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Fire Engineering


KEEPING COMMUNITIES SAFE FROM FIRE NEED NOT COME AT THE COST OF A BUILDING’S DESIGN INNOVATION, ARCHITECTURAL EXPRESSION, OR ECONOMY.

We provide our clients with the information they need to realize their project goals while also achieving fire safety using our performance-based approach that enables building resilience in the face of current and future hazards. We provide fire engineering services for both new construction and existing buildings, from commercial office buildings to hospitals to high-rise residential towers.

 
Beyond the code

Performance-based fire design

Building codes offer fire safety solutions for conventional buildings and provide a critical baseline for a safe building design. However, they can also limit opportunities for innovation, architectural expression, and economy. At Entuitive, we consider the performance of a building, and employ a performance-based engineering approach that goes beyond the building code requirements and explores advanced engineering solutions to help realize our clients’ vision.

We do this by using advanced technology to anticipate realistic fire events and demonstrate how a building’s performance goals can be met. In close consultation with the client, developers, and architects, we develop specific performance criteria tailored to the end user’s need, whether that is to simply meet the performance of the building code, or to go above and beyond the basic criteria for businesses whose livelihood is dependent on fire protection.

The advantages of this performance-based approach are:

INNOVATIVE ARCHITECTURAL SYSTEMS
Not bound by conventional prescriptive clauses

OPTIMIZATION OF FIRE PROTECTION
Reduced cost and shortened schedule without compromising performance

INCREASED BUILDING RESILIENCE
An engineered, first-principles approach to fire safety

 
Services

Fire Modelling
We determine smoke movement and temperature development within building environments using equations, zone models, and computational fluid dynamics. Fire modelling enables us to determine temperatures to use in structural fire design, to quantify tenability that informs egress design, and to assess or design smoke control systems.

Egress Design
By applying first-principles knowledge about how people behave during fire scenarios and how they will interact with their surroundings, we design intelligent egress routes of buildings. Where exact travel distances from the prescriptive clauses of the code are forcing a design decision, tools such as evacuation modelling can be used to demonstrate the performance of an egress design and propose an alternative solution for the building. The same analysis procedures and tools can be used for pedestrian modelling.

Timber Buildings
We approach the fire design of timber buildings with a holistic perspective, combining structural fire engineering, egress design, and fire modelling to demonstrate that complex timber buildings are safe. Our analytical approach to fire safety in timber buildings adds strength to alternative solutions in jurisdictions where the timber building is beyond code limits.

Structural Fire Engineering
We perform structural calculations to demonstrate load-carrying capacity during fire scenarios with reduced or eliminated fire protection, in both new and existing buildings. We perform an analysis of critical structural members to demonstrate stability and progressive collapse mitigation for fire events, including key structural elements such as transfers and exterior diagrids. Our experience can also be applied to prescriptive fire protection strategies to ensure the most efficient assemblies are used to improve economy and constructability.

Investigation and Forensics
Despite best efforts during design, construction, and operation, fires still occur. Entuitive has experience with the investigation and repair of structures damaged by fire; this ranges from small, existing parking garages to multi-million-dollar P3 projects under construction. Our emphasis is on efficiently assessing the scope of structural repair required and ensuring the building can be back in service as quickly as possible. We work with contractors, insurance representatives, and inspection and testing agencies to get the client to the finish line.

 
Thought Leadership

Our fire safety engineers stay on top of the latest developments in fire engineering design through our collaboration with academic institutions and industry organizations. We ensure these latest developments make their way into practice through involvement on code committees in both the United States and Canada. We are also active authors of technical publications to share our knowledge with the community.

Contact:

matthew-smith776x441

Matthew Smith
matt.smith@entuitive.com