2017-2018 SFPE San Diego Chapter President Update

Dear Chapter Members and Sponsors,

I would like to welcome you to the San Diego and Imperial County Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE). We are individuals in Southern California joined together using engineering, math, and science to protect people and property from fire and its effects in the built environment.

We begin the 2017-2018 year for our Chapter on the continued stride for excellence. As a Chapter we were recognized for Gold from the SFPE Board of Directors Award for Excellence. We strive for excellence, keeping our members involved, up to date on industry standards, and expanding our ever growing network of fire protection engineers/designers/AHJs in San Diego. In addition to keeping our members at the fore front of fire protection, we also are actively engaged with the increasing the awareness and need for fire protection engineers and fire safety in the built environment.

We hold monthly meetings as a means to exchange new and exciting information in the field of fire protection. Topics can include updates to building and fire codes, new technology, changes and trends, research projects, fire modeling, and many more. If there is a topic that you wish to learn more about this year, please email the board at sfpesd@gmail.com. Yearly, we hold a charity golf tournament to benefit the San Diego Burn Foundation. We also work with the Cal Poly SFPE Student Chapter.

Please join us! We invite designers, engineers, installers, governing officials, and any other individuals in the field of fire protection or fire safety to join our Chapter to further expand your network and knowledge.

Please explore our website, as it includes upcoming meetings, chapter officers and members, sponsorship information, golf tournaments, and job postings.

All the best,

Derek Duval, SFPE President

SFPE San Diego Nov – 2017 Update

Hi SFPE SD Members,

Due to a last minute scheduling conflict with the previous speaker, we have a speaker change for the upcoming SFPE San Diego Chapter Meeting. The SFPE SD Chapter is excited to have Elley Klausbruckner from Klausbruckner & Associates to present “Marijuana Growing and Extraction Facilities” at our November 9th Chapter meeting.

Speaker:

Elley Klausbruckner, P.E. – Principal and Fire Protection Engineer,  Klausbruckner & Associates Inc.

Topic:

The topic of the presentation will be “Marijuana Growing and Extraction Facilities”  Make sure to bring any relevant questions that you may have.

Bio:

Elley Klausbruckner, PE is a Fire Protection Engineer and Principal of Klausbruckner & Associates, a San Diego based consulting firm, for almost 20 years.  She has worked on hundreds of projects dealing with high-piled storage and hazardous materials. Ms. Klausbruckner has a Bachelor’s Degree in Mechanical Engineering and a Master’s Degree in Fire Protection Engineering, both from Worcester Polytechnic Institute.  She was appointed to the California Building Standards Commission by Governor Jerry Brown in 2013 and continues to serve California in this capacity.  She is an active participant in codes and standards development processes, in both ICC and NFPA, and was named educator of the year by San Diego County Fire Chiefs and Fire Prevention Officers.

 

Location:

Sizzler’s Restaurant

3755 Murphy Canyon Rd, San Diego, CA, (858) 278-6988
Date:  Thursday – November 9th, 2017 11:30 AM PDT

Schedule

11:30AM:  Networking and Lunch

12:00PM:  Speaker

1:00PM:   Conclusion of Meeting

 

Your Membership Level



Great news! We are now accepting credit cards as a form of payment for membership renewals and for meals.  No more stopping at the ATM or writing checks!

It’s time to renew your membership! Two ways to accomplish this: either in person at the meeting or online on our website under the “Join the SD Chapter” tab. The renewal fee is $25.

Interested in becoming more involved? Our board is looking for active members who are interested pursuing future position on the board or just becoming more involved. Those who are interested please send an email to Derek Duval at dduval@tk1sc.com!

 

Thank you to our sponsors in 2017!

 

SFPE SD October 2017 Chapter Meeting Update

Hi SFPE SD Members,

It’s time to renew your membership! Two ways to accomplish this: either in person at the meeting or online on our website under the “Join the SD Chapter” tab. The renewal fee is $25.

The SFPE SD Chapter is excited to have Garner Palenske from Jensen Hughes present “The Effect of Obstructions on ESFR Sprinkler Performance” at our October 12th Chapter meeting.

Speaker:

Garner A. Palenske, P.E.  – Vice President  with Jensen Hughes

Topic:

The topic of the presentation will be “The Effect of Obstructions on ESFR Sprinkler Performance.”  Make sure to bring any relevant questions that you may have.

The presentation will discuss the results of recent testing which explored the relationship between ESFR performance and various obstruction scenarios. Eight full-scale and approximately 40 Actual Delivered Density tests have been completed to date. The goal of this ongoing project is to ultimately develop a tool which could be used to provide the reliable analysis of the impact of obstructions on ESFR sprinkler performance. In addition, the results of the project will be submitted to the National Fire Protection Association for code changes

Bio:

Garner A. Palenske, P.E., is a vice president for Jensen Hughes in San Diego, CA. Mr. Palenske is currently a member of the NFPA 13 Committee. He has robust experience in full scale fire testing, commodity classification testing, and Actual Delivered Density protocol. Prior to joining JENSEN HUGHES, Mr. Palenske, worked as the Fire Protection Engineer for the San Diego Fire Department, and as an engineer at FM Global.  He earned bachelor’s degrees in both Structural Engineering and Business Administration and is presently enrolled in the Cal Poly MS Fire Protection Engineering program.

Location:

Sizzler’s Restaurant

3755 Murphy Canyon Rd, San Diego, CA, (858) 278-6988
Date:  Thursday – October 12th, 2017 11:30 AM PDT

Schedule

11:30AM:  Networking and Lunch

12:00PM:  Speaker

1:00PM:   Conclusion of Meeting

 


Your Membership Level



 

Great news! We are now accepting credit cards as a form of payment for membership renewals and for meals.  No more stopping at the ATM or writing checks!

Interested in becoming more involved? Our board is looking for active members who are interested pursuing future position on the board or just becoming more involved. Those who are interested please send an email to Derek Duval at dduval@tk1sc.com!

September 14th Meeting Update – Welcome to 2017

The SFPE SD Chapter is excited to have Daniel Bak from Ivey Engineering, Inc. present “Prescriptive versus Performance-Based Fire Safety for Super High-Rise Buildings” at our September 14th Chapter meeting.

Speaker:

Daniel N. Bak, Ph.D., P.E., FSE – Sr. Forensic Fire Protection Consultant with Ivey Engineering, Inc.

Topic:

The topic of the presentation will be Prescriptive versus Performance-Based Fire Safety for Super High-Rise Buildings.  Make sure to bring any relevant questions that you may have.

Bio:

Presently, Daniel N. Bak is a Senior Forensic Fire Engineer at Ivey Engineering Inc.’s San Diego, California Office.  Prior to that Daniel was also a Senior Forensic Fire Engineer at SEA Limited’ s Columbus office.

He earned his Bachelor of Science from the Illinois Institute of Technology in Fire Protection and Safety Engineering.  He also earned a Master of Science from Texas A&M University in Safety Engineering, and Doctorate degree in Industrial Engineering.  His research work for his thesis and dissertation were both focused in fire engineering.

His role of forensic engineer brings together over 37 years of cumulated experience in fire protection engineering and performance-approach (fire and smoke modeling) to be applied in the most testing and challenging environment of the litigation world.  Prior of his return to the States, Dr. Bak did an engineering circuit that included New Zealand, Australia, Singapore, and Thailand where performance-based approaches are rather the norm.  He also practiced extensively in Japan.

Dr. has had extensive experience in Code Consultation in various jurisdictions in the United States and around the world as well as hands-on practice of designs of all type of fire suppression, fire alarm, and mass notification systems globally.  Dr. Bak has, historically, combined his acquired academic and practical experience to serve clients nationally and internationally with the best cost-effective fire engineering and risk sensible solutions.  The presentation that he will share with you is just one example of many demanding projects he spearheaded.  Dr. Bak is a past president of the SFPE Singapore Chapter.

Location:

Sizzler’s Restaurant

3755 Murphy Canyon Rd, San Diego, CA, (858) 278-6988
Date:  Thursday – September 14th, 2017 11:30 AM PDT

Schedule

11:30AM:  Networking and Lunch

12:00PM:  Speaker

1:00PM:   Conclusion of Meeting

Great news! We are now accepting credit cards as a form of payment for membership renewals and for meals.  No more stopping at the ATM or writing checks!


Your Membership Level



It’s time to renew your membership! Two ways to accomplish this: either in person at the meeting or online on our website under the “Join the SD Chapter” tab. The renewal fee is $25.

Thank you again to all our SFPE-SD corporate sponsors for our chapter.

Platinum Level Sponsors

                                                                                     

 

 

SFPE SD Chapter WINS GOLD!!

Thank you to all of our members and Board Members for a successful year . We have some exciting news to share with you with the award of the Chapter Excellence Award of Gold for the second year in a row. We could not have done it for you. Please see the message below from the National SFPE Team on our award.

“Dear Derek,

On behalf of the SFPE Board of Directors, I would like to congratulate you and the chapter for the receiving the GOLD Award for Chapter Excellence.  This award recognizes your chapters accomplishments in demonstrating excellence in contributing to the needs of their members and the Society.

The awards will be presented on Monday, October 9th during the SFPE Annual Business meeting from 4:00 p.m. to 6:00 p.m. as part of the 2017 North America Conference & Expo:  Accent on Fire Protection Engineering being held October 9-11.

Congratulations on your chapter receiving this honor and recognition from SFPE.

Kind regards,

Julie A. Gordon, CMP

Director of Membership and Chapter Relations

Society of Fire Protection Engineers”