IRIS-Fire presented preliminary remote sensing fire detection results at the SPIE Remote Sensing conference in Berlin.
The first large scale field experiments took place in South Africa in May 2018.
Mohamed Beshir describes our trip in this blog post.
19 - 23 February 2018
As part of the Festival of Creative Learning at Edinburgh University, Dr David Rush of the IRIS-Fire project organised a hackathon from 19-23 February 2018 to design and construct an informal dwelling with limited resources. But rather than simply build a structure to provide protection from the elements, we were encouraged to come up with creative ideas that could enhance the day-to-day experience for dwellers of informal homes.
23 Jan 2018
The beginning of January saw Sarah-Jane Cooper-Knock and David Rush travel to Cape Town for three main reasons
Read more about who we met, where we went, and what surveys we are planning.
1 Nov 2017
Dr Yu Wang started today at The University of Edinburgh, working alongside the IRIS-Fire Project Team.
Yu will be working mainly on the fire experiments within the UK and supporting the experiments occurring in South Africa.
1 Sept 2017
Dr Lesley Gibson and Mohamed Beshir (mid-september) started today at The University of Edinburgh, working alongside Drs David Rush and Rory Hadden, on the IRIS-Fire Project.
Lesley will primarily be working on developing the mapping algorithms and frameworks to identify and quantify the fire risks within informal settlements.
15 Aug 2017
Dr Graham Spinardi has recently been awarded an ESRC grant to look into more depth the social and technological issues within informal settlements with respect to fires.
The ESRC grant, titled "Tackling Fire in Informal Urban Settlements: An Interdisciplinary Approach", is to work alongside many aspects of the IRIS-Fire project. With this being the case, the grants will work together in terms of outputs and deliverables, to maximise the use of resources to the fullest possible extent.
3 July 2017
Dr Charles Kahanji started today at Stellenbosh University, working alongside Dr Richard Walls, on the IRIS-Fire Project. Charles gained his PhD from Ulster University, Belfast, UK working on high performance fibre reinforced concrete. He previously lectured at the University of Zambia. He obtained his MEng in structural engineering from the Wuhan University of Technology, China, and his under-graduate degree in mechanical engineering from the University of Zambia. His research interests are in fire behaviour and performance of construction materials and informal settlement fires. He worked a consulting engineer in Zambia for two years.
29 May 2017
An exciting and thought provoking visit to Stellenbosch and Cape Town, meeting with Dr Richard Walls and colleagues as we discuss the next few years of the project.
The trip also included a few trips to some of the settlements that we are considering studying, both socially and physically, for the IRIS-Fire project.
Project brief for IRIS-Fire - motivation, objectives and key partners.
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The IRIS-Fire team, led by Lesley Gibson will be holding a fire workshop at the 2019 Festival of Creative Learning on Tuesday 19 February 2019.
Any University of Edinburgh staff or student may sign up for the event and but we think it may especially appeal to those with interest in: Fire, urban planning and design, geography and anyone interested in urbanisation in the Global South.
Fires in informal settlements are devastating to those living in these urban environments. After a fire, urban redesign (known as reblocking) can take place to facilitate the provision of formal services such as water and sanitation. Basic fire safety such as adequate spacing between homes may be implemented but innovative fire reduction design is usually not considered.
This workshop will introduce participants to the challenge of informal settlement fires, and will then enable participants to consider fire spread reduction in the designing of a reblocked informal settlement through practical learning and experimentation. Participants will work in teams to decide on a design which they will build out of prefabricated modelled dwellings. All teams will have an equal number of modelled dwellings and will be challenged to arrange the dwellings within a predefined space with a focus on fire spread prevention. At the end of the workshop a fire scientist will be invited to select a dwelling to set alight and we will observe the fire spread of each team’s modelled reblocked settlement and discuss the effectiveness of the various designs.
We have been working on the design of dwellings for the experiment and have a combination of steel and cardboard dwellings. Single dwellings, double dwellings and L-shaped dwellings.
The single dwellings are complete and testing of fuel load and optimal distance has started. Once we have the double and L-shaped dwellings welded together, we will finalise the number of dwellings for each team (it is looking like around 50 at the moment) and the density at which teams will need to arrange their dwellings.
There is plenty of creative learning happening for the organisers of this event and we can’t wait to welcome participants to learn alongside us.