Benjamin Nicoletta, a NSERC USRA in Civil Engineering won a Best Paper Award at the IFireSS International Fire Safety Symposium held in Naples, Italy from June 7-9, 2017 for his paper entitled “Performance of GFRP Stay-in-place Form Work for Bridge Decks after Real and Simulated Fire Damage”.  Ben’s research, in collaboration with researchers from Queen’s University and the University of Waterloo, was a preliminary study into the fire performance of pultruded glass fibre reinforced polymer (GFRP) form work, an innovative construction technique being utilized in bridge projects around the world. Fire testing was performed at University of Waterloo. For this project, Ben was co-supervised by Dr. John Gales, PhD student Joshua Woods and Dr. Amir Fam. This summer Ben is interning at Entuitive in Toronto, with Matt Smith, as part of a collaboration between consultancy and academia with aims of improving resilient fire design of structures.

Ben Nicoletta (left) and Professor John Gales

Ben’s beam tests under real fire conditions