Fires in buildings have always been a threat to human life and property. The threat increases as larger numbers of people live and work in bigger buildings throughout the world. Professor Buchanan’s interest in structural fire engineering was initiated by Professor Brady Williamson in the 1970s at the University of California at Berkeley, and developed during his subsequent career as a practising structural engineer, then as an academic. Dr Abu was introduced to the subject by Professor Ian Burgess and Professor Roger Plank at the University of Sheffield in 2004, and has since worked with a number of consultants in the field.

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