The Harrington Group

Cost-Effective Fire Hazard Mitigation

Posted on Thursday, June 13th, 2013

Fire protection engineering is normally understood by its technical appliances like sprinklers, fire alarms, and fire hazard warning signs. Although these tools are extremely effective at reducing risk and dealing with accidents when they occur, they do not tell the entire story. The human element is often overlooked. Reactive Fire Protection If a fire damages...read the full article

Decrypting Amazon Web Services (AWS) for Fire Protection Analysis

Posted on Thursday, April 4th, 2013

Earlier this year, Phil Friday worked with Thunderhead Engineering’s Bryan Klein to pioneer a new IT strategy for running FDS and Smoke View in the Cloud. Thunderhead Engineering developed PyroSim, a graphical user interface for FDS file development. Together, we figured out how to outsource our fire protection analysis processing needs for PyroSim to Amazon...read the full article

Enhancing FDS Analysis

Posted on Wednesday, March 6th, 2013

New computing architectures allow sophisticated, powerful fire modeling simulations that are crucial for the future of fire safety.  However, the computing resources that are needed to use these tools has historically been prohibitive. Fire Dynamic Simulator Used for Forensic Analysis Two pieces of software, Fire Dynamic Simulator (FDS) and Smokeview (SMV), have been developed for...read the full article

Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS) and Smokeview (SMV) – Bringing Fire Analysis to Life

Posted on Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

In the last 15 years, scientists and engineers have developed two powerful tools for fire modeling and visualizing the complex phenomenon that is fire: Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS) and Smokeview (SMV). Together, they can help answer questions, such as: would a resident or occupant have sufficient time to escape from a building in the event...read the full article

San Antonio Fire Investigation of Idle Plastic Pallet Fire Reveals Code Violations

Posted on Thursday, September 6th, 2012

An August 17th warehouse fire that burned for six hours is being investigated by the San Antonio Fire Department. The fire shot flames and smoke into the air in a warehouse that stored approximately 35,000 plastic pallets. While firefighters were on scene battling the 3-alarm fire, explosions could be heard, possibly from the transformers inside...read the full article