Fire and the civil engineer

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Journal titleProceedings of the Institution of Civil Engineers
Pages467486; # of pages: 20
Subjectfire; fire safety; civil engineering; civil engineering works; design; Fire; feu (incendie); securite incendie; genie civil; ouvrage de genie civil; conception (design)
AbstractAnnual losses of life and property due to fire continue to be an economic drain on all developed countries. The steady improvement in building regulations and their administration is assisting the work of fire protection in those branches of building design that are normally the province of the architect. Civil engineers do not always have such assistance available. The works they design might appear to be free from all risk of fire. Examples are cited from Canadian experience to show the fallacy of this view. The facts in these cases are summarized, not with critical intent, but in order to draw from them confirmation of the precautions that should always be taken in the design, maintenance and construction of civil engineering works. With changing design concepts for buildings, the civil engineer is having to give increased attention to fire as a factor in his contributions to building design. This work must always be viewed against the background of the basic economics of fire prevention measures, final decisions always involving some degree of calculated risk.
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AffiliationNRC Institute for Research in Construction; National Research Council Canada
Peer reviewedNo
NRC number12871
NPARC number20374907
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Record created2012-07-23
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