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PEO York Chapter Webinar: Fire Protection Engineering Fundamentals

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Learn the fundamentals of Fire Protection Engineering and how it is helping to shape the construction industry and the future of our cities.

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A quick search in the news about the most reported fires in recent history, you will find the famous Toronto fire at “2 Forest Laneway” in 1995, which caused 6 casualties. Caught on video and watched by thousands, “The Address” building across from the world’s tallest building in Dubai, caught fire on New Year’s Eve in 2014. And more recently, “The Grenfell Tower” fire in London England, which claimed the lives of 58 people on June 14, 2017.

These incidents may seem unrelated, but the investigational and forensics engineering work after the fire, and the research and consulting work for new codes and standards are changing the way new buildings are being built since. This is commonly known as Fire Protection Engineering.

“Fire Protection Engineering” is becoming a niche but sought-after discipline in the engineering world. It involves many traditional engineering disciplines: Civil, Structural, Electrical, Mechanical, Chemical and Material Sciences. This presentation will try to explain the fundamentals of Fire Protection Engineering, and how it is helping to shape the construction industry and the future of our cities. We will look at the basics of what is involved in fire protection engineering, and how it relates to code consulting and system design and commissioning.

Lui Tai, P. Eng., AIFireE is an electrical engineer with over 30 years of experience working in fire protection engineering in Canada. He graduated from McMaster University in 1988, and started his career with Siemens Canada. In the last 30 years, he has worked on fire protection engineering at military establishments in the North Pole as well as the new midfield terminal in Abu Dhabi. Of course, he worked on many landmark buildings in Canada. He says his passion to save lives in his work keeps him motivated. Lui is currently the Past Chair of PEO York Chapter, and he is also a Director for Canadian Fire Alarm Association (Ontario Chapter), and on the Council of Institution of Fire Engineers (Canada Branch). Lui was also a committee member for OBC Part 3 Technical Advisory Committee.

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