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In 2011 the International Council for Building Research Studies (CIB) agreed that there was a need to develop an International R&D Roadmap for Fire Resistance of Structures. The roadmap will focus on development of a multi-year, multi-institution, large-scale experimental program to support standards development for performance-based engineering relevant to structural fire resistance. This effort will be carried out under the umbrella of CIB with the intent to include key international organizations, including the International FORUM of Fire Research Directors and other appropriate U.S. and international R&D, standards and codes, and testing organizations.
In response to this need, NIST is organizing a workshop to develop a roadmap for this important area of fire research. This workshop will attempt to identify and understand the research and development needs for implementation of technical solutions for Fire Resistance of Structures, which shall be achieved through greater use of existing technologies, development and deployment of emerging technologies, and use of standards for performance-based engineering design.
In preparation for the Workshop, NIST has commissioned three White papers on steel, concrete, and timber structures written by experts in the fields. The White papers will form the basis for discussion at the Workshop and provide a framework for the roadmap. The white papers focus on the following issues:
The workshop will review the outcomes from the white papers and focus on the following issues:
Start Date: Wednesday, May 21, 2014
End Date: Thursday, May 22, 2014
Location: NIST Gaithersburg Campus
NIST/CIB Fire Resistance Structures Workshop Local Arrangements
Jiann (John) C. Yang, PhD