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|Title: ||Decision problem structuring method for the specification and selection of active fire protection systems|
|Authors: ||Bird, Simon N.|
Yeomans, Steven G.
Bouchlaghem, Nasreddine M.
Glockling, James L.D.
|Issue Date: ||2012|
|Publisher: ||Escola Politecnica, Sao Paolo, Brazil and CICE, Loughborough University|
|Citation: ||BIRD, S.N. ... et al., 2012. Decision problem structuring method for the specification and selection of active fire protection systems. IN: Proceedings of the 7th International conference on innovation in architecture, engineering and construction, 15-17 August 2012, Sao Paulo. Brazil, 15pp.|
|Abstract: ||The UK along with the EU has witnessed a recent proliferation of designs for potential active
fire suppression systems for the mitigation of fire risks in buildings and equipment; from five
in 1986 (BSI, 1986) to eleven in 2011 (BSI, 2011a). However, each technology remains
limited to the protection of certain types of application only, rather than offering a solution to
guard against all possible hazards. This trend occurs at the same time as a transition from
prescriptive to performance based standards and against the backdrop of the current nonprescriptive
regulatory frameworks including the Building Regulations (HMSO, 2010), The
Regulatory (fire) Reform Order (HMSO, 2005) and associated guidance (Approved
Documents, standards, codes of practice and guides). Hazards can be difficult to assess and
describe and the inequality or absence of satisfactory methods is notable in many recently
published guidance documents.
Active fire protection systems are installed to meet legislative requirements (to protect life),
and / or when identified as appropriate by a cost-benefit analysis (e.g. to achieve risk
reduction for business resilience purposes or to historic assets). There are many guidance
documents available to assist users and designers in choosing and specifying appropriate
active fire protection. These documents vary in age, relevance, scope, quality, impartiality
The Fire Protection Association (FPA) and several leading insurers who participate in its risk
management work, have identified the requirement for assistance with the decision making
process of analysing fire hazards and matching them to appropriate candidate systems, in
order to make informed and impartial recommendations. This has led to the undertaking of a
four year research project aimed at developing a decision problem structuring method and a
software tool (Expert System), for the specification and selection of Active Fire Protection
Systems. The research aim is to develop a tool that will assist users in making an informed
selection of a system that is likely to best suit their needs and thereby contribute to overall
improvements in fire safety and outcomes. This paper presents a summary of the work to
date, focusing on the demand for the work, development of the methodology and practical
application of the emerging Expert System.|
|Description: ||This is a conference paper.|
|Publisher Link: ||http://innovationinaec2012.pcc.usp.br/PROCEEDINGS/2%20DECISION%20PROBLEM%20STRUCTURING%20METHOD%20FOR%20THE%20SPECIFICATION%20AND%20SELECTION%20OF%20ACTIVE%20FIRE%20PROTECTION%20SYSTEMS.pdf|
|Appears in Collections:||Conference Papers (Civil and Building Engineering)|
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