Victoria University has significant expertise in researching issues of importance and working with a range of government and industry groups across several key areas.
The University supports a number of designated Research Centres that undertake focussed research activities and have achieved significant external support from industry and Government.
The Centre for Environmental Safety and Risk Engineering (CESARE) was established as the inaugural University Centre to provide national and international leadership for the conduct of advanced multi-disciplinary studies. These will lead to the implementation of rational, cost-effective designs and operational procedures for hazard facilities in the built environment; thereby providing acceptable levels of risk for the community, property and the environment exposed to such hazards.
The Centre's infrastructure includes an Experimental Building-Fire Facility which is used to conduct real fire experiments in realistic prototype buildings. Extensive instrumentation is used to record the growth and spread of fires and the effects of fire in the Facility. The results from these experiments are used to develop and validate advanced computer models for predicting fire growth and spread in buildings; the response of building subsystems to fire, and human behaviour during fire emergencies.
The Facility is located at the Country Fire Authority Training Wing at Fiskville, 90 km west of Melbourne.
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