Structural Fire Engineering

Online /
Apr 28 - 29, 2022 /
Course Code: 12-0442-ONL22

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Please note, This instructor-led course has specific dates and times:
This course is held online over 2 days on the following schedule (All times in Eastern Time Zone):

9:00 am to 5:00 pm Eastern (Will include the usual breaks)

After participating in this course, you will be able to comprehend/calculate/determine:

  • Basic strategies applied for achieving fire safety in buildings
  • Role of structural fire safety within the context of overall fire safety
  • Effect of elevated temperatures on properties of construction materials
  • Develop optimum strategies for achieving required fire resistance
  • Undertake fire resistance design of reinforced concrete and structural steel members
  • Solve common structural fire engineering problems

Fire represents one of the most severe hazards encountered by the built infrastructure and thus provision of appropriate fire resistance measures to structural members is a major requirement in the building design. Currently fire safety design is carried out through prescriptive based approaches. These approaches have numerous drawbacks and to overcome these drawbacks rational fire design approaches are being promoted in many countries. There is lack of awareness and training on applying rational fire design approaches, as fire safety is not covered in most engineering curriculum. This course is aimed at introducing rational design approaches for undertaking structural fire safety design.

This two-day workshop will focus on the theoretical and practical aspects of fire safety, with main emphasis on structural fire engineering. The course will review the basics of fire safety and building code provisions for fire resistance. Different strategies that can be applied to overcome the destructive effects of fire in buildings and built infrastructure will be discussed. The behavior of materials and structures under elevated temperature exposure will be illustrated and the techniques for assessing fire resistance of structural members will be presented. The application of different methodologies for fire resistance design and construction of steel and concrete structures will be demonstrated through numerical examples. The course provides the fundamentals without delving into complicated mathematical formulas.

Course Outline

  • Magnitude of Fire Problem in Built Infrastructure
  • Importance of Fire Safety and the Role of Structural Fire Safety
  • Fire Protections Strategies in Buildings
  • Effect of Temperature on Properties of Materials
  • Effect of Fire on the Behavior of Structures
  • Methods for Assessing Fire Resistance
  • Design of Steel Structures Exposed to Fire
  • Design of Concrete Structures Exposed to Fire

Who Should Attend
Architects • Structural Engineers • Civil, and Mechanical Engineers • Fabricators and Manufacturers of Structural Systems • Design engineers and planners of the industrial plants and facilities • Property Managers • Municipal Building Officials • Regulatory Officials and Building Inspectors • Field Review Personnel • Project Engineers • Others wanting to learn more about Fire Safety and Structural Fire Engineering

Special Features & Requirements

Course participants are expected to have some elementary understanding on structural design and the analysis of simple structures. • In order to gain the maximum benefit from this seminar, participants are encouraged to read the following texts in advance: • Part 4 of the National Building Code of Canada • Appendix D - Fire-Performance Ratings (Division B) of the National Building Code of Canada • Kodur V, and Naser MZ. Structural Fire Engineering. McGraw-Hill Education; 2020.

More Information

Time: 9:00 AM - 5:00 PM Eastern Time

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Day I

Welcome, Introduction, Course Preview, Learning Outcomes, and Assessment Method

Module 1- Introduction to Fire Safety

  • Magnitude of Fire Problem n Built Infrastructure
  • Importance of Fire Safety
  • Structural Fire Safety within the Context of Overall Fire Safety
  • Fire Resistance Requirements
  • Codes and Standards
  • Prescriptive and Performance-based Design

Module 2- Fire Safety in Buildings

  • Fire Safety Objectives
  • Process of Fire Development
  • Fire Protection Systems
  • Fire Safety Concepts Tree
  • Fire Resistance Provisions
  • Controlling Fire Spread through Fire Resistance

Module 3-Effect of Fire on Materials and Structures

  • Effect of Temperature on Properties of Materials
  • Effect of Fire on the Behavior of Structures
  • Failure Limit States under Fire Conditions

Module 4- Fire Resistance Evaluation - Standard Tests & Calculation Methods

  • Methods of Assessing Fire Resistance
  • Fire Resistance Tests
  • Performance Criteria
  • Non-standard Evaluations
  • Calculation Methods for Evaluating Fire Resistance -
  • Fire Resistance of Assemblies

Day II

Module 5-Fire Resistance of Steel Structures

  • Behavior of Steel Structures in Fire
  • Properties of Steel at Elevated Temperatures
  • Strategies for Achieving Fire Resistance
  • Protection Systems
  • Calculation Methods for Evaluating Fire Resistance
  • Design of Steel Members Exposed to Fire
  • Response of Structural Frames

Module 6- Fire Resistance of Concrete Structures

  • Behavior of Concrete Structures in Fire
  • Properties of Concrete at Elevated Temperatures
  • Fire Induced Spalling in Concrete Structures
  • Strategies for Achieving Fire Resistance
  • Calculation Methods for Evaluating Fire Resistance
  • Design of Concrete Members Exposed to Fire
  • Strategies for Enhancing fire performance of modern (new) concretes

Questions and Answers, Feedback on Achievement of Learning Outcomes


Venkatesh Kodur, F. CAE, F. INAE, F.ASCE, F. SEI, F. ACI, F.SFPE

Dr. Venkatesh Kodur, is a University Distinguished Professor and Director of the Centre on Structural Fire Engineering and Diagnostics at Michigan State University. He is an an internationally recognized scholar for his contributions in structural, material and fire engineering fields. His research interests include Fire resistance analysis and design of structural systems, material performance at elevated temperatures and Building collapse investigations. Dr. Kodur has published more than 450 peer-reviewed papers in journals and conferences, and has given numerous key-note presentations at major international conferences. As per Google Scholar, he has more than 14,500 citations with an "h” index of 65.

Dr. Kodur’s contributions to the Civil Engineering and Fire Protection Engineering professions have been recognized by peers through prestigious honors and awards. He has been elected as Fellow of six Institutes/Academies: Canadian Academy of Engineering, American Society of Civil Engineers, Indian National Academy of Engineering, Structural Engineering Institute, American Concrete Institute, and the Society of Fire Protection Engineers. He is a professional engineer, Associate Editor of Journal of Structural Engineering, and Journal of Structural Fire Engineering, editorial board member of five leading journals, Chairman of ASCE(SEI)-SFPE 29 (Fire) Standards Committee, and a member of UK-EPSRC College of Reviewers. He has won many awards and prestigious appointments, including Michigan State University “University Distinguished Professor” Award, American Institute of Steel Construction Faculty Fellowship Award, MSU Distinguished Faculty Award, NRCC (Government of Canada) Outstanding Achievement Award, Fulbright Scholar award; “INFOSYS Visiting Chair Professor” appointment at the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore, India, and NATO Award for collaborative research. Most notably, Dr. Kodur was part of the Federal Emergency Management Agency and American Society of Civil Engineers/Society of Fire Protection Engineers high profile "Experts Team" that investigated the collapse of the World Trade Center buildings as a result of September 11 attacks.

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Fee & Credits

$1295 + taxes

  • 1.4 Continuing Education Units (CEUs)
  • 14 Professional Development Hours (PDHs)
  • ECAA Annual Professional Development Points

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