An Introduction to Structural Design for Fire Safety


The aim of this course is to introduce participants to:


  • The UK fire regulatory framework;
  • Prescriptive guidance and its role in specifying fire resistance / protection solutions for common building situations;
  • An introduction to the fire parts of the Eurocodes and how these can be utilised to design elements to achieve appropriate levels of fire resistance;
  • Performance based design and its implementation to deliver: (a) more efficient fire protection solutions, (b) more resilient buildings, (c) complex or unusual buildings; and
  • Considerations to ensure effective execution of fire protection solutions in practice.

The course will be delivered in a number of different formats, comprising; formal lectures, workshops and technical tutorials. 


Dr. Danny Hopkin studied structural engineering at Loughborough University. He is leading figure in the field of structural fire engineering, where he has authored in excess of 30 peer reviewed publications and holds visiting lecturer positions at the Universities of Sheffield & Leeds, covering the fire performance of composite structures and fire dynamics, respectively. He is involved in drafting UK national technical guidance, covering both fire safety engineering (PD 7974 series) and timber structures (Eurocode 5 part 1.2). He is the chairman of the Institution of Fire Engineers (IFE) Special Interest Group (SIG) on Fire Resistance and a member of the IFE SIG on Fire Modelling. Danny also coordinates the Institution of Structural Engineers (IStructE) Informal Study Group on Fire Engineering. 

Prof. Ian Burgess gained his doctorate at University College London. With Roger Plank, he developed numerical techniques for modelling of the behaviour of steel and composite elements in fire. He has developed a finite element approach (software named VULCAN) with an interactive graphical interface. This is now marketed through a University spin-out company Vulcan Solutions Ltd. This is now being used in performance-based design of fire protection strategies by leading UK consultants, and was the winner of two British Computer Society national awards in 2005. 

Learning outcomes

By the end of the course, participants should be able to:


  • Differentiate between the legal fire requirements for buildings versus the recommendations set out in guidance
  • Distinguish between a simple and common building, including how fire resilience solutions might be developed for the two cases
  • Recognise the different means and methods by which elements can be analysed and designed to demonstrate that they achieve the required fire resistance
  • Identify the benefits of performance-based design, when it can or should be utilised, and the typical processes that are involved in arriving at solutions; and
  • Recognise the importance of effective specification of fire protection solutions to ensure that structures are realised as intended.

Participants will benefit from 6 hours of formal CPD that will be relevant to their Chartership exam, i.e. effective specification of fire resistance / protection solutions for structures.

Intended for

Those involved in the design and/or construction of buildings. The content will be principally technically focused, targeting structural engineers who are responsible for ensuring that adequate structural performance in fire is achieved. Some content may beneficial to a wider audience, including architects, cost consultants and quantity surveyors. 

Entry criteria

Awareness of the content of BS EN 1992-1-2, BS EN 1993-1-2, BS EN 1994-1-2 and BS EN 1995-1-2 would be highly beneficial.

Refreshments available at 9.30am, course starts promptly at 10.00am

Event Information

Eventbrite - Fire Safety Update

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Event Date

10.00am - 5.30pm

£275 + VAT for Members
£350 + VAT for Non-Members

The Institution of Structural Engineers, International HQ, 47-58 Bastwick Street, London, EC1V 3PS, United Kingdom

Danny Hopkin
Ian Burgess

Event Contact
Peter Washer

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