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.


Specific topic


Fire dynamics: how the fire develops and propagates in the room of origin and in the adjacent areas, how the forces that regulate the movement of the smoke act, how the height of the smoke layer is determined.

The science of fire or the interpretation of phenomena related to fire from a scientific and engineering (fire engineering) point of view.


The fire resistance of structures: how it was determined historically and how it can be determined according to the severity of the fire with regard to the costs of the protections too.


Exodus: how to envisage a “safe” exodus, according to the behavior of people in fires, In relation to a critical fire scenario (ASET / RSET).


Moderator: Alfio Pini

Presentation of the daily program: Diego Sartorello


  • h 9.30 – 10.30
    Attendants registration
  • h 10.30
    Opening SEMINAR
    Institutional welcome speech: ing. Fabio Dattilo – Chief of Italian Fire Brigade


The following speeches will be played in English language with instant translation:


  • h 11.00 – 12.00
    NILS JOHANSSON – Fire dynamics in a room (with one or more windows) and in a multi-room compartment. The key role of ventilation factor.
  • h 12.00 – 13.00
    RUBEN VAN COILE – Fire severity and fire resistance in structural fire engineering design


  • h 13.00 – 14.30
    Lunch buffet


  • h 14.30 – 15.15
    NILS JOHANSSON – Available Safe Egress Time (ASET): meaning and example of calculation.
  • h 15.15 – 16.00
    ENRICO RONCHI – Human behaviour in fire and evacuation design, the Required Safe Egress Time (RSET).


  • h 16.00 – 16.20
    Coffee break


  • h 16.20 – 17.20
    KATHY NOTARIANNI – Fire safety engineering design calculations – how should they be used?
  • h 17.20 – 18.20
    GUILLERMO REIN – Challenges of today and tomorrow in fire science and engineering.


  • h 18.20 – 18.40