Fresh back from her STEM trip to Malawi, our Leeds based colleague, Laura Smith tells us about the many adventures she had on the two week voluntary project. The work was carried out as part of Orbis Expeditions, an organisation that has already achieved a huge amount working with schools and orphanages in the Mangochi District of Malawi.
OFR took the decision to support the excellent International Master of Science in Fire Safety Engineering (IMSFE), a collaboration between some of the best universities in the world. The course has a fantastic focus on competency that links the highest academic standards with industry.
Simon Lay from our team visited Ghent to attend the Graduation ceremony for 2019. There was a series of excellent poster presentations by the graduating students and it was a great opportunity to meet Jamie and Gerard who are joining OFR in the Autumn as graduates.
The whole OFR team has been in the Lake District this week. Our Graduates arrived on Tuesday for technical sessions, then the rest of the team arrived on Wednesday, bringing with them poster presentations about projects and challenges, and a presentation from each office about what our values are.
Over dinner one of the UK’s most successful track athletes, Diane Modahl joined us to talk about dedication and focus setting in your career, as well as the struggle of overcoming adversity to succeed.
Some of our newest and brightest team members talked about residential design, ALARP and the truth about facade risks. As a team we took on technical challenges set by Mike Spearpoint, examining the fire engineering process and Ryan McCreadie gave some of us role play as approvers whilst others practised their pitch.
This morning the fabulous Steve Watts from Alinea and CTBUH talked us through why tall buildings exist, what affects their viability and what shapes them. Pragmatism, symbolism and a sprinkling of capitalism perhaps. Then Martin Allinson from Laing O’Rourke brought us the benefit of his 40 year career in Contracting, explaining the reality of tendering, winning and delivering projects as a world leading contractor.
In between we’ve chatted, enjoyed a drink together and every morning or evening a few of us have set out for a run, a ride or even a spot of fishing!
This has been an opportunity to reflect on what our values are, whether they’ve changed over the past 3 years and how we make sure that the decisions that we make reflect the values we hold dear.
The last 4 days have reasserted that we remain technically focussed, we value and recognise our independence, we invest in innovation, we invest in people and we invest time, money and effort in working with the wider construction, academic and fire engineering communities.
OFR Consultants, the UK based fire engineering consultancy has announced a three-year, 10,000 Euro p.a. investment into developing future industry talent, with sponsorship of the International Master of Science in Fire Safety Engineering (IMFSE) programme. The two year full time educational master programme, which is set up in the Erasmus+ framework provides students with the opportunity to specialise in this essential area of construction.
Hammersmith and Fulham Council has awarded planning consent for the regeneration of Olympia in London. We are proud to be a part of the design team delivering the £700 million project on behalf of our client Yoo Capital; we worked on the planning application for the transformation of the landmark 130-year-old listed building - one of London’s most treasured structures…
Turkey sandwiches, our own brew and Gremlins on the TV. It’s a steady start to our Christmas night out for the Manchester team!
Merry Christmas one and all!
Last spring we were approached by a client who needed some advice about their shopping centre. The conclusion was that some evacuation modelling was required and Mike and Charlie from our Manchester office set about delivering the analyses.
Almost immediately, they started questioning where the occupancy data had come from. This sparked one of our many in-office discussions. I grabbed a cuppa and we talked through this most fundamental data requirement.
A few weeks later, after Charlie and Mike had descimated the long standing presumptions about occupancy data, they decided to turn the investigation into a paper. And here it is, published and peer reviewed.
I think some companies would have just told Mike and Charlie to use the standard data, or to stop wasting time and money. But that’s not our mindset. We formed this business to change how fire engineering is delivered and to do that you need to set your sights on the loftiest technical concepts, but sometimes also check you are stood on firm ground when doing so!
It’s been a busy month for me…
A few weeks ago, I had the pleasure of giving a presentation at the IALCCE (The Sixth International Symposium on Life-Cycle Civil Engineering) in Ghent, Belgium.
We also asked everyone to think outside of work and how people find “my space” a space to breathe, take stock and recharge. We did this by asking everyone to share an image and short piece of text. These were personal statements, quite revealing in some cases, inspirational in others. Over the next few weeks we’ll share those thoughts.
The fire engineering consultancy formerly known as Olsson Fire & Risk UK Ltd has today rebranded in the UK as OFR Consultants, a move which comes after a successful year operating as a fully UK-owned business.