Industrial Power

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Generation and power transmission facilities are generally designed to prescriptive codes, with many of them designed to codes long ago and now out of date.

Multiple owner responsibilities include ongoing maintenance of facilities involving annual certification, Occupational Health and Safety (OH&S) compliance, fire marshal compliance, and internal company policies.

Considerations in managing a facility include:

  • Is the annual certification compliance really being addressed correctly without any formalized or consented documentation as to what constitutes the life safety strategy in these facilities and is that consistent with current code life safety requirements?
  • Is there a level of life safety equivalence from an OH&S point of view, for staff in new office accommodation, compared with some existing power stations/facilities, where the fire strategy has not been formalized or has not been looked at in quite a long time, if ever? Is there an owner liability concern relating to this?
  • Is there further refinement of asset protection requirements that should be reviewed, which should be coordinated and integrated with a life safety strategy?

Our Experience

We have already worked across most new or existing types of generation and transmission types of facilities including wind, thermal (coal and gas), hydro, geothermal, switch center and DC power links. Included in this work is underground power stations and major road and rail tunnel projects.

We undertake the design of fire protection systems and specialist fire protection systems including aspirating smoke detection, hydrogen, CO2 and O2 detection systems, and gaseous fire and hybrid extinguishing systems.

To date Holmes Fire has been involved with fire safety and fire risk protection in over 35 major power generation and transmission facilities.

We have undertaken performance-based fire life safety strategies in many specialist buildings and facilities with a wide range of asset and occupancy uses.

What makes Holmes Fire different?

We have been undertaking performance-based fire and life safety engineering services for more than 25 years.

We have already facilitated many fire risk workshops for existing and new generation facilities incorporating performance-based fire engineering into the combination of asset and life safety protection.

We understand your business and the equipment used in your business, from isophase busbars to generators to transformers.

Fire safety is what we do. We have over 85 staff members involved in our fire engineering consulting business across a range of fire safety disciplines. All of our fire engineers have specialist post-graduate training in fire engineering and many are also Accredited and Chartered Professional Engineers.

Our fire engineers come from a cross-pollination of backgrounds and specialties including Life Safety, Fire Protection, Chemical Engineering, Mechanical, and Structural, so we understand the equipment we are specifying.

Holmes Fire Services

  • Performance-based fire and life safety engineering. This means we can optimize your building design (and construction cost) instead of using prescriptive designs.
  • Fire protection risk assessments using NFPA 850. We understand the holistic nature of this work in providing workable solutions.
  • Risk workshops facilitation for new and existing facilities upgrading using NFPA 850 as the basis.
  • Radiation assessments of transformers where prescriptive measures are un-buildable. We can analyze the transformer heat flux and provide acceptable radiation criteria onto adjacent plants.
  • Explosion venting assessments.
  • Code-based fire strategy documentation for Power and Transmission upgrades of existing and new facilities, where appropriate.
  • Fire Hazard Analysis Reporting in accordance with IBC, CBC, IFC and CFC Requirements.
  • Structural fire engineering analysis and passive fire rating.
  • Overview of legislative framework relating to fire and life safety compliance for annual certification, evacuation compliance, new build work, existing build work, ongoing fire systems and fire strategy (passive and active systems).

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