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Australian Engineers in the limelight at International Fire Protection Conference

Australia was one the first countries in the world to adopt the performance-based fire engineering approach to building fire safety. And now, 25 years later, this fire engineering discipline has reached maturity and Australia remains as the top nation in the world in the application of fire safety engineering technology. These capabilities foster ongoing research [...]

The Dilemma of Fire Evacuation for Modern High-rises

The deployment of effective methods for the evacuation of high-rise buildings is an issue of increasing concern for both the developers and denizens of Australia’s urban environments – particularly given projected population gains and attendant increases in the density and building heights of city centres. The importance of evacuation measures for high rise buildings was [...]

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Don’t Let Your Luck Run Out On Fire Safety

Contributor: Dr Weng Poh, Associate Director We should not be relying on luck when it comes to fire safety; we should be relying on strict regulatory control and good engineering. The Building Code of Australia, much of which deals with fire safety, can be traced back to the Great Fire of London, when a small [...]

Pressure Mounts to Reform Fire Safety

Pressure is mounting to reform regulation of fire safety in the wake of a fire at the Lacrosse Apartments in Victoria’s Docklands last November. The Melbourne Fire Brigade (MFB) has called for the state coroner to launch an enquiry into the use of non-compliant external cladding and the Victorian Building Authority’s (VBA) role in the regulation of the building [...]

Steel: The Faster, Easier and Lighter Choice

Speed of construction, ease of build and a lighter structure were just a few of the reasons why steel came out in front when developer Caribbean Park assessed both concrete and steel solutions during the preliminary design phase for 35 Dalmore Drive, part of the Caribbean Business Park project. Read complete article

Dr Weng Poh, Associate Director, elected National President of the Society of Fire Safety, Engineers Australia

Weng Poh, the head of Umow Lai’s fire engineering team, was elected National President of the Society of Fire Safety, Engineers Australia, and November 2014. Weng started his involvement in fire engineering at BHP Research in the 1980’s when much of the pioneering fire testing and research was conducted in Australia. He was also extensively [...]