We employ a design approach to fire engineering that helps clients manage risks cost effectively and efficiently. This entails developing a situation-specific strategy, using statistics from real fires, analysis tools and studies of human behaviour. Our experience shows this can realise architectural visions and add value by reducing over-specification from conservative codes of practice.
Ramboll’s proven fire & safety expertise applies to all sectors including high rise, residential, offices, retail, education, sports facilities, industrial, aviation, and healthcare. We also cover all stages of the development process from identifying risks and opportunities for improved value through to construction supervision and advice.
Comprehensive fire & safety service
- Fire strategies
- Fire systems design – developing bespoke solutions incorporating automatic systems for detection, alarm and suppression
- Fire risk assessment – consultancy on fire strategies and business continuity plans
- Structural fire engineering – assessing the fire resistance of structures to identify potential savings on fire protection
- Computer modelling – studying the action of fire, smoke and heat, and simulating evacuation scenarios
- Fire tests
- Safety documentation
- Innovation in fire & safety
Technology, industry best practice and legislation are always changing. In fire engineering and safety risk management awareness of these changes and how they affect different countries is essential. To continuously develop our knowledge, we conduct our own research, maintain links with universities, research organisations and industry, and recruit team members with wide-ranging combinations of expertise. Our organisational structure ensures we share this knowledge throughout our local offices around the world.
Computer modellingThe process of reviewing each of the fire strategy elements is done in a number of ways, with computer modelling playing a key role. Computational fluid dynamics (CFD) are used to model the action of fire in a building, the smoke and heat it produces and the effects of different fire-fighting options. We use STEPS software to model evacuation strategies which is capable of simulating evacuation scenarios in all types of buildings and combines people’s behaviour during a fire with a particular building type and layout. We also use finite element analysis software to determine the behaviour of structural elements with varying fire loads.
Strategic fire engineering on projects
There are usually five stages to our strategic fire engineering work. We assess the design and develop an outline strategic fire engineering report, identifying risks (where the design is non-compliant with the prescriptive standards) and opportunities for improved value. We stay with the project throughout construction to ensure the strategy remains appropriate and is implemented correctly, and to provide on-going specification and construction advice.
Fire system design
Automatic systems for detection, alarm and suppression are often required to meet building regulation requirements. Modern buildings are becoming increasingly intelligent and the use of systems integration methods during the design phase is both a specialist and integral requirement. Our system design engineers provide bespoke solutions for developers, project design teams, contractors and end users, ensuring a complete project life-cycle service.
Fire risk assessment
Ramboll offers fire risk assessments to allow existing building owners/occupiers to re-examine their strategic fire plans. We make recommendations including a property protection/business continuity plan on how a business can survive a fire and also offer a mandatory risk assessment.
Structural fire engineering
Structural fire engineering is a specialist area of fire engineering assessing buildings in terms of their fire resistance and analysing the true response and behaviour of structural elements in a fire scenario. The added value can be commercial by achieving considerable savings on fire protection for the client or visual in keeping with the architectural aspirations. The main objectives are reducing fire rating and reducing / omitting passive fire protection to steel structures.