Thursday, February 26, 2009

Interview with Domingos Viegas

Irakli West lives near Munich, Germany and runs the web site FWnetz, an online magazine and training resource for firefighters. He told us about an interview he conducted with Domingos Viegas who is known world-wide for his work on "eruptive fire behavior" and is a former member of the International Association of Wildland Fire's Board of Directors. Domingos has given presentations at conferences in the United States on the topic of fire behavior and has his own faculty and lab in Coimbra, Portugal.

The interview below was recorded in Makarska, Croatia in December, 2008 where Domingos gave a presentation about the loss of 12 firefighters in 2007.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Dr. Viegas' research on "eruptive fire behavior" is something numerous students and lead faculty have been following, discussing, and researching.

It uses a mathematical formula to help quantify what is sometimes called "exponential growth" or unexplained "fire momentum" that isn't accounted for in other legacy fire behavior models.

Various researchers in the US and abroad have utilized Dr. Viegas' model in retro studies of past tragedy fires. Also, in one case, the model has been used in a predictive application as a student capstone project.

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