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SFPE San Diego Nov – 2017 Update

Hi SFPE SD Members,

The SFPE SD Chapter is excited to have Nathan Wittasek from Simpson Gumpertz & Heger present “Time and Tall Buildings” at our November 9th Chapter meeting.

Please RSVP and Pay for your lunch meeting on our website;  www.sfpesandiego.org.

Speaker:

Nathan B. Wittasek, P.E. – Principal and Vice President with Simpson Gumpertz & Heger

Topic:

The topic of the presentation will be “Time and the tall building – how specific fire protection and life safety features affect life safety in tall buildings.”  Make sure to bring any relevant questions that you may have.

Bio:

Nate is a Principal and Vice President at Simpson Gumpertz & Heger, Inc.  Nate has twenty years of experience working in the fire protection and regulatory arenas.  Nate brings a practical approach to the fire protection engineering field that reflects his diverse training and experiences in academia, codes consulting for both new and existing facilities, performance-based fire protection engineering, accessibility, and the fire service.  His experience includes failure analysis, fire engineering, systems design and building codes consulting for commercial and infrastructure projects in North America, Europe, Asia, and the Middle East.  Nate has specialized in fire life safety systems and approaches that are used in assembly venues, tall buildings, cultural heritage facilities, and historic structures. Nate is a registered fire protection engineer in California and Nevada. He is a member of the Tall Building Fire Safety Network, the fire safety committee for the Council on Tall Buildings and Urban Habitat, and is a regular instructor for the American Institute of Architects, where he focuses on regulatory issues, building, fire and zoning codes as well as accessibility.

 

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”

 

SFPE SD June Update – Year Closing Message From Our Chapter President Derek Duval

Dear SFPE San Diego Chapter Members and Affiliates,

I want to thank all of you for making our chapter a success this year. I especially want to thank the board members in making sure we had successful meetings every month. It is no small task organizing successful meetings and I could not have done it without them. Next year we will continue our success and will reach out to new individuals that are be interested in joining our organization that share our goal in protecting this city from fire.

From our last meeting, we approved our new by-laws which now reflects what we are doing as a chapter. We also voted to Ariel Nunez as Secretary and Roland Gutierrez as Membership Chair to both to continue another year. We hope in this upcoming year we can find others who are interested in serving as part of the board. If you are interested, we encourage you to reach out to the chair and myself.

This summer, we are planning on a couple of informal events to keep us engaged through this busy summer. Keep your eyes open for announcements of these events. One event is a trip to the San Diego State University Combustion research lab. Other events will be a social gathering at one of the many local breweries.

This summer, the board will be working to make some changes in the coming year. We will be revising our Sponsorship program to entice sponsors helping our chapter become even greater. Additionally, in an effort to spread the outreach of the Fire Protection Engineering field, we are palling on putting together a program for the local Engineering Colleges.

Have a Safe and Wonderful Summer,

Derek Duval, SFPE SD Chapter President