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ISPE FM Global SimZone Tour and Program: Identifying and Mitigating Common Hazards in Business Properties

Feb 21, 2013, 3:30 PM to 8:45 PM


Every year businesses sustain billions of dollars of property damage. Some of these losses could have been prevented had hazards been identified and corrected prior to becoming catastrophic. FM Global, a multinational business property insurance company, has created an experiential learning facility called the SimZone to teach their engineers to identify and mitigate property-loss risks. The FM Global SimZone is a simulation-based classroom that brings to life real-world educational scenarios involving 90% of the common hazards found in typical business properties. These include fire protection, ignitable liquid storage and transfer, construction, equipment malfunction and electrical hazards. In the SimZone, thousands of possible property risk simulations can be created so that attendees may gain real-world experience in identifying and correcting possible hazards. 

This program will give attendees a tour of the SimZone that will provide a rare opportunity to experience some of the training that FM Global provides its own engineers. This MEMBERS ONLY two-hour tour will provide attendees with a hands-on education of state-of-the-art loss-prevention strategies and equipment. The SimZone demonstrates a variety of wall and roof construction, industrial heating equipment, electrical equipment, ignitable liquid storage and use, and warehousing. The facility also includes a fire protection sprinkler system demonstration area complete with an electric and diesel pump, an array of risers, and a variety of sprinkler heads. 

Following the tour and after the reception will be three presentations which are open to Members and Non-Members. The opening presentation will address two aspects of hazardous material storage in the typical process facility. First will be a review of some common steps required to identify hazards in typical process operations and options for reducing the presence or magnitude of these hazards. Following this discussion, our speakers will present code compliant design approaches for fire-protection and separation, based on the use and storage of flammable materials. The last presentation will be a showcase of the research and product testing capabilities at the FM Global Research Campus in West Glocester, R.I. The presentation will highlight the testing conducted at the Fire Technology Lab, Natural Hazards Lab, Electrical Hazards Lab and Hydraulics Lab.


Dennis M. Anderson, P.E., Vice President, Engineering Application Manager, FM Global
Dennis Anderson is vice president, engineering application manager, for FM Global. Based at FM Global’s Research Campus in West Glocester, R.I., USA,Anderson is responsible for addressing client, media, and business partner groups to illustrate the science and engineering capabilities. Appointed to his current position in 2003, Anderson previously served as vice president, chief engineer, and has been with FM Global for over 35 years. Anderson holds a master’s degree in business from Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland, Ohio, USA, and a bachelor’s degree in civil engineering from North Dakota State University, Fargo, N.D. He is a member of the National Fire Protection Association and the Society of Fire Protection Engineers, and is a registered professional engineer in Ohio and Wisconsin.

Eric Peterson, A.I.A., Senior Associate / Project Architect, Symmes Maini & McKee Associates
Mr. Peterson is a Senior Associate and Project Architect at SMMA with over 25 years of experience. A central aspect of his work is the coordination of multiple disciplines in complex projects, and his experience in the technical and code aspects of architectural projects. His design experience includes projects for Shire Pharmaceuticals, Pfizer, Organogenesis, Draper Laboratories, MicroChem Corporation, Lyme Properties and Bose Corporation. Mr. Peterson holds a Bachelor of Science in Architecture and a Master of Architecture from the University of Michigan College of Architecture and Urban Planning.

Howard Sneider, Senior Process Engineer, Clark Richardson Biskup
Mr. Sneider is a Senior Process Engineer at CRB. Previously, he was a Senior Process Engineer at Wyeth Biotech. He has over thirteen years of experience in all phases of process design, process modeling simulations, equipment design and selection, acceptance testing, start-up, commissioning, and validation. Mr. Sneider has participated in, and directed, the design of: biological, vaccine and API manufacturing processes, clean utilities, and facilities. His experience includes green-field and renovation projects at the lab, pilot, and commercial scale. He has worked closely with clients, vendors and construction managers to successfully execute and deliver design packages and construction support services. Mr. Sneider is a member of the ISPE Boston Chapter. He holds a BS degree in Chemical Engineering from Columbia University and a MS is Chemical Engineering from the University of Connecticut. 

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Registration for MEMBERS ONLY TOUR (Four Points Sheraton):  3:30 pm to 4:00 pm
MEMBERS ONLY Tour (FM Global SimZone): 4:00 pm to 6:00 pm
Seminar Registration (Four Points Sheraton): 5:30 pm to 6:00 pm
Networking Reception (Four Points Sheraton): 6:00 pm to 6:45 pm
Presentations and Q & A (Four Points Sheraton): 6:45 pm to 8:45 pm


Before 02/14/2013:
Members $50
Non Members $95*
Student Members $5

After 02/14/2013:
Members $60
Non Members $115*
Student Members $10

*Join ISPE now and pay the Member rate. Join within one week of this meeting, and we'll refund you the difference between the Member and Non-Member rate! Contact the office at (781) 647-4773 or office@ispeboston.org for more information.

PLEASE NOTE: Attendees may only attend one program as a non-member.

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