Please note! Course description is confirmed for two academic years (1.8.2018-31.7.2020), which means that in general, e.g. Learning outcomes, assessment methods and key content stays unchanged. However, via course syllabus, it is possible to specify or change the course execution in each realization of the course, such as how the contact sessions are organized, assessment methods weighted or materials used.


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

Credits: 5

Schedule: 08.09.2020 - 03.12.2020

Teacher in charge (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022): Simo Hostikka, Simo Hostikka

Teacher in charge (applies in this implementation): Simo Hostikka, Simo Hostikka

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

CEFR level (applies in this implementation):

Language of instruction and studies (valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022):

Teaching language: English

Languages of study attainment: English


  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    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

  • Applies in this implementation:

    FALL 2020: Schedule will change due to the online teaching requirement.

Assessment Methods and Criteria
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    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 %

  • Applies in this implementation:

    FALL 2020: Criteria will be modified because drill organization is not possible due to the COVID pandemic.

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    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

  • Applies in this implementation:

    FALL 2020: Workload may change due to the COVID-pandemic induced changes.


Study Material
  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    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

  • Valid 01.08.2020-31.07.2022:

    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

SDG: Sustainable Development Goals

    9 Industry, Innovation and Infrastructure

    11 Sustainable Cities and Communities



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