Credits: 5

Schedule: 10.09.2019 - 18.10.2019

Contact information for the course (applies in this implementation): 


Teaching Period (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


Learning Outcomes (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

After the course, student can

1. Assess the human safety in buildings using experimental and computational analyses of evacuation
2. Recognize and assess the fire consequences in residential and industrial scales
3. Apply the probabilistic risk analysis methods to assess fire risks for life and property
4. Describe and communicate the benefits, requirements and limitations of performance-based fire design
5. Combine the fire safety engineering methods to solve design-related problems

Content (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Week 1 Fire risk analysis and fire statistics
Week 2 Quantitative Risk Assessment
Week 3 Evacuation simulations
Week 4 Fire toxicity and life safety, ASET/RSET
Week 5 Performance-based fire safety design.
Week 6 Fire-PRA applications
Week 7 Project work role plays

Details on the course content (applies in this implementation): 

Check actual week program from the course front page.

Assessment Methods and Criteria (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Learning methods

- Lectures
- Computer simulation exercises
- Demonstration (evacuation drill)
- Small group work on risk analysis methods
- Role play for performance based design process kick-off
- Individual design project


- Simulation exercises: 40 %
- Participation in contact sessions and evacuation drill: 20 %
- Performance-based design project work: 40 %

Workload (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Student workload in total 133 hours:

- Contact teaching: 24 h (6 x 4 h)
- Contact teaching: simulation workshops: 6 h (6 x 1 h)
- Demonstration: participation 2 h
- Individual work: demonstration analysis report 2 h
- Individual work: weekly simulation exercises: 25 h (5 x 5 h)
- Individual work: reading literature 12 h
- Individual work: design exercise: 60 h

Study Material (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

  1. Selected parts of Custer, R.L.P and Meacham, B.J. Introduction to Performance-Based Fire Safety
  2. Cuesta et al. Evacuation Modeling Trends. Springer Verlag, 2016
  3. SFPE Handbook of Fire Protection Engineering
  4. FDS guides
  5. FDS+Evac guides
  6. Lecture notes

Substitutes for Courses (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

Replaces course Rak-43.3520 Fire simulation

Prerequisites (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 

  1. CIV-E3050 Fire dynamics and simulation –course
  2. Recommended: MS-E2117 – Riskianalyysi (Risk analysis) or similar knowlede
  3. Recommended: MS-A0504 - First course in probability and statistics, or similar knowledge

Grading Scale (valid 01.08.2018-31.07.2020): 


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