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FM Global Advances Fire Protection, Receives 'Risk Innovator' Award

London, UK—Commercial property insurer FM Global has been recognised for valuable advances in fire suppression by Risk & Insurance magazine, which recently named Dr. Sergey Dorofeev, the company's fire hazard and protection research area director, a 2013 Risk Innovator.

The award, given annually, recognises innovators who have demonstrated creativity and excellence in risk management. According to the selection criteria, honorees "see risk differently and have resolved risk-related problems in a unique or innovative way."

Dorofeev was recognised for leading the FM Global research team that developed a computational fluid dynamics (CFD) computer model for fire growth and suppression—one that will enable FM Global to more efficiently and cost-effectively help its clients protect their property.

"We want our clients, who are our owners, to have fire protection at the right cost to them," said Dorofeev. "The use of CFD technology along with real-world tests helps to provide reliable solutions that minimise expenses, operational downtime, supply chain interruption and loss."

Advantages of CFD computer modeling include the ability to more efficiently develop new solutions, assess customised fire suppression systems for specific facilities, as well as address hazards and scenarios that are difficult to test.

“Ultimately, I think the model developed by Sergey’s team will lead to better standards for risk managers and for the entire industry,” said Dr. Louis Gritzo, FM Global’s vice president of research.

In past years, Risk & Insurance has also recognised the following individuals from FM Global as Risk Innovators:

Dennis Anderson, vice president, manager of engineering application training, for the development of the SimZone, a training centre where the company’s engineers and clients can study risk firsthand.

Wes Baker, senior engineering technical specialist, for reinventing the way automatic sprinkler systems are designed and installed in warehouses.

Karen A. Freedman, vice president, manager of enterprise learning, for major advances in client online training.

Dr. Archibald Tewarson, senior research specialist (Ret.), for research resulting in specialised plastics that don’t propagate fire or smoke.

About FM Global

For nearly two centuries, many of the world's largest organisations have turned to FM Global ( to develop cost-effective property insurance and engineering solutions to protect their business operations from fire, natural disasters and other types of property risk. With clients in more than 130 countries, FM Global has been named "Best Property Insurer in the World" by Euromoney magazine, "Best Global Property Insurer" by Global Finance magazine and received the prestigious Queen's Award for Enterprise. In the United Kingdom, FM Global is the communicative name for FM Insurance Company Limited, which celebrates its 50th anniversary of international operation in 2013.