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Learning From the Ocado Fire

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Messyshaw

I am intrigued by the Ocado Andover fire insofar as the award winning fire sprinkler system apparently did not achieve its aim at containing fire spread.

Of course, care needs to be taken in any replies to this thread, and I suggest any guesswork related to the actual fire and its causes or any problems should not be discussed at this time. What I would like to know is if anyone here knows anything about the fire safety strategy or any details of the fire suppression system in use.

I have been involved in a project to protect a much smaller robotic distribution & storage facility that deals with highly valuable stock, and am anxious to learn as much about the fire safety infrastructure at this Ocado site as possible

So if you are aware of any details of this premises and its fire safety management, or have found anything on line, I would be obliged if you would share it

Thanks

 

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Becile

Messy,

Having attended the incident, I'm guessing that this will be quite a detailed fire safety report on the reasons why or why not the system behaved in this scenario.

I guess this will shape future requirements.

There was lots of bods in fire engineering tabards there during my attendance.

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Messyshaw

@Becile I bet the fire safety engineer geeks were all sitting in their Prius's around the corner tapping on their laptops and checking their calculations!!

Of course I wouldn't want or ask you to comment, but I am particularly interested to discover whether the story is true that the fire originated in a robot and if it was in the charging dock at the time? The robots in my project are on a track and pick their power supply from the same track, thereby reducing the battery ignition risk

I am also intrigued as to how any of the staff were supposed to access a robot that is alight with an extinguisher if its in the middle of the grid. Maybe the strategy was for the sprinklers to to deal with any such fire, but the fire would have to be fairly well developed before a sprinkler would operate. I will wait patiently for news

Could I ask you a favour though? If moving forward, you become aware of any open source publications, talks or media in relation to this fire, could you let me know please. Thanks

 

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Becile

@MessyshawWilco,if I hear anything open source, I'll direct you towards

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