April 2022

Smoke Control Design and Principles

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Date: Wednesday, April 27, 2022
Time: Registration and Log-in: 8:15 AM–8:30 AM Pacific Time
Webinar: 8:30 AM–12:30 PM Pacific Time
Location: Webinar
Presenter: Kieran Ager, P.Eng., M.Sc., CP, C.Eng., MIFireE, PMSFPE, CFPS
Senior Fire Engineer & Code Consultant
LMDG Building Code Consultants Ltd.

Dr. Hong Tsui, P.Eng.
LMDG Building Code Consultants Ltd.
Credit: Eligible for 4.0 CE Hour(s) of Technical Learning
Cost: Engineers and Geoscientists BC Registrant Early Bird Price: $129.00 + GST = $135.45 until Apr 13, 2022

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The purpose and intent of the presentation is to outline the fundamental principles of smoke control design and subsequent integration of systems within the built environment. The context relates to expectations and design considerations of smoke control systems within prescriptive Building Code applications and when adopted to meet performance-based design (alternative solution) objectives.

Intended Audience:

  • Fire Protection Engineers/Code Consultants
  • Electrical Engineers
  • Mechanical Engineers
  • Structural Engineers
  • Authorities having Jurisdiction


The objectives of the presentation are to:

  • Promote understanding of the fire dynamic principles that inform smoke movement.
  • Enhance understanding of smoke control design principles and engineering best practice.
  • Clarify requirements and intent of smoke control design within Building Code applications.
  • Demonstrate calculation and evaluation methods.
  • Promote harmonization of varying disciplines for smoke control design.
  • Highlight design solutions that target prominent and evolving political and societal objectives (i.e., sustainability objectives, historical preservation, mass timber construction, etc.).
  • Outline competency expectations for the various disciplines/practitioners.
  • Identify and highlight applicable governing standards/codes and reference materials.
  • Identify challenges and barriers to successful system integration and commissioning.

Learning Outcomes:

By the end of the presentation the attendees will be able to:

  • Understand the principles that govern smoke movement.
  • Identify the components of a smoke control system.
  • List the various types of smoke control systems including their limitations & applicability.
  • Understand the objectives of smoke control within prescriptive and performance-based applications.
  • Validate the efficacy of smoke control designs against varying design objectives.
  • Understand minimum competency requirements for the roles within smoke control design.


The course will be delivered by three modules:

  • Module 1: Smoke management overview
  • Module 2: Smoke management – Ventilation
  • Module 3: Smoke management – Pressurization

The modules will holistically include:

  • Smoke Control Principles: Compartment fire dynamics, plume dynamics, impact of active and passive mitigation measures.
  • Smoke Control Design: Smoke control system types, principles and pros and cons of each, calculation/evaluation methods, external factors, integration with building facilities.
  • Application: Building Code applications, Performance based design applications, ASET/RSET framework, requirements, and responsibilities for design stakeholders.
  • Integration & Commissioning: Pitfalls and challenges to design integration, roles & responsibilities of various stakeholders.


Kieran Ager, P.Eng., M.Sc., CP, CEng, MIFireE, PMSFPE, CFPS

Senior Fire Engineer & Code Consultant, LMDG Building Code Consultants Ltd.

Kieran has worked in the fire industry for 15+ years in the UK and Canada as a Firefighter, Risk Assessor, and Fire Engineer/Code Consultant. Although he is active within all aspects of Fire Engineering, Kieran’s primary technical focus is performance-based design. Kieran enjoys a career that has allowed him to lead and develop fire strategies and solutions for complex and iconic structures and projects, most notably, in Canada, US, UK, Myanmar, and Qatar. Significant project types include stadia, high rise residential, educational, commercial, health care, transit, and mixed-use occupancies.

Kieran holds a MSc Fire & Explosion Engineering degree from the University of Leeds and a B.Eng. (Hon.) degree in Fire Engineering from the University of Central Lancashire. He is a Chartered Engineer with the Engineering Council UK and registered professional engineer in BC, AB, SK, ON, and YK. He is a Certified Professional with Engineers and Geoscientists BC/AIBC and holds professional member status with the SFPE. He is a former member of the following committees:

  • NFPA Committee on Structures, Construction, and Materials (NFPA 703 & 5000)
  • British Standards Institute (BSI) Committee – Application of Fire Safety Engineering Principles to the Design of Buildings
    • FSH/024/0-/01 Revision of PD 7974-1:2019
    • FSH/024/0-/02 Revision of PD 7974-3:2019

He is an active member of the following committees:

  • SFPE Committee:
    • Research, Tools, & Methods (RTM) – Standards Subcommittee on Performance Based Design
    • Research, Tools, & Methods (RTM) – Fire Model Selection Task Group
    • Professional Qualifications (CPQ) – Subcommittee on Professional Competency & Credentialing
  • 2019 The International Association for Fire Safety Science – Committee on Human Behaviour in Fire
  • Engineering Council UK, Reviewer of Applicants, 2017

Dr. Hong Tsui, P.Eng.

Hong Tsui is a fire protection and mechanical engineer with 8 years of experience in computational fluid dynamics (CFD) within the field of combustion modelling; four of which pertains to the fire protection engineering industry. Hong applies his experience in combustion modelling to simulate fire dynamics and smoke behavior in large-scale transportation, industrial, commercial, and educational environments. Aside from CFD packages, such as Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS), Ansys Fluent and OpenFOAM, Hong is also adept at implementing various evacuation strategies and concepts relative to fire-life-safety design using Pathfinder and MassMotion. The knowledge of numerical tools and engineering concepts allows Hong to perform analysis on performance-based design projects with the intent of delivering technical excellence and cost-effective solutions. He is also interested in further developing pyrolysis and combustion models with industry-relevant and theoretical applications.

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