2nd International Conference Fire Safety Performance-based Design
June 2nd
Travessa do Carvalho, 23

2nd conference Performance-Based Fire Safety Design

Portuguese fire code is prescriptive but performance based approach is allowed in unusual or heritage buildings. Fire Safety Engineering is slowly being accepted in Portugal and there is a lot to be done concerning technical knowledge and proper regulatory framework. This conference intends to take a step forward promoting the PBD approach.
The conference will be bilingual (Portuguese and English) without simultaneous translation.

Host venue

The conference is hosted by Ordem dos Arquitectos (Portuguese regulatory body for Architects) and co-organized by SFPE Portugal. The conference will be held in Ordem dos Arquitectos headquarters in Lisbon.

Keynote speakers

Jimmy Jönsson, Bsc Fire, MSc Rissk, MSFPE, MIFE, Director of JVVA (Spain)
Daniel Nilsson, Ph.D., FSE, Department of Fire Safety Engineering and Systems Safety, Lund University


09:15 Check in
9:45 Opening session | José Manuel Pedreirinho, President of Ordem dos Arquitectos
10:00 1st Technical Session | Performance-based Design regulatory framework
10:00 A evolução do projeto baseado no desempenho em Portugal | Paulo Ramos, Pedro Silvano, (OA)
10:15 Projeto baseado no desempenho - Requisitos para a prática profissional | Maria João Conde (APSEI)
10:30 Prescriptive or Performance Based Design? Fire Protection Engineering and Computer Simulation in a Hospital Project | Alberto López de Arriba (TPF Ingeniería)
10:45 Debate | Moderator José Oliveira (ANPC)
11:00 Coffee Break
11:30 Keynote Performance Based Design - The way forward | Jimmy Jönsson (JVVA, Spain)
12:00 2nd Technical Session | Smoke control in large volume buildings
12:00 Sistema de controlo de fumo – caso de estudo de um terminal de bagagens | Marco Miguel (Ativa)
12:15 Partitions and the flow of smoke in large volume buildings - a prelude to performance based architecture? | Wojciech Węgrzyński (ITB, Poland)
12:30 Debate | Moderator João Viegas (LNEC)
12:45 Lunch (not included)
14:15 3rd Technical Session | Fire simulation
14:15 Criação de fogos t2 de área variável em modelos cfd: vantagens e limitações | Bruno Lopes (ETU)
14:30 Fireplatform – integrated tool package for fire engineering | Piotr Tofilo (FirePlatform, Poland)
14:45 Debate | Moderator Carlos Fernandes (OE)
15:00 Keynote Panic in fire emergencies - Myth or reality? | Daniel Nilsson (Lund University, Sweden)
15:30 Coffee Break
16:00 SFPE Portugal – Por uma nova abordagem da SCIE | Cidália Worm (SFPE Portugal)
16:10 4th Technical Session | Examples of performance-based design approach
16:10 Sistemas automáticos de extinção de incêndios em edifícios, estudo de caso – análise tecnico-económica | Miguel Chichorro Gonçalves, Paulo Sousa Barros (FEUP)
16:25 Stairs capacity calculation in modern building design: an impossible task for prescriptive codes (the spanish building code case) | Juan B. Echeverria, María Fernández-Vigil, Beatriz Gil (Universidad de Navarra, Spain)
16:40 Fire resistance of reinforced concrete elements through performance based design | Javier Unanua, Naiane Esteve, Francisco Rueda (Arup, UK/Spain)
16:55 Debate | Moderator Ana Ferreira (APSEI)
17:10 Conference adjourns

Conference fee is 75€. Registration is made online here.

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