International Symposium on Fire Investigation
ISFI 2016 International Symposium on Fire Investigation  Science & Technology, Sept. 12-14, 2016, Scottsdale,

ISFI 2016

September 12-14, 2016

ISFI 2016 is almost here - don't miss out on the great lectures, parties and meeting Fire Investigators from all over the world.

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ISFI 2016

September 12-14
Scottsdale, AZ USA

The International Symposium on Fire Investigation heads West for ISFI 2016. 
Join us in Scottsdale, AZ for three days of Lectures, Breakouts and Social Activities.  The Scottsdale Resort will be a luxurious setting for ground-breaking Fire Investigation Science

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ISFI Social - Welcome Party

The included welcome party will be at the HALL OF FLAME museum.  The world's largest collection of historic Fire Apparatus and Memorabilia..  Their collection spans nearly 350 years of Fire Fighting (1725-1971).  Transportation, food and beverage for this event are included in your ISFI 2016 registration.  Your travel companions are, of course,  welcome at this family friendly event.  

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Symposium Schedule

Fire Science

Plenary

9.00-9:30
Opening remarks

9:30-10:15
KEYNOTE: A FIVE FATALITY FIRE
AND A FIRE SCENE INVESTIGATION GONE VERY WRONG -ONE STEP FORWARD AND TWO STEPS BACK.
Patrick M. Kennedy

10:45-12:00
FIRE DYNAMICS, FORENSIC
RESEARCH AND PATTERNS.
Daniel T. Gottuk

Breakouts

1:00-1:40
A: OVERHEATING IN DUPLEX PLUG-RECEPTACLE CONNECTIONS
Matthew Benfer, Daniel Gottuk

B: NEVER SAY NEVER*: BLACK SWAN FIRE INVESTIGATION STATEMENTS
AND HYPOTHESIS DEVELOPMENT IN THE REAL WORLD. (*unless you’re absolutely sure)
Elizabeth C. Buc, David J. Icove

C: ENERGIZED NEUTRAL EFFECTS ON CORRUGATED GAS SUPPLY LINES
Kevin R. Davis,, Michael Shuttlesworth

1:55-2:35
A: ARC MAPPING IN THE ADVENT OF AFCI, GFCI, AND GFEP CIRCUIT PROTECTION DEVICES.
Kevin R. Davis, Mark Goodson,

B: EXPERTS BEWARE: 
IGNORING THE SCIENTIFIC METHOD CAN BE HAZARDOUS TO YOUR TESTIMONY – AN
UPDATE ON THE LAW
Karrie Clinkinbeard, Gerald King, 

C: CAN GASES BEHAVE LIKE EXPLOSIVES - LARGE SCALE DEFLAGRATION
TO DETONATION TESTING
Scott Davis, Derek Engel,Kees van Wingerden

2:50-3:30
A: LOSS INVESTIGATIONS INVOLVING  HEATING ELEMENT FAILURES: FIRE, WATER AND PERSONAL INJURY
Lee Green, Michael Shuttlesworth, Elizabeth C. Buc

B: WHAT IS AN EXPERT?
Michael V. Murphy

C: ESTIMATING FUEL GAS CONCENTRATION IN AN ENCLOSED ROOM,
Michael L. Hanks,  Ronald Pape,  Amy E. Richards

3:45-4:25
A :AN INITIAL EXAMINATION OF NON-ENERGIZED THERMAL ACTIVATION
OF MOLDED CASE CIRCUIT BREAKERS (MCCBS)
Christopher B. Wood

B: DETROIT, MICHIGAN – THE REAL FIRE STATISTICS
Robert J. Trenkle

C: THE BOOMING ABUNDANCE OF NATURAL GAS AND PROPANE; RELATED
FIRE/EXPLOSION STATISTICS AND SOME FACTORS AFFECTING CAUSATION TRENDS
Kim R. Mniszewski

4:40-5:20
A: DATA ANALYTICS IN FIRE INVESTIGATION
Lim Yew Yee, Soh Seok Yuen, Lim Beng Hui, 

B:  VERIFICATION OF FIRE AND DAMAGE PATTERNS ON MOTOR CARS IN
ACTUAL FIRES
Yazeed Abdul Rahman, Soh Seok
Yuen, , Lim Beng Hui

Fire Investigation Technology

Plenary

9:00-10:15
HOT PARTICLE IGNITION OF WILD FIRES – A METALLURGICAL PERSPECTIVE
Kevin Lewis,  June Bott, Sebastian Scheiff, Matt McClelland

10:45-11:20
INVESTIGATION FINDINGS AND LESSONS LEARNED IN THE WEST FERTILIZER EXPLOSION
Scott Davis, Tom DeBold, Claudio Marsegan, Bryant Hendrickson

11:25-12:00 PM
THE WEST, TEXAS AMMONIUM NITRATE EXPLOSION:  A FAILURE OF REGULATION
Vytenis Babrauskas

Breakouts

1:00-1:40
A: A SURVEY OF THE USE OF LEARNED TREATISES IN FIRE LITIGATION
Thomas R. May, David J. Icove

B: MECHANISM FOR LOCALIZED FLOOR BURN-THROUGH
Stephen M. Hill

C: FORENSIC FAILURE ANALYSIS OF LITHIUM-ION BATTERIES IN FIRE INVESTIGATION
Gerard G. Back (Jerry), Jason A. Sutula

1:55-2:35
A: SHOW ME THE PROOF (DOES A TRIAL AND SUBSEQUENT CONVICTION
REALLY MEAN THE FIRE WAS AN ARSON/MURDER?)
Robert J. Trenkle

B: FIRE AND EXPLOSION INVESTIGATOR SAFETY: RESPIRATORY PROTECTION
Ronald L. Hopkins 

C: SUSCEPTIBILITY OF CSST TO DAMAGE FROM ROOFING FASTENERS
Derek H. Geer,  Johnie P. Spruiell, Kelly Colwell, Thomas Tracy, Mark Hergenrether

2:50-3:30
A: FIRE AND ICE:WHAT HAPPENED TO JONES HIGH SCHOOL
Dennis E. Shelp

B: RISK ANALYSIS IN FIRE INVESTIGATIONS: A PROTOTYPE FORENSIC FIRE LIKELIHOOD INDEX
Matthew Hopley

C: ARC MAPPING AND APPLIANCE INVESTIGATIONS
Richard Kovarsky

3:45-4:25
A: UTILIZING MICROSOFT EXCEL TO PRODUCE COURT ROOM DIAGRAMS FOR DEPTH OF CALCINATION MEASUREMENTS
Thomas M. Sing

B:  VALIDATION OF THE FLACS-FIRE FOR POOL FIRES IN TRENCHES
Deiveegan Muthusamy, Franz Zdravistch

C: AIR CONDITIONING FAN COIL UNIT FIRES: RESEARCH TO APPLICATION
Soh Seok Yuen, Yazeed Abdul Rahman, Lim Beng Hui

4:40-5:20
A: A STUDY OF WILDLAND FIRE DIRECTION INDICATOR RELIABILITY FOLLOWING TWO EXPERIMENTAL FIRES
Albert Simeoni, Zachary C. Owens, Erik W. Christiansen, Abid Kemal, Michael Gallagher, Kenneth L. Clark, Nicholas Skowronski, Eric V.
Mueller, Jan C. Thomas, Simon Santamaria, Rory M. Hadden

B: STUDY ON THE CASES OF LITHIUM-ION BATTERY FIRE
S. W. Woo, B. S. Moon, C. H. Choi, K. T. Lee, J.M. Goh, J.W. Nam, J. P. Kim, N. K. Park

Fire Investigation Methodology

Plenary

9:00-10:15
A PROCESS FOR ORIGIN DETERMINATION
Gregory E. Gorbett

Breakouts

10:30-11:10
A: THE FIRE AND EXPLOSION RISKS ASSOCIATED WITH CANNABIS/HASH
OIL EXTRACTION – A TECHNICAL GUIDE FOR A FORENSIC INVESTIGATION
Zachary J. Jason, John L. Schumacher, Shawn A. Sapp,

B: VEHICLE BATTERY CABLE ARCING V. MELTING ANALYSIS
David M. Hallman, Neal Hanke

C: UNDERSTANDING FIRE PROTECTION SYSTEMS IN FIRE INVESTIGATIONS
James M. Feld

11:25 AM-12:05 PM
A: LITHIUM ION BATTERIES: MORE DANGEROUS OR JUST MORE COMMON?
AND A SIMPLE ANALYSIS TO NARROW THE POSSIBLE FAILURE MODES
Richard J. Meier, Patrick M. Kennedy

B: TURBOCHARGING YOUR FIRE INVESTIGATION – A PRIMER ON THE
TURBOCHARGED ENGINE
David C. McCandless

C: ORDINARY PEOPLE AND EFFECTIVE OPERATION OF FIRE
EXTINGUISHERS
William D. Hicks, Kathy Ann Notarianni, Gregory E. Gorbett, Randy Harris, Corey Hanks, Brandon Poole

12:20-1:00 PM
A: FIRE RISKS DUE TO UNINTENTIONALLY ENERGIZED METAL STRUCTURES
Michael C. Stern, Sean C. O’Hern, Timothy L. Morse, Justin Bishop, Harri Kytömaa

B: 50 YEARS – PAST, PRESENT AND FUTURE: WHAT’S GOOD! WHAT COULD BE BETTER?
Robert J. Trenkle

C: INVESTIGATION AND DOCUMENTATION OF ACTIVATED SPRINKLERS IN NON-COMPARTMENTED BUILDINGS TO DETERMINE THE ORIGIN OF A FIRE
Bruce L. Rottner

Registration Pricing

$775
Per speaker
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  • *Up to 2 speakers per paper

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  • Welcome Party Included!

  • Banquet Ticket just $50

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ISFI by the numbers...

6
Volumes Published
276
Research Papers
468
Noted Authors
3149
Pages Published

Proceedings

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ISFI 2016 Sponsors

ISFI2016 is only possible through generous support of the
Fire Investigation and Fire Research communities..

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About ISFI

Patrick Kennedy/ ISFI Founder

In August 2003, during the NAFI/NFPA National Fire, Arson, and Explosion Investigation Training Program in Sarasota, Florida, a small group of dedicated fire investigation educators met at the NAFI international offices. Their purpose was to discuss and ultimately to set in motion a new concept in fire investigation education. This innovation became the International Symposia on Fire Investigation Science and Technology (ISFI)..
It is not mere coincidence that seven of these original group participants, are members of the NFPA Technical Committees on Fire Investigations (NFPA 921) and/or Fire Investigator Professional Qualifications (NFPA 1033). Since 1985 the partnership between the NFPA and NAFI has been dedicated to and striving for the betterment of fire investigation, worldwide.

Founders / 921 Committee at 
1st ISFI

Prof. Ronald L. Hopkins, CFEI, CFPS,
Daniel L. Churchward, CFEI,
Michael G. Beasley, CFEI,
Stuart A. Sklar, CFEI,
Patrick G. Cox, CFEI, MIFireE,
Kathryn Smith, CFEI;
Dr. Gregory E. Gorbett, CFEI, CFPS, MIFireE
Frank L. Florence, CFEI,
Patrick M. Kennedy, CFEI, CFPS, MIFireE

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