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A general overview of the current state of the art of fire safety engineering design is presented. The design process is examined by identifying the particular effects of a fire on a structure with special regard to themal onslaught and noting the special considerations that must pertain with regard to maintaining building integrity. Then, within this context, the exceptional forms of structural interaction and response in an elevated temperature environment are examined. Finally, available design methodologies and analysis techniques are discussed. In conclusion, structural engineers are encouraged to develop an understanding of the wider issues involved in fire safety engineering. D.J. O'Connor
Mr A. Robertson (Q-West Consultants) I am here tonight representing the Construction Industry Standing Conference (CISC) for whom I provide consultancy support on NVQ development.