BB7 Enhances its Capabilities in Structural Fire Engineering with SAFIR

BB7 recently introduced selected candidates within the organisation to SAFIR, a software package for finite element modeling. The training was conducted through the learning lounge and delivered by Thomas Gernay an assistant professor in civil and systems engineering at Johns Hopkins University. He is a renowned expert in computational modeling techniques and risk-based methodologies for enhancing the resilience of structures against fire and other man-made and natural hazards. The candidates who underwent the training session all had a background or interest in structural engineering.

What is SAFIR?
SAFIR is a powerful tool for simulating and analysing complex structures in fire. The training highlighted the various benefits that SAFIR can bring and its key functionalities.
The introduction of SAFIR further strengthens BB7’s capabilities in structural fire engineering. It enables the organisation to support its customers better and address the challenges they face. The training was a step towards enhancing the skills of the personnel in using this software package to its full potential, thus complimenting our Learning Lounge agenda of investing in the skills and progression of our people, to provide our clients with the Golden Thread of fire safety services.

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BB7 Learning Lounge

Back to the beginning – why did we introduce the Learning Lounge?

Investing in learning is a powerful way to cultivate individual growth, professional success, and organisational development. It enables individuals to become more skilled, adaptable, and innovative while empowering BB7 to remain competitive and responsive to evolving challenges and opportunities. It also encourages knowledge sharing across the business.

The team at BB7 has vast knowledge in the industry from structural engineering, CFD modelling, fire assurance, facades, fire risk management, and much more. All this knowledge can be shared to help others learn and grow in their roles, especially the new generation of consultants.

What does this mean for our team?

Through the Learning Lounge, we are able to guarantee 30 hours of in-house technical CPD each year. We regularly invite other organisations to speak to the team via the Learning Lounge and provide updates on industry changes and expectations.

Does this include the graduate program?

We quickly realised that providing CPD hours is great, but we could do so much more to support engineers and the future of engineering. With this, we turned our attention to building the Graduate Training Programme which we are pleased to announce that we have recently partnered with FireQual to certify the Graduate Training Programme as a recognised program under the BB7 Learning Lounge initiative.

Mandy Youssef and Shauna Jameson, Senior Fire Engineers and part of the development team for the Graduate program say:

‘At BB7, we aspire to cultivate a culture of continuous learning, collaboration, and innovation by placing people at the forefront of our initiatives.

‘People’ is what BB7 is built on, so we are aiming to focus on this from the very start of the engineer’s career and the decision to create our graduate training program stems from a commitment to fostering industry excellence and internal continuity. By crafting a comprehensive training framework and guide, we aim to empower our engineers with the essential skills and knowledge (both technical and non-technical) required to excel in their careers. We recognise that investing in the growth of our talented individuals elevates their professional trajectory along with the entire organisation.

Through our graduate programme, Firequal will certify graduates when they complete their training and we have purposely integrated the IFE CEng IPD objectives, ensuring that our graduates embark on a journey towards achieving their professional chartership aspirations from the day they start at BB7.’

BB7 and the Learning Lounge will continue to evolve and develop based on what our people need and want from us. There is so much more that the Learning Lounge can and will offer, keep watching to see what happens next.

Is Learning Lounge just for BB7?

BB7 have supported our clients, educational institutions, and our partners for a while. Whilst Learning Lounge is a new concept externally, we will be developing sessions that others can book on to.

Watch this space for the remainder of the year, where education is key to success.