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their research activities.
[04/09/19] FSEG in collaboration with Multiplex and funding from IOSH, has completed a unique study into the evacuation of high-rise construction sites. The study involved four unannounced
full-scale evacuation trials using two different high-rise construction sites, a series of five controlled evacuation experiments on construction sites and some 1900 computer simulations of high-rise
construction site evacuation.
The project had six aims and objectives, the most important being to:
- develop an evidence base characterising, for the first time, the
evacuation behaviour and performance of construction workers, including
response times and movement rates on temporary floor surfaces (decking
and decking with rebar), temporary scaffold stairs and ladders,
- provide evacuation data that could be used to validate evacuation
models, specific to construction sites, and
- demonstrate how
evacuation procedures for construction sites can be optimised, through
the use of evacuation modelling, utilising data collected in this
A summary of the project findings and a link to the full report and collected data can be found below.
[21/05/15] FSEG PhD student wins inaugural SFPE Guylene Proulx Scholarship.
Robert Brown, FSEG PhD student (member of staff at Memorial University Canada) has been awarded the SFPE Foundation first annual
Dr. Guylène Proulx, OC Scholarship. This award was established in 2014 in honour of Dr. Guylène Proulx, an outstanding researcher in
human factors and human behaviour related to fire, and a passionate advocate for fire safety awareness.
The grant will go towards funding Mr. Brown’s PhD project entitled “Collection, Analysis and Implementation of Human Performance
Data from Planned Assembly Trials on Passenger Ships at Sea.” Rob’s PhD is based on work FSEG undertook as part of the
EU FP7 SAFEGUARD project.
More information can be found in the
UoG press release and the
SFPE press release.
[30/05/14] FSEG win Medal of Distinction from The Royal Institution of Naval Architects.
Robert Brown, Prof Ed Galea, Dr Steven Deere and Mr Lazaros Filippidis from FSEG have won the 2014 Medal of Distinction from the Royal Institution of Naval Architects (RINA). The award is made for the best paper to appear in the
The Transactions of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects, International Journal of Maritime Engineering in 2013. The paper was entitled:
"Passenger Response Time Data-Sets for Large Passenger Ferries and Cruise Ships Derived from Sea Trials"
The paper was published in the RINA Journal, The Transactions of the Royal Institution of Naval Architects, International Journal of Maritime Engineering, Vol 155, Part A2, pp A97-A103, April-June 2013.
|Prof Ed Galea accepting the award from the RINA President
||The Medal of Distinction
Further photographs may be found on the
FSEG Facebook pages.
[26/02/14] FSEG win The Guardian University Award for Research Impact
In acknowledgement of FSEG’s work on developing the IADSS concept and its contribution to the GETAWAY project,
FSEG was awarded the prestigious Research Impact Award for 2014 as part of The Guardian University Awards. A full account of the award and the citation can be found on
The Guardian web pages and photographs may be found on the
FSEG Facebook pages.
Team photograph by James Turner
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[21/12/2020] maritimeEXODUS v6.0 IS NOW AVAILABLE!
- New Functionality Features (Levels A, B and C)
- Lift Model.
maritimeEXODUS now has the ability to simulate people
movement between decks using lifts. This is particularly
useful for circulation scenarios. Attributes of each lift
are user defined. Agents can call a lift and select
- Lift Itineraries.
Two new itineraries have been created enabling agents to
interact with lifts. These enable the user to specify how
the agents use the lifts and their behaviour while waiting
- IMO Convergence Criteria.
maritimeEXODUS employs a form of significance testing to
determine whether the estimate of the population 95th
percentile value is significantly lower (pass) or
significantly higher (fail) than the pass/fail time. The
design passes if the upper confidence interval assembly time
is less than the pass/fail time and will fail if the lower
confidence interval assembly time is greater than the
pass/fail time. The process is run until convergence or
divergence or until 500 simulations have been performed
(satisfying the IMO requirement). This potentially reduces
the number of simulations that is required for the IMO
evacuation analysis. Simulations can be run via either batch
mode or SFE commands.
buildingEXODUS v6.3 IS NOW AVAILABLE!
- New Functionality Features (Levels A, B and C)
- Saving geometry boundaries as CAD DXF files.
buildingEXODUS now has the ability to save the boundaries of specific floors as CAD DXF files. Each floor can be saved in a format which enables it to be imported into third party software (i.e. CFD fire modelling software, 3D visualisation software etc.).
- User interface (Levels A, B and C):
- Updated Data Output Options Dialogue Box
The format of the Data Output Options dialogue box has been updated and simplified. The output data attributes have been grouped and separated onto different tabs. Additional attributes have been included in the output list.
- Hazard Model (Level C Only)
- There are a number of improvements to the Hazard model:
- Updated HCN Model
The toxicity model defining the effect of HCN on agents within EXODUS has been updated in order to ensure compatibility with the most recent version presented in the SFPE Handbook, 5th Edition.
- Updated Default VCO2*RMV Cap
The cap on VCO2*RMV has been decreased to 70 lit/min.
- Updated the Default PID Distribution (FICO equation)
There are three options available for setting the PID:
- SFPE PID (Distribution) – Default Option:
PID assigned from the distribution defined within the SFPE Handbook (5th Edition) – values between 5% and 45%.
- Fixed Value PID:
Each member of the population is assigned the same single value for PID. The default value is 30% COHb,
- User Defined PID:
PID determined by the user. This requires the user to populate a distribution table similar to that in option 1.
- New Irritant Model Parameter, Tolerance Factor (TF)
The TF attribute is a measure of the concentration of irritant gas (ppm) required to cause a given endpoint and is used in the FIC model. A TF is specified for each irritant agent considered in the model e.g. TFHCL.
- Updated Agent Irritant Tolerance Concentration Model (FIC)
End points of escape impairment and incapacitation due to irritant concentrations can now be specified. The lower threshold of escape impairment being the new default setting. Furthermore, there are now five methods for assigning the TF, with the endpoints being either Escape Impairment or Incapacitation.
- SFPE Escape Impaired (Distribution) – Default Option:
TF randomly assigned for each irritant gas from an assumed distribution based on data defined in the SFPE Handbook for Escape Impairment.
- SFPE Escape Impaired (Fixed):
A fixed TF for each irritant gas corresponding to the SFPE Escape Impaired mean values is assigned, the same value is used for each member of the population.
- SFPE Incapacitation (Fixed):
A fixed TF for each irritant gas corresponding to the SFPE Incapacitation mean values is assigned, the same value is used for each member of the population.
- ISO 13571 Incapacitation (Fixed):
A fixed TF for each irritant gas corresponding to the ISO 13571 Incapacitation mean values is assigned, the same value is sued for each member of the population.
- User Defined:
A user specified TF is used for each irritant. This can either be a fixed value, a range or a distribution.
- New Irritant Model Parameter, Critical Irritant Incapacitation Factor (CIIF)
The CIIF is a new parameter introduced due to the introduction of the new FIC option of Escape Impairment. The CIIF attribute defines the FIC value required to cause incapacitation. When the Escape Impairment option is used CIIF = 4.5.
- New Irritant Model Parameter, Critical Dose (CD)
The CD attribute is a measure of the dose of irritant gas (ppm.min) required to cause a given endpoint and is used in the FLD model. The endpoint is considered to be fatality, but there are three different CD values that can be used depending on the FLD model used. A CD value is required for each irritant agent considered e.g. CDHCL.
- Updated Agent Irritant Tolerance Dose Model (FLD)
In the new version of buildingEXODUS FLD has no impact on an agent’s ability to evacuate but can be used to assess the likelihood of the exposed agent surviving post evacuation. In the new release there are three options for assigning the CDx values.
- SFPE FLD Critical Dose – Default Option:
CD for each irritant gas is specified as in the SFPE Handbook, the same value is used for each member of the population. This is based on mean values that are likely to cause fatality in 50% of the population.
- AEGL-3 FLD Critical Dose:
CD for each irritant gas is specified from the AEGL-3 distribution specified in the SFPE Handbook, the same value is used for each member of the population.
- User Defined FLD Critical Dose:
A user specified CD is used for each irritant.
- New Heat Model Parameter, Radiant Heat Threshold (RHT)
RHT (KW/m2) is a user defined parameter below which the FIHr is not calculated. The default value is 1.7 KW/m2.
SMARTFIRE v4.3 IS NOW
The release of SMARTFIRE V4.3 incorporated several significant additions to the SMARTFIRE CFD engine.
VERSION 4.3 MODIFICATIONS
- Multiple-Particle-Size smoke model:New model to
represent smoke as a number of independent SOOT phases – each
with different particle diameters and relative proportions –
allowing smoke to experience gravitational settling, which can
be an important smoke transport process in large scale
geometries, such as tunnels.
- Algebraic Multi-Grid solver for pressure correction:
This new solver assists the solution propagation in
scenarios with highly refined meshes or in difficult geometries
(e.g. tunnels). Unlike traditional Multi-Grid solvers, the
algebraic form does not require separately generated real
- Enhanced Fractional Effective Dose (FED) monitor
points with occupant characteristics:FED monitoring
now allows each probe to be characterised with occupant
characteristics to give a more accurate and representative
understanding of the cumulative toxicity effect of the evolving
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