EPM utilizes fire protection engineering knowledge and state-of-the-art tools to provide alternative building/fire code compliance solutions that maintain appropriate levels of fire and life safety. EPM has expertise in the use of state-of-the-art fire modeling software including Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS) and CFAST. These tools can also be used to support performance-based failure analysis and fire reconstruction projects.
EPM utilizes fire modeling extensively in support of performance-based analysis. For nuclear power plants in the US and Canada, fire modeling tools are used to evaluate the plant hazards and quantify risk associated with safe shutdown. Fire modeling is used to calculate damage threshold distances for plume impingement, thermal radiant exposure, ceiling jet, and hot gas layer conditions for nuclear components, as well as suppression and detection analysis, multi-compartment analysis and ventilation conditions for habitability.
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EPM employs many senior, licensed fire protection engineers with MS degrees in fire protection who have relevant project experience in virtually all building types and uses as well as extensive knowledge of the model building and fire codes, local & state amendments and NFPA codes and standards. This experience, and expertise of the fire sciences and computer fire modeling, allows us to develop solutions that afford a degree of fire protection/life safety that meets or exceeds the intent of the code.
As a global leader in nuclear fire protection, EPM adheres to strict quality standards and procedures that are routinely audited by outside firms. EPM also employs electrical, mechanical, software and chemical safety engineers who are experts in reviewing the most complex systems for safety. These resources are available to assist in the development of solutions to the most complex fire protection challenges.