Paul O’Hare

Branch Manager / Project Director

Since graduating with a Masters of fire engineering (2006), Paul worked as a research associate with the University of Ulster on a program to develop innovative techniques and technology to minimize the influence of concrete spalling under fire conditions to existing tunnel structures. This included the implementation of large scale fire tests for experimental data analysis, networking and working closely with industrial partners in executing data and participating in major research funding programs within Europe.

Paul has also previously worked as a lead fire design and forensic consultant in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. His role involved building fire design services in relation to the applicable building code and fire code based on legal prerequisites. Providing forensic engineering services for building owners, tenants, lawyers and insurers to determine the probable fire origin, and likely causation and fire spread mechanisms. Responsibilities of fire investigation included the examination and documentation of fire scenes, coordinating with testing laboratories, liaison with relevant authorities (private and public) and the preparation of reports that may be used in civil or criminal litigation.

Paul is the Wellington Branch Manager, however also has a role as a Senior Fire Engineer consultant with over 9 years of experience in the NZ industry. His experience has involved local and national based projects, working in all sectors, serving building facilities, property portfolios and industrial installations. Paul’s key projects range from commercial refurbishments to healthcare, shopping complexes, industrial and high rise residential developments; applying either Building Code Technical Guidance (C/AS1-7), Verification Method designs (C/VM2) or Specific Fire Engineering Design based upon sound fire engineering principles/computational analysis and international best practice.

Starting with a clean piece of paper for each design, Paul’s approach is to ultimately meet both the clients and architects needs and expectations in key operational performance, whilst still meeting statutory compliance requirements. Having experience in the New Zealand, Australasian, North American, UK and Irish fire safety design markets, he is able to bring International best practice to the all projects that he is involved with.

Paul is a Chartered Professional Engineer (CPEng) and a Member of the Institution of Professional Engineers New Zealand (IPENZ), and a Member of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE)