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Fire Investigation Course by Dr George YU

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$980 – $1,220

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This course is qualified for 14 SDU points (Safety Officer - SISO) by WSHO, 3 CPD (Fire Safety Manager - FSM) by SCDF, and 12 PDU (PE)

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This course is conducted by UTC fire expert with extensive relevant experience who was engaged by government agencies (SCDF, ESG), MNCs and insurance companies for investigating a number of high profile fire accident cases, lecturing "Vehicle Fire Investigation" for LTA and testifying in court as fire expert witness. UTC expert had been featured in Straits Times and MediaCorp TV programs for fire investigation and accident investigation.

This course is qualified for 14 SDU points (Safety Officer - SISO) by WSHO, 3 CPD (Fire Safety Manager - FSM) by SCDF, and 12 PDU (Professional Engineer - PE) by Professional Engineers Board Singapore (PEB). This course was funded by Employment and Employability Institute (e2i) with training grants (S$240/pax) for last three years . UTC had conducted similar course had for LTA /SCDF (3 runs) and loss adjuster company. Insurance companies, MOT, Singapore police, fire investigators, safety officers, professional engineers etc. had attended this course.


Fires, of buildings, vehicles, products, materials or industrial facilities, are very serious threat to public safety, which often caused significant economic loss to the society and danger to human lives.

This course will provide introduction to fire science and present investigative techniques as well as laboratory methods for determining the origin(s) and causes of different types of fires. Case studies will demonstrate some actual investigations on typical fires to help attendants understanding investigation procedures. 


  • Understand fire chemistry and behavior. 
  • Know the possible ignition mechanism, burn patterns and fire spread.
  • Understand damage mechanisms by fires.
  • Understand the process and the application of fire scene investigations.
  • Learn the typical burning characteristics of fires.
  • Understand the types of laboratory techniques available to evaluate physical evidence recovered from fire scene.


1   Introduction to fire investigation

Impact of fire damages

General procedures of investigation

Effective investigation

2   Fundamentals of fire science

Fire triangle

Heat release due to fire

Fire kinetics

3    Fire properties of materials

Flammability limits

Flash point

Auto ignition

4  Ignition mechanisms

Electrical sparks and arcs

Mechanical sparks

Resistive heating

Hot surfaces

Thermal radiation

5    Fire dynamics/spread and pattern

Fire growth rate and flame propagation

Effect of fuel load and ventilation


Temperature versus time

Fire patterns

6       Fire scene processing and off-site evaluation

Information gathering

Scene documentation

Preservation of evidence for offsite fire investigations

Identifying and retaining important physical evidence

Evaluating impounded burnt vehicles (objects) off-site and collecting evidence 

7      Laboratory examination techniques

X-ray imaging

Infrared thermography

Visual and macroscopic examination

Cross sectional examination and Metallography

Scanning electron microscopy (SEM)

Energy dispersive X-ray spectrometry (EDX)

Fourier Transform Infrared Spectrometry (FTIR)

Gas chromatography-mass spectrometry (GC-MS)

8.    Vehicle associated ignition mechanisms and fire investigation

Electrical system

Fuel systems

Lubricant systems

Exhaust system

Brake system

Overheated bearings

9    Case studies

Brief investigation on different types of fire cases including building fire, vehicle fire, electric fire, PMD/battery fire etc.   


Dr George YU is Chartered Engineer (UK), Member of National Association of Fire Investigators (USA), API 510 Pressure Vessel Inspector with American Petroleum Institute (USA), Executive Committee Member of The Institute of Materials (East Asia) and Technical assessor/expert of Singapore Accreditation Council. Dr YU has more than 35 years of relevant industrial work and research experience. As lead author, he published a number of technical papers in referred international journals and conferences. As Principal Investigator, he successfully completed more than 1000 projects on fire investigation, failure analysis and accident investigation, including car fire and explosions, building cladding fire, Singapore flyer fire, transformer fire, hand-dryer fire, electricity substation fire and explosion, refrigerator fire, PMD fire, electric liquid dispenser fire, computer burning, fire and explosion in shopping centre, crane fire, automotive steering system failure, crane accident collapses, damages of amusements (track, roller coaster vehicle, flyer), major MRT accidents/interruptions (power supply system, track/rails, cables), aerospace engine damages and landing gear failures, lift rope breakage, lhovercraft accident, generator failures, marine/warship engine failures, extra-hydrogen release in huge battery of Submarine, heat exchanger burst, submarine power cable damage, microprocessor malfunction, large ship-lifting system cracking, failures in building and structures. As expert witness, Dr YU was engaged in a number of litigation/court cases, including State Committee of Inquiry (COI) on major MRT disruptions in 2011,  fatal accident of ACP fire@ Toh Guam Rd and fatal crane accident in National Arts Gallery. He correctly determined root cause(s) of massive MRT disruptions on 7 July 2015, and his views were published in Top News of Straits Times on 30 July 2015.


This course is ideal for professionals in insurance, loss adjusters, engineering, maintenance, QA, safety officers, fire safety manager of transportation and automotive, building & construction, manufacturing, oil & refinery, marine, aerospace, electrical etc.



1. How to register the course?

You can register through eventbrite website or alternatively

Please fill in the registration form (the form can be downloaded from the website, www.ut.sg/training-course-fire-investigation.html,  and send the filled form to enquiry@ut.sg, and make payment as follows.

Cheque/Bankdraft payment

Make payable to Universal Technology Centre LLP .

Mail to “Universal Technology Centre, 10 Anson Road, International Plaza #10-11, Singapore 079903.

Bank transfer

Account No: 020-901961-6, Universal Technology Centre LLP

Bank name: DBS Bank Ltd

12 Marina Boulevard, DBS Asia Central

Marina Bay Financial Centre Tower 3

Singapore 018982

2. If registered person(s) could not attend, can we replace with others?

Companies may replace participants who have signed up for the course, given one week notice before course commencement.

3. Can I get refund if the course is cancelled?

UTC reserves the right to change the dates or cancel any course, in light of unforeseen circumstances. Full refund is applicable in case of cancelation.

4. Can I withdraw the registration or I am not available?

If you withdraw the registration two months before the course commencement, full refund is given.

If your withdraw is made in 1-2 months before the course commencement, 50% refund will be applied.

If the withdraw is made less than 1 month before the course commencement, no refund will be provided. Replacement is acceptable, given one week notice before course commencement.

5. What are the terms and conditions for e2i subsidy?

Eligibility for e2i subsidy: Professionals, managers and executives of Singaporean or PR with at least 75% attendance. Participants who do not fulfill the above criteria are not eligible for e2i funding, and are required to pay the course fee in full.

6. What is PIC Grant?

When the course fee paid by companies, they can enjoy 400% tax deductions/allowances and/or 40% cash payout for investment in innovation and productivity improvements under the Productivity and Innovation Credit (PIC) scheme.

Find more at http://iras.gov.sg/irashome/PIcredit.aspx or email to picredit@iras.gov.sg

7. When the registration is closed?

The registration will be closed 10 days before the course commencement.

8. How can I contact the organiser with any questions?

You can email to enquiry@ut.sg or call/SMS to (65)81380509.



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Organiser of Fire Investigation Course by Dr George YU

Universal Technology Centre (UTC) is the forensic investigator and failure analyst appointed by Ministry of Manpower (MOM), SCDF, PUB and Enterprise Singapore (ex-SPRING) for investigating industrial accidents, fire related failures and product safety. UTC is a knowledge-based organisation, founded by a team of Chartered Engineers/ Professional engineers with multi-disciplines and accreditations as well as excellent proven track records. Our expert areas include:

  1. failure analysis and forensic accident investigation
  2. corrosion analysis/investigation and prevention
  3. fatigue and fracture assessment
  4. fire and explosion investigation
  5. Traffic accident reconstruction and investigation
  6. expert witness for technical litigation and insurance claims
  7. structural analysis and building design
  8. condition assessment, inspection & quality improvement
  9. continuing professional education/training

UTC is the approved training organiser of Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), Professional Engineers Board (Singapore) and Workplace Safety and Health Council (WHSC) and . After attending UTC's accredited courses, fire safety managers and professional engineers can be awarded CPD and professional development units (PDU) for fulfilling the renewal requirements of Singapore Civil Defence Force and Professional Engineers Board.

UTC’s technical competence, high quality reliable reports had been well recognised by many government agencies and societies including Ministry of Defence (Singapore), Republic of Singapore Air Force (RSAF), Defence Science and Technology Agency (DSTA), Singapore Civil Defence Force (SCDF), Ministry of Manpower (MOM), Hyundai Engineering and Construction, Public Utilities Board (PUB), Takenaka (Japan), The Straits Times, SMRT, Courts and China Taiping Insurance, Rajah & Tann etc.

Your benefits with our strength

-  Reliable results and solutions - UTC’s team consists of experts in multiple-disciplines with more than 30 years relevant experience.

-  Cost saving – UTC staff directly work with clients, which significantly reduces the costs incurred by heavy overheads and administration, especially in those large organization.

Short turnaround time - UTC's decision makers are technical experts, no unnecessary administrative interruptions are involved in the works. UTC’s staff have abundant relevant experience and solve issues fast.

UTC ensures our clients to receive reliable results and solutions in more efficient and cost effective approach, therefore the issues can be solved effectively. UTC’s report can stand up in any occasions including technical litigation in courts.

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