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Safety Design in Buildings, Muscat Conference November 21, 2016

SDiB is the leading debating platform for safety and fire professionals in the construction industry. Initiated in collaboration with Intersec in 2012, the Safety Design in Buildings conference campaign debates safety standards and practices in the built environment. Expert Talks for an improved protection of people and buildings take place annually and are presented in every Gulf Country and Muscat.

The current cycle of events investigates concepts of integration for safety and security related aspects of high occupancy buildings with a view to strategy planning, material, system requirements.

The conference brings leading Fire Safety Consultants, Architects, Engineers and Testing Experts together with Safety System Suppliers to give updates on industry standards and provide a debating platform for best practice.

The conference provides its participants with insights to:

  • Developing Safety Design Strategies for Buildings
  • Designing fire and life safety for airports
  • Integrating safety and security concepts into high occupancy buildings
  • Guidance to Facade Fire Safety Audits
  • … and more


08.00 – 09.00 Registration & Breakfast

09.00 – 09.15

“Welcome and Opening”

Session I : Implimentation of Fire Safety Design in Buildings
Chairman : Andy Dean, Head of Façade Engineering | WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff

09.15 – 09.45

Andy Dean, Head of Façade Engineering | WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff

“Guidance on Façade Fire Safety Audits

For several years now we have been raising awareness about the dangers of combustible panels on facades, and recommending a course of action to prioritise, review and risk assess the existing building stock. Now that this is becoming a reality, Andy Dean provides guidance on a recommended focus and guidance on what to do and what to look for.

09.45 – 10.15

Nusrulha WaniPMM – Security & Safety Systems | dormakaba

“Integrating Safety & Security Systems in Assembly Occupancies – Case Study of Stadiums”

To balance our busy work lives, we take time off to watch a football match, go to a movie or take a vacation to visit Holy places or tourist destinations. Popular places with high occupancies however have made the news not only for the unique and peaceful nature of events, but also for incidents of grief and sorrow because of overcrowding, stampedes or security lapses.

In this context the presenter introduces case studies of Stadiums which are coming into prominence with regional events like Expo 2020 in Dubai and FIFA 2022 in Qatar. His focus will be on safety and security strategies and technologies applied from the parking area to the playing arena.

10.15 – 10.45

Wail AlmuhrziManaging Director – Muscat | Aman Fire Protection Consultants

“NFPA 72 Requirements for Plan Review and Documentation of Fire Alarm Submittals”

The plan review and documentation of the design and subsequent acceptance to the Authority Having Jurisdiction (AHJ) for fire alarms systems will be addressed in this presentation. Most of the fire alarm plans submitted for review and comment experience delays in the approval process by the AHJ due to absence of details on the plans and incomplete documentation. The presentation will address the cases behind the delays and describe the minimum documents required by NFPA 72 to help the designer to avoid delays to their projects and make obtaining permits easier. The content of the presentation will describe the importance of each documents required by NFPA 72 and the best way to document those requirements. At the end of the presentation, the attendances should be able to understand what is the minimum document submittal requirement to obtain approval for the fire alarm design or permit issuance at different stages of the project. Those who submit drawings approval to third party consultancy or AHJ for approval will benefit from the presentation.

10.45 – 11.00 Panel Discusssion on System Integration

11.00 – 11.30 Coffee Break

Session II : Implementation of Security Design in Buildings
Chairman : Andy Dean, Head of Façade Engineering | WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff

11.30 – 12.00

Jaime Paucar, Project Director | Jensen Hughes

“Design of Fire and Life Safety and Security to Facilitate Airside and Landside Airport Operations

In the design of modern airport facilities in the Middle East, fire life safety consideration of fundamental concepts is required to limit the impact of a fire incident, avoid breach of the boundary between airport landside and airside, and minimize interruption to airport operations. This presentation details the critical aspects of airport facility fire and life safety design in the context of zoning selection and the security division between airside and landside.

12.00 – 12.30

Rob Davies, Technical Director | WSP Parsons Brinckerhoff

“The Fundamentals of Smoke Control: Methods, Requirements, and Regional Perception of its Performance”

This presentation will provide a brief introduction of smoke control including the different technical requirements. A comparison between various regions will be provided and some of the variations in philosophy with smoke control. A brief discussion regarding design tools such as computational fluid dynamic models and algebraic correlations will also be presented.

12.30 – 12.45 Panel Discussion on Integration of Security and Safety Concepts

12.45 Lunch


To see the updated program online click here

To register your attendance click here

Looking forward to welcoming you at the conference,

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