Dr Rory Hadden has been working with engineers from the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) in Maryland, USA, the US Forest Service, and New Jersey Forest Fire Service to observe the behaviour of forest fires from within using a 360-degree water-cooled camera. The cutting-edge equipment provides scientists and engineers with the ability to see inside prescribed fires and potentially wildfires using virtual reality technologies together with footage captured using the 360-degree camera.
Nikolai Gerasimov, a postgraduate researcher in the School’s BRE Centre for Fire Safety Engineering, has won a Worshipful Company of Scientific Instrument Makers (WCSIM) research grant for an innovative advance in fire performance testing. The awards are given in recognition of projects which involve innovative scientific development, and enable recipients to become Society of Instrument Maker (SIM) Scholars.
Many congratulations to Edinburgh PhD graduate Dr Barbara Lane, Technology Group Leader at Arup and Visiting Professor of Fire Safety Engineering at the University of Edinburgh, on her election as Fellow of the Royal Academy of Engineering (FREng).
Dr Ricky Carvel, Lecturer in Combustion & Fire Dynamics in the Institute for Infrastructure and Environment, was honoured to receive the ISTSS Achievement Award 2018 at the 8th International Symposium on Tunnel Safety and Security in Borås, Sweden, on 15th March.
There is substantial evidence that construction with combustible linings present a higher external fire spread hazard than conventional buildings. Architects and engineers are increasingly seeking to use this material on an ever-larger scale; it is therefore necessary to quantify the relevant hazards, and take steps to mitigate the potential risks.
Applications are invited for a Postdoctoral Research Associate position within the BRE Centre for Fire Safety Engineering at the University of Edinburgh. The successful candidate will contribute to research as part of the project “Firebrand flux and condition system: Towards a sensor-based method to quantify firebrands produced during WUI fires” funded by the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST) and supervised by Dr Rory Hadden. Increasing the resilience of communities in the wildland urban interface (WUI) is a key priority in the USA, southern Europe, and Australia.