Fire Marshal's Association
of Colorado

Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS) & PyroSim

  • August 04, 2020
  • September 01, 2020
  • 9 sessions
  • August 04, 2020, 09:00 11:00 (MDT)
  • August 06, 2020, 09:00 11:00 (MDT)
  • August 11, 2020, 09:00 11:00 (MDT)
  • August 13, 2020, 09:00 11:00 (MDT)
  • August 18, 2020, 09:00 11:00 (MDT)
  • August 20, 2020, 09:00 11:00 (MDT)
  • August 25, 2020, 09:00 11:00 (MDT)
  • August 27, 2020, 09:00 11:00 (MDT)
  • September 01, 2020, 09:00 11:00 (MDT)
  • Virtual Classroom


Registration is closed

You are invited to register for a 16-hour class on Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS) and PyroSim presented by Thunderhead Engineering. This class will be offered virtually using the Zoom platform.

The class will take place on Tuesdays and Thursdays 9am-11am MST starting Tuesday August 4, 2020 and ending Tuesday September 1, 2020. Each session will be recorded in case you miss part or all of a session.  A test will be given at the end of the session to received tested training hours.

You will need to download and install a version of PyroSim prior to the first day of class.  An email with instructions and a license key to access Pyrosim will be provided prior to class via email to all registrants. Once you receive that email, click HERE to download Pyrosim.


Contact Scott Plumer, Arvada Fire Protection District, with any questions:

Topics that will be covered over the duration of the course:

PyroSim Overview and Recent Updates

FDS Overview and Recent Updates

Geometry Creation, Editing and Organization Tools

FDS, CAD and IFC (BIM) Files, Import and Conversion to FDS Geometry

Assigning FDS Surfaces to Imported Materials

Using FDS V&V Input Files as Working Examples

Preview FDS Obstructions in PyroSim and Thickening Options

Copy/Move, Rotation and Mirror Tools, Flexible use of Slabs

Measuring Radiative Flux to Targets and Flux Contours

Required Settings in PyroSim for FED Calculations in Pathfinder

Fuel Gas Dispersion and Ignition from Heat Source

Understanding Time-Step Size and Wall Clock Time

FDS Controls with PyroSim Geometry

Checking for Leaks, Opening the Domain and Blocking Gas Cells

HVAC, Ambient Connections within the Domain and Louvered Vents

Gas Phase Reactions and Solid Phase Pyrolysis

Sprinkler Settings and Reduction of Simulation Time

Setting up WIND in the Domain, Blocking out Wind from Interior Volumes.

Parallel Processing Options and Cluster Configuration

3D Data Visualization and Best Practices

Configuring the Results UI and Timeline

Views, Tours and Automated Screen Capture

VR Mode and Camera Tours

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