Why D+AC?

  • A broad range of services with plans tailored to your specific needs. 
  • In depth expertise to identify problems and develop optimal solutions during any stage of your project. 
  • Diversified experiences implementing industrial fire protection applications in the public and private sectors, as well in government, and the military.
  • Specailists in communicating at all levels of of engineering and management. 
  • Documented history of saving clients time and money.
  • Successfully demonstrated Forensic Engineering Analysis & Support for Legal & Insurance Clients.


What D+AC Offers

Analysis -  Independant analysis of fire protection needs for both existing and proposed projects/facilities and all related operations/processes, incorporating requirements of all applicable insurance companies and regulatory agencies. 

Code compliance reviews of structures, facilities and operations/processes. 

  • Building codes (Local, National & International)
  • National Fire Protection Association (NFPA)
  • European Fire Protection Association's Codes & Standards
  • Occupational Safety and Health Act (OSHA) 
  • Mine Safety and Health Administration (MSHA) 
Peer Review and Evaluation -

Independent peer reviews and evaluation of:

  • Fire Protection requirements for existing and proposed facilities, and related operations/processes 
  • Fire protection design concepts, engineering drawings and specifications prepared within the client's organization or by architects, engineers or fire protection contractors 
  • Construction-phase fire protection plans 
  • Peer review of design/build projects 
  • Existing or proposed fire protection system installations 
  • Problems with current fire protection systems 
  • Construction bids for fire protection systems and related components

Services Provided:

  • Feasibility studies 
  • Fire protection requirements and OSHA/MSHA compliance criteria for facilities, operations/processes 
  • Performance-type fire protection specifications with integration of fire protection requirements in all associated system specifications 
  • Operating instructions for fire protection systems 
  • Facility and construction-phase fire protection programs 
Design - 

Designs that integrate all associated engineering disciplines and state-of-the-art technology to produce the best fire protection systems solution:

  • Preliminary and conceptual design drawings for fire protection water supplies, pumping requirements/arrangements; underground main layout; sprinkler systems, special-agent extinguishing systems; detection and alarm systems; and Heating, Ventilation, and Air Conditioning System (HVAC) Fire/Smoke Damper layouts
  • Flow diagrams (above and below ground) for water supply, pumping and fire suppression systems 
  • Proper fire resistant rating requirements for all structures and related components--walls, doors, and structural members 
Estimates - Budget estimates for all fire protection systems and related components, including passive-type fire protection features
Representation -  
Professional liaison with fire protection insurance underwriters, building code         officials and other agencies "having jurisdiction." Also, representation during         fire protection system acceptance testing and commissioning.
Engineering - 
Services provided for the Legal and Insurance professions: 
  • Investigation and evaluation of fires and explosions 
  • Expert witness testimony 
D+AC's Fields of Expertise
  • Aerospace Facilities/Complexes 
  • Chemical Facilities
  • Education
  • General Manufacturing 
  • Government 
  • Hazardous Waste Facilities
  • Industrial Facilites
  • Material Handling/Storage Facilities
  • Medical Facilities 
  • Military 
  • Mining Operations (Coal, Metal & Non-Metal)
  • Nuclear Industry
  • Petroleum & Petrochemical Facilities 
  • Power (Fossil, Hydroelectric, Co-Generation, Nuclear and Solar) 
  • Waste-to-Energy Facilities 
How D+AC Has Saved Clients Money
  • A client faced an investment of $1.5 million to meet insurance company fire protection requirements on a facility. D+AC evaluated the project and determined the insurance requirements for the hazards involved were inappropriate. Our negotiations with the insurance company on behalf of the client resulted in improved fire protection and over $325,000 in project cost savings 
  • An aerospace client faced with launch facility damage after a catastrophic fire estimated the fire protection retrofit project would take 120 days, with launch delay losses of $1 million per day. D+AC's analysis, design/specifications, and direct interface with the fire protection contractor enabled the facility to be back in operation in only 30 days---90 days early 
  • A fossil fuel power plant client was considering an extremely expensive retrofitting design for a sprinkler system protecting their coal conveyor line. D+AC reviewed the design and found it to be inadequate. Our revised design saved the client approximately $800,000 while providing equivalent protection 
  • A gas plant client was designing a processing facility. D+AC evaluated the clients in-house staff's design and recommended a different fire protection approach--improving both protection and personnel safety, and saving the client approximately $200,000