Getting value from fire engineering for Architects and Engineers quiz


Please answer the following 5 multiple choice questions, then click 'submit' to check the result. The pass mark for a CPD certificate is 4 out of 5, and you may retake the quiz as many times as you wish, but the questions will vary! Please note that one, two, three or all of the possible answers presented for each question may be right, and to gain a mark for that question all correct answers must be identified.

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Getting value from fire engineering for Architects and Engineers

Which of the following statements best summarises the philosophy described in the presentation?

A fire strategy created in the design stage can be trusted to be carried through to building completion and use
It is quite possible for the integrity of a building fire strategy to be lost during specification, construction and use
It is essential that the fire strategy be considered throughout the building’s lifetime and that the appropriate expertise and checks and balances are in place
Loss of integrity of a fire strategy is more likely to happen in a fire engineered building compared to a building which uses a prescriptive solution

In buildings which are designed for fire using an engineered approach, the presentation discussed the shortcomings of restricting the fire engineer’s involvement to the design phase and ignoring the preparation stage. Which of the following were said to be shortcomings of this?

By the time the fire engineer becomes involved, his/her brief is often already defined, which can limit what he/she can achieve
The resultant fire protection strategy is likely to increase risk to life
The focus of the objective can often be set on code compliance and ignores issues such as business protection and/or in-use management
All of the above

Which of the following statements do you consider to be correct?

It is possible that a fire engineering assessment can find that prescriptive rules, such as those outlined in documents such as Approved Document B, provide the best solution for fire precautions in a building
Adopting prescription does not remove the obligation to consider fire safety as a design constraint and provide good design solutions to achieve fire safety goals and mitigate fire risk
Some buildings can be designed for fire using a combination of prescribed and engineered approaches.
All of the above

An example was provided of a situation in which a code compliant solution was clearly not safe. This was a building in which compartmentation could have been breached by fire spread across an open courtyard. Based on what you have heard today, which of the following do you think could have done to solve or reduce the problem?

Introduce life safety sprinkler systems
Adjust the lines of the fire compartment walls
Use fire resistant glazing to ensure that separation was maintained across the courtyard.
All of the above

The presentation emphasised the fact that inspection is required to make sure that installation of fire resistant products is done properly. Which of the following statements is/are correct?

Errors in installation are usually obvious and should be apparent to most people
Errors in installation are sometimes very difficult to spot and require proper training and experience
Installation should be restricted to those who can demonstrate the appropriate levels of competence, training and experience to do the job
Where calculation is required to determine the appropriate installation of a fire safety system, this should only be done by a competent person.