Building and Comfort Sensors for Multi-Criteria Determination of Fire States

  • 13 Feb 2017
  • 11:30 AM - 1:30 PM
  • Monterey Hill Restaurant, 3700 Ramona Blvd., Monterey Park, CA 91754


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Building and Comfort Sensors for Multi-Criteria Determination of Fire States

Date: February 13, 2017 


11:30AM: Networking 

12:00PM: Introductions and lunch

12:30PM:  Presentation 

1:30PM:  Conclusion of Meeting 


Noah L. Ryder, P.E.,  Fire Risk Alliance, LLC


The ultimate long term goal of placing fire detection systems in buildings and structures is to allow for the rapid detection of fire and accurate, faster than real time prediction of ensuing fire behavior so that relevant information can be delivered to the appropriate stakeholders. In the near-term, development of detection systems with decreased detection time, better discrimination against nuisance and false alarms, and real-time monitoring of the fire state is a critical interim step. Building systems are increasingly incorporating a greater quantity of sensors for a variety of uses, focused primarily on optimizing building efficiency, energy efficiency,  and on intrusion detection.  These sensors are installed at much higher density than standard fire sensors and the density is increasing as greater efficiencies in cost and quicker return on investment can be achieved. While currently used primarily for building management purposes, the application of these, or similar types of sensors, for rapid fire detection, real-time fire monitoring, and potentially fire forecasting offers great potential. This talk explores a test series aimed at quantifying what standard building environmental sensors "see" and whether a fire can reliably be detected based on the sensor signals.


For nearly 20 years Noah Ryder has focused on understanding fire and explosion phenomena and their interaction with both the built and natural environment. He concentrates on how safety can be improved at a facility through the use of computational fluid dynamics modeling, quantitative risk assessments, hazard evaluations, and performance-based design. His knowledge and experience has been used globally within the process industries, oil and gas industry (on and off-shore), mining operations, manufacturing facilities, as well as large commercial, residential, and assisted-care facilities. He is a Licensed Fire Protection Engineer and has a BS and MS degrees from the University of Maryland’s Department of Fire Protection Engineering, and an MBA from the R.H. Smith Business School. He is currently enrolled in a Ph.D. program in Mechanical and Mechatronics Engineering at the University of Waterloo, Ontario, Canada.

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