2018 Conference Attendee Information – March 13-14

On behalf of the Greater Atlanta Chapter of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE), you are invited to participate in an outstanding day of professional development and industry networking – the 2018 Annual SFPE Greater Atlanta Chapter Fire Safety Conference.

This year’s Conference offers another exceptional program of current fire protection topics by industry specialists. Proceeds benefit the Chapter’s scholarship fund which supports students from the Southeast enrolled in fire protection engineering and other worthy fire safety activities of the Chapter. Technical Session descriptions will be available through links from the program grid below after January 6, 2017.

Attendee Registration  Download Brochure  Download Exhibitor Brochure 

As a conference attendee, you are invited to participate in various networking opportunities during the Fire Safety Conference, including the Welcome Reception, breakfast during registration, box lunch break on Tuesday, and the keynote lunch presentation on Wednesday. You are also invited to the “No-Host” reception at the Marlow’s Tavern immediately following the Conference.  


Hampton Inn Rate $149 6010 Sugarloaf Parkway Lawrenceville, GA  30043 Phone: 678-407-0018 Group Name: Society of Fire Protection Engineers Greater Atlanta Chapter 

Holiday Inn Rate $112 6310 Sugarloaf Parkway Duluth, GA  30097 Phone: 888-269-9585 Group Code: SFPE or click on the following link: SFPE

Embassy Suites Rate $125 for single $135 for double 2029 Satellite Blvd. Duluth, GA  30097 Phone: 770-622-6391 Group Code:SFPE

Hilton Garden Inn Rate $115 2040 Sugarloaf Ct. Duluth, GA 30097 Phone: 770-495-7600 Group Code: SFPE

Lineup of Seminars and Class Sessions for 2018 TO BE AVAILABLE DECEMBER 31, 2018 :

Tuesday Seminars March 13, 2018 (See Below for NICET Prep Classes)

Seminar 3

Uncovering What is Often Overlooked, Misinterpreted or Just Plain Wrong in Acceptance Testing: Sprinkler, Alarm & Special Hazards Acceptance Testing Workshop 
*Includes Live Demonstrations – Hosted at Century Fire Protection LLC  – 2450 Meadowbrook Pkwy. Duluth, GA 30096
– David Walker – Service Operations Manager, Century Fire, Ed Cone – Sales Manager, Century Fire, & Steven Hutton – Chief Estimator, Century Fire

Seminar 4

Fire Protection Systems Technology Symposium
Multiple Speakers Covering Suppression, Detection, and Special Hazard Topics

NICET Preparation Courses (Tuesday, March 14 and Wednesday, March 15)

NICET Preparation Course A – Inspection and Testing of Water Based Systems

NICET Level I & II

Certification Prep: Water-Based Fire Protection Systems Inspection and Testing

NICET Preparation Course B – Inspection and Testing of Fire Alarm Systems

NICET Level I & II

Certification Prep: Fire Alarm Inspection and Testing

Wednesday Sessions  March 14

Session 1A

Imperial Sugar Refinery – What Happened and Why? 
John Cholin, P.E., FSFPE, M.E.E. – Principal, J.M. Cholin Consultants, Inc.  

Session 1B

Obstructions and ESFR Sprinklers – Latest Research Updates
Garner Palenske, P.E. – Vice President, Jensen Hughes – San Diego Office 

Session 1C

The Impact of Make-Up Air Velocities on Atrium Smoke Control
– Jim Milke, PhD, PE. – Professor and Department Chair, University of Maryland, Dept. of Fire Protection Engineering

Session 1D

123 Years of Fire Sprinkler Standards: What to Expect in the Next NFPA 13
– Bob Upson, MSFPE – Manager of Engineering Services, NFSA

Session 2A

Motion Picture and Television Film Challenges: An AHJ Perspective
– Chief Richard Brandt – Deputy Chief/Fire Marshal, Long Beach Fire Department

Session 2B

Protection of Mini-Load ASRS Arrangements Containing Open-Top Plastic Containers
– Weston C. Baker, Jr. – AVP/Engineering Technical Specialist, Engineering Standards Group, FM Global Research

Session 2C

Commercial Kitchen Suppression Systems: System Failures and Causes
– Stephen M. Hill, P.E. – Senior Fire Protection Engineer, Jensen Hughes

Session 2D

Fire Codes and the Fires That Changed Them
– Robert Duval – New England Regional Director/Senior Fire Investigator, NFPA

Session 3A

Understanding the Significance of Aircraft Hangar Fire Protection Water Supply Demands
– Thomas W. Gardner, P.E., FSFPE, LEED AP – Team Leader, Fire Protection, GHD, & Andrew M. Wahl, P.E. – Senior Fire Protection Engineer, GHD

Session 3B

Commodity Classification Research and Potential Changes to 2016 NFPA 13
– Angele Morcos – Account Manager, FM Global – Chicago Operations

Session 3D

Energy Storage Systems and the Development of the New Standard NFPA 855
– Brian O’Connor – Associate Engineer, NFPA

Session 4A

455 Biltmore Ave. Impact of Fire Barrier Maintenance on FD Operations (Case Study)
 Daniel Arnold, P.E., FSFPE – Partner, Seneca Fire Engineering, LLC & Craig Hofmeister, P.E., FSFPE, – Partner, The Fire Consultants, Inc

Session 4B

Lessons Learned from 20 Years of Full-Scale Fire Testing
– Kerry Bell, P.E. – Principal Engineer, UL, LLC

Session 4C

Mismanagement of Risk in Mission Critical Fire Protection
– David Quirk, P.E., LEED AP, CEM – Vice President & Principal, DLB Associates

Enjoy the Conference!