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Suppression, Detection and Signaling Research and Applications Symposium (SUPDET)

Since 1997, the Research Foundation has organized SUPDET®, an annual symposium which brings together leading experts in the field of fire protection engineering for the purpose of sharing recent research and development on techniques used for fire suppression, detection, and signaling. These events are generally attended by a variety of fire protection professionals, such as engineers, researchers, insurers, designers, manufacturers, installers, and AHJs. 

September 11-14, 2018
Cary, North Carolina

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Unfortunately, it looks as though the weather will not cooperate with SUPDET this year. Based on the current predictions, Hurricane Florence is likely to have a high impact on the area later this week. Due to this, we are cancelling part of the SUPDET program. Since the early part of the week looks ok, we will be holding the Detection portion of the program on Tuesday, September 11-to Wednesday, September 12, ending at 11:30 am on September 12. 

The workshop planned for the afternoon of Wednesday, September 12 and the Suppression portion of the program scheduled for Thursday, September 13 and the morning of Friday, September 14 is cancelled. 

We know that the speakers have put in a lot of effort to develop their presentations and papers, so we are currently looking into options for possible webinars to cover both the workshop and suppression presentations. We will follow up on this as well as on refund options as soon as the details are worked out.

The hotel is not charging a penalty for early check-out; we ask that you notify the hotel as soon as possible with any change of plans.

We appreciate your support of SUPDET.

SUPDET 2018 ESS Design Challenge Workshop

The objective of this workshop is to review preliminary design concepts which illustrate innovative approaches to fire protection of a case study ESS installation within a high-rise building to meet the general design objective of minimizing loss and preventing re-ignition hazards. Concepts which illustrate unique design approaches are encouraged.  


A limited number of guest rooms will be available at the Embassy Suites Raleigh-Durham-Research Triangle East at a group rate of $159 + tax for the evenings of Sept. 10-14.  Make your reservation online, or call +1 919 677-1840 and ask for reservations and the SUPDET 2018 room block. 

Registration options
  • Detection program (Sept. 11-12) - $495
  • Suppression program (Sept. 13-14) - $495
  • Detection and Suppression programs (Sept. 11-14) - $725
Student registration
  • Detection program (Sept. 11-12) - $150
  • Suppression program (Sept. 13-14) - $150
  • Detection and Suppression programs (Sept. 11-14) - $295


Register now


 Cancellations: After August 28 cancellations will not be refunded.


Proceedings from past SUPDET Symposia 

2017 | 2016 | 2015 | 2014 | 2013 | 2012 | 2011 | 2010 | 2009 | 2008 | 2007 | 2006

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