Research has started into ways of predicting the way in which fire will spread, its impact on a structure, and the way people caught in the blaze will behave.
The £2.3M project is intended to provide fire fighters with information that will help them to fight a blaze more effectively.BRE is leading the research, dubbed 'Fire Grid'. Also involved are the University of Edinburgh, Arup, Abaqus, Ansys Europe, Vision Systems, the London Fire & Emergency Planning Authority, and the Singapore A*Star Institute of High Performance Computing. The Department for Trade & Industry Technology Programme is financing the project. BRE said: 'In the event of a fire, Fire Grid will provide fire fighters with information concerning the likely sequence of events before they actually unfold. 'This intelligence, previously only available in hindsight, should allow the emergency services to execute a more effective response to a fire incident. 'Information supplied will include details of how the fire is expected to spread, how the structural integrity of the building will be affected, and how the building occupants are likely to react in response to the fire.'It is hoped that methodologies developed can be applied to other hazards such as environmental incidents, natural disasters and acts of terrorism.