Means of Egress: Common Myths and Mistaken Beliefs to Avoid

This article and three appendices are available for download in pdf format. Please go at the end of the article to download the files.    The Solution Is NOT A Blue Manual Station! While you analyze a project, as a designer you raise different requests with your client concerning the layout on a floor area. Together you look for the required areas for each functionalities, connections between them, and the [...]

By |April 11th, 2019|

Stainless Steel and Corrosion – The Speedway Cases

Speedway : what are they? About half of the insurance claims are related to water damages[1]. Most of these damages are due to household plumbing system failures. The cracking of flexible supply tubes, frequently called speedway, are one of the most common causes of loss. These tubes supply cold and hot water to kitchen and washroom faucets. They are also used for toilet water supply. Sometimes they supply water to [...]

By |April 5th, 2019|

Role of the fire protection professionals

A few words by the author "The practice of fire protection and safety engineering and/or consulting services are getting recognition in Canada and around the world. As the role of the consultants and requirements for engineering practice vary in provinces and territories, our practice, much like the rest of the world, is still a young profession in comparison to the rest of the design professions, be it architects, civil, electrical, [...]

By |March 13th, 2019|

Fire modelling – what is its purpose?

Numerical Calculation (fire modelling) has become increasingly popular since the beginning of the 1990s. These numerical tools are particularly useful for the following cases: Simulate the effects of a fire (and its behaviour) while designing a building; Reproduce a fire as part of an investigation after a loss to validate, for example, the scene of a fire or the damages; and Reproduce the results of a fire or fire tests [...]

By |March 13th, 2019|

Snow Loads in Quebec: Heavy Consequences!

An important factor in the building’s structural design is snow, specifically its weight. According to the building’s location, dimensions, occupancy, roof’s shape, etc., the snow load to consider varies considerably. A good knowledge of the Construction Code and climatic conditions prevailing at the construction site is required to calculate this snow load. Snow Load Calculation For important buildings, the snow load calculation on the roof is shown in Part 4 [...]

By |February 6th, 2019|

Building Code – International Standards and Approvals

A Few Words from the Author “Between 1996 and 2010, the fields of standard development, construction products and fire safety systems approvals and certifications were a major focus of my career. During this period, I worked for a multinational construction products manufacturer and for an organization offering product fire testing, certification and assessments. In addition, I helped establish the baseline for developing product review and approval system of fire protection [...]

By |February 6th, 2019|

Lightning and Structural Damages

What is Lightning? Lightning is a natural phenomenon of electrostatic discharge of very short duration but of great power. Lightning is the luminous phenomena while thunder is the sound manifestation. Within certain types of clouds, an unbalance of the electrostatic discharge is then produced between different areas (i.e.: low part of the cloud and the ground). This unbalance generates a difference in the electrical potential (tension). While the tension between [...]

By |January 14th, 2019|

Building Code – From International Experiences to Local Perspectives

A Few Words from the Author ‟2019 marks my 30 years experience in the domain of the Building Code, fire protection and safety consultation. For this occasion, I propose to you a few articles by combining my knowledge in these domains in Quebec and my experiences in Canada and worldwide. A career in fire protection and safety implies a knowledge of development, interpretation and application of the Building Codes and/or [...]

By |January 14th, 2019|
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