to develop a comprehensive set of technically-substantiated code changes for consideration during the 2018 Group A code development process. The intensive research performed by the Committee was presented in addition to the resulting proposals, developed by Committee consensus and submitted to the ICC Code Development Process. The changes were submitted to ICC in accordance with the January 8, 2018 deadline and were approved during Committee Action Hearings from April 15 – 25, 2018.

Jason Smart, P.E. is a Manager in the Engineering Technology group of the American Wood Council out of Leesburg, VA.

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December Lunch & Learn, Fundraiser, & Toy Drive in DC! Hybrid Suppression and NFPA 770
Dec
11
11:30 AM11:30

December Lunch & Learn, Fundraiser, & Toy Drive in DC! Hybrid Suppression and NFPA 770

This months event will be held at the Sixth Engine restaurant in DC. Please note that this month all fees are optional and all funds received will be donated to A Wider Circle to help families in need during the holidays. We also will be collecting new, unwrapped toys. We have a matching donor that is willing to match donations up to $1,000 so please help us meet this goal. If you/your organization is interested in matching or donating please let us know.

TOPIC: Come learn about special hazards protection, NFPA 770, and hybrid protection systems. General information on the upcoming draft standard and the use of hybrid systems will be discussed. Victaulic will present the technology, uses, and advantages of a hybrid suppression system that utilizes nitrogen and atomized water droplets to extinguish fires in special hazards applications.

Greg Frey is a former SFPE CC board member and is presently with Victaulic.

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November Lunch & Learn - Additive Manufacturing without Additive Hazard: Properly Protecting 3D Printers
Nov
8
11:30 AM11:30

November Lunch & Learn - Additive Manufacturing without Additive Hazard: Properly Protecting 3D Printers

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As additive manufacturing (AM) becomes more cost-effective and widespread, large scale makerspaces and associated equipment are finding their way onto college campuses and into production facilities. This presentation will review the fundamentals of AM, combustible dust hazards, and protection methods for 3D printers in an effort to help determine the most effective way to protect users from the hazards inherent in this novel equipment.

The presentation will address:

- An overview of additive manufacturing fundamentals

- Combustible dust hazard overview

- Protection methods for 3D printers and other sources of combustible dust.

 

Scott R. Rockwell Ph.D., is a senior consultant with JENSEN HUGHES who provides direct engineering consulting services pertaining to combustible dust hazards including: performing Dust Hazard Analyses (DHA), development of testing recommendations and analysis of test results.

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October Lunch & Learn: NFPA 13 2019 Edition
Oct
18
11:30 AM11:30

October Lunch & Learn: NFPA 13 2019 Edition

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Updates to NFPA 13, 2019 edition
Kenneth E. Isman, P.E., FSFPE
Clinical Professor, University of Maryland Fire Protection Engineering

The 2019 Edition of NFPA 13 was approved by the Standards Council at their July 2018 meeting and has been issued with an August effective date.  This edition of the standard has been totally reorganized, the first major reorganization since 1999.  Ken Isman, member of at least one of the committees responsible for NFPA 13 for over 25 years will walk us through the new format and explain the logic behind the reorganization.  Make sure you come to this program so that you can find the sections you need.

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DC-Baltimore Rivalry, Take in the Nat's vs. O's at Nationals Stadium
Jun
19
5:00 PM17:00

DC-Baltimore Rivalry, Take in the Nat's vs. O's at Nationals Stadium

Whether you are a Nat's fan, an O's fan, or just want to take in what's sure to be a great baseball game, join other SFPE CC members for a night of America's pastime. Families welcome and encouraged to attend.

We have secured 100 tickets in section 107 along the left field line, perfect location for catching home runs and foul balls. 

Game starts at 7:05pm but we will meet up before hand at the Budlight Loft to socialize.

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SFPE CC Annual Golf Tournament
May
2
8:00 AM08:00

SFPE CC Annual Golf Tournament

Come join us on May 2nd for the annual golf tournament at Glenn Dale Golf Club. Join us for a great day out on the course and support the chapter and University of Maryland FPE Students with our biggest fundraiser of the year.

Captain's Choice 4-Person Scramble

Sponsorships are limited so sign up quickly to make sure you get your sponsorship of choice. Longest drive, putting, closest to the pin, and other prizes available.

Engage in a little friendly competition with your FPE colleagues.

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or sign up for the tournament 

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Energy Storage Systems: Fire Protection Research Foundation & NFPA Projects
Apr
10
11:30 AM11:30

Energy Storage Systems: Fire Protection Research Foundation & NFPA Projects

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Topic: Energy Storage Systems: Fire Protection Research Foundation & NFPA Projects
Speaker: Mr. Dan Gorham, NFPA
Date: Tuesday, April 10, 2018
Time: 11:30-1200 Business Meeting and Lunch; 12:00pm - 1:00pm Presentation
Location:  Fire & Risk Alliance Conference Room, Department of Fire Protection Engineering

Battery Energy Storage Systems (BESS) is an emerging topic in the fire protection community. This presentation will discuss the impact and requirements of several existing NFPA documents (e.g. 1 and 70) as well as a new document NFPA 855, Standard on Station Energy Storage Systems, which is currently in draft development. Additionally, the presentation will discuss several projects that the NFPA Research Foundation is conducting to address the associated fire hazards.

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The Grenfell Tower Fire:  Failing to Understand Complexity in Tall Building Design
Feb
15
11:30 AM11:30

The Grenfell Tower Fire: Failing to Understand Complexity in Tall Building Design

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Professor Jose Torero
John L. Bryan Chair in Fire Protection Engineering, UMD
Director, UMD Center for Disaster Resilience (CEE)
UMD Department of Fire Protection Engineering, Department of Civil Engineering

In 2017 Jose Torero accepted joint appointments as the John L. Bryan Chair in Fire Protection Engineering and director of the Center for Disaster Resilience. During this intriguing and information session he will discuss combustible cladding, the Grenfell Tower disaster, and the challenges posed to builders, regulators, and the public associated with technological advances and fire safety.

The London Grenfell Tower fire tragedy on June 14, 2017, is a particularly extreme example of a technological failure with important policy dimensions. In the immediate aftermath of the event, the UK government proceeded to test the systems that failed declaring 100% failure rate. The performance assessment remains undisclosed at this stage, but the evacuation of several buildings housing a low-income population has followed. The expectation is that within the next few months the number of evacuated buildings might reach the hundreds. The German government has followed ordering the evacuation of several buildings, thus the impact will extend beyond the UK borders. The associated social impact is going to be enormous. The real question is not only how this failure occurred, but also how a solid regulatory system can deliver a situation where 100% of the buildings tested failed the regulatory requirements.  Modern tall building design involves the integration of complex features such as new constructive systems, new materials, optimized structural design and challenging architecture. Strong drivers like social demands, energy conservation and cost direct the design process. While this applies to all modern infrastructure, there is an over-emphasis on optimization when it comes to tall buildings. While achieving much progress in meeting many of the demands of these drivers a “wake” of complexity has resulted. This presentation will discuss, in the context of the Grenfell Tower fire, the design of the building envelope and its role on guaranteeing the safety of building occupants as well as the knowledge gaps generated through complexity and that reduce the designers’ capacity to predict performance.

Please join us for what is sure to be an informative and intriguing session.

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The Fuse 47 Fire, A Case Study in NFPA 241
Jan
16
11:00 AM11:00

The Fuse 47 Fire, A Case Study in NFPA 241

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Mat Chibbaro, P.E.
Deputy Fire Marshal
Division of the Fire Marshal
National Institutes of Health

The Fuse 47 Building in College Park, MD was a 7 story Type I and Type III podium-style building a few months from occupancy when a 5-alarm fire devastated it. Unlike the many U.S. fires that have occurred in these types of buildings, a sustained interior attack ensued and the fire was eventually stopped at a large trench cut - despite challenges encountered with the construction, water supply, and standpipe systems. This dynamic presentation will cover the challenges faced during the firefighting operation and the aspects of the building that either helped or hampered firefighting efforts. Code-related aspects include both lessons re-learned from provisions currently in NFPA 241 and suggestions for improving the standard or amending it when adopted to better facilitate firefighting operations and protect buildings in their vulnerable incomplete stage.

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NFPA 241 and Timber Construction
Dec
7
11:00 AM11:00

NFPA 241 and Timber Construction

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Register in advance and you will be automatically entered into a raffle to win a copy of the NFPA 20 and NFPA 30 Handbooks courtesy of NFPA (must be present to win)!

Robert Solomon from NFPA will give a presentation on safeguarding buildings during construction.

2017 has been remarkable thus far with regard to the number and severity of large, impactful fires involving residential construction and occupancies. Numerous construction site fires throughout the US including one in Maryland have resulted in an estimated direct property loss of $400M-well beyond the annual average of all construction fires. Wood frame construction has been at the center of this debate.

So what is behind these events that has caused 2017 to be so unusual?  A review of these fires, coupled with a look at what the related code provisions are (and are not) that got us to this point will be discussed. Where the potential gaps lie in the regulatory process, who is or should be filling those gaps and most importantly, what is being done right now to improve upon the culture of building construction site safety that should be present, but is missing will also be covered.

This presentation will involve an interactive portion where attendees will be logging into an online learning platform at www.kahoot.com.  You can test your knowledge individually or as a team.  The platform works equally well with smart phones, tablets or even laptops and is extremely easy to use.

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Hyperloop, high speed transportation, and the future of transportation and transportation safety
Nov
2
12:00 PM12:00

Hyperloop, high speed transportation, and the future of transportation and transportation safety

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This presentation will be given by the UMD Hyperloop team, the only US team of over 3,000 world-wide entrants to participate, compete, and run on the SpaceX Hyperloop track in both competitions. Members will have an opportunity to see the pod and shell on display at the time of the presentation.

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