Conference topics

With the law D.M. 9-5-2007 it was introduced in Italy too the possibility of facing fire safety with engineering methods that allow to exit from the “cage” of prescriptive rules.

However, the 6-page document does not provide elements that can practically be applied.


With the following prescriptions of the PM on 17th July 2007 and 31st March 2008, this situation did not change appreciably.


With the D.M. 3-8-2015 the concept of engineering approach is resumed. Some indications are given for the application.


Are these indications sufficient to deal responsibly, knowingly, with fire safety for people’s lives and property?

The question will be answered during the conference by highly qualified speakers from universities where degree courses in fire safety engineering have been established for some time.


Moderator: Alfio Pini

Presentation of the daily program: Diego Sartorello


Attendants registration



Institutional welcome speech:


Ing. Fabio Dattilo – Capo del Corpo dei Vigili del Fuoco
Dott. Roberto Valente – Segretario Generale del Consiglio Regionale Veneto
Arch. Anna Buzzacchi – Presidente Ordine degli Architetti di Venezia
Ing. Domenico Rossi – per Ordine degli Ingegneri di Venezia


The following speeches has been played in English language with instant translation:


Prof. NILS JOHANSSONFire dynamics in a room (with one or more windows) and in a multi-room compartment. The key role of ventilation factor.


Prof. RUBEN VAN COILEFire severity and fire resistance in structural fire engineering design.


Prof. NILS JOHANSSONAvailable Safe Egress Time (ASET): meaning and example of calculation.


Prof. ENRICO RONCHIHuman behaviour in fire and evacuation design, the Required Safe Egress Time (RSET).


Prof. KATHY NOTARIANNIFire safety engineering design calculations – how should they be used?


Prof. GUILLERMO REINChallenges of today and tomorrow in fire science and engineering.