UL Safety Science Series

New Science behind Fire Forensics

One-day seminar on Industrial & Built Environment Fire Safety, Forensic Sciences

Venue: The Westin Mumbai Garden City
Date:17th November 2014 Time: 9.00 a.m. to 5.00 p.m. followed by dinner


UL Safety Science Series
New Science behind Fire Forensics

Time Subject Speaker
09:00 AM - 10:00 AM Registration
10:00 AM - 10:05 AM Welcome Venkitachalam, VP Public Safety, UL
10:05 AM - 10:15 AM Why fire forensics in India? Pravinray D Gandhi, Director Corporate Research, UL
10:15 AM - 10:25 AM Speaker introduction Vijay Jesudas, Business Manger, Built Environment, UL
Session 1
10:30 AM - 11:15 AM Science behind fire & explosions in industries Dr. Raj Srinivasan, Professor, IIT Gandhinagar
11:15 AM - 11:45 AM Critical findings in industrial disasters Pravinray D Gandhi, Director Corporate Research, UL
11:45 AM - 12:00 AM Tea
12:00 AM - 12:30 AM Effects of fire & supression activities on forensic evidence Dr.David Icove
12:30 AM - 13:00 PM Cause and analysis of fire Robert James
Moderator - Pravinray D Gandhi Sunil Nesarikar
M V Deshmukh
Raj Srinivasan
14:30 PM - 14.45 PM Critical fires in built environment Dr. Rober James
14:45 PM - 15:30 PM Instruments and techniques employed in forensic analysis Dr. David Icove
15:30 PM - 15:45 PM Tea
15:15 PM - 16:30 PM Cause and analysis of major industries fire Dr. C. Varma
16:30 PM - 17:00 PM Insurance perspective on needs of fire forensics in india Dr. Robert James
17:00 PM - 17:30 PM Q&A
17:30 PM - 18:30 PM Networking - sponsors event
18:30 PM - 21:00 PM Networking - cocktail dinner


Understand and resolve fire safety challenges with a distinguished panel of fire experts


Dr. David Icove

PhD (Engineering Science and Mechanics), University of Tennessee; MS, BS (Electrical Engineering) University of Tennessee; BS (Fire Protection Engineering) University of Maryland

Dr. Icove is a former FBI Academy Instructor with over 40 years of experience in Forensic Engineering. He is the co-author of Kirk's Fire Investigation, Combating Arson-for-Profit, and Forensic Fire Scene Reconstruction, three of the leading textbooks in the field of fire and arson investigation. He is one of the first criminal profilers to specialize in the apprehension of serial arsonists and bombers.


Mr. Gerald Haynes

MS, BS (Fire Protection Engineering), University of Maryland

Mr. Haynes is a registered Professional Engineer and a certified Fire & Explosions investigator with more than 35 years of experience in the fields of Fire Protection Engineering and Fire Investigation. His multi-dimensional experience includes work at the National Institute of Standards and Technology, Building and Fire Research Laboratory, the US Department of Justice, and the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives.


Dr. Pravinray D Gandhi

Business Development Director, UL

Dr. Pravinray Gandhi is an internationally-acclaimed fire researcher. His exemplary work in the translation of fire research into the application of new technologies in UL’s fire protection testing and certification activities has had a great impact on the fire protection community. Dr. Gandhi’s work on new fire technologies has made him an outstanding ambassador for UL and has led to an increase in the demand for UL’s unique fire capabilities.


Mr. Robert J James

Program Manager, Regulatory Services Department, UL

Mr. Robert J. James manages and provides guidance for the UL regulatory fire plan in North America and Europe. His expertise includes providing fire protection-related technical support to the regulatory community and serving as a liaison between the UL fire service research staff and the regulatory community. He currently chairs the NFPA 400, Hazardous Materials Code, and is an alternate member on NFPA 1030 and NFPA 1730.

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Why Attend

Stay well-versed with shifting fire investigation paradigms

India faces one of the highest rates of incidents and deaths due to industrial fires in the world. In spite of an annual increase of 5% in such incidents, most organizations do not have access to an effective fire safety system and most often, rely on public fire services. This has resulted in an increasing need to understand fire and issues in fire safety with emphasis on helping prevent fires, injury and loss of life, and to minimize property damage. Advances in safety science aim to understand and manage the increasingly complex fire safety ecosystem.

During this one day seminar, experts in the field of fire safety and fire forensics will uncover some critical investigations and issues in fire safety to keep you abreast of the advancements in the field of fire safety and fire forensics. Fire investigation, a specialist branch of forensic science, analyzes a fire scene to determine the origin and the cause of the fire. Fire scene reconstruction is the process of determining the most likely development of a fire using a science-based rationale and follows the fire, from ignition to extinguishing. The experts will explain various aspects of fire and smoke development, the role of fuels, effects of ventilation, the impact of manual and automatic extinguishment, the performance of the building, life safety features, and types of injuries or deaths.

Forensic fire scene reconstruction relies upon a comprehensive review about the fire pattern damage, sound fire protection engineering principles, human factors, physical evidence and an appropriate application of the scientific method. These factors often form the basis of expert opinion on the most probable origin and cause of a fire or an explosion.



Legal systems impose greater responsibility and accountability to meet the evolving changes in fire investigation and fire claims investigation over the recent years across the globe. As a result, the insurance industry needs the knowledge about the enhancements in the science behind the cause and analysis of a fire. They need a scientific approach to deal with evidence collection, spoliation, NFPA 921, expert witnesses, courtroom testimony and bad faith litigation.

Manufacturing & Production Factory Units

The Safety Incident Investigation Procedure provides a systematic

approach to determine initiating events, contributing events, root causes and contributing causes. However, it is noted that there is a need to develop competency and capability in the field of fire forensics. The seminar aims to identify appropriate recommendations that address the problems and identify root causes. The UL Forum will objectively educate and equip the safety community with tools to conduct fire investigations. The investigations will control mitigating issues and further assist in developing solutions.

Built Environment

Fire statistics over the years tell us that 85% of the fires are due to electrical short circuits. This conclusion is drawn with little or no science in the fire scene analysis. The UL Forum on Fire Forensics dwells on such issues, wherein the approach to a fire incident is consistent and scientific in approach. The speakers will deal with the cause and analysis of a fire and predictive science behind the escalation of events. In a built environment, understanding the science is imperative and this allows you to implement solutions and prevent the recurrence of a fire.

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For more than a century, UL has pioneered the investigation of Advanced Fire Safety standards and measures. Advances in materials, design and construction techniques offer new benefits, but also present new challenges and risks, making fire more dangerous today than in the past. With the goal of identifying the cause, injury and loss of life and minimizing property damage, UL has new and important ways to make the world safe.

UL pioneers in certification, testing, inspection, advisory practices and training in the event of a fire. From live burn experiments to computational modelling, which quantify risk, UL has made tremendous advances to deal with the challenges in the avenue of fire forensics and safety.

UL continues to progress safety science across the increasingly complex Fire Safety ecosystem.

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  • Address reaction, containment and suppression by conducting large-scale live burn experiments and working with industry partners to maximize safety
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