EPICentre Seminars - Improving Fire Risk Assessment in Historic Building: Case Study of Notre Dame

02 February 2022, 12:00 pm–1:00 pm


In this seminar Dr Augustin Guibaud from UCL will discuss the Fire Risk Assessment in Historic Building, looking at 2019 Notre Dame fire.

This event is free.

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Arash Nassirpour – UCL EPICentre / Department of Civil, Environmental & Geomatic Engineering

The dramatic blaze that engulfed Notre Dame de Paris in April 2019 shed light on the inadequacy of existing fire safety strategies in historic buildings. Though no lives were lost, the partial destruction of this landmark cathedral resonated globally, stressing that unique conservation needs are not presently addressed. Zooming into the different phases of the fire, we will see in this presentation how fundamental research is still required to assess the risk in an environment of traditional fabric.

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About the Speaker

Dr Augustin Guibaud

Lecturer in Energy at University College London (UCL)

Dr. Augustin Guibaud investigates fire safety in complex environment, drawing practical applications from fundamental laminar flame analyses.
His fields of interest include fire protection of spacecraft for long-duration missions, soot production and flame quenching in the absence of buoyant flows; fire protection of historic buildings through modelling of fire spread and development in vaulted structure, with an emphasis on the interactions between the fire and the structure; and city-scale fire modelling to improve existing polices and response protocols in densely-populated areas.

Dr. Augustin Guibaud has joined UCL as a Research Fellow in 2020, following a PhD at Sorbonne Université (Paris, France). He holds a combined MSc degree from Ecole polytechnique (Palaiseau, France) and Imperial College (London, UK). He is a member of the Fire Safety in Space International Topical Team, and of the Structure group of the French CNRS/Ministry of Culture 'Chantier Scientifique Notre Dame de Paris'.

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