IFE Australia will host the 2013 Fire Engineering Conference ‘Mining and Industrial Fire and Risk Engineering’ at the RACV Resort in Queensland on 10-11 April.
This conference will address the linked fields of fire and risk engineering, fire technology, human behaviour and mining/industrial occupational health and safety by bringing together both local and international experts in these fields over four focused technical sections.
Australia Branch National Secretary Christine Sharrad said: "The problem of mine fires is not a new problem, however the predominant subjects of mine fire research and technology development to date relate to the natural phenomenon of spontaneous combustion of coal or the results of explosions of
flammable gas and/or dust released during mining operations.
"This area of fire risk in mining is very important to life safety and asset loss control and remains largely unexplored. It presents considerable uncertainty to safe mine design. Furthermore, much of our mined and gathered resources are handled further ‘downstream’ in complex industrial processing plants having their own unique fire safety challenges.
"A significant opportunity exists to now apply a mature performance based fire engineering approach to mining and industrial processing facilities, particularly under a modern risk-based legislative framework that the mining and associated industries are moving into."
The event will feature four keynote seminars:
- Professor David Cliff (Professor of Occupational Health and Safety in Mining and Director of MISHC) “The importance of fire engineering in underground mines”
- Professor Jose Torero (Head of the School of Civil Engineering at The
University of Queensland) “Mining Fire Safety: reducing losses or losing opportunities”
- Ms Marlize Andre (Chief Engineer at South African Power Utility) “Industrial Fire Engineering”
- Peter Hunt (Principal Consultant of Whamcorp Pty Ltd) “Industrial Facilities Fire Engineering Challenges”
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