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The emerging proliferation of
structural fire engineering in the U.S. will disrupt the century-long norms in
structural fire protection. Traditionally, fire protection is prescribed for
structures after they have been optimized for ambient design loads (i.e.,
gravity, wind, seismic, and others), with no explicit consideration of
structural fire performance. Accordingly,
the vulnerability of buildings to structural failure from uncontrolled fire is
presumably variable across different jurisdictions, which have varying
structural design requirements for ambient loads. Structural fire protection is
often viewed by structural engineers as a nuisance; however, this area
represents one of the most promising opportunities for structural engineers to provide
value-added services moving forward. More importantly, building officials
should feel empowered to question and challenge structural fire protection
variances that are not conducted in accordance with new industry standards
(e.g., the removal of fire protection from steel structures based solely on
fire and thermal modeling results).
- Course will award 1.5 hours of continuing education
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