The Passive Fire Protection Network (PFPNet) will be holding a 1 hour on-line seminar on 19 April entitled Passive Fire Protection of Tunnels: Requirements and Solutions. The seminar will be hosted by PFPS Director John Dunk and Kees Both, the Chair of the PFPNet Tunnels Technical Subcommittee will present the main technical topic.
The seminar is free to attend and will be held at 2 timeslots during the day, 9 AM BST and 4 PM BST and you do not have to be a PFPNet member to register.
If you would like to join the seminar, please register at www.pfpnet.com.
PFP Specialists have formed an agreement with Sherm Spear to become an Associate of PFPS to assist in introducing and expanding our capabilities in North America and Canada. Sherm has over thirty years experience in passive fire protection, primarily in the oil, gas and hydrocarbon processing industries for both epoxy-based and cementitious PFP materials. Over the years Sherm has worked with most of the major oil, gas and petrochemical companies along with their engineering and product application contractors and therefore has a broad view of the requirements for passive fire protection across the ‘contract chain’.
Sherm is based in Massachusetts and will be responsible for introducing PFPS services and products as well as carrying out direct consulting requirements for the areas he is experienced with. We are extremely pleased to be able to welcome Sherm to PFPS and are looking forward to the opportunity of expanding our services in to new territories.
PFP Specialists Director John Dunk is co-author of a new paper released by the Hydrocarbon Passive Fire Protection Network (PFPNet) on the use of passive fire protection in the oil and gas industry and comparison the fire protection requirements in tunnels. Fires in road tunnels have had a devastating impact in a number of events in recent years, these fires are often very severe creating many difficulties for those carrying out fire and rescue activities.
John worked with co-authors Bart Hendrix of RWS and Micha de Jong of Efectis looking at the benefits of passive fire protection brings to the offshore oil and gas industry and how this relates to road tunnels which are considered to be critical infrastructure around the world.
On 23rd September the Hydrocarbon Passive Fire Protection Network (PFPNet) and the Institute of Corrosion (ICorr) launched the Passive Fire Protection Inspector Training Programme with three separate online seminars during the day to capture the various time zones for attendees from around the globe.
As part of research into the thermodynamic response of pressure vessels to fire at BAM (Germany) in 2019, Dr. Ian Bradley co-authored an article giving an overview of relevant fire test methods. The article reviews past vessel fire tests and proposes a set of thermal exposure conditions appropriate to adopt in ‘standard’ fire testing of vessels. It is worth noting that since submission of this article BSI has published BS 8619:2020 Determination of the resistance to hydrocarbon pool fires of fire protection materials and systems for pressure vessels (not to be confused with BS EN standard of the same number). The conditions therein meet the recommendations given within this article.
The below link gives free access to the article up to October 9th 2020:
PFPS is pleased to announce David Stowers as an Associate Consultant, David is a corrosion protection specialist with over 30 years’ experience of protective coatings, passive fire protection and thermal insulation application, inspection and specification. His experience has been largely gained in the oil and gas industry (both offshore and onshore) and more recently in offshore wind and FPSO new-build projects. He has worked with leading protective coating contractors (from hands-on application, supervision and inspection to more managerial roles), international coating manufacturers, world-class project client teams and EPC (Engineering, Procurement and Construction) contractors.
He is a Certified NACE Level 3 coating inspector and qualified instructor of the NACE Coatings Inspector Programme. David holds both a BA(Hons) degree and a BEng (Hons) degree and has studied corrosion engineering at post-graduate level and has extensive experience in the development and delivery of quality training programs.
David’s knowledge and experience brings an extra dimension to PFPS capabilities and we are very pleased to welcome him to our team.
The Coronavirus outbreak has changed how we all live and work, and this is no different for PFP Specialists. However, we remain operational and continue to work on a remote basis to offer assistance and support to our customers whenever you need us.
We understand that this is a difficult time for many people, not only for our customers, and we wish everyone well while we all adjust to new arrangements and working practices.
PFP Specialists is delighted to welcome two further associate consultants to the team: Dr. Andrew Taylor and John Telfer.
Dr. Taylor is a recognised technical leader in passive fire protection, with decades of experience in intumescent coatings and other forms of passive fire protection. He is highly active in numerous trade associations and standards committees.
John Telfer is assisting our Quantifire development team with his decades of experience of estimation and product certification, working on maintenance of the publicly available product data and supporting quality control.