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Then, now and ahead for the fire safety engineer

Published: 2020-03-26

The times they are a-changin'. For the fire safety engineer, the times have actually been the same for quite a while. Until now.

"At this stage, it is important that the fire protection engineering community be aware of the developments in building product models to avoid being left behind."

This wrote Michael Spearpoint in FPE Magazine nr 19 in 2003. And this observation is still as relevant today as it was then, 17 years ago. Fact is that fire protection engineering never stepped on to the digitalization train and was, in fact, left behind. And still is today. This is why Briab, together with Peab, is a driving force towards bringing fire safety design into a digitalized environment.

A matter of life and death

As we discussed in this blogpost, it seems that we are unable to lower the fatality rate from fires, despite technical advantages in our homes. Or maybe, as we also discusses, we are unable to lower the numbers *because *of the technical advantages. As our work, home and social environments changes, fire safety deisgn need to change with it. Being among the responsible occupational groups, we see it as our obligation to raise and work against this issue.

Not only dangerous, but costly

Fact is, the way fire safety design works within the construction sector today is a global cost of 500 billion EUR (anually?). This is the result a non-integrated fire safety design, the silo effect which fosters misscommunication and loss of information. It has been found that 2 out of 5 workdays is spent trying to find lst information, or correct already made mistakes. This has major negative impacts on produktivity.

What is to be done?

The fire safety engineer needs to continue being the expert in their field. They will continue to share their knowledge but it is how information is shared that needs to be the subject of change. Fire safety needs to take the step from a passive bystander to an active collaborater, needs to step into the work processes. And this can only be done by being digitized.

Change is coming, even if we want it or not

As a result of the Hackitt report, the UK government has proposed changes in fire safety regulations which might lead to required model-based deliveries and and smarter, long lasting, management of infomation. It is easy to see other countries following suite. This means that contractors might have to demand digital and BIM integrated deliveries in the future. And, isn´t it better to be ahead of these regulation changes? We think so, at least.

With Bimfire, you´ll be ahead of the curve

Bimfire Suite has been developed as a result of our ambition to push fire safety design forward. Bimfire Tools, first out in the series, is a Revit plugin that allows for for fire safety information to be directly available in the BIM-model. It allows for quicker communication and a higher level of control.

If you´re interested in trying out Bimfire Tools, dont forget that you can test it for free for 30 days, no credit card needed!

If you want to learn more on how you or your organisation can learn and grow with a digital work flow, don´t hesitate to reach out!