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HEGEL Advanced Fire Safety Design Services
HEGEL use advanced computer modeling to demonstrate fire safety engineering compliance in complex or innovative building designs. Advanced fire safety design involves the use of computer modeling tools to help design teams to assess and improve the fire safety of buildings and proposed designs.
Fire prevention engineering ensures compliance with code requirements and development of a fire safety strategy utilizing standard fire engineering methods. However, more sophisticated fire engineering techniques can often provide substantial benefits in reducing construction costs and enabling greater design flexibility. To demonstrate that a building design is compliant, in particular for those that fall outside of general ‘code compliance’, it may be necessary to utilize advanced fire safety design techniques. HEGEL offer a range of advanced fire safety design services.
Computational Fluid Dynamics
Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) is a branch of fluid mechanics that uses numerical methods and algorithms to solve and analyze problems that involve fluid flows. Using validated computer modeling tools, we can perform calculations to simulate the movement of smoke, heat and toxic gasses within the boundaries of multiple building spaces.
Heat Radiation Analysis
Building regulations set out requirements for the control of the spread of fire between adjacent buildings. HEGEL has developed FiSYS, a 3D graphic software package that enables us to calculate fire temperatures and analyze complex facades. FiSYS has allowed the incorporation of windows in buildings with close boundaries and is an excellent tool to calculate the spread of fire from timber frame buildings during construction.
Evacuation modeling allows us to assess crowd movement in complex building designs to optimize and refine the escape arrangements. It is widely used for a stadium, passenger terminals, large shopping centers, and warehouses.
Using computer modeling techniques, we assist structural engineers in optimizing the fire safety in building designs. We undertake fire severity calculations, analyze the thermal response and assess structural performance to determine a cost-effective approach to fire protection.
Fire Risk Assessments
HEGEL can carry out fire risk assessments. It is part of our on-going process for the efficient management of fire safety within premises. In carrying out fire risk assessment surveys, we adhere to the requirements of ‘International Standard ISO/IEC 17020 - Conformity assessment – Requirements for the operation of various types of bodies performing inspection’. This International Standard has been drawn up with the objective of promoting confidence in institutions conducting the inspection. Following a fire risk assessment, HEGEL can provide you with a comprehensive fire prevention management service.