By National Research Council, Division on Engineering and Physical Sciences, Laboratory Assessments Board, Panel on Building and Fire Research

A panel of specialists appointed by way of the nationwide study Council assessed the clinical and technical paintings of the development and fireplace examine Laboratory (BFRL) of the nationwide Institute of criteria and expertise (NIST). The scope of the evaluation integrated the next standards reminiscent of: the technical advantage of the present laboratory courses relative to the present state-of-the-art around the world; the adequacy of the laboratory amenities, gear, and human assets, as they impact the standard of the laboratory technical courses; and, the measure to which the laboratory courses in dimension technology and criteria in achieving their acknowledged ambitions and wanted influence. The ebook reveals that, total the technical advantage of the courses reviewed in the BFRL is especially excessive and usually at a cutting-edge level.The courses have transparent ties to the general BFRL Strategic precedence components and are good aligned with the project of NIST, that's to advertise U.S. innovation and business competitiveness via advancing size technological know-how, criteria, and expertise in ways in which improve fiscal defense and increase our caliber of lifestyles.

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As a result, the programs under this area have suffered from lack of adequate support. These programs are just now taking shape. The panel’s recommendations relative to the wildland-urban interface fire research in support of the America COMPETES Act and the ACI are twofold: (1) the BFRL should fully embrace technical portfolio management tools and processes, and (2) the BFRL should utilize new technologies from systems engineering, dynamical systems, and information technology to take advantage of new technologies that complement its existing strengths in physics-based modeling and testing.

One of the primary BFRL goals in this strategic area is Disaster Resilience. Key programs include the Safety of Threatened Buildings Program (wind engineering and multi-hazard failure analysis) and the NEHRP. BACKGROUND Several ongoing programs were reviewed by the panel: (1) the National Earthquake Hazards Reduction Program, for which the leadership was undertaken by NIST in 2005; (2) several programs that had been initiated in approximately 2001, including the Fire Resistant Design and Retrofit of Structures Program and the Prevention of Progressive Collapse Program; and (3) two relatively new initiatives that, in addition to NEHRP, directly address the priorities of the Disaster Resilient Structures and Communities strategic area, which are intended to meet the goals of the American Competitiveness Initiative.

The final report on WTC 1 and 2 has been issued,6 and the group is nearing completion of the report on Building No. 7. Earthquake Engineering (NEHRP Activities Associated with NIST) Earthquake-related structural engineering research has not been a focus at the BFRL for the past 10 years. It is anticipated that with NIST assuming the leadership of NEHRP in 2005, the BFRL earthquake-related research program will be rejuvenated. The BFRL’s efforts should be coordinated with other programs and agencies; this is particularly important given that the BFRL’s work in earthquake-related structural engineering is anticipated to be computational, relying on associated laboratory work elsewhere.

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