Dr. Michael Spearpoint, BSc (Hons) MSc PhD CEng MIFireE PMSFPE.
Mike is a Chartered Engineer and currently leads OFR’s research activities. He is involved in a wide range of fire science and engineering research topics both for private clients and in the public domain.
Mike joined BRE after graduating from the University of Nottingham with a degree in physics were he carried out research and consultancy into the performance of active fire protection systems including an experimental programme to investigate using detector controlled sprinkler and spray systems for enhanced life safety in buildings, the benefits of domestic smoke alarms by assessing the siting of such devices in dwellings, examining the performance of various types backup energy sources used in mains powered devices, looking at the costs and benefits of installing such devices in the UK and comparing the performance of smoke alarms complying with UK and US standards. Other projects outside of the active and passive protection domain included investigating integrated data sharing techniques for fire simulation software through the IFC building product model, use of computer fire models for the reconstruction of fire incidents, experimental studies for the Channel Tunnel Safety Authority to measure the severity of fires in cars and the European Space Agency on the behaviour of fires in micro gravity.