21 February 2013
FM Global SimZone Tour and Program:
Identifying and Mitigating Common Hazards in Business Properties
FM Global SimZone, 1151 Boston Providence Hwy, Norwood, MA 02062
Four Points Sheraton, 1125 Boston Providence Tnpk, Norwood, MA 02062
This is a joint program with the ISPE Boston Area Chapter. All registrations are being processed by the Boston Area Chapter.
Every year businesses sustain billions of dollars of property damage. Some of these losses could have been prevented had hazards been identified and corrected prior to becoming catastrophic. FM Global, a multinational business property insurance company, has created an experiential learning facility called the SimZone to teach their engineers to identify and mitigate property-loss risks. The FM Global SimZone is a simulation-based classroom that brings to life real-world educational scenarios involving 90% of the common hazards found in typical business properties. These include fire protection, ignitable liquid storage and transfer, construction, equipment malfunction and electrical hazards. In the SimZone, thousands of possible property risk simulations can be created so that attendees may gain real-world experience in identifying and correcting possible hazards.
This program will give attendees a tour of the SimZone that will provide a rare opportunity to experience some of the training that FM Global provides its own engineers. This MEMBERS ONLY two-hour tour will provide attendees with a hands-on education of state-of-the-art loss-prevention strategies and equipment. The SimZone demonstrates a variety of wall and roof construction, industrial heating equipment, electrical equipment, ignitable liquid storage and use, and warehousing. The facility also includes a fire protection sprinkler system demonstration area complete with an electric and diesel pump, an array of risers, and a variety of sprinkler heads.
Following the tour and after the reception will be three presentations which are open to Members and Non-Members. The opening presentation will address two aspects of hazardous material storage in the typical process facility. First will be a review of some common steps required to identify hazards in typical process operations and options for reducing the presence or magnitude of these hazards. Following this discussion, our speakers will present code compliant design approaches for fire-protection and separation, based on the use and storage of flammable materials. The last presentation will be a showcase of the research and product testing capabilities at the FM Global Research Campus in West Glocester, R.I. The presentation will highlight the testing conducted at the Fire Technology Lab, Natural Hazards Lab, Electrical Hazards Lab and Hydraulics Lab.
3:30 – 4:00 PM Registration for MEMBERS ONLY TOUR (Four Points Sheraton)
4:00 – 6:00 PM MEMBERS ONLY Tour (FM Global SimZone)
5:30 – 6:00 PM Seminar Registration (Four Points Sheraton)
6:00 – 6:45 PM Networking Reception (Four Points Sheraton)
6:45 – 8:45 PM Presentations and Q & A (Four Points Sheraton)