Hi Bart – |
Thank you for sending. Forwarding on to collaborators at Building Service Performance, SF MapLab, NIST Building Fire Research Lab, and Onuma Planning System. We are having a conference call tomorrow.
Yes, can you please send the OSHA publication? Are you familiar with, or have you worked with the alert classifications in the attached “September 2007 Alert Categorization, Revision 1.0” written by Alan Vinh at the NIST Building Fire Research Laboratory, or recommendations of “Categorization of Federal Information and Information Systems [FIPS 199] csrc.nist.gov/publications/nistpubs/800-60-rev1/SP800-60_Vol1-Rev1.pdf?
An objective of the FloorplanDataExchange project is to get dynamic sensor alerts overlaid onto static building floorplans pre-approved by local fire departments. I am looking at classification and naming conventions. An example of typical building data is attached mapping between MasterFormat> UniFormat> OmniClass and various codes and standards. David Coggeshall at SFMapLab has made a demo of lightweight scalable vector graphic floorplans at http://www.maplab.org/harney1/. An early objective is to work through a Building Emergency Response Scenario developed by NIST BRFL to get these two (simple databases and open SVG scalable vector graphics) to work together to show where information belongs for items such as multiple roof types, numerous shutoffs, accesses, and protection/detection systems in one Common Operating Picture, used real time, collaboratively over Google Earth. We may be able to try some of this using Onuma Planning System BIMstorm technology to answer a few simple questions, then incorporate lessons learned to continue to improve and discuss. A longer term Phase 2 utilizes similar techniques to study sustainability issues.
I’ll spend some time looking at National Fire Protection Assn (NFPA) Pre-Incident Planning Recommended Practice 1620 to figure out where connections might be to the National Building Information Modeling Standard and Open Geospatial Consortium recommendations. Its only $40 so I’ll just buy that to support NFPA. Also, would like to show some sample floorplans to a group of architects at WDG. Typically the contractor produces the final slab edge, penetration, and building systems coordination drawings. The architectural drawings do not have all of the information necessary and limited to only the items needed by the static floorplans. Our goal is also to only integrate the relevant parts of the BIM
On 12/24/08 3:35 PM, "Barton Krauss" <bartk@xxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxxx> wrote:
I've been looking through the links you provided. We have some interesting DoD/DHS work that we are involved in and familiar with Common Alerting Protocol. We make it through to McLean every now and then. I have had Steve Thomson (NYC BIM Group and a great guy) from Thomson architects out in one of the FDNY fire houses with me and showed him the real issues in getting the information electronically out to emergency responders and the issues that we face in the fire service at both the firefighter and command officer level. There are work arounds to all of this, just varying degrees of complexity get dragged along.
Our plan is to progress the BIM forward by utilizing the information that is currently collected and leveraging the information to provide emergency responders (particularly fire and ems) the information they need to operate safely and effectively and minimize impact and interruption to property owners and occupants. We have started working on our third BIM related project and we are certainly catching all of this in the early gestation period. Our first project was for a corporate pharmaceutical data center, the second project on a hospital and associated support buildings, and we just are now beginning a vaccine manufacturing plant in Singapore, which judging by the weather outside looks to be a pretty good place to be right now:). By providing a proper pre plan in accordance with National Fire Protection Assn (NFPA) Pre-Incident Planning Recommended Practice 1620 (we are voting committee members) as well as following the International Building and Fire codes, preplanning helps to ensure the building functions as designed during an incident and maintains occupant safety. Quality tenants appreciate a safe and prepared building versus one that is not. Our innovative preplanning software tools and preplan documents effectively communicate to building owners and firefighters what could go wrong when responders arrive at the facility to handle an emergency. The preplanning process is a key proactive piece at the forefront of a business continuity plan. The goal of the preplanning process is keep an incident at its lowest possible level and thus never require the implementation of the much more expensive business continuity plan.
FPA offers a unique blend of expert consulting and state-of-the-art preplanning software products. Our organization provides comprehensive fire protection engineering and emergency planning assistance to municipalities and private organizations throughout the US. Professional fire command officers, fire protection engineers, business professionals, and software experts staff the company. Our Blazemark™ preplanning product provides the first arriving responders the immediate information necessary to keep his/her crew safe, and it provides responders with the detailed planning information needed to properly manage larger scale incidents. Our scalable solution is designed to help prevent an incident from turning into a larger scale event. We built Blazemark™ to meet demanding needs and our exacting standards, and are constantly improving its capabilities.
Not only does the software incorporate drawings and photos, it also allows buildings to have multiple roof types, numerous shutoffs, accesses, and protection/detection systems - all of the things necessary to keep a potential headline-news incident into nothing more than a minor inconvenience. Blazemark™ also provides a place to identify safety issues for emergency responders, AND provides a QUICK ACTION PLAN for first-responding units to get the key things they need to make rapid decisions as they are arriving on the scene. The depth of information available can provide much greater information that should be used by the Incident Commander/Planning Officer as the incident progresses. Our goal is to integrate the relevant parts of the BIM into our software to place critical information at responders' fingertips.
Our clients include corporations such as Wyeth Pharmaceutical, Glaxo Smith Kline, Bristol-Myers Squibb, Genentech, Merck, and Liberty Property Trust. Many municipalities use our professional services and software through their fire departments, fire marshals and code officials. Our expertise has been sought out by various fire departments throughout the United States where special circumstances exist, including the Los Alamos County Fire Department in New Mexico and the laboratories located in Los Alamos. We have preplanned a wide variety of occupancies, currently surpassing 20 million square feet.
We have been involved in instructing preplanning to firefighters for almost 10 years at the undergraduate and post graduate level. Key members of the management team have either written books or have been contributing editors to a range of fire related articles, research, and texts. A current example of this is a new publication offered by the Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA) that will help increase the safety of building occupants and emergency responders by streamlining fire service interaction with building features and fire protection systems. FPA Principal and Chief Engineer Greg Jakubowski was one of the technical reviewers of this document and there is a link on our web site for this free publication (or I can send it to you direct if you like).
The primary benefit of using well established, up-to-date, preplans is giving public safety officers an accurate framework within which to operate.
Having good preplans allows them to:
Frameworks can remove many "what ifs" from the organization's strategy and tactical decision making processes. As a result, your local first responders will not arrive at an incident "blind." Our preplanning system meets the National Fire Academy standards for Incident Command (ICS) and the concepts within the National Incident Management System (NIMS).
- Develop an incident action plan
- Communicate with incoming units
- Ensure/maximize first responder safety
- Increase fire company effectiveness
Some of the other benefits of partnering with FPA and some of the additional services that we offer are:
Fire Planning Associates stands ready to take a leadership role in fire and safety design of any size project. Our software will take critical design information and maintain it for use for emergency response personnel for the life of the building.
- Project/plans review
- Fire/building code interpretations
- Emergency services operations consulting including audits to NFPA standards
- Water supply analysis
- Special hazards evaluation
- Protection of critical infrastructure
- Commissioning testing of fire protection systems
- Expert testimony, litigation support, technical analysis
- Process hazards analysis
- Industrial safety services including audits vs. safety/OSHA requirements and standards
- Hazardous materials protection
- Plant response team analysis and training
- Emergency management organization, training, and analysis
- Development and execution of tabletop and full-scale drills
- Specification of emergency apparatus
- Community master planning and ISO preparation, including
- alternative water supply evaluations
- Safety training for senior management
Hope the above pitch helps a bit:)
Barton J. Krauss
Fire Planning Associates, Inc.
Washington Crossing, PA., 18977
Phone: (215) 321-6260
Mobile: (215) 768-8914
Deborah MacPherson, CSI CCS, AIA | Associate, Specifications and Research
WDG ARCHITECTURE | 1025 Connecticut Ave., NW, Ste. 300 | Washington, DC 20036 | ph 202.857.8300 fax 202.463.2198 | http://www.wdgarch.com
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