Dr Barbara Lane
Leader Technology UK Group
I am a Chartered Fire Engineer, and UK leader for the Applied Innovation and Technology Group at Arup – a highly specialised team of practitioners in the fields of fire safety engineering, lighting design, building performance + systems, acoustics, theatre consulting, accessible design, and virtual reality & visualisation.
The Group operates throughout Arup's offices in the UK and provides innovative services to clients in a variety of sectors, globally. Our core approach is the application of cutting edge research and advanced technologies, to enable a myriad of project types in the built environment.
My technical expertise and experience lends itself to the consideration of tall buildings, transportation hubs, commercial and residential developments, healthcare premises and extraordinary structures. I have specific construction dispute resolution experience, providing expert advice regarding the behaviour of construction materials and construction systems in fire, as well as Regulatory compliance requirements throughout design, construction and during building occupation.
I have a particular interest in applied research for improving standards and skills in the fire safety profession. Current topics include digital technologies, tall timber in fire, and fire safe facades.
Finally, my team and I are particularly proud of a new dimension in our work in the Total Fire Safety domain – learning of the critical fire safety problems in Informal Settlements, and tackling practical means of improvement. This is part of the team’s commitment to shaping a safer world.