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The Institution of Engineers, Malaysia

Bangunan Ingenieur, Lots 60/62, Jalan 52/4, Peti Surat 223 (Jalan Sultan), 46720 Petaling Jaya,
Selangor Darul Ehsan
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Talk on
“Sprinkler Design Standards, The History and Major Differences
(LPC Rules and NFPA 13)”
(Organized by Building Services Technical Division, IEM)
Date : 13 August 2011 (Sat)
Time : 9.00am till 11.00am BEM Approved
CPD/PDP Hour: 2
Venue : Tan Sri Chin Fung Kee Auditorium Ref No: IEM11/HQ/ 222/T
Speaker : Ir Gary Lim Eng Hwa

When it comes to sprinkler design, the Fire Officers Committee (FOC) 29 Edition was probably the most referred standard locally
and this has been subsequently replaced by British Standard BS5306-Part 2 in 1990. The use of National Fire Protection Association
(NFPA) standard on sprinkler systems, NFPA 13 came about when American industries were established in Malaysia. The Corporate
Office in US would insist the use of NFPA 13 as it is the under their corporate policy and probably to meet the insurer’s requirement.
Factory Mutual Global (FM) is a commercial property insurer with its Head Office in the US developed FM Datasheets which have
become recognized international standards in the design of sprinkler system.
The differences amongst these standards (LPC, NFPA,FM) on sprinkler design are inevitable but the effectiveness of the design
should be the same otherwise it would be withdrawn as a standard. FM Global established the FM Datasheets probably out of self
interest to ensure their commercial property under their insurance cover to be highly protected risk (HPR) hence losses are minimal
or mitigated.
Fire Rescue Department of Malaysia (FRDM) would endorse any of the above international standards in the design of sprinkler
system accepting the differences between them since all the above standards have proven to be effective in control of fire incidents.

Ir. Gary Lim, a Fellow of IEM is a Mechanical Engineer graduated from University of Canterbury, New Zealand in 1978. He worked in
the manufacturing sector for over 20 years then joined the insurance industry as the Risk Engineer and retired as the Risk Manager
of the MNC insurance company. Since his retirement, he has been conducting courses on concepts and the design of Fire
Engineering and Plumbing Engineering, SWV systems at all the IEM major branches in Malaysia.
Gary shares his knowledge of insurance company underwriting principles to enable Engineers appreciates the role of Risk Engineers
of insurer hence Engineers get a better perspective of the relationship between insurance and fire protection systems. This is one
area where many engineers failed to appreciate the role of risk engineers.

Ir. Stephen Phang

Chairman, Building Services Technical Division, IEM
Note: This talk will be organized in conjunction with the 25 AGM of Building Services Technical Division, IEM)
Announcement to note:
1. Talk is STRICTLY for IEM
2. Limited seats available on a "first come first served" basis. (maximum 110 participants)
3. No telephone and/or fax reservation will be entertained.
4. Latecomers will not be allowed entrance, if the lecture hall is full.
5. Please bring along this flyer and membership card for confirmation of attendance (CPD purpose).
For IEM members, membership cards MUST be presented for identification purpose. Members who fail to show their
membership card will be charged a fee of RM20.00.


Kindly be informed that IEM will be charging participants RM10.00 administrative fee for evening talks
organised by IEM. The fee would be used for overhead costs, building maintenance expenses as well as to
support the purchase of the new building.
Students are however exempted. Your understanding is greatly appreciated.


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