Category: Fire Engineering

Less than 4 weeks to go to conference!

With just four weeks to go, it’s definitely time to complete your registration for FireNZ 2017. The Committee has released the latest and final version of the Delegates brochure with more details on presenters and exhibitors. Please download the new and updated final brochure from the following link. FireNZ Delegates Brochure 2017 FINAL RELEASE. We […]

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It’s all about professional team work and trust

Origin’s Senior Fire Safety Technician, Christine Cann, is primarily responsible for delivering fire safety assurance for Auckland’s multi-faceted design and construction project management company, Contract Design & Management Ltd (CDM), and CDM’s client, Barfoot & Thompson; New Zealand’s largest privately owned, non-franchised real estate company. CDM operates across a wide range of construction disciplines. Origin […]

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Are New Zealand apartment buildings fire safe?

When it comes to the safety of our apartment buildings one thing we know for sure is that there is no such thing as absolute safety. Safety is about reducing risk to a tolerable level and another thing we know is that our perception of a tolerable risk can vary. For example there is currently […]

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Delegates FireNZ 2017 brochure released

The FireNZ Committee is pleased to announce the release of the Delegates brochure and Early Bird registrations to the FireNZ 2017 Conference and Exhibition. The Delegates brochure: Acknowledges partners and sponsors Highlights key note speakers and ‘not-to- be-missed’ seminars Suggests who needs to be there and why you’ll want to be there Lists who’s exhibiting […]

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Presenting fire safety design at Chinese Building Industry Expo

The New Zealand Chinese Building Industry Association (NZCBIA) 2017 Annual Conference and its accompanying New Zealand International Property and Building Expo was held on 21 and 22 July at the Vodafone Events Centre. Origin Fire was one of the exhibitors at the huge two-day event designed to bridge cultural barriers between Chinese and New Zealand […]

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The Good Stuff Happening in the Fire Industry

While the media and various commentators are on a laudable mission to identify combustible cladding on buildings and defective passive fire installation, I want to take a moment to reflect on the good stuff happening in the fire industry. The good stuff comes from individuals rather than organisations. Organisations may provide the framework, but within any […]

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Michael James interviewed on Grenfell Tower tragedy

With major cities shifting towards more high-rise living, is there cause for concern when it comes to New Zealand’s fire safety? While our thoughts and condolences go out to the people caught up in Wednesday’s tragedy at Grenfell Tower in west London, NZ commentators’ thoughts have also turned to how our own apartment buildings might […]

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MBIE Fire Programme Update

The Ministry of Business Innovation and Employment (MBIE) have been busy advancing their fire program. The following is an update of key areas based on a series of presentations made to the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE) by members that were on the working groups. Passive Fire Protection Responsibility to progress this important field […]

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Fire Design in Complex Offshore Infrastructure

In collaboration with Cowi Gulf A/S Fire Engineering and Arup London, Origin’s contracted Senior Fire Safety Engineer was recently engaged in the fire engineering design for the Oman Botanic Gardens Northern and Southern Biomes. The Northern and Southern Biomes are unique and impressive structures built to withstand the extreme climatic conditions of a harsh equatorial […]

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Allen Bestwick joins Origin

Electronics engineering and service as a volunteer firefighter came together for Allen Bestwick in the mid-nineties and led him to a rewarding career in the fire protection industry. A business management degree meant Allen was well suited to a management role in the sector but it was his strong desire to get back into engineering that […]

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