Structural Fire Engineering
We believe that the science of engineering allows for the design buildings to be inherently fire resistive.
Holmes Fire take a holistic approach to structural fire safety by bridging the gap between the architects, structural and fire engineers. The structural fire design can then be analysed for its fire resistive performance and designed in response.
Historically a building was designed, and then additional fire protection materials were applied to meet code compliance. Through a specialist team, partnered with advanced technology, Holmes Fire is pushing the boundaries of structural design and its response to fire.
This analysis can be completed on steel, concrete, timber and composite structures delivering benefits for all stakeholders.
The Structural Fire team can deliver the following benefits;
- Reduction of Cost
- Fire protection materials
- Long term maintenance
- Optimise structural member sizes
- Reduced construction programmes
- Improved Aesthetics
- Allowing flexibility in expression
- Offering opportunities to expose the raw nature of a structure
- Faster Construction Schedule & Ease of Constructability
- Improved design efficiencies
- Simplification of structural design and detailing
Structural Fire Engineering- understanding where disciplines overlap
Meet the team
Branch Manager | Senior Fire Engineer
Reuben has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering and a master’s degree in fire engineering from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.
Reuben has a considerable understanding in the principles of fire dynamics and human behaviour. He has put this knowledge into practice over his seven plus years’ experience delivering projects as a Professional Engineer. He has been involved with a wide variety of projects including major public facilities, accommodation buildings, retail and industrial buildings as well as most things in between.
Ultimately, Reuben uses his knowledge and experience in Fire Engineering design to deliver value to projects.
Reuben is a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) and a Chartered Member of Engineering New Zealand (CMEngNZ).
Branch Manager | Senior Fire Engineer
Gordon has a master’s degree in fire engineering (2010), and a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (1992), both from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He has over 20 years of engineering consulting practice which provides a strong base for his role as Branch Manager of our Hawke’s Bay office since 2014. He is a Chartered Member of Engineering New Zealand and a Chartered Professional Engineer.
Gordon worked as a Structural Engineer in New Zealand and United Kingdom before returning to New Zealand in 2001, starting his own engineering consulting company in 2004. He has worked on a wide range of building structures and civil structures throughout this time, with increased involvement in Fire Engineering.
Gordon’s interest in Fire Engineering began within the university topic of timber engineering, followed by the NZ Building Act introduced in 1991. He attended a course on the NZ Building Code fire documents in 1993 to expand his expertise for his initial Local Authority role.
Gordon’s strengths are an ability to work unsupervised and take projects from initial Client contact to completion. He understands the entire process, from problem definition to design solution. He is a very good communicator throughout the process and will confidently use written and verbal communication skills, including face-to-face meetings to carry out complex engineering projects.
Gordon has particular technical strengths that relate to the buildings he works on most often, namely large footprint primary sector industrial buildings with high rack storage and large quantities of stored goods. He is also strong in other commercial buildings, office and retail, as well as residential sleeping-type buildings.
In performing his technical engineering calculations he exhibits strengths in the use of B-Risk zone modelling and fire engineering design, based on the Verification Method (C/VM2).
Martin started work in structural engineering in 1983 and has been applying performance-based fire engineering in professional practice since 1994. He was one of the pioneers of the fire engineering profession in New Zealand and a founding member of Holmes Fire. Martin is a highly experienced and talented engineer who specialises in fire engineering design and the performance and response of structures during fire. He is a passionate advocate for performance-based fire engineering design.
Martin has a Bachelor of Civil Engineering (Auckland) and a master’s degree in fire engineering from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand. He is a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng), an International Professional Engineer and a Fellow of Engineers New Zealand (ENZ) and a Fellow of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE).
Jeremy has a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering, a master’s degree in Fire Engineering, and a PhD in Fire Engineering from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.
Jeremy is specialised in structural fire engineering. He has taught this topic at the University of Canterbury for several years and contributed to the New Zealand and international design guides. Jeremy has developed expertise in assessing and designing the structural behaviour in fire of concrete, steel, and timber constructions.
Jeremy also has in-depth knowledge of the building regulations in New Zealand. He has been working for several building consent authorities to review the fire safety aspect of the building consent applications and to develop the fire related council policies. Jeremy has clear understanding of the requirements from the Building Act and the building consent review process, and he can provide advice and assistance on means to meet the regulatory requirements.
Jeremy is a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng), an International Professional Engineer, and a Chartered Member of Engineering New Zealand.
Fire Safety Specialist
Senior Fire Engineer
Ted has a Bachelor of Civil and Environmental Engineering from University of Auckland and a Masters of Fire Engineering from the University of Canterbury.
Ted started as a fire engineer since 2013 and has a wide range of project experience in residential and commercial buildings, educational facilities, industrial development and health care facilities. He has strong experiences in using complex fire engineering computer modelling to develop performance-based design solution. He is solution-focused and will ensure that the design delivers what the client is seeking.
Ted is a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) and a Chartered Member of Engineering New Zealand (CMENGNZ).
Linus has a master’s and a Ph.D. in fire engineering from University of Canterbury, New Zealand, and over 15 years fire engineering experience with projects in Australia, New Zealand, United Kingdom, Europe, US, Middle East and Asia.
Linus’ specialist field of expertise is in the behaviour of concrete, steel and timber structures in fire. Linus has significant consulting experience in developing structural fire engineering strategies and undertaking advanced finite element analysis on buildings and bridges under fire exposure. Linus currently leads a team of structural fire engineers in Holmes Fire.
Linus has provided fire engineering and structural fire engineering designs for a vast number of commercial, retail, heritage, residential and infrastructure projects. Linus also has experience with furnace testing, occupant evacuation and Computational Fluid Dynamics smoke modelling. Linus is a Chartered Member of Engineers Australia (CPEng – Fire Safety & Structural), a member of the Society of Fire Safety, a C10 Accredited Certifier (Fire Safety Engineering Compliance) in NSW and a Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ) and a Registered Building Practitioner (Engineer / Fire Safety) with the Building Practitioners Board of Victoria.
CEO USA | Principal
Bevan has a bachelor’s degree in Civil Engineering and a Master of Fire Engineering from the University of Canterbury, New Zealand.
Bevan has over 20 years of experience providing performance-based fire engineering and code consulting Internationally. Since 2006 Bevan has been based in San Francisco, with a focus on performance-based design solutions for a vast range of US and international projects. As the construction industry evolves to support sustainable building design, innovative building materials and project objectives that push the boundaries of prescriptive constraints, Bevan’s expertise adds significant value through the creation of alternate design strategies to augment new thinking.
Bevan is a registered Professional Engineer (P.E.) in Fire Protection Engineering in the State of California and member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) and National Fire Protection Association (NFPA).
Branch Manager | Senior Fire Engineer
James has a bachelor’s degree in structural engineering, a master’s and a Ph.D. in Fire Engineering from the University of Canterbury in New Zealand. James has developed both fire engineering and structural fire engineering strategies and designs on projects throughout Australia, the United States, and New Zealand, with a specific emphasis on mixed-use residential and commercial buildings, and large industrial complexes.
James has carried out extensive full scale fire testing and advanced finite element analysis of timber assemblies in fire, has co-authored numerous design guidelines on the fire design of heavy timber assemblies such as LVL, glulam and CLT systems, and also sits on the standards committee revising fire design for timber in Australia and New Zealand.
In addition to his considerable level of expertise with timber structures, he has significant experience in the analysis of steel and concrete structures for a wide range of applications for new developments and the adaptive re-use of existing structures. James has been heavily involved in the renovation and upgrade work of heritage buildings, and takes a holistic approach to fire safety design for the preservation of heritage features while achieving a practical degree of performance.
James is a Chartered Member of Engineers Australia (CPEng – Fire Safety & Structural), a C10 Accredited Certifier (Fire Safety Engineering Compliance) in NSW, a Registered Engineer on the National Professional Engineers Register (NPER) in Fire Safety and Structural engineering, a member of the Society of Fire Safety, and a Registered Professional Engineer of Queensland (RPEQ).