research and testing


Resilient companies employ the results from in-depth research and relentless testing.

Research and Testing

Understanding a World of Uncertainty

Put science on your side to become resilient in a world that isn’t short on surprises.

With FM Global, you recruit a team of scientists, engineers and technicians from 14 countries, holding 50 advanced degrees. You give your company access to research that can’t be replicated anywhere but the FM Global Research Campus. Within its state-of-the-art labs, scientists simulate hazards like five-alarm fires or category five hurricanes, so you’ll better understand their potential effects on your company’s facilities.

Since you need to look at property loss from every angle, we go outside the lab, too. A blend of theoretical, computational and experimental methods address tomorrow’s risk challenges. Our more than one hundred years of experience with businesses in nearly every sector allows us to ground theory in reality. And our collaborations with universities, organizations and industry groups allow us to give you unlimited expertise from which to draw.

Research and testing informs our risk management solutions and FM Global Property Loss Prevention Data Sheets, and it helps set the high standards used to certify products as FM APPROVED.

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Research Methods

No Place for Guesswork

Fire hazards and protection. Structures and natural hazards. Risk, reliability and failure prevention. Get ammunition for whatever comes your way with our rigorous scientific approach. Our researchers use theoretical, computational and experimental research methods to study not just what has happened, but what could happen. These methods have led to some of the most critical breakthroughs in loss prevention engineering.

Learn How We Conduct Research


Preventing Catastrophe Through Testing

Explosions. Fires. Floods. Earthquakes. It’s all in a day’s work at the FM Global Research Campus—the world’s premier center devoted to preventing physical threats from turning into catastrophes. Learn how our state-of-the-art laboratories put resilience to the test, and help you visualize risk in a safe and controlled environment.

Learn About the Research Campus


Wish you could witness our state-of-the-art scientific and engineering research firsthand? Research Technical Reports are the next best thing. Download these property loss prevention findings, including a select number of reports that we make publicly available.

Explore Our Reports


There’s thinking you’re protected. And there’s knowing you're protected. Consistent property loss standards and certifications give you a whole new level of certainty, no matter where you operate. FM Global data sheets provide engineering guidelines to help you reduce risk related to fire, weather conditions and equipment failure. The FM Approvals® certification program tests property loss products for safety and effectiveness. When a product receives the FM APPROVED mark, you’ll know it meets our high standards.

Learn About Our High Standards

International Codes and Standards

Our International Codes and Standards (IC&S) team is made up of experienced professionals based in both developed and emerging markets throughout the world. It is dedicated to a singular purpose to strengthen building codes and standards for the benefit of our clients. IC&S engages with government authorities, research institutions and advocacy groups to promote, codify and implement safer standards—particularly for fire protection.

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