Recent BRANZFIRE enhancements and validation
This article is based on a presentation given at the SFPE New Zealand Chapter Annual General Meeting in November 2007 and describes the result of projects carried out by students and staff at the University of Canterbury in conjunction with Colleen Wade at BRANZ. The article can only provide a short summary of each piece of work and a list of references is given so that the reader can investigate a topic in further detail. The BRANZFIRE simulation software has been under development since 1996 predominately by Colleen Wade (2004). It is a multi-compartment fire zone model including flame spread routines. It also models sprinkler/detector activation, mechanical extract/supply tenability assessment, glass fracture, oxygen-constrained burning. The software is commonly used by fire engineering in New Zealand and is also occasionally used by the international community.