GexCon introduces FLACS-Fire, a new software package for fire risk modelling tailor-made for the oil and gas, processing, and industrial segments. GexCon is a world leader in sophisticated and user-friendly dispersion, explosion and fire modelling software. The new software, FLACS-Fire combines optimal usability with an excellent ability to generate detailed models of jet fires and pool fires.
A globally recognised authority in its field, GexCon has over 35 years of experience in developing safety and risk management software. GexCon’s FLACS solution, which was first released in 1986, is the industry standard in 3D computational fluid dynamics (CFD) gas dispersion and explosion modelling software; the latest solution FLACS-Fire completes its hazard modelling capability.
GexCon Vice President Products, Djurre Siccama explains that fire modelling has been the missing link in the software for their users, particularly in the offshore oil and gas segment, where high momentum jet fires and pool fires are major hazards.
The new FLACS-Fire can either be used as an add-on to FLACS or as a standalone product, offering a single modelling platform for enhanced understanding, efficiency, and safety.
In development for the past eight years, FLACS-Fire shares the same simple interface and advanced modelling characteristics as FLACS, enabling quick understanding by users, increased workflow efficiencies and fast, accurate results.
According to Siccama, the FLACS-Fire solution includes all the advantages of FLACS in a full 3D, CFD fire-specific package, leading to greater efficiencies, detailed modelling and tangible savings for client companies, and representing a truly unique investment.
The extensively validated Windows and Linux-supported package models a wide range of scenarios, including, but not limited to, jet fires in cross winds, flash fires, over ventilated compartment fires, and large-scale field experiments. Typical application areas include escape route impairment, vessel heat-up modelling, offshore and onshore installations, and factory building fires.
Describing the FLACS-Fire solution as a milestone for GexCon, CEO Sturle Pedersen says the company now has a fully comprehensive explosion, gas dispersion and fire modelling proposition, built on decades of expertise.
Alongside its software proposition, GexCon also offers consultancy services and provides dust and gas explosion testing, as well as qualitative explosion safety assessments. The firm’s software and services have been used to assess a wide range of incidents, including Piper Alpha, Deep Water Horizon, TWA 800, the P-36 platform, Buncefield, and the Texas City Refinery explosion in 2005.
GexCon is owned by Christian Michelsen Research and is headquartered in Bergen, with additional offices in the United States, United Kingdom, Australia, UAE, Indonesia and Italy.