The Future of Fire & Risk Engineering

Matthew Wright
GM Technical Services / Deputy CEO
Fire Protection Association Australia, Melbourne

The increasing height and complexity of tall buildings will not be sustainable if it is not accompanied by robust fire and risk strategies that will maintain occupant safety above all other priorities. Every high-rise fire is a high-profile news event that represents an existential risk to the typology, beyond the fate of the specific building experiencing the event. Fire and risk engineers are demonstrating groundbreaking ingenuity in addressing the challenges presented by design creativity and the huge scale of these buildings. Meanwhile, the increasing role of digital technology, both in the design and operation of buildings, will provide substantial assistance to the problem-solving acumen of these professionals.