Fire Protection Engineering and Design Services

Life Safety and Fire Code Inspection Services

  • Joint Commission on Accreditation of Health Care Organizations (JCAHO) Surveys and Inspections in accordance with the Environment of Care and Life Safety standards for their Healthcare and Ambulatory accreditation programs.
  • Fire Code Compliance Inspections and Surveys for Commercial and Industrial Occupancies
  • Fire Rated Building Element Penetration Inspections
  • Expert Witness Testimony Services
  • NFPA 99 - Health Care Facilities
  • NFPA 101 – Life Safety Code

Life Safety Systems Analysis

The chance that a fire will occur in any given structure is based on many interrelated factors. Common building features such as the orientation of rooms, compartmentalization, ceiling height, and the fire resistance of building materials all play a role in how the structure will respond during a fire incident. Of the greatest importance is the ability to protect the occupants within the structure while they egress throughout the duration of the fire.

Our team of fire protection experts are uniquely experienced in providing life safety evaluations of all potential fire risk aspects within a structure. In addition to analyzing the traditional code compliance issues, our team excels in bringing the state-of-the-art in research, computer fire modeling, computer egress modeling, structural protection, and building material analysis together to provide clients with a quantification of the life safety features present within their structure.

Smoke Management Systems Analysis

Smoke management systems are designed to control the movement of smoke inside a structure with the goals of allowing safe egress for the occupants and potentially protecting valuable building contents that cannot tolerate smoke exposure. Typically, these systems are created to force any smoke to migrate to a location where it can be exhausted from the structure. Smoke management systems within the can be required in high-rise buildings, structures with atria, enclosed shopping malls, and airport terminals.

We have extensive state-of-the-art experience in conducting computer modeling assisted design for these systems. Additionally, state and local building codes typically require a design professional to prepare a justifiable analysis that supports the design criteria to be used for a smoke management system. Our team of engineers can guide a client through their local process of commissioning a smoke management system that meets their code-required design and safety goals.

Suppression Systems Analysis and Design

Our suppression system design services run the full suite of services for our clients. Our services include the total range from pre-design analyses of differential systems to final design drawings and from implementation consulting services to the witnessing of final acceptance testing for both individual and integrated systems.

We are capable and experienced in designing sprinkler systems, gaseous suppression systems, dry chemical systems, clean-room systems, and hybrid performance-based systems for a variety of applications.

Code, Standard and Specification Analysis and Certification

All structures in the world must be designed, constructed, and maintained in compliance with the locally enforced building codes, fire codes, and standards. Almost all of these codes and standards are “prescriptive” in nature, where “prescriptive” refers to the code dictating all of the appropriate design parameters.

Our staff are experienced in the understanding and interpretation of all of the main prescriptive code organizations in the world, including NFPA, ICC, ASTM, ANSI, US DOD, SAE, UL, BOCA, SBCCI, and UBC. No matter the size or scope of your project, our team can expertly analyze all applicable codes in with regard to current philosophies, new technologies, and the latest requirements.

IFO Group also offers a variety of consulting services directly related to the investigation of the following types of fires and explosions:

  • Fires and explosions involving commercial, healthcare, industrial, and residential occupancies, petrochemical, laboratory, transportation, utility, and mining operations.
  • Steam and boiler explosions.
  • Dust explosions including grain, coal, plastics, wood, metals, or other organics.
  • Fuel gas explosions and fires including LP, LNG, methane, natural gas, butane, propane, natural gas, and hydrogen.
  • Explosives, pyrophoric, or other chemical reactions resulting in the unintended production of explosive materials.
  • Fires or explosions involving thermal runaways or uncontrolled chemical reactions.
  • BLEVEs (boiling liquid evaporating vapor explosions).
  • High temperature liquid metals or blast and arc furnace explosions.
  • Incidents involving oxidizers such as liquid oxygen or peroxides.

To learn more about how we can help you and your company with fire and explosion investigations please visit our page: Fire and Explosion Investigation Services

 

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Applying Lessons Learned in our Designs

Our team has designed, specified, inspected, and tested fire protection and detection systems in marine, commercial, and heavy industrial settings on a global basis with a continual focus on applying lessons learned from recent fire and explosion losses.  We have a number of industrial fire and explosion investigators on staff and we bring that loss expertise to every project! 

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