American Institute of Steel Construction, Inc./
Facts for Steel Buildings—Fire
Throughout his illustrious career,Dick authored numer-ous technical papers and gave many presentations. As befit-ting someone of his stature,he was an active member of many professional organizations,societies,and committees,including the AISC Fire Safety Engineering Committee,National Fire Protection Association (NFPA),ASTM E5,Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE),and ACI.Dick was liked and respected for his vast knowledge andexperience in fire protection engineering. His many life-long contributions to the profession and practice of fire pro-tection engineering are hereby acknowledged with greatappreciation. His life's work provides a significant basis forthe future work to be continued by his many colleagues.A renowned fire protection engineer and building codeexpert,Richard G. Gewain died on February 13,2003 aftercomplications from heart surgery. This document was oneof the last engineering projects that Dick was working onprior to his death,and it is dedicated to his memory.Since 1986,Dick was a Senior Engineer with the con-sulting firm of Hughes Associates,Inc. in Baltimore,MD.He specialized in developing and reviewing active and pas-sive fire protection systems,as well as performance-basedengineering to predict realistic fire exposures and the fireresistance criteria. His consulting work encompasseddesign work in a multitude of fire exposure applications andassessments of fire-damaged buildings. More recently,Dick was also a member of the FEMA/ASCE-SEI World TradeCenter Building Performance Study Team.From 1965-1986,Dick was the Chief Fire ProtectionEngineer for the American Iron and Steel Institute (AISI) inWashington,DC. During those years,he directed a multi-million dollar industry research program,developed andpublished design aids and computer software,and pub-lished engineering procedures for the fire design of steelbuildings. His leadership role in advancing steel fire designfor the good of the general public and industry is wellknown.
In memory ofRichard G.Gewain1929–2003