SYMPOSIA PAPER Published: 01 January 1992

Risk Assessment and the Design of Fire Safety Systems in Buildings


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.

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Beck, VR
Victoria University of Technology, Centre for Environment Safety and Risk Engineering, MMO, Melbourne, Australia
Thomas, IR
Engineering Research, BHP Research and New Technology, Clayton, Australia
Ramsay, GC
C.S.I.R.O., Highett, Australia
MacLennan, H
University of Technology, Broadway, Australia
Lacey, R
Lincolne Scott Australia Pty, Ltd., Melbourne, Australia
Johnson, P
Australian Construction Services, Scientific Services Laboratory, Port Melbourne, Australia
Eaton, C
Building Owners and Managers Association, Ltd., Sydney, Australia
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Developed by Committee: E05
Pages: 209–223
DOI: 10.1520/STP23796S
ISBN-EB: 978-0-8031-5207-6
ISBN-13: 978-0-8031-1447-0