CAO CODE : LY 508
Fire Safety Engineering is a discipline which has a very high profile in Ireland and the rest of the world today with fire safety issues being heavily promoted by agencies, the media and national governments. Fire safety is a broad term, which covers a wide range of areas such as fire prevention, detection, escape, suppression and control. Whilst the concept of fire safety has been around for centuries this has largely been a andlsquo;rule of thumb’ prescriptive regulatory approach. It has only been in last 30 years that a truly scientific approach to the phenomena of fire has been undertaken. Fire safety engineering design offers a flexible and economic alternative to prescriptive approaches especially when designing for unusual or andlsquo;difficult’ buildings.The need for expertise in fire safety engineering design has arisen in the context of the use of legislative frameworks and the awareness that we need to deal more effectively with the andlsquo;Life Safety’ problems related to occupants and fire brigade personnel inherent in modern complex building design; allied to this is a growing awareness within the construction, and related, industries that there is a market advantage to be obtained in creating building designs where the level of safety achieved has a more scientific basis than a purely qualitative one. A major impetus for fire safety design is the increased regulatory pressure on the construction industry due to property and environmental protection issues.The aim of the new four year BEng in Fire Safety Engineering is to deliver engineers who will have both the scientific and practical skills to undertake both prescriptive and performance based fire safety design. Students will initially take core modules in mathematics, fire science, fluids, thermodynamics, building services, construction technology and structural design along with general elements such as CAD, construction economics, law and communications. The student will then progress to fire safety subjects such as human behaviour, fire and reliability modelling, fire structural design and fire engineering techniques. The modules coupled with a work experience placement, projects and a dissertation will provide the graduate engineer from this course with a skill set unique to this country.