Assuring Building Fire Safety in the 21st Century

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Following Dame Judith Hackitt’s Building a Safer Future review, government and industry agreed that an effective and accountable building safety regime is required, broadly in the shape of the existing safety case regime for high hazards industries such as the oil and gas industry.

At ESR Technology, our staff have been pioneers for over forty years, in the use of quantified risk assessment and safety cases in the UK and globally to ensure safety in high hazard environments.  It is the robustness of our approaches in industries such as offshore oil and gas, onshore process,  chemical and railways, which positions ESR Technology well for applying such techniques in the building fire safety sector, supporting the forthcoming building safety legislation, which requires a safety case approach to fire safety in higher risk buildings. 

The right choice of consultant ensures up-to-date safety assurance and risk reduction advice, thus providing the building design team and the client with confidence that their scheme will not only comply with regulatory requirements, but will also follow latest industry best practice.

Our experience in delivering fire strategies and safety cases in high hazard industries, and our historical understanding of safety legislation, enables our consultants to be pragmatic in the application of the guidance and in supporting liaison with the Health and Safety Executive (HSE - The new Building Safety Regulator), ensuring that the law is complied with whilst promoting the design team’s aspiration and enabling innovation.

Our Building Fire Safety services include:

  • Safety case development
  • Fire strategy development
  • Building egress and evacuation modelling
  • Fire risk (and hazard) assessments
  • Smoke control modelling, including using Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD)
  • Quantified Risk Assessment (QRA)
  • Fire safety management
  • Fire investigation
  • Expert witness
  • Third party review
  • Training

We look forward to discussing further how we can work with you and supporting your Building Fire Safety requirements.

Please contact This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. for more information or download our flyer.

 

ESR Technology are delighted to join the Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG)

Energy Transition is naturally leading to the development of a range of new technologies and applications within the energy sector, including: transport and use of hydrogen; carbon capture usage and storage; increasing use of biofuels; wind and wave power generation; fuel cells and advanced battery technologies. These newer technologies and approaches can present significant opportunities but also present potential safety, environmental and reputational risks which need to be identified, understood and managed.AREG

ESR Technology are increasingly carrying out risk management studies relevant to emerging technologies, leveraging our tried and tested techniques, including:

- Process Hazard Analysis and Quantified risk assessments for CO2 sequestration projects
- Consequence assessments for hydrogen releases
- CFD analysis for offshore wind substations
- Safety Reports and Safety Cases
- Risk assessments for biofuel facilities
- Safety assessments for battery systems
- Waste to power plant assessments

In order to build on our support to date, ESR Technology are delighted to join the Aberdeen Renewable Energy Group (AREG) and look forward to engaging with this rapidly expanding industry organisation over the coming years.

ESR Announces the Launch of DELOS 2

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ESR Technology are delighted to announce the launch of DELOS 2, the latest version of our Fire and Gas Mapping solution that puts the engineer in control. With DELOS, engineers can reduce the time spent on locating fire and gas detectors, resulting in significant cost savings while still achieving high safety standards.

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ESR have invested heavily in the upgrade of our existing suite of fire and gas mapping tools and have now made DELOS available for license. DELOS, and the methodologies of which it has been built upon, has been proven in use in the process safety and hazardous industries, including on multiple major projects in both the UK and overseas.

A Fire and Gas Mapping study is now a pre-requisite on many projects worldwide and DELOS enables to perform fire and gas mapping studies in accordance to the methodologies. It will allow users to conduct their own Fire and Gas Mapping studies with expert support from ESR Technology. In the current climate of low oil price and economic uncertainty, DELOS presents a cost-effective method of completing F&G Mapping studies in-house to ensure a safe and compliant fire and gas detection design.

DELOS operates in full 3D, is capable of loading complex CAD models and has in-built detection logic that is crucial in determining the most appropriate detector layout. Results can be presented in 2D or 3D formats and high-quality results can be easily exported for inclusion in reports. Key features of the software include:

  • Fully 3D fire and gas detection assessments
  • Configurable and compliant with latest guidelines
  • Evaluate flame detector effectiveness in real time
  • Optimised engine resulting in fast calculation times
  • Import existing 3D geometry files
  • Intuitive and modern user interface with detailed user guide

To find out more about our fire and gas detector mapping software, DELOS, please contact us by emailing This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or calling +44 (0)1925 843400

 

 

ESR Technology Celebrates Staff Successes

Whilst 2020 was a year of many difficulties, both professional and personal, ESR Technology believes in celebrating its employees’ successes. During what might have been the worst year our world has collectively experienced in half a century, 2 of our ESR team have reached the pinnacle of their academic journey. Both Shamsudeen Hassan and Rachel Bingley have successfully defended their theses and been awarded their PhD’s.

Shamsu HassanBingley Rachel

Shamsudeen completed his PhD entitled “Onshore cross-country pipelines risk assessment and decision making under uncertainty” with Liverpool John Moores University. Shamsu describes his research as “a project investigating the use of non-historic based pipeline failure data as a basis for undertaking pipeline risk analysis in geographies where there is limited or unreliable data. There is an area where there is a high degree of uncertainty at present and this hinders the reliable evaluation of risk and hard consequences posed by pipeline failures. Investigation of various approaches to compensate for lack of historical data has been explored and used in formulating failure cases under uncertainty, which feeds in the frequency analysis.”

Rachel completed her PhD entitled “Atomic Force Microscopy to evaluate the effect of concentration and reciprocal position on ZDDP tribofilm topography and an assessment of its ability to determine tribofilm durability” with the University of Leeds. Rachel describes her research as “an investigation into the full capabilities of the Atomic Force Microscope as a means of understanding differences in the chemical film formed from a specific engine oil additive. This anti-wear additive is currently essential in preserving the contacts within modern vehicle pistons; however, it is known to poison catalytic converters resulting in a devastating level of exhaust emissions. The increased understanding of this protective chemical film will aid future researchers in the development of an alternative additive, one which will not cause such harmful side effects.”

Shamsu works within ESR Technologies Safety and Risk Management team (SRM) who’s capabilities have been expanded by his research. This personal undertaking of Shamsu’s enables SRM to expand their skill set into carrying out Risk Assessments for Oil and Gas, and similar industries, where either a complete lack or unreliability of data might previously have made such assessments difficult. Rachel, however, works in our Engineering Group (specifically within ESTL) who’s capabilities have been expanded by the introduction of an additional tribologist. Rachel’s background in terrestrial tribological research brings additional research capabilities to ESTL whilst further uniting our sister teams within the Engineering Group.

ESR Technology attends Hazards 30 Virtual Conference as Silver Sponsor

ESR Technology attended the IChemE Hazards 30 Virtual Conference 26-27 November 2020 as Silver Sponsor and main exhibitor. As usual the conference provided an excellent opportunity to debate and discuss Process Safety with over 250 delegates across a range of major hazard industries, a virtual Exhibition area and over seventy high quality technical papers and presentations.

ESR’s Andy Rushton presented an interesting paper on A Revised Method for Dropped Object Risk Analysis and his archery analogy hit the mark – if you missed it please get in touch for further details.

Our virtual exhibition stand was well attended, providing an opportunity to showcase ESR Technology’s latest developments in safety and risk management tools and techniques including:

  • DELOS – 3D fire angd gas detector mapping software (downloadable for the event as a free 7 day trial)
  • CORAM – web-based tool for cumulative risk assessments
  • Managing Risk in Energy Transition

We also launched our new Safety and Risk video which can be seen on YouTube at https://youtu.be/rdkGqWO3eGs - with backing music composed by our own Matt Finch.

Hazards 30 continued ESR’s long term support of this major conference as we showcased an archive of some of our papers presented over the last 40 years or so.

We look forward to attending Hazards 31 next year – face to face or remotely as required.

For further information please contact Terry Atkinson at This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it. or visit www.esrtechnology.com.

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