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    Risk Assessment and the Design of Fire Safety Systems in Buildings

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    In 1989, a research project entitled, “Fire Safety and Engineering” was conducted at the Warren Centre for Advanced Engineering, the University of Sydney, and involved 70 leading researchers and engineers from around Australia. It was found that fire safety and protection facilities constructed in accordance with current Australian regulatory requirements are a significant component of the cost of many buildings in this country. The project team concluded that with the development of systematic approaches to building fire safety and protection design, based on risk assessment models and fire-engineering design techniques, substantial cost savings can be made while achieving satisfactory levels of life safety. There is an urgent need for a greater understanding by designers and regulatory officials of fire phenomena, human behavior, and fire engineering techniques.


    risk assessment, systems, cost-effective, life safety, design, fire protection

    Author Information:

    Beck, VR
    Professor, Victoria University of Technology, Centre for Environment Safety and Risk Engineering, MMO, Melbourne,

    Thomas, IR
    Manager, Engineering Research, BHP Research and New Technology, Clayton,

    Ramsay, GC
    Leader, C.S.I.R.O., Highett,

    MacLennan, H
    Associate professor, University of Technology, SydneyBroadway,

    Lacey, R
    DirectorConsulting Engineers, Lincolne Scott Australia Pty, Ltd., Melbourne,

    Johnson, P
    Principal material scientist, Australian Construction Services, Scientific Services Laboratory, Port Melbourne,

    Eaton, C
    Consultant, Building Owners and Managers Association, Ltd., Sydney,

    Committee/Subcommittee: E05.33

    DOI: 10.1520/STP23796S