ENFE614-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019

Special Topic in Fire Engineering

15 points

Start Date: Monday, 18 February 2019
End Date: Sunday, 23 June 2019
Withdrawal Dates
Last Day to withdraw from this course:
  • Without financial penalty (full fee refund): Friday, 1 March 2019
  • Without academic penalty (including no fee refund): Friday, 10 May 2019


Special Topic in Fire Engineering


This is a Special Topic in the postgraduate Fire Engineering program with specific focus on risk analysis methods applied to fire engineering design.  The course assumes no prior knowledge of fire risk analysis but progresses to advanced topics throughout the course. The course starts with fundamentals of probability theory and the application of fault trees to determine probabilities.  Lectures will then focus on quantitative fire risk design and analysis based on event tree development and applying the results to develop fire risk curves.  The course will also cover reliability theory and the application to fire safety systems.  Several case studies will be included in this course.

Learning Outcomes

By the end of this course the students will have a fundamental and practical understanding of fire engineering risk assessment that will include:

1. Fundamentals of Probability theory
2. Fault Tree Analysis
3. Reliability theory
4. Qualitative risk assessment
5. Quantitative risk assessment


Subject to approval of the Head of Department.

Timetable Note

Guided self study of background material in preparation for the block course:

19-21 March 2018
30 April - 2 May 2018

Course Coordinator

Charles Fleischmann


Professor Michael Delichatsios (University of Ulster)


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
final test 50%
Homework 20%
Semester project 30%

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

Morgan J. Hurley (Editor-in-Chief)Daniel GottukJohn R. HallJr.Kazunori HaradaErica KuligowskiMilosh PuchovskyJosé ToreroJohn M. WattsJr.Christopher Wieczorek; SFPE Handbook of Fire Protection Engineering; 5th; 2016 (Free access for registered students through UC library http://link.springer.com.ezproxy.canterbury.ac.nz/book/10.1007%2F978-1-4939-2565-0).

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,080.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Civil and Natural Resources Engineering.

All ENFE614 Occurrences

  • ENFE614-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019