Vortex Fire to host “External fire spread risk in tall building design – CPD Course” in Dubai (17-21 March 2019)

This course is designed to provide professionals working within the construction industry with a holistic overview of the interaction between a building and its façade in the event of a fire.

The initial 2 days will be aimed at professionals (architects, fire consultants, insurers, project managers, developers, facility managers, façade consultants/contractors, MEP engineers, structural engineers, quantity surveyors etc.) from the wider construction industry and will provide a detailed introduction to facades and overall building fire safety. Attendees will receive a certificate of attendance.

The latter 3 days will provide experienced and qualified fire safety engineers with key understanding of the interaction between a building and its façade in the event of a fire. Attendees for the full course (5 days) can choose to sit an examination on the final day, the successful completion of which will be awarded with a certificate of qualification.

This course uses a combination of lectures, interactive discussions and case studies to deliver a comprehensive review of fire safety strategies for tall buildings, fire performance of cladding systems, and the implications of potentially combustible cladding systems on the fire strategy. The purpose of the course is to provide practicing engineers and professionals within the construction industry with specialist knowledge so that they can adequately address the use of combustible cladding materials in the context of a tall building design.

The course brochure and application form can be downloaded using the links below:

Course Brochure – Dubai 2019

Course Application – Dubai 2019

To register, submit application form and supporting documents by 1 February 2019.

This course mirrors the highly successful course that is run regularly at the University of Queensland, Australia. It has been designed and is delivered by, the following leading academics from the field of fire safety engineering:

  • Prof. Jose Torero PhD CEng RAEng FRSE FSFPE (The University of Maryland, USA)
    Prof. Torero is an internationally renowned, award winning expert in the fields of fire safety and resilience. As well as a founding director of TÆC, he is currently the John L. Bryan Chair in Fire Protection Engineering and Director of the Center for Disaster Resilience at the University of Maryland. He has authored more than 30 book chapters, more than 200 peer reviewed journal papers, and more than 400 other technical papers as well as editing the 5th edition of the SFPE Handbook. He is a fellow of multiple academic and professional institutions worldwide as well as a registered professional engineer in the UK and the State of Queensland, Australia.
  • Dr Juan Hidalgo PhD (The University of Queensland, Australia)
    Dr Hidalgo is a lecturer in Timber and Fire Safety Engineering in the School of Civil Engineering at the University of Queensland, teaching a variety of courses on the subject of fire safety engineering to undergraduates, postgraduates, and professionals working in the field. His area of expertise is the fire performance of building materials for sustainable and durable construction with research incorporating thermal degradation and flammability of materials, heat transfer and fire dynamics. He is actively involved in multiple research projects involving sustainable construction techniques using timber, insulation materials and composites, publishing regularly in leading peer reviewed journals and at technical conferences.
  • Dr Rory Hadden PhD (The University of Edinburgh, UK)
    Dr Hadden is the Rushbrook Senior Lecturer in Fire Investigation at the University of Edinburgh. He holds an MEng in Chemical Engineering and PhD in Fire Safety Engineering from the University of Edinburgh. His research interests include pyrolysis, ignition and flammability of solid fuels with application to the built and natural environment, encompassing both small and large scale physical experimentation. He holds multiple research grants from leading institutions and funding bodies within the UK and USA. He has authored numerous technical research publications and features regularly in the UK media as a technical consultant.