Fire and Evacuation Modelling Courses
The University of Greenwich offers the following Short Course and
Masters options related to Fire Safety Engineering.
ABOUT PPEM and PPFM Short Courses
Course delivery options, dates, cost,
Why attend these courses?
Who are we?
Who should attend?
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These courses were introduced for the first time in 1997. From 1997-2019 over 650 fire professionals from 44 countries have attended these courses.
In the UK, fire kills on average 530 people and causes £1.5 billion (0.14% of
GDP) of direct
losses per year. Fire Safety Engineering (FSE) is all about
preventing these types of losses from occurring through efficient design. FSE
employs mathematical modelling to assist the engineer in developing efficient
means of protecting people and property from unwanted fires. From fire
simulation to evacuation simulation, from structure-fire interaction to fire
suppression, FSE increasingly relies on mathematical modelling to achieve its
goals. The increasing use of mathematical models within FSE has lead the FSEG of
the University of Greenwich to coin the term Computational Fire Engineering or
CFE to describe the core discipline of mathematical modelling within fire
engineering. The FSEG are leaders in CFE and have been developing CFE tools
since the mid 1980's. FSEG are pleased to offer two short courses in CFE
concerned with Fire Modelling and Evacuation Modelling. In particular the
courses consider model formulation, application, limitations and the
interpretation of model predictions.
Why Attend These Courses?
Building regulations world-wide are changing from the traditional
prescriptive to the performance based codes. The use of Computational Fire
Engineering to demonstrate safety equivalence is therefore becoming more
important. Architects and Fire Safety Engineers crucially need to understand how
and when to correctly apply these models. Regulatory authorities which approve
building designs equally need to understand the validity of the model
|Smoke spread in high rise building using SMARTFIRE
||WTC evacuation simulation using buildingEXODUS
Who are we?
These courses are being offered by the University of Greenwich
Fire Safety Engineering Group (FSEG).
Based at the University of Greenwich in London,
FSEG has been one of the pioneers in
Computational Fire Engineering (CFE) undertaking research and applications of
Fire and Evacuation modelling since the mid 1980s. With 22
researchers, FSEG is the UK's largest University-based CFE research team.
Since its formation in 1986, the group's research and consultancy has been
supported by a number of prestigious organisations in both the private and
public sectors. Its interests span most aspects of CFE. They include Fire Field
Modelling, Evacuation Modelling, Combustion Modelling and Fire-Suppression
Modelling. To find out more about FSEG visit our home page at:
|Underground station evacuation simulation using
||Rhode Island disco fire simulation using SMARTFIRE
Who should attend?
These courses are aimed at all sectors of the building industry
- building engineers, architects, fire safety engineers/consultancies and the
From 1997-2019 these courses have attracting over 650 safety
professionals. The courses have attracted participants from 44 countries. Those
attending were drawn from: Fire Engineering Consultancies; Architectural
Practices; Fire Services; Building Control Inspectors; Local, Regional and
National Government; Police; Aviation Industry; Maritime Industry; Nuclear
Industry; Oil Industry; Horse Racing Industry; and Academia.
Notable quotations from delegates include:
"I enjoyed being at the University of Greenwich and look forward to returning"
"An excellent course. It has exceeded my expectations on learning outcomes by a
very large margin."
"I have been on a large number of courses over the years and feel this has been
one of the most enjoyable and most certainly the most professionally run."
"Lecture material was presented on a level which was easily understood."
"All lectures were exceptionally informative."
"These (laboratory sessions) were an essential element of the course."
"Fantastic assistance from University staff on all problem areas."
"Varied and interesting topics."
|COUPLED FIRE AND EVACUATION ANALYSIS OF THE RHODE
ISLAND DISCO FIRE USING SMARTFIRE AND buildingEXODUS
IFE Accreditation 38 hours CPD
- 5 day intensive Short Course.
- Main lecturers: Prof E Galea, Mr L Filippidis, Mr Darren Blackshields , Mr David Cooney
- Human psychological and physiological responses to fire described along with
evacuation model assumptions and limitations.
- "Hands-on" exposure to evacuation modelling.
- Those attending are expected to be able to use PC Windows and operate a PC.
IFE Accreditation 41 hours CPD
- 5 day intensive Short Course.
- Main lecturers: Prof E Galea, Prof M Patel, Dr J Ewer, Dr F Jia, and Dr A
Grandison from FSEG.
- Zone and Field modelling described.
- "Hands-on" exposure to zone and field modelling.
- Those attending are expected to be able to use PC Windows and operate a PC. A
rudimentary understanding of basic differential equations would be an advantage
but is not a pre-requisite.
MSc by Research
The two short courses, Principles and Practice of Fire Modelling and
Principles and Practice of Evacuation Modelling can contribute to achieving an
MSc qualification (Research MSc). In order to contribute to
the MSc, the assessment associated with each of the short courses must also be
undertaken and successfully completed.
MSc Option 1: MSc by Research
- 180 Credits required for qualification.
- Principles and Practice of Fire Modelling SC + assessment = 30 credits.
- Principles and Practice of Evacuation Modelling SC + assessment = 30 credits.
- Research Project = 120 credits for MSc by Research.
- APL/APEL also available.
- Any remaining short fall in credits can be made up of standard MSc units
offered by the University of Greenwich or other institutions.
- Course attendance options include Full-Time and Part-Time block release modes.
- Course duration full-time NORMALLY 1 YEAR and part-time NORMALLY 2 years.
- Full-time mode:
- normally for students progressing from a just completed BSc or BEng,
- entry into course is usually in January of each year.
- Part-time mode:
- normally for professional engineers working in fire engineering or
- candidates usually complete the two short courses PPEM and PPFM and
associated assessment in one year and then enrol in the MSc by Research in
the following year as a project only student.
A first degree is NORMALLY required. Prospective students without a first
degree must demonstrate considerable relevant experience in fire safety
engineering or equivalent qualification. Please contact
Prof Ed Galea for details.
This consists of two components:
(1) The main research project is assessed through the student produced thesis.
In addition to the thesis, each candidate must undergo a viva.
(2) Each of the two courses PPEM and PPFM are assessed through a combination of
project and course work. The project work is undertaken and completed while on
the course, with the project report submitted several weeks after completing the
course. In addition, each of the two courses have course works which must be
completed by the student in their own time and submitted several weeks after
completing the course.
APL stands for Accreditation of Prior Learning and APEL stands for
Accreditation of Prior Experiential Learning.
Example APL: Behaviour of people in fires. Course offered by the Fire Service
College. This will only be accredited when it can be demonstrated that some form
of formal assessment accompanied the course. Simple attendance of a course will
not normally qualify for APL.
Example APEL: 5 years experience as a Building Control Surveyor.
Documentary proof of experience/courses is required. Candidates for the MSc who
wish to claim APL/APEL are advised to contact Prof Ed Galea and lodge their
claim several weeks prior to starting the course.
Nature of research project for MSc by Research
(1) In most cases projects are expected to be work related.
(2) Nature of the project must be agreed between student and Prof Galea/Dr Patel
prior to starting the course.
(3) Complete research proposal must be completed and approved prior to enrolling
within the MSc by Research.
(4) Project must be completed and submitted by due dates, re-registration may be
required for students failing to submit project by due dates.
(5) Project supervisor will be appointed for each student.
(6) Project work is expected to be performed solely by the student, where other
people are involved, this must be clearly stated in the project report.
(7) The project should ideally make use of the skills taught on the courses.
(8) The following should be considered as a guide to suitable project areas:
(a) A critical appraisal of how modelling could be used in a performance
based code framework, setting out a method of good practice.
(b) Use of modelling techniques to investigate a theoretical problem.
(c) Develop and implement a new sub-component for a model.
(d) Use a combination of modelling and conventional techniques to solve a
practical engineering problem.
(e) Perform a detailed critical appraisal of a model or modelling approach.
(f) Enhance a model through data acquisition.
(9) The project may involve additional costs which must be meet by the
student or supporting organisation.
(10) It is possible to extend suitable projects into a higher qualification i.e.