from an interest in the thermo-mechanical response of structures
exposed to fire, Devotec
has established itself as the principle Fire
and Forensic Engineering consultants in Southern
last decade has been a period of remarkable change in the science
and practice of fire protection engineering - marking the
beginning of the translation from the prescriptive to the
performance-based design approach.
The recent surge in the body of knowledge creates and
defines the technical tools with which fire engineers work to
solve a problem.
To this end, fire engineering may be defined as the
application of scientific and engineering principles, rules, codes
and expert judgement based on an understanding of the phenomena
and the effects of fire and the action and behaviour of people
exposed to fire with the purpose to protect people, property and
the environment from the destructive effects of fire.
addition to the fire engineering design, the integration of the
facility management of a building with the fire safety design of
such calls for a comprehensive risk management portfolio based
upon effective loss control criteria.
is a member of the renowned international Society of Fire
Protection Engineers, based in Massachusetts, U.S.A.