A GRADUATE COURSE IN FIRE PROTECTIVE DESIGN AND BUILDING CODES AN INDUSTRY AND UNIVERSITY COLLABORATION

M. J. Frye, P. Zurkan

Abstract


Since the fall of 2013, the Faculty of Engineering has offered a graduate course in Fire Protective Design and Building Codes based on Part 3 of the National Building Code of Canada. The course is made available to graduate students in architecture and to all branches of engineering. It is also offered to off campus practicing architects and engineers who wish to either take the course for credit or who would like to audit the course.
Introduction of this course into the graduate studies program at the University of Manitoba was the direct result of collaboration between the university Centre for Engineering Professional Practice and Engineering Education and industry. Industry financial support for the course instructors was provided by the Winnipeg Construction Association and the Association of Professional Engineers and Geoscientists of Manitoba. (Engineers Geoscientists Manitoba).
This paper provides an overview of the course objectives, the course content and the expected and realized outcomes. The course proved to be very popular, with course registration averaging between fourteen and eighteen graduate students each year. It was highly rated by the year end student course evaluations. It was particularly popular with international graduate students, many who came from countries where exposure to fire protective design and building codes was limited or non-existent. As a spin off from the course, in 2015, the Winnipeg Construction Association began offering a workshop/seminar series of five half day courses. These workshop/seminars have been oversubscribed and are attended by a very diverse group of construction practitioners that includes architects, engineers, building officials and contractors.

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