| Date: June 20-24, 2016 Venue: Taipei, Shanghai, Seoul
||(Up&Coming 2016 Fall Issue)
|Inviting Prof. Edwin R. Galea, who is an authority on the evacuation analysis,
from The Fire Safety Engineering Group (FSEG), Greenwich University, FORUM8
held seminars about EXODUS and SMARTFIRE in Taipei, Shanghai, and Seoul
from 20 to 24 June, 2016. EXODUS is a simulation and modeling software
on crowd flow and evacuation analysis, SMARTFIRE is a simulation software
on smoke and heat distribution by CFD, and both of them are researched
and developed by Prof. Galea.
Prof. Galea introduced the latest features and case studies of EXODUS and
SMARTFIRE to a total of 170 participants in 3 seminars, showing scenarios
and experiment videos of evacuation simulation on the EXODUS interface.
When simulating an evacuation to verify safety in the emergency escape,
not only in-building factors within the basic outline of the building but
also external factors must be considered in order to achieve the purpose
of evacuating people to the outside. For example, he emphasized that the
result of evacuation will change if bollards are installed outside of the
1st floor entrance to prevent suicide car bombing. He also explained that
influential result can be extracted from several scenario analysis results
of both of EXODUS simulation and experiment.
Moreover, he introduced the customization development of EXODUS and Unity
3D, and the latest progress of a project that utilizes the special-forces
training system for fighting acts of airport terrors that EXODUS and SMARTFIRE
are fused into high-quality mixed reality (MR) environment. In the seminar,
FORUM8 presented the latest features of 3D VR software UC-win/Road Ver.
11, which can import evacuation analysis results from EXODUS and visualize
the evacuation simulation in VR, by showing the product demonstration,
scripts, and movies of linkage case studies between EXODUS and UC-win/Road
such as VR simulation and disaster prevention solution.
A major construction company Siemens AG participated in the Taipei seminar.
The company is designing T3 that will connect T1 and T2 in Taiwan Taoyuan
International Airport by H/W provider of CCTV camera in the airport. It
explained the possibility of 3D modeling and evacuation simulation of airports
owing to a introduction of UC-win/Road and EXODUS in the airport evacuation
analysis with CCTV monitoring system. Prof. Galea commented that the information
of the number of people in the airport is required for the accurate evacuation
analysis. The collaboration between CCTV and EXODUS is expected.
At the Shanghai seminar, FORUM8 invited a guest lecturer from Civil Aviation
University of China, and the evacuation by escalator was heatedly debated
with Prof. Galea. For example, walking on an escalator reduces evacuation
time by 30% than standing on the escalator because crowd density is lower.
However, because evacuation time also depends on the exit space of escalator,
how to evacuate effectively should be made up after considering a variety
of building conditions including this, Prof. Galea advised.
At the Seoul seminar, a discussion about UrbanEXODUS supporting city-scale
evacuation simulation was held, and Prof. Galea explained that it is required
to consider evacuation distance as well as safety in the route when conducting
a study about the shortest route. In addition, he also gave an explanation
that the parameter "Familiarity" can be set for the EXODUS agent
so that users can check effects in simulation such as the refuge time would
be shorter in familiar environment.
FORUM8 has the right to sell EXODUS/SMARTFIRE in East Asia, and has sold
it a lot in China and Korea. We are also planning to spread the linkage
evacuation analysis solution between UC-win/Road and EXODUS/SMARTFIRE and
meet customer demands also in Taiwan.