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The 3rd SFPE Europe Conference on Fire Safety Engineering will be held in Malaga, Spain, 22-23 May 2019. The SFPE conference is being hosted by the SFPE Spanish Chapter with support from our SFPE European Chapters.

The deadline to submit the presentation abstracts is 1 October 2018.

SFPE’s conferences have established a reputation globally as the premier events for keeping abreast of advancements in fire safety engineering. In 2018, SFPE hosted the second European conference in Rotterdam, The Netherlands, which drew over 180 participants from the European continent.

Fire safety engineering is growing rapidly in many European countries. The SFPE European Chapters has been addressing the regional needs to facilitate greater networking, collaboration, and exchange among fire safety engineering professionals as well as a pursuit of technical knowledge and education.

Conference presentations will be on subjects relevant to fire safety engineering, with a focus on both the role of the fire safety engineer and on professional practice. The conference program committee has developed the following list of topics that we would like this year’s program to include. Please consider these topics as you prepare your abstract, and forward to peers who may be interested in presenting on one of these topics.


  • Insulated façade systems
  • Building envelope
  • Fire resistant building materials
  • Tall Wood Buildings
  • Whole building design
  • Regulatory impact
  • Historic preservation
  • BIM
  • Contract documents
  • Liability
Fire Service

  • Operations and management
  • Emergency Responder
  • Health and Safety
  • Threats and vulnerabilities
  • Wellness
  • Response to Large Industrial Fires
  • Tenability Criteria for Fire Fighters

  • Accident reconstruction
  • Construction analysis
  • System failures- commercial/ residential
  • Laboratory experimentation and research
  • 3D Laser Scanning
  • CFD and FEA computer modeling

  • Disasters (earthquake, wind, flood, fire)
  • Post disaster reconnaissance
  • Building and fire codes
  • National Earthquake Hazard Reduction Program
  • Economic Decision Guide Softwar (EDGe$)

  • Manufacturing
  • Automotive
  • Construction
  • Building systems
  • Technology
  • Global Impact
  • Fire Safety During Construction
New Technology

  • Software
  • Modeling
  • BIM
  • Drone Applications
  • Photogrammetry
  • RFID
  • Monitoring Technologies
  • Dynamic Wayfinding
Wildland-Urban Interface

  • Case Studies/Lessons Learned
  • Means of alarm to large areas and population
  • Inhabitant’ preparedness
  • In-place sheltering/shelters
  • External envelope fire behavior in WUI Buildings
  • Climatic Changes
  • Large Areas Evacuation/Evacuation Modeling

Deadline for abstract submission is 1 October, 2018. The application can be downloaded here. Please send completed abstracts to Kendall Talbert and include “2019 Europe Conference Abstract” in the subject line of the email.

If you have any further questions, please feel free to contact Louis Guerrazzi.

Sfpe Italy


Most of the current understanding of building behavior in fire is based on the adoption of the standard and parametric temperature-time fire curves. However, these design fires are based on small scale tests and idealize the thermal environment. Thus, they have important limitations on their applicability to large enclosures. Instead, in large open-plan compartments travelling fires have been observed. To account for such fires, a design tool called Travelling Fires Methodology (TFM) has been developed and used for design. The methodology has already been used in the design of 42+ iconic buildings in the UK. In this study structural response of a two-dimensional 10-story 5-bay steel frame exposed to travelling fires and traditional design fires is investigated. Results indicate that, depending on the structural metric examined, both travelling fires and uniform fires can be more severe than the other. Thus, a single worst case fire scenario under which a structure could be designed and deemed to be safe cannot be established. Therefore, in order to ensure a safe fire resistance design of buildings with large enclosures, a range of different fires including both travelling fires and uniform fires need to be considered.


Sfpe Italy