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FM Global is a Johnston, Rhode Island-based mutual insurance company, with offices worldwide, that specializes in loss prevention services primarily to large corporations throughout the world in the Highly Protected Risk property insurance market sector. "FM Global" is the communicative name of the company, whereas the legal name is "Factory Mutual Insurance Company". FM Global has been named the "Best Property Insurer in the World” by Euromoney Magazine The company employs a non-traditional business model whereby risk and premiums are determined by engineering analysis as opposed to historically based actuarial calculations. This business approach is centered on the belief that property losses can be prevented or mitigated. FM Global engineering personnel regularly visit insured locations to evaluate hazards and recommend improvements to their property or work practices to reduce physical and financial risks if a loss occurs. Wikipedia.


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JOHNSTON, RI--(Marketwired - May 16, 2017) -  FM Global, one of the world's largest commercial property insurers, has risen 163 places to #112 among "America's Best Employers" for 2017 by Forbes magazine -- one of the largest moves in this year's list. The company is also the #2 highest-ranked insurance company on the list, and #1 in Rhode Island for having "the most satisfied employees." To compile what Forbes describes as "the definitive list of the best employers in America," it worked with research firm Statista, which surveyed 30,000 American workers for their opinions of their employers. On a scale of one to 10, Statista asked how likely they were to recommend their organization to friends or family. Employees also were asked to recommend other companies outside of their own. The resulting list includes 500 employers across 25 industries. "Clearly our employees believe FM Global is a great place to work. Whether they are just beginning their careers with us or are experienced professionals, they receive competitive compensation, a comprehensive benefits package, and learning and development opportunities to support them in building a rewarding career," said Thomas A. Lawson, FM Global's president and chief executive officer. "As a mutual insurance company, such employee dedication ultimately makes FM Global the acknowledged leader in providing property loss prevention engineering services and insurance to our client-owners, who represent one of every three Fortune 1000 companies." About FM Global Established nearly two centuries ago, FM Global's capital, scientific research capability and engineering expertise are solely dedicated to property risk management and the resilience of its client-owners. These owners, who share the belief that the majority of property loss is preventable, represent many of the world's largest organizations. They work with FM Global to better understand the hazards that can impact their business continuity in order to make cost-effective risk management decisions, combining property loss prevention with insurance protection.


TORONTO, ONTARIO--(Marketwired - July 7, 2017) - Smart Real Estate Investment Trust (TSX:SRU.UN) and Mitchell Goldhar announced today that they have signed a 13 year (plus two 5 year extensions) lease transaction with FM Global in the KPMG Tower at SmartCentres Place in Vaughan. FM Global is one of the world's largest commercial and industrial property insurers. The 360,000 square foot KMPG Tower is connected underground to the new subway station which provides a direct subway connection to downtown Toronto. The subway is scheduled to be operational in December 2017. FM Global will occupy approximately 48,000 square feet and is expected to open in the first quarter of 2018. Construction on the PwC - YMCA Tower is underway while construction on the Transit City Condos, the first residential component, will begin later in 2017. "We are pleased to have FM Global join KPMG, Miller Thomson, Harley Davidson, GFL, TD Bank, BMO Wealth Management, PwC, the YMCA, and Vaughan Libraries at SmartCentres Place," said Mitchell Goldhar, Chairman of the Board of SmartREIT. "With expansive open spaces, proximity to transit and civic facilities, SmartCentres Place is planned as a people-first, pedestrian urban city centre," added Mr. Goldhar. Established nearly 200 years ago, FM Global is a mutual insurance company whose capital, scientific research capability and engineering expertise are solely dedicated to property risk management and the resilience of its client-owners. These owners, who share the belief that the majority of property loss is preventable, represent many of the world's largest organizations, including one of every three Fortune 1000 companies. They work with FM Global to better understand the hazards that can impact their business continuity in order to make cost-effective risk management decisions, combining property loss prevention with insurance protection. For more information on FM Global, visit www.fmglobal.com. SmartCentres Place is a 100-acre, 17 million square foot master planned city centre development, to be connected to downtown Toronto by subway, as part of the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre ("VMC"). VMC, at Highway 400 and Highway 7, is a planning area envisioning 40 million square feet of density around the confluence of various mass transit, including the TTC University subway line's expansion, the new VIVA rapidway and York Regional Transit central bus station. Together these will form the critical elements of the transportation infrastructure serving this budding new centre of commerce, culture, recreation, open spaces and urban life. VMC is unique in that it is centrally located, serviced by the aforementioned subway and bus transit infrastructure and by Highways 400, 407, and 7. It is also unique in that it is currently surrounded substantially by green field, enabling a planned area embodying all the urban characteristics and amenities that modern city visionaries strive for, but generally have difficulty achieving because of physical, legal and ownership constraints. SmartCentres Place at VMC is distinctly positioned to expeditiously accomplish a European style urban centre. SmartCentres Place in the VMC, which contains the completed KPMG Tower and the 220,000 square foot PWC - YMCA Tower presently under construction, includes 53 acres of land around the new subway station in a 50/50 joint venture between SmartREIT and Mr. Goldhar. The joint venture plans to develop approximately 8.0 million to 10.0 million square feet of commercial, residential and retail space on its land as part of a 100-acre master planned development, with the remainder of the land owned by Mr. Goldhar in partnership with others. SmartREIT is one of Canada's largest real estate investment trusts with total assets of approximately $8.9 billion. It owns and manages 32 million square feet in value-oriented, principally Walmart-anchored retail centres, having the strongest national and regional retailers as well as strong neighbourhood merchants. In addition, SmartREIT is a joint-venture partner in the Premium Outlets locations in Toronto and Montreal with Simon Property Group. SmartREIT is now expanding the breadth of its portfolio to include residential (condominium and rental), office, and self-storage, either on its large urban properties such as the Vaughan Metropolitan Centre or as an adjunct to its existing shopping centres. SmartREIT's core vision is to provide a value-oriented shopping experience in all forms to Canadian consumers and to create high quality mixed use developments in urban settings. With SmartREIT's 2015 acquisition of SmartCentres, SmartREIT has transformed into a fully integrated real estate provider. SmartREIT and SmartCentres have had a long and successful alliance, helping to provide Canadians with value-focused retail shopping centres across the country. Now, the alliance has grown even stronger, the result is a fully integrated real estate provider with expertise in planning, development, leasing, operations and construction - all under one roof. For more information on SmartREIT, visit www.smartreit.com. Mitchell Goldhar is Chairman of the Board of SmartREIT and its largest unitholder. Mr. Goldhar, founder of SmartCentres has developed 56 million square feet in 265 shopping centres in all provinces across Canada. In addition, Penguin Properties Inc., Mr. Goldhar's private company is at various stages of development of many properties across the country, including his interest in the VMC 100-acre master planned development and as a partner with Walmart in 14 development properties. Mr. Goldhar has also developed an emerging network of Penguin Pick-Up locations offering free, convenient pick-up locations for online purchases, and Penguin Fresh, an on-line food marketplace. Penguin Pick-up now has 68 locations. Certain statements in this Press Release are "forward-looking statements" that reflect SmartREIT's expectations regarding future growth and business prospects. More specifically, certain statements in this Press Release including statements related to the development of the VMC and statements that contain words such as "expect", "will", and similar expressions and statements relating to matters that are not historical facts and constitute "forward-looking statements". Such forward looking statements reflect SmartREIT's current beliefs and are based on information currently available to SmartREIT. However, such forward-looking statements involve risks and uncertainties and a number of factors could cause actual results to differ materially from the results discussed in the forward-looking statements. Although the forward-looking statements contained in this Press Release are based on what SmartREIT believes to be reasonable assumptions, SmartREIT cannot assure investors that actual results will be consistent with these forward-looking statements. The forward-looking statements contained herein are expressly qualified in their entirety by this cautionary statement. These forward-looking statements are made as at the date of this Press Release and SmartREIT assumes no obligation to update or revise them to reflect new events or circumstances unless otherwise required by applicable securities legislation.


Xin Y.,Factory Mutual Research Corporation
Fire Safety Journal | Year: 2014

Quantification of heat release rate is crucial to many fire research works. Under certain conditions, such as very large fires and fire tests with sprinklers, measurements of fire heat release rate can be a challenging problem. This study attempted to develop a methodology of estimating chemical heat release rate using flame volume. This method is based on the theory that heat release rate per unit flame volume is relatively invariant, as long as the combustion is controlled by diffusion in buoyant fires under well-ventilated conditions. Test data were examined from a variety of fire experimental conditions to evaluate the proposed method. The results demonstrate that the flame-volume based method can provide reasonable estimation of heat release rate compared to oxygen-consumption based method. © 2013 Elsevier Ltd.


Dorofeev S.B.,Factory Mutual Research Corporation
Proceedings of the Combustion Institute | Year: 2016

Extinction in a turbulent non-premixed flame can lead to a local state or eddy where the fuel, oxidizer and combustion products are mixed together. The process of quenching and re-ignition of these eddies in turbulent non-premixed flames is analyzed. The corresponding critical conditions are first related to the eddy Damköhler number, and then, through the spectrum of the mixed eddy sizes, to the turbulent Karlovitz number of the flow and the properties of the stoichiometric pre-mixture in the eddy. It is shown that the mixed eddies at the reaction length scale are the most reactive, and there is a continuous range of reaction completeness between the overall quenching and re-ignition. Based on the spectrum of eddy sizes in the flow, a local volume fraction of reactive eddies is defined that can be used as a factor in the expression of the reaction rate in turbulent non-premixed combustion models. Representative chemical kinetic properties necessary to implement this approach in fire modeling are introduced. The model predictions are compared with test data on quenching by dilution, blow-off extinction limit, and extinction strain rate as a function of diluent type and concentration. © 2016 The Combustion Institute.


Yu H.-Z.,Factory Mutual Research Corporation
Fire Safety Journal | Year: 2012

Based on the Froude modeling concept, Heskestad proposed a set of scaling relationships for the sprayplume interaction for high droplet Reynolds number conditions (10≤Re d≤500). The droplet Reynolds number is defined as the ratio of the product of droplet diameter and the absolute value of the droplet velocity relative to the gas velocity over the gas kinematic viscosity. The aforementioned scaling relationships have been used widely for scale-modeling of water-based fire protection under conditions within or beyond 10≤Re d≤500. Recently, it was shown that the same scaling relationships can be extended to low droplet Reynolds number conditions of Re d≤1 except that the droplet size is scaled with the 1/4-power of the scale ratio, instead of the 1/2-power for 10≤Re d≤500. The conditions of 10≤Re d≤500 in general prevail in sprinkler applications and the conditions of Re d≤1 usually take place in water mist applications. With the above difference in mind, the Froude modeling is revisited in this paper to establish a set of general scaling relationships not limited to specific droplet-Reynolds-number regimes. The derived general relationships not only reproduce those for Re d≤1 and 10≤Re d≤500, but also reaffirm the previous finding that the scaling relationships are independent of the scale ratio except for the droplet size, whose scaling requirement varies with the range of Re d values in which the scale-modeling is performed. The published experimental results to date show that the Froude-modeling-based scaling relationships for sprayplume interaction are a viable tool for scale-modeling of the fire suppression or extinguishment by water sprays. © 2011 Elsevier Ltd. All rights reserved.


Zhou X.,Factory Mutual Research Corporation
Proceedings of the Combustion Institute | Year: 2015

One important aspect of the complex sprinkler protection process is the interaction between the water spray and the fire plume. In order to provide suitable data for the development and validation of a LES-based fire protection models, such as FireFOAM, a series of small-scale experiments were conducted to examine the interaction of hot air plumes and water sprays through combined gas-liquid velocity and droplet size measurements. Laser-based particle image velocimetry (PIV) was used to acquire the spatially-resolved velocity data; and a shadow imaging system (SIS) was used to measure the water droplet size and volume flux. Hot air plumes with three convective heat release rates (1.6, 2.1 and 2.6 kW) were selected to interact with a water spray at a discharge rate of 0.084 Lpm. The velocity field of the hot air plume and ceiling flow with/without water spray, the droplet size and volume flux of water spray with/without hot air plume were measured. The interaction between the hot air plume and water spray was characterized by the location of the interaction boundary with the momentum ratio of the hot air to that of the spray. The results showed that that the momentum ratio and the evaporation effect due to hot air on the water droplets played a significant role to change the interaction structure and the ceiling layer pattern. © 2014 The Combustion Institute. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


Wang Y.,Factory Mutual Research Corporation | Chatterjee P.,Factory Mutual Research Corporation | De Ris J.L.,Factory Mutual Research Corporation
Proceedings of the Combustion Institute | Year: 2011

FireFOAM, a new fire modeling code based on the OpenFOAM platform (www.openfoam.org), is developed and applied to model a series of purely buoyant fire plumes with heat release rates from 14 to 58 kW. The calculations are compared with McCaffrey's (1979) experiments. The simulation results demonstrate good quantitative agreement with experimental measurements, and show the scaling relations of mean temperature and velocity in the continuous flame, intermittent and plume regions. The numerical simulations are shown to be strictly conservative in energy. Predicted flame heights and entrainment rates also compare well with experimental correlations. The good agreements in all aspects examined show that the current CFD model performs well for small-scale fire plumes. Turbulent fluctuation intensities and PDF of mixture fraction are presented to gain more insights into the structure of fire plumes. © 2010 The Combustion Institute. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


Dorofeev S.B.,Factory Mutual Research Corporation
Proceedings of the Combustion Institute | Year: 2011

Accidental explosions of flammable gases and reactive gas mixtures remain a significant concern in process industries. The present paper reviews the basic mechanism of Flame Acceleration (FA), the results of recent studies on FA, and their application to explosion safety. A short overview of the physical phenomena involved in FA is followed by the description of FA and flame propagation regimes in smooth tubes, obstructed channels, unconfined and semi-confined mixtures with or without congestion. A framework is summarized that may be used to evaluate the potential for FA and the onset of detonation. Advances made over recent years in the understanding of FA are discussed. These advances include: new theoretical models that address various aspects of the phenomena involved in FA, high resolution numerical simulations and new detailed experimental studies. A combination of the results of these studies is shown to allow for a significant improvement of our ability to address practical problems. Areas where additional research is required to improve reliability of predictions of FA for industrial safety applications are also discussed. © 2010 The Combustion Institute. Published by Elsevier Inc. All rights reserved.


Patent
Factory Mutual Research Corporation | Date: 2011-05-25

A combined plug and sealing ring for a sprinkler nozzle includes a nozzle plug having a substantially cylindrical portion adapted to engage within a nozzle orifice of a sprinkler nozzle, and a cap overlaying the substantially cylindrical portion. A sealing ring is adapted to seat onto a threaded pipe fitting portion of the sprinkler nozzle. A leash interconnects the nozzle plug and the sealing ring. A combined plug and sealing ring in combination with a sprinkler nozzle, and a method of installing a sprinkler nozzle in a highly corrosive or extremely corrosive environment are also disclosed.


Patent
Factory Mutual Research Corporation | Date: 2011-05-25

A combined plug and sealing ring for a sprinkler nozzle includes a nozzle plug having a substantially cylindrical portion adapted to engage within a nozzle orifice of a sprinkler nozzle, and a cap overlaying the substantially cylindrical portion. A sealing ring is adapted to seat onto a threaded pipe fitting portion of the sprinkler nozzle. A leash interconnects the nozzle plug and the sealing ring. A combined plug and sealing ring in combination with a sprinkler nozzle, and a method of installing a sprinkler nozzle in a highly corrosive or extremely corrosive environment are also disclosed.

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