mr Ian P. Moore

Pitt & Sherry

PO Box 259
Level 3 147 Eastern Road
South Melbourne Victoria,

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Ian has had over 15 years experience as a forensic fire and risk specialist. Ian has extensive experience in fire cause and origin investigation, risk modelling and building construction.
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Graduate Diploma Engineering in Building Fire Safety and Risk Engineering, (First Class Honours), 1995
Bachelor Applied Science in Metallurgy, (First Class Honours), 1985
Senior Fire and Risk Consulatnt Pitt & Sherry
Senior Associate, Group Leader Arup Fire Southern Region, Technical Risk Leader, National Operations Leader Arup Risk and Security, Nov
Senior Fire Safety Engineer, Scientific Services Laboratory
Project Manager, Victoria University of Technology
Forensic Fire Investigator & Metallurgist, Forensic Services Australia
Forensic Fire Investigator & Metallurgist, SGS Forensic
Forensic Materials Scientist, Technisearch Limited
Senior Materials Engineer, CIGWELD Consumables Factory
Research Metallurgist, Comalco Research Centre
Fire Investigation Experience
Major fires investigated include:

Camberwell Markets (> $10 million)
Investigation of a major fire that destroyed the Camberwell Market. Investigation indicated that the fire initiated within storeroom of a butchers and then spread at high level to other areas. Ignition was due to an electrical fault in the wiring leading to a freezer
Hardchrome Engineering ($5 million)
Investigation of the fire indicated that the fire initiated due to a pre-existing fault within the thermostat to a deep fryer being used to heat industrial wax. Fire damage was limited to an office and laboratory area and vented through the roof of the warehouse building. The fire spread to a vapour deposition machine that resulted in the monetary loss.
Molins Collingwood ($5 million)
The cause of the fire was determined to be an undefined fault in a printing machine. Examination of the masonry wall and collapse of the structural steel elements aided in determining the area of fire origin.
MV Reefer Badger
Examination of a fire aboard a ship cargo holds containing frozen mutton carcasses. Investigation involved a literature search of fire tests on mutton carcasses as well as fire simulation tests involving cigarette ignition sources.
St Michaels Church, Albury
Examination of the fire scene indicated that the fire resulted from an undetermined fault within the electric organ. The area of fire origin was determined through an examination of the damage to the timber contents, plaster render, etc.
Robsons Farm Jeparit, Victoria ($300,000)
Investigation of a case of spontaneous combustion of hay stored in a barn. Investigation involved temperature measurements of hay bales unaffected by the fire and modelling of the critical bale size to result in spontaneous combustion.

Forensic Fire Modelling Experience
Projects involving the use of smoke spread models as evidence for presentation to court include:

- MT Tummies Restaurant, Victoria
- 120 Pacific Highway, North Sydney
- Adept Insurance Broker ats Deluxe Chemicals, Sydney
- Grange Mansion, Queensland
- Grace Brothers, 30 Charles, Beverly, South Australia
Bowlers Club NSW
Fire modelling and risk assessment of the probability of human intervention in the Bowlers Club fire that resulted in 12 people becoming trapped and requiring rescue by the fire brigade
Wavesea Pty Ltd ats. Johnson Matthey (Aust) Pty Ltd
Fire Modelling and assessment of likely fire damage resulting from a fire within a gold refinery. Following ignition of a fire due to a fault in a refining bath and failure of the security company to notify the brigade immediately a dispute arose between the refinery and security company as to the increased level of damage.
In particular the following issues have been addressed:
- The adequacy of the Plaintiffs fire protection system. Were the systems in compliance with relevant Australian Standards, building regulations, other guidelines? If not, was this a contributing factor to the development of the fire and its subsequent damage?
- Should the smoke detector have been connected to the fire indicator panel or otherwise connected to a dialler system, to the local fire brigade?
- Is it standard practice for commercial buildings to notify the fire brigade immediately upon activation of a smoke detector?
- The likely stage of the fire at the time it activated the smoke detector i.e. should it have operated within 10/30/60/90/120 seconds of the first presence of smoke in the area. How long after it activated did flames appear?
- The development of the fire following ignition
- The consequence (if any) of the alleged late notification to the fire brigade i.e. should the fire brigade arrived say 5 minutes earlier, could the fire have been extinguished and would the resultant damage have been any different?
- The fire fighting techniques and possible reasons why so much gold and other metals were lost as a result of the fire.
Rocklea Spinning Mill
Review of Fire statistics and reliability and effectiveness of sprinklers in extinguishing a fire after the fire brigade had turned the sprinkler system off prior to the fire being brought under control. Instructions were received to conduct an examination of the fire scene and supplied information with a view to providing an opinion on the following issues:
1. The competency of the decision by the fire officers to turn the sprinklers off and their actions on the night and early morning of the fire in general
2. The effect that the shutting off of the sprinklers had in causing the fire to spread or re-ignite
3. Whether the sprinklers had operated as expected on the night of the fire
4. Details of the sprinkler system (including whether the ceiling and roof cavity sprinklers are a part of the one system)
5. The maintenance and structure of the Rocklea Spinning Mills and how it contributed to the spread or re-ignition of the fire
6. Whether the Mills complied with the relevant building regulations and/or standards
7. How, why and where the fire started and spread or reignited throughout the Mills
8. Your estimate of the damage caused:
· At the time that the sprinklers were initially shut off
· Once the fire had run its full course
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