How to ensure effective compartmentation and utilise BIM technology in fire stopping


DATE: 28 January 2021

DURATION: 1 hour

Establishing and maintaining effective fire compartmentation in a building is one of the major risk challenges for building owners and occupiers. It is essential for ensuring the safety of occupants, equipment, stock and the ongoing viability of a business or facility post fire. Best practice should include sealing around services and stopping of cavities and gaps in construction. They should have regular physical examination to ensure they remain in good working order. Unfortunately, often is the case that this work is not undertaken during construction or more commonly missed during renovations or retrofit of services due to the often ‘hidden’ nature of the risk.

Technology created by Ridge and Partners, has now offered a modern flexible platform to monitor this through Building Information Modelling (BIM). This webinar will examine the broader issues of understanding your building composition from its construction to how it may change after refurbishment / renovation and how the new technology could offer a solution to managing your risks and meeting the requirements of revised legislation and regulation.

It is widely acknowledged that building materials and construction methods are changing, and many “traditionally” constructed buildings have undergone renovations using more modern materials. From its original construction and any subsequent structural work, the building must ensure that any openings and gaps are fire stopped to restrict both lateral and vertical fire/heat and smoke spread.

The innovative automated process Ridge has created uses BIM models to check compliance of fire stopping detailing for all mechanical, electrical and plumbing services passing between fire compartments. This process has the potential to significantly reduce risk for designers, contractors, and building owners / operators.  It can offer support in maintaining compliance, supporting the requirement for a ‘golden thread’ of information whilst saving time on site and significant costs for contractors and clients.

Ultimately the long-term benefits will be in ensuring that fire risk assessments remain ‘suitable and sufficient and greater assurance of the life safety and property protection provisions in the event of a fire. 

  • understanding the importance of compartmentation in ensuring life safety and property protection whilst recognising the common faults and failures most often identified during risk assessments and compartmentation surveys.
  • recognising what fire stopping in a building is and how this should be managed.
  • recognising the importance and identification of accredited contractors
  • identifying areas where common issues can occur during design, build and renovation activities in communication between and, responsibilities of the various parties involved. 
  • to understand how BIM can be used to check fire stopping is compliant for all service and other penetrations in a building and support provision of the ‘golden thread’ of information.
  • building owners
  • responsible person
  • facilities managers
  • building safety manager
  • fire risk assessors and consultants
  • fire safety managers
  • construction managers
  • fire engineers


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