NEWS ARCHIVE

 

These pages contain an archive of NEWS concerning FSEG activities.  As in the NEWS section, information is arranged under two headings, RESEARCH NEWS and SOFTWARE NEWS.

 

(A) Software News Archive
(B) Research News Archive
(C) Press release Archive


(A) Software News Archive: back

This section lists all news concerning FSEG software products.

[21/12/2020]  maritimeEXODUS v6.0 IS NOW AVAILABLE!

 

[29/08/2018] maritimeEXODUS v5.2 IS NOW AVAILABLE!

[21/12/2015] buildingEXODUS v6.2 IS NOW AVAILABLE!

The new feature enables greater flexibility/control by allowing users to delete specific Layers, Blocks or Entities (i.e. lines, polylines, arcs etc.). The user can also delete objects within the DXF file of a given colour.


[26/09/2014] buildingEXODUS v6.1 IS NOW AVAILABLE!

The release of buildingEXODUS V6.1 incorporates several new modelling features associated with the use of lifts and a number of improvements to the user interface.

VERSION 6.1 MODIFICATIONS

Substantial additions to the software include:

 


[20/08/2014]
maritimeEXODUS v5.1 IS NOW AVAILABLE!

The release of maritimeEXODUS V5.1 incorporated a number of additions and alterations that are designed to make the software more user-friendly, more efficient and more applicable.

VERSION 5.1 MODIFICATIONS

Substantial additions to the software include:

Functionality

  • Changes to the way in which Non-Irritant Smoke Affects Agent Agility (Level C only)
    • The Toxicity model has been modified to ensure that non-irritant smoke no longer affects the Agility of agents during simulations. Non-irritant smoke causes visual obscuration only and hence affects only an agent’s travel speed.
  • Integrated Help Facility
    • The maritimeEXODUS User Guide is now available in a CHM Windows help file format enabling the user to view/search the maritimeEXODUS User Guide directly from within maritimeEXODUS itself.
  • Continue with Abandonment Functionality Updated
    • This feature has been updated to enable the user to define the percentage of agents that are required to have successfully assembled before the abandonment phase can commence. This enables the abandonment phase to commence before all agents have assembled.
  • Speed Control Functionality Updated
    • This feature has been updated to enable the user to accurately control the speed at which the simulation will run relative to real time. The speed at which the simulation is currently running relative to real time is output to the toolbar during run time.

    User Interface

    • Integrated OpenGL 3D View (Levels B and C only)
      • Enables a three dimensional representation of the geometry to be viewed directly from within maritimeEXODUS.
    • Tabbed Menu Bar
      • Allows the user to more quickly and easily switch between each of the four modes within maritimeEXODUS.
    • Deck Heights dialogue box
      • Allows the user to both view and define the heights of each deck within the structure/vessel, enabling deck heights to be more easily managed.
    • Enhanced Panel Populate dialogue box
      • Allows specific regions of the vessel to be populated e.g. within a user defined Compartment zone or alternatively allocating the population within specific decks.

    Documentation

    • Muster Station Terminology Change
      • Muster Stations have now been renamed as Assembly Stations, both throughout maritimeEXODUS and its associated documentation. Similarly, the act of mustering is now referred to as assembling etc. This change was made to ensure consistency with the terminology used by the International Maritime Organization (IMO).
    • Restructuring of the maritimeEXODUS Manual
      • The existing maritimeEXODUS manual has been completely restructured and broken down into three separate documents, namely the User Guide, Theory Manual and Application Manual. Each of the documents are available in PDF format on the maritimeEXODUS installation CD. In addition, the User Guide is also available in a CHM Windows help file format, which is directly accessible from within maritimeEXODUS itself.

    maritimeEXODUS software architecture

    • Windows 8.1 Support for Dongles


    [11/11/2013] buildingEXODUS v6.0 IS NOW AVAILABLE!

    The release of buildingEXODUS V6.0 incorporates significant new modelling features allowing for the first time the simulation of evacuation and circulation in buildings using lifts/elevators.

    VERSION 6.0 MODIFICATIONS

    Substantial additions to the software include:

    • Lift/Elevator Model: A lift/elevator model has been added to buildingEXODUS to enable lifts within structures to be accurately represented for both evacuation and circulation scenarios. The model requires a set of lift attributes (i.e. dimensions, capacity, kinematics, etc.) to be specified and human behaviour characteristics and lift dispatch commands that are both dependent on whether an evacuation or circulation scenario is being simulated.
      • For Evacuation Scenarios: Three types of lift floor sequences are available enabling the user to specify virtually any type of lift evacuation strategy; Floor Sequence, Shuttle Floor Sequence and Sky Lobby Sequence. There is also a range of human behaviour attributes to specify such as the percentage of the population likely to use the lift, probability distribution for lift wait times and probability distribution for acceptable population lift wait area population density. Default values based on an FSEG international lift evacuation study are specified for these attributes.
      • For Circulation Scenarios: A lift dispatch algorithm based on the Estimated Time To Destination, utilising the Closs rules is implemented which determines the optimal lift to dispatch to a floor call. Agents wait for the lift until it arrives. 
    • Lift Itineraries: Two new itineraries have been created (i.e. Lift Bank and Lift Wait) to enable agents to interact with lifts. These itineraries enable not only the use of lifts but also control the behaviour of agents when waiting for a lift or their desire to redirect from the lift due to either excessive wait times or congestion within the lift waiting area.
    • Integrated OpenGL 3D View (Levels B and C only): Enables a rudimentary three dimensional representation of the geometry to be viewed directly from within buildingEXODUS during runtime.
    • Multithreaded: buildingEXODUS is now multithreaded, reducing run times for large jobs.
    • User Interface: The interface now has a tabbed menu bar allowing the user to more rapidly switch between operation modes. There are also a range of new menus and dialogue boxes associated with the use of lifts.
    • Output: A range of new output variables have been defined to measure the performance of agents using lifts such as the number of agents to use lifts, number of lift journeys, distance travelled using lifts, etc. askEXODUS has been expanded to accommodate lift data and the buildingEXODUS to vrEXODUS has been modified to enable agent movement between floors to be represented.

    [01/08/2013]
    buildingEXODUS v5.1 and vrEXODUS v5.1.3 ARE NOW AVAILABLE!

    The release of buildingEXODUS V5.1 incorporated several new and enhanced features, a new price structure and incorporated an all new askEXODUS software tool.

    VERSION 5.1 MODIFICATIONS

    Substantial additions to the software include:

    • Enhanced Itineraries: Three powerful new itineraries have been included in the itinerary capability; Collect Person, Drop Off Person and Coordinated Delay.
      • The Collect Person functionality allows an agent (or group of agents) to collect another agent at a pre-defined location and then move off as a group.
      • The Drop Off Person functionality conversely allows an agent (or group of agents) to drop off a previously collected agent at a given location.
      • The Coordinated Delay functionality allows a group of people to experience a simultaneous delay at a pre-defined location. This can be used to represent the time taken by staff to undertake collaborative actions such as preparing a vulnerable/mobility impaired individual for evacuation.
    • Extended Metered Gate Model: By default buildingEXODUS now enables the modelling of both ticket gates and turnstiles. In each case, the movement of agents through the metered gate can now be modelled either via a flow rate applied to the device or by the imposing of time delays both to enter and traverse the device. The enhancement of the metered gate model enables a wider variety of devices to be modelled. A set of movement data for metered gates is also provided.
    • CHM Help Facility: buildingEXODUS now has an interactive help facility making it easier to use the software.
    • askEXODUS v5.0.0: The askEXODUS data analysis tool has been completely rewritten and provides enhanced functionality and an improved and more intuitive user interface. This includes the ability to browse the specific data within each of the selected simulation files, and also to extract user defined attributes which can then either be saved or copied and pasted directly into third party spreadsheets for further analysis or the generation of graphs.
    • vr Floor Tiles: It is now possible to define/manipulate the floor tile defining floor area of each floor within vrEXODUS. Using this approach the floor tile of each floor can be defined by the outline of each floor thus greatly enhancing the appearance of the model, rather than simply being represented via a rectangle as was the case in previous versions.
    • vr Floor Tile Edit: Within Geometry Mode of buildingEXODUS, it is now possible to delete areas from within the floor tiles, thereby creating holes within the floor tiles to enable the representation of stairwells or areas where balconies overlook lower floors, thereby greatly enhancing the model appearance within vrEXODUS.
    • vrEXODUS v5.1.3: An updated version of the vrEXODUS is available allowing the manipulation of the new floor tiles and the graphical depiction of metered gates.
    • New 3 level price structure: A flexible three level price structure has been introduced giving the user greater flexibility in the choice of features they have access to.

    [01/07/2013] SMARTFIRE v4.2 IS NOW AVAILABLE!

    The release of SMARTFIRE V4.2 incorporated a number of additions and alterations that are designed to make the software more user-friendly, more efficient and more applicable.

    VERSION 4.2 MODIFICATIONS

    Major new developments include:
  • Scenario Designer: Now has the ability of exporting a compatible buildingEXODUS geometry. The tool also offers enhanced handling of hazard volume creation which greatly simplifies the process of defining CFD to Evacuation hazard data export.
  • Parallel SMARTFIRE: The parallel implementation has been updated with a new x64 bit version and various efficiency, memory handling and reliability fixes to improve processing and IO performance.
  • Case Specification Environment: Now supports grouped objects, which can greatly assist in the construction of complex geometries that contain repeated objects.
  • DataView Tool: Now allows multiple cut-planes of vectors and contours, as well as adding surface visualisation of scalar data and burning surfaces. DataView has also been extended to x64 bit so that larger data sets can be visualised. The tool also now saves animations in AVI format.
  • SMARTFIRE CFD Engine: Supports the prediction of HCN. This is computed, using the LER concept, from the combustion parameters. The CFD Engine also now has an x64 bit version to be able to handle larger cell budgets.
  • Interactive Meshing System: Now provides optimisation of the mesh at mesh generation time. This means that optimised meshes can easily be used in Parallel simulations.
  • Improved features:



    [01/06/2013]maritimeEXODUS v5.0 IS NOW AVAILABLE!

    The release of maritimeEXODUS V5.0 incorporated a large number of additions and alterations that are designed to make the software more user-friendly, more efficient and more applicable.

    VERSION 5.0 MODIFICATIONS

    Substantial additions to the software include:

    Functionality

    Data and Statistics Collection

    User Interface

    Output

    maritimeEXODUS software architecture

    [19/12/2011] buildingEXODUS v5.0 and vrEXODUS v5.1 ARE NOW AVAILABLE!

    The release of buildingEXODUS V5.0 incorporated a large number of additions and alterations that are designed to make the software more user-friendly, more efficient and more applicable.

    VERSION 5.0 MODIFICATIONS

    Substantial additions to the software include:
    A list of these new features and modifications found in version 5.0 is provided below:

    Functionality Data and Statistics Collection User Interface Output buildingEXODUS output to vrEXODUS buildingEXODUS software architecture
    [24/02/2011] vrEXODUS VERSION 5.0 IS NOW AVAILABLE!

    The release of version 5.0.5 of vrEXODUS involved a complete rewrite of the original vrEXODUS v4.0 taking advantage of dedicated graphics hardware and processing power available with modern PCs. While earlier versions of vrEXODUS incorporated the Superscape software development kit and the Viscape plug in, the new version has been completely rewritten using C++ and making use of DirectX 9.0 libraries. As a result the new software is faster than the older version, making use of both software and hardware features and can handle much larger data sets.

    The new vrEXODUS software incorporates all of the features and capabilities of the previous version and has a range of new and improved functionality, including:

    New Features and Capabilities Improved Features and Capabilities

    [01/06/2008] SMARTFIRE VERSION 4.1 IS NOW AVAILABLE.
    SMARTFIRE V4.1is a major new release of the SMARTFIRE software incorporating a numner of new and improved features.

    The major new developments include:

    There are also a number of minor SMARTFIRE improvements and additions, including:

    [01/09/2004] SMARTFIRE VERSION 4.0 IS NOW AVAILABLE. SMARTFIRE V4.0 is a major new release of the SMARTFIRE software incorporating many new and improved features.

    The major new developments include:

    Improved SMARTFIRE features include:



    [10/03/2004] buildingEXODUS V4.0 and vrEXODUS V4.0 ARE NOW AVAILABLE!

    The release of version 4.0 of buildingEXODUS incorporates a large number of additions and alterations that are designed to make the software more user friendly, more efficient and more useful.

    Substantial additions to the software include: New features and improved functionality has been added to all buildingEXODUS modes. A list of modifications found in version 4.0 is provided below.

    User Interface
    -        Navigation window
    -        Data output and status window
    -        Improved and editable toolbar
    -        Right mouse click menu

    Geometry Mode
    -        Minimising boundary lines
    -        Target points

    Population Mode
    -        Population selection box
    -        Itinerary selection control
    -        Naming of itineraries
    -        Assignation of populations to source nodes
    -        Range substitute for attributes relating to the current population

    Scenario Mode
    -        Data file link to the SMARTFIRE CFD fire simulation software
    -        Updated link to CFAST V5.0.

    Behaviour and Simulation
    -        Source nodes, enabling the user to dynamically generate individuals during the simulation
    -        Redirection nodes, enabling the user to influence the route adopted by an individual
    -        Direction nodes, restricting the access of evacuees
    -        Compartment zones, enabling the control of the response of whole areas of the geometry
    -        Irritant model, representing the impact of irritant products upon the population
    -        Metered internal door flow, allowing one person at a time to use an access point
    -        New gate unit flow rate
    -        Signage and visibility catchment areas, allowing information to be relayed to the evacuees through the provision of signs
    -        Local familiarity with all main exits
    -        Avoid congestion during general movement, causing the population to distribute themselves more naturally during movement
    -        Maximum simulation time, allowing the simulation to be ended at a pre-determined point
    -        Avoidance of exit congestion, enabling evacuees to determine exit selection according to the levels of congestion evident at particular exits
    -        Maintenance the angle of movement, minimising erratic movement of the evacuating population.

    Data and Statistics Collection
    -        Census lines, enabling a variety of data to be collected in a more flexible manner
    -        Additional run time statistics for census regions
    -        Additional information on internal doors
    -        Optimum exit statistic

    buildingEXODUS output to vrEXODUS
    -        Ability to select regions for output to vrEXODUS

     

    [25/08/2003] maritimeEXODUS VERSION 4.0 and vrEXODUS VERSION 3.8 ARE NOW AVAILABLE!

    With the release of maritimeEXODUS V4.0, maritimeEXODUS maintains its full compliance with the IMO requirements as set out in MSC circular 1033 and in addition, maritimeEXODUS incorporates several new  features. 

    NEW FEATURES:

    New Behavioural and Geometrical Features:
    The release of version 4.0 of maritimeEXODUS incorporates a number of significant fundamental new capabilities.  These concern the representation of:
    -    Water Tight Doors,
    -    Hatches,
    -    60 Degree Stairs and
    -    Vertical Ladders. 

    These additions not only allow the geometrical representation of these features but also include performance and behavioural additions associated with “trained” crew and “naďve” passengers under conditions of heel and trim. Associated with these new capabilities are data-sets derived from experimental trials commissioned by the UK MoD specifically for the development of these features.  These new capabilities allow maritimeEXODUS to more accurately address scenarios associated with naval vessels and off-shore facilities.   Finally, the vrEXODUS software has also been enhanced to better represent these new capabilities.

    [27/06/2003] FSEG WINS EUROPE'S TOP IT AWARD FOR EXODUS SOFTWARE

    It was announced today that FSEGs EXODUS development group have won Europe’s most distinguished IT prize for their work in developing the EXODUS suite of computer software.  The EU Commission-sponsored European IST (Information Society Technologies) Prize is awarded by the European Council of Applied Sciences, Technology and Engineering (Euro-CASE) to entrepreneurial teams that excel in generating novel ideas and converting them into marketable products.  The EXODUS development team is among twenty prize winners selected from among 420 entries from 28 countries. The winners will exhibit their products at an awards ceremony during the IST 2003 event in Milan, Italy on 2-4 October 2003, where three Grand Prize Winners will be selected, each receiving € 200,000 in prize money (www.ist-prize.org).

    CLICK HERE FOR FULL PRESS RELEASE



    [19/02/2003] FSEG RECEIVES QUEEN'S ANNIVERSARY PRIZE FOR EVACUATION RESEARCH AT CEREMONY AT BUCKINGHAM PALACE.


    19 Feb 2003 Prof Galea and Vice Chancellor Prof Trainer accept award from HRH and Prince Phillip

    19 Feb 2003 Prof Galea introducing Princess Anne to the FSEG team

    19 Feb 2003 FSEG team at Buckingham Palace

    19 Feb 2003 Prof Galea introducing HRH to Jason, one of the EXODUS team
     


    [14/11/2002] FSEG WINS QUEEN'S ANNIVERSARY PRIZE FOR EVACUATION RESEARCH

    It was announced today at St.James Palace in London that the EXODUS research group of FSEG was awarded a Queen's Anniversary Prize. The prize was in acknowledgement for the development of the EXODUS suite of software, the fundamental research into human behaviour and evacuation and the role the group play in disseminating these tools and knowledge all around the world. The Award Citation reads:

    "The University is a recognized world leader in the area of evacuation model development.  Use of its software technology by businesses and public authorities greatly enhances public safety and its specialized training offers vital expertise to the user community world-wide."

    The biennial Queen's Anniversary Prizes for Further and Higher Education recognise and reward the outstanding contribution that universities and colleges in the United Kingdom make to the intellectual, economic, cultural and social life of the nation.   It is the most distinguished award that can be made to a UK institution for higher or further education.  The Queen will present a Gold Medal and an illuminated Prize Certificate to the EXODUS team at an honours ceremony at Buckingham Palace in February 2003.

    Click here for full press release



    [20/08/2002] maritimeEXODUS VERSION 3.0 and vrEXODUS VERSION 1.11 ARE NOW AVAILABLE!

    With the release of maritimeEXODUS V3.0, maritimeEXODUS  is fully compliant with the new IMO requirements as set out in MSC circular 1033.  In addition, maritimeEXODUS incorporates several important changes and a number of additional features. These are:

    NEW FEATURES:

    New Behavioural Features:

    -        The Radiative Flux Feature concerns the introduction of a radiative component into the FED model. The Radiative Flux model has now been developed so that it can reflect several options relating to the time to achieve threshold limits such as pain, incapacitation or a user specified limit. In addition the response of the occupants can now be overridden by values of the radiative flux exceeding a user specified limit.

    -        The mustering procedures implemented on board the simulated craft can now be represented. Four types of procedure (RO-RO, High Speed Craft, Cruise Ship and Undefined) can now be represented, including the location of the individual’s vest, muster stations and associated LSA. This is achieved through the use of automated itineraries, so that the user now no longer has to perform this task manually.

    -        The impact of the inclination of the vessel (e.g. Trim and Heel) can be represented within the model. This is derived from experimental data (TNO and SHEBA) and will have an impact on the travel speeds of the evacuees.

    -        The model now includes a dedicated method to represent the Life Saving Appliances on board. These include dedicated attributes designed to represent the evacuee’s interaction with the LSA and increased flexibility in their usage, so that LSA chains can be formed to represent complex evacuation systems.

    -        Dedicated population panels have been created to meet the IMO requirements for the cases designed to meet regulatory compliance

    -        A Communication feature has been included, whereby evacuees sharing a social gene can share information related to their response times, and their understanding of the craft.

    -        Ability to import and export itineraries. This reduces the time required to create itineraries and greatly increases the flexibility of the technique.

    -        More intuitive methods to connect multi-deck geometries allowing the location and connectivity between decks to appear on-screen. This is particularly useful in large geometries where numerous connections may exist between decks.

    -        The inclusion of the Range substitution, so that boundaries may be specified for a number of attributes within which the substituted value will fall.

    -        Function to calculate the number of people in a specified area

    -        Function to calculate the area selected

    -        Response zones may be generated which locally override the evacuees attributes response times

    -        Instead of randomising an individual’s location, it can instead be swapped with another member of the population using the Swap Location function. This is particularly useful if the occupancy levels need to be maintained within an area.

    -        Instead of the instant response flag, the Specified Response flag has been included, allowing the user to force the evacuees to respond before a specified time.

    -        The navigation of the evacuees now can take into consideration their Angle of movement, the density of the population around them and their proximity to the boundary of the geometry.

    -        Evacuees can now be defined as passengers or as crew members. This can influence the effect that their presence can have on the activity of LSAs.

    -        Each evacuee can collect a vest during the simulation, which is recorded by a dedicated attribute, as well as by their appearance.

    -        The Footfall contour has been introduced to visually describe the usage of specific locations within the geometry.

    -        The Potential Route map has been introduced to describe both the spread of the potential map throughout the geometry and the direction of its spread.

    -        Expansion of itinerary tasks. Itineraries can now be formed from several different tasks, including collecting a vest, evacuating to a specific location and delaying.

    -        Deck potential map. The potential map for each deck can now be controlled instead of the movement being dependent purely upon the potential of the eventual exit point.

    -        Instead of the evacuees being static prior to evacuating, the user now has the option of allowing them to ‘mill’ around randomly.

    Usability Enhancements:

    -        The ability of the user to incorporate Lines, Text and Polygons into the WorkSpace area, allowing them to modify the appearance of the workspace for presentations

    -        The user is now able to select irregular areas of the geometry using Polygon select tool

    -        Standard Copy, Cut, Paste and Undo features have now been introduced

    -        Appearance of an on-screen ruler, allowing approximate measurements to be made

    -        User can now determine which buttons appear on the toolbar and the number of buttons available has been increased

    -        When the user moves the pointer across an on-screen object, the option is available to display small amounts of information using the Node tips tool

    -        A Selection control dialogue box has been developed, allowing the visibility and selectability of on-screen objects to be determined.

    -        The rate of the graphical output can now be controlled by the user using the Speed Control feature.

    -        The appearance of the model has now been updated so that it now has a more standard window appearance.

    -        Zone Contours have been introduced to improve on the quality of the Contour system previously used. 

    MODIFIED FEATURES:

    -        Stair behaviour: the behaviour of the evacuees on staircases has been altered slightly to remove a number of potential anomalous events that may previously have developed. Previously, the evacuees treat each component node of each step equally (i.e. they find them equally attractive). This prevents the unnatural bunching of evacuees around certain nodes on dog-leg staircases. The exception to this is when evacuees are relatively close to the edge of a stair case (within five nodes) then the individuals will attempt to move towards the edge of the staircase, simulating their preference for using the handrails. If they are further than that from the edge of the staircase then they will attempt to utilise the space available to them as per the other rules governing staircase movement.

    -        Improved flow rate performance for capped Internal Exits: Several users had brought to our attention that when they capped the flow rate capability of an Internal Exit, the flow rate achieved was lower than expected.  When capping the flow rate capability of an Internal Exit, maritimeEXODUS ensures that the instantaneous flow rate never exceeds the capped value, so the average flow rate will always be smaller than the capped value.  The new version of maritimeEXODUS ensures that when capped exits are used, the average flow rate achieved is closer to the capped value.  Thus, higher flow rates through Internal Exits should be achieved when capped internal exits are used (e.g. HMSO).



    [10/08/2002] SMARTFIRE VERSION 3.0 IS NOW AVAILABLE.

       SMARTFIRE V3.0 has a host of new features.  The major new developments include:



    [01/08/2002] buildingEXODUS VERSION 3.01 and vrEXODUS VERSION 1.11 ARE NOW AVAILABLE!

    The release of version 3.01 of buildingEXODUS incorporates several important changes to the software and an additional feature.

    NEW FEATURES:

    New Behavioural Features:
    -        Radiative Flux Feature: The new features concern the use of the radiative component of the FED model. The Radiative Flux model has now been developed so that it can reflect several options relating to the time to achieve threshold limits such as pain, incapacitation or a user specified limit. In addition the response of the occupants can now be overridden by values of the radiative flux exceeding a user specified limit.

     

    MODIFIED FEATURES:
    -        Stair occupant behaviour on stairs: the behaviour of the evacuees on staircases has been altered slightly to remove a number of potential anomalous events that may previously have developed. In version 3.01, the evacuees treat each component node of each step equally (i.e. they find them equally attractive). This prevents the unnatural bunching of evacuees around certain nodes on dog-leg staircases. The exception to this is when evacuees are relatively close to the edge of a stair case (within five nodes) then the individuals will attempt to move towards the edge of the staircase, simulating their preference for using the handrails. If they are further than that from the edge of the staircase then they will attempt to utilise the space available to them as per the other rules governing staircase movement.

     -        Improved flow rate performance for capped Internal Exits: Several users had brought to our attention that when they capped the flow rate capability of an Internal Exit, the flow rate achieved was lower than expected.  When capping the flow rate capability of an Internal Exit, buildingEXODUS ensures that the instantaneous flow rate never exceeds the capped value, so the average flow rate will always be smaller than the capped value.  The new version of buildingEXODUS ensures that when capped exits are used, the average flow rate achieved is closer to the capped value.  Thus, higher flow rates through Internal Exits should be achieved when capped internal exits are used (e.g. HMSO).



    [01/03/2002] maritimeEXODUS won the RINA/LR (Royal Institution of Naval Architecture/Lloyds Register) Award for ship safety for 2001.

    [01/12/2001] maritimeEXODUS won the CITIS (Communications & IT in Shipping) Award for Innovation in IT for Ship Operation for 2001.

    [01/11/2001] The EXODUS suite of evacuation software won the top award from the British Computer Society. EXODUS was among seven finalists short-listed for the top award.  The award scheme, now in its 29th year, recognises innovation and originality in the IT industry.  Previous winners include Marlboro McLaren F-1 Racing, SuperJanet and the Digital Audio Broadcast System.

    “The winners not only demonstrate technical innovation, but also show how technology can be used to benefit society at large,” added Judith Scott, Chief Executive of The BCS.

    Click here for full press release

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    EXODUS stand at BCS Awards 7 Nov 2001
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    EXODUS team at BCS awards dinner 7 Nov 2001
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    EXODUS team celebrating winning BCS Award 8 Nov 2001


    [15/01/2001] VERSION 3.0 of SMARTFIRE INCLUDES THE FOLLOWING FEATURES:

    [01/10/2000] buildingEXODUS VERSION 3.0 and vrEXODUS VERSION 1.11 ARE NOW AVAILABLE!

    [October 1999] NEWS CONCERNING THE v2.0 RELEASE OF buildingEXODUS

    Version 2.0 of buildingEXODUS include the following enhancements:

    [19/09/1997] NEWS CONCERNING THE v1.1 RELEASE OF buildingEXODUS

    (B) Research News Archive: back

    This section lists all news concerning FSEG staff and their research activities.


    [01/01/2009] FSEG RATED ‘WORLD LEADING’ BY PEERS IN RAE 2008

    The results of the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise (RAE2008) confirm that the Fire Safety Engineering Group (FSEG) of the University of Greenwich is one of the top research groups in the UK in the area of Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering (UoA 28).   FSEG was part of the Centre for Numerical Modelling and Process Analysis (CNMPA) submission to UoA 28.  RAE2008 rated 70% of the submission in the highest two research quality categories, with 30% rated as ‘world leading’ and 40% rated as ‘internationally excellent’.

    In the most respected RAE 2008 league table compiled by the Times Higher Education (18th December 2008), the CNMPA submission produced a grade point average of 2.95, placing CNMPA 4th out of the 33 submissions from 32 institutions.  Its 4th place meant that the group was placed higher than 12 of the research intensive Russell Group Universities.   With 30% of its submission rated at the highest quality rating of ‘world leading’, the quality of the CNMPA work was equal to that of Imperial and Sheffield, the top two rated universities.  The average volume of work classified as ‘world leading’ for the area of Mechanical, Aeronautical and Manufacturing Engineering by the assessment panel was only 17%.

    CNMPA SCORE PROFILE:
    The work of CNMPA was judged as:

    Category 4* - World Leading – 30%
    Category 3* - Internationally Excellent – 40%
    Category 2* - Recognised Internationally – 25%
    Category 1* - Recognised Nationally – 5%
    Unclassified – Quality that falls short of National Recognised – 0%

    See Press Release for further details.

    [14/10/2008] FSEG STAFF AWARDED SFPE BONO AWARD FOR 2008

    Hui Xie, Lazaros Filippidis, Dr Steven Gwynne, Prof Ed Galea, Darren Blackshields and Dr Peter Lawrence from FSEG  have won the 2008 Jack Bono Engineering Communication Award from the US based Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE). The award was made for their recent research paper entitled:

    "Signage Legibility Distances as a Function of Observation Angle"

    The paper was published in the SFPE Journal of Fire Protection Engineering in 2007 (Vol 17, No.1, pages 41-64). See SFPE Press Release and the FSEG Press Release for further details.

     

    From left to right, Mr Dave Evans SFPE Executive Director, Prof Ed Galea and Dr Steve Gwynne, two of the Bono award winners following the award paper presentation by Prof Ed Galea at the SFPE annual meeting Charlotte NC, 14 October 2008.

    [01/12/2000] FSEG secures funding for the "VERRES" project as part of an consortium in EU FRAMEWORK V. FSEGs role in the consortium is to undertake evacuation modelling analysis for very large aircraft and to suggest guidelines for future use of models in aircraft certification.

    [19/10/2000]
    buildingEXODUS V3.0 is released.

    [01/03/2000]
    FSEG secures funding for the "SAFETY FIRST" project as part of an consortium in EU FRAMEWORK V. FSEGs role in the consortium is to undertake fire field modelliing of ship board fire scenarios.

    [01/02/2000]
    A major new research project funded under Framework V of the EU is due to commence in March 2000. The project is concerned with fire safety on passenger ships. FSEG will be involved with the simulation of ship fires.

    [01/02/2000]
    A major new release of buildingEXODUS is scheduled for the first half of 2000.  Keep an eye on the Exodus web pages for more details.

    [01/02/2000]
    A major new research project funded by the UK CAA commenced in January 2000. The project is concerned with the analysis of aircraft evacuation data and with field trials of the airEXODUS evacuation model.

    [01/02/2000]
    A new research project funded by DaimlerChrysler commenced in December 1999. The project is concerned with incorporating the airEXODUS aircraft evacuation model in the aircraft design environment.

    [01/02/2000]
    A new research project funded by the UK Home Office commenced in November 1999.  This project is concerned with assessing the capabilities of a range of commercially available fire field models.  The project is intended to establish and demonstrate the viability of a suite of benchmarks for CFD based fire models.  Look up our Projects web pages for the latest details.

    [01/02/2000]
    FSEG has completed a project with LPC involving the SMARTFIRE fire field model. The software was successfully used to simulate a series of fire experiments undertaken by LPC to investigate the external spread of fire in multi-storey buildings.

    [01/02/2000]
    A major new release of the SMARTFIRE fire field model is scheduled for the first half of 2000. Keep an eye on the SMARTFIRE web pages for more details.

    [01/10/2000] Mr Peter Friedrich of Airbus Industrie Hamburg takes up a 12 month secondment with the EXODUS group.

    [01/09/2000]
    Mr Nathan Hurst joined FSEG in September 2000. He will be undertaking doctoral research in the field of CFD numerical schemes and fire field modelling.

    [25/08/2000]
    Mr Nigel Mawhnney is married on the 25 August 2000.

    [04/07/2000]
    Mr John Ewer successfully defended his PhD, entitled “An investigation into the feasibility, problems and benefits of re-engineering a legacy procedural CFD code into an event driven, Object Oriented system that allows dynamic user interaction” in July 2000. Dr Ewer is continuing his work as principal software engineer within the SMARTFIRE development team.

    [01/02/2000]
    In September 1999, Prof Galea was invited to become a member of the Human Behaviour Task Group of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers (USA).

    [01/02/2000]
    Following the Paddington railway disaster, Prof Galea appeared on the Channel 4 Television programme DISPATCHES (first broadcast 17th November 1999). The programme considered the evacuation capability of British trains. As part of the programme, an evacuation experiment from an upturned carriage subjected to smoke conducted by FSEG was broadcast. The week after this programme, FSEG was again on television as part of the BBC 1 Tomorrows World Survival Special. On this programme, the buildingEXODUS programme was featured.

    [01/02/2000]
    Mr Simon Blake joined FSEG in January 2000. He will be undertaking doctoral research in the field of human behaviour and evacuation simulation.

    [01/02/2000]
    Mr Daren Blackshields joined FSEG in September 1999. Mr Blackshields was appointed as a research assistant working with the EXODUS development team of FSEG.

    [01/02/2000]
    Mr Steve Gwynne successfully defended his PhD, entitled “The introduction of adaptive social decision-making in the mathematical modelling of egress behaviour” in January 2000.  Dr Gwynne is now working as a Post Doctoral Fellow with the EXODUS development team of FSEG. Picture of the Steve Graduating and shortly afterwards.

    [01/02/2000]
    Mr Fuchen Jia successfully defended his PhD, entitled “The simulation of fire growth and spread within enclosures using an integrated CFD fire spread model” in September 1999.  Dr Jia is now working as a Post Doctoral Fellow with the SMARTFIRE development team of FSEG.  Picture of the Fuchen Graduating and shortly afterwards.

    [01/02/2000] Mr Steve Gwynne delivered a paper at the 6th IAFSS conference in Pointers France in July 1999 entitled, “Adaptive Decision-Making in buildingEXODUS”.

    [01/02/2000]
    Mr Fuchen Jia delivered a paper at the 6th IAFSS conference in Pointers France in July 1999 entitled, “The Numerical Simulation of Noncharring Thermal Degradation and its Application to the Prediction of Compartment Fire”.

    [01/02/2000]
    Mr John Ewer delivered a paper at INTERFLAM 99 at the Edinburgh Conference Centre during June/July 1999. The paper was entitled “The development and application of group solvers in the SMARTFIRE fire field model.”

    [01/02/2000]
    Prof Ed Galea delivered a paper at the 3rd Int Conf on Fire Research and Engineering (Chicago) in September 1999 entitled, “Extending the Capabilities of the buildingEXODUS evacuation model to cater for hospital Evacuations.”

    [27/05/1999]
    Prof Galea delivered an invited paper at the London Fire Brigade organised conference Fire Investigation Beyond the Cause on 27th May 1999 entitled, “The need for data in fire and evacuation modelling”.

    [10/05/1999]
    Prof Galea delivered an invited paper at Cabin Safety Conference held at Cranfield University during May 1999. The paper was entitled “The application of computer modelling to aviation safety.”

    [01/02/1999]
    Congratulations to Mrs Kate Finney, who Gained Her PhD in November 1998.

    [01/02/1999]
    Dr David Purser of the Fire Research Station has been appointed to the position of visiting professor with FSEG.

    [30/11/1998]
    Mr Wang Zhaozhi from Beijing China has joined FSEG and will be undertaking doctoral research in combustion modelling.

    [30/11/1998]
    Mr Piotri Rymarczyk a recent graduate from Poland has joined FSEG and is working on the SMARTFIRE project.

    [30/11/1998]
    Dr David Purser of the Fire Research Station has been appointed to the position of visiting professor with FSEG.

    [30/11/1998]
    A Virtual Reality post-processor for the FSEG developed evacuation model buildingEXODUS is under development. The post-processor enables buildingEXODUS generated evacuation simulations to be replayed in three-dimensional virtual reality. The visualisation includes a CAD representation of the building. A demonstration of the post-processor may be found on the EXODUS web pages found under the FSEG home pages.

    [30/11/1998]
    FSEG have now made available the first general release version of the SMARTFIRE fire field model. The software is currently being used by the Loss Prevention Council, Essex Fire Brigade, Ove Arup Fire, Home Office FRDG and Christchurch University. Details concerning SMARTFIRE may be found on the SMARTFIRE web pages listed under the FSEG home pages.

    [30/11/1998]
    Prof Galea chaired the three day Cabin Safety Workshop which was part of the Very Large Transport Aeroplane Conference held in Noordwijkerhout The Netherlands October 1998.

    [30/11/1998]
    Prof Galea delivered the 1998 Howard Emmons Lecture at WPI in the USA on 11th November 1998, his lecture was entitled, “The Use of Mathematical Modelling in Fire Safety Engineering”. A version of the presentation may be found on the FSEG web pages.

    [30/11/1998]
    Mr Matt Owen, Mr Stephen Gwynne, Prof Ed Galea and Mrs Kate Finney attended the Human Behaviour in Fire Conference held in Belfast in September 1998. The group presented four papers concerned with the airEXODUS aircraft evacuation model, the AASK aircraft accident survivor database, the buildingEXODUS evacuation model and a general paper on the modelling of human behaviour (see recent publications).

    [30/11/1998]
    Prof Galea attended the FAA/JAA organised Aircraft Fire Safety conference held in Atlantic City USA from the 16th to 20th November 1998 and delivered three papers, on the airEXODUS aircraft evacuation model, the AASK aircraft accident survivors database and the FIREDASS water mist model. Copies of these papers and all the other papers may be found on the FAA web site at http://fire.tc.faa.gov

    [01/07/1998] Mrs Kate Finney MSc joined the group in July 1998. Kate will be working on the AASK database and evacuation modelling.

    [01/07/1998] The development of the prototype vrEXODUS is almost complete. vrEXODUS will post process EXODUS generated evacuation files and replay them in Virtual Reality graphics. Not only will you be able to better visualise the evacuation, but you will also be able to better see the structure as the DXF is also ported into the animation. For a glimpse of vrEXODUS see the demo on the protected pages.

    [28/09/1998]
    Mr Matt Owen, Mr Stephen Gwynne, Prof Ed Galea and Mrs Kate Finney attended the Human Behaviour in Fire Conference held in Belfast in September 1998. The group presented four papers concerned with the airEXODUS aircraft evacuation model, the AASK aircraft accident survivor database, the buildingEXODUS evacuation model and a general paper on the modelling of human behaviour (see recent publications).

    [14/05/1998]
    Prof Galea gave a presentation to the Institute of Building Control Eastern District AGM entitled, "Burning Questions Model Answers" on the 28th April 1998 at Southend in Essex.

    [13/05/1998]
    Prof Galea gave a presentation entitled, "The Computer Modelling of Evacuation" at the FIREX’98 conference in Birmingham on 13th May 1998.

    [01/05/1998]
    The EXODUS development group completed a project for NHS Estates in which some new features were developed. The new features included the ability for nominated individuals to assist non-ambulant patients and move them to a place of relative safety prior to moving them to the designated place of safety. As this facility requires further development, it has not been made available yet in the general release version of buildingEXODUS however, it can be used by the developers for consultancy applications.

    [12/03/1998] Prof Galea gave a presentation entitled, "The use of mathematical modelling in fire safety engineering" at the Eurofire Conference in Brussels on 12th March 1998.

    [25/02/1998]
    In Feb 1998, the beta version of buildingEXODUS V2.0 was used on the 5 day short course Principles and Practice of Evacuation Modelling. The software was used intensively by approximately 20 fire professionals from all over the world. Both the software and the course were highly praised by the delegates. For more information see Course News.

    [01/02/1998] Mr David Cooney has joined FSEG and is working on the application of Virtual Reality to evacuation simulation.

    [05/11/1997]
    Mr Daniel Berhane has left the group to take a position with the BMA.

    [05/10/1997]
    Mr Dominik Janes from Poland has joined the group to work on SMARTFIRE.

    [28/06/1997] Matt Owen's Wedding 28th June 1997.

    [30/06/1997] In June 1997, the beta version buildingEXODUS V1.1 was used on the 5 day short course Principles and Practice of Evacuation Modelling. The software was used intensively by approximately 25 fire professionals from all over the world. The verdict - both the course and software received top marks from all the delegates. For more information see Course News.

    [20/06/1997]
    Prof Margret Law delivered her inaugural professorial lecture at the University of Greenwich on 3rd June 1997. The lecture was entitled Developments in the Discipline of Fire Safety Engineering. Prof Law is the Visiting Professor of Fire Safety Engineering.

    [19/06/1997]
    Prof Galea chaired and made two presentations at a one-day seminar entitled "Raising Standards, Saving Lives" organised by BICC Construction Cables in London on 19th June 1997.

    [03/06/1997]
    Prof Margret Law delivered her inaugural professorial lecture at the University of Greenwich on 3rd June 1997. The lecture was entitled Developments in the Discipline of Fire Safety Engineering. Prof Law is the Visiting Professor of Fire Safety Engineering.

    [01/06/1997]
    FSEG has been awarded a contract to investigate the evacuation efficiency of aircraft designs for BOMBARDIER CANADA

    [10/04/1997] Prof Galea has been appointed to the Life Safety Committee of the British Standards Institute (April 1997).

    [25/03/1997] Prof Galea presented 2 papers at the IAFSS Symposium on Fire Safety in Melbourne Australia during March 1997 concerning recent developments with the buildingEXODUS evacuation model and the SMARTFIRE fire field model.

    [20/03/1997]
    Mr Fuchen Jia of FSEG presented a paper at the IAFSS Symposium on Fire Safety in Melbourne Australia during March 1997 concerning the prediction of flashover and backdraft using fire field models.

    [12/03/1997]
    Prof Galea presented a paper concerning the airEXODUS evacuation model at Royal Aeronautical Society Symposium on Cabin Safety in London during March 1997.

    [15/12/1996] Prof Galea and Mr Owen visited the NTSB in Washington DC to present a paper on airEXODUS and spent a week collecting data from their archive files (Dec 1996).

    [05/12/1996]
    Prof Galea and Mr Owen visited BOEING Seattle and FAA Seattle to present results from the airEXODUS simulations on the B767 Evacuation Demonstration (Dec 1996).

    [09/10/1996]
    Staff from the FSEG presented 2 papers (one concerning airEXODUS) and 2 posters at the NATO AGARD conference in Dresden Oct 1996.

    [01/10/1996] Mr Steven Gwynne joined the group in Oct 1996 as a Doctoral Student in Evacuation Modelling.

    [07/05/1996] Prof Galea gave an invited presentation to the IFE entitled 'Burning Questions - Model Answers' on 7th May 1996 at the ESSEX Fire And Rescue Headquarters.

    [01/05/1996] Exodus Group has started work on a CAA funded project concerned with the analysis video footage of evacuation trials performed by the worlds major aircraft manufacturers. This information is being used in the continued development of the airEXODUS evacuation model.

    [06/03/1996] Staff from the FSEG presented 2 papers and 2 posters at the INTERFLAM'96 conference at Cambridge during March 1996.

    [01/02/1996]
    FSEG has started work on an EC funded project concerned with investigating the use of water mist as a replacement for Halon extinguishment systems on Feb 1996. FSEG's role on the project, which has a three year duration, involves the mathematical modelling of the water mist, its interaction with the fire atmosphere and the extinguishment of the fire.

    [] Prof Galea has been awarded an EPSRC grant to continue work on the development of the SMARTFIRE fire field model. In addition to the EPSRC, the project - which runs for three years - is supported by, The Loss Prevention Council, The Home Office (FRDG), Ove Arup and Partners, and the Essex Fire Brigade.

    []
    Prof Galea has been awarded a further two year research and development contract by the UK CAA for the continued development of the airEXODUS evacuation model.

    [Jan 1996] Mr L Filippidis MSc has joined the group as a software engineer/modeller in the area of evacuation modelling.

    [1996]
    Mr A Grandison MSc has joined the group and is working in the area of water spray modelling.

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    Mr A Dixon MSc who has a background in Psychology has joined the group and is working in the area of evacuation modelling.

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    Mr E Alessandri has left the group to take up a position in the German insurance industry.

    [1995] Prof Galea and Mr Owen attended the CAA/FAA evacuation certification test of the B777 and modified B767 at BOEING Seattle USA during April. Prof Galea also presented results from that air-EXODUS predictions of the B767 aircraft evacuation to the Boeing and CAA/FAA certification team. Model predictions were extremely accurate.

     

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    Figure depicts the spread of smoke in the above ceiling area (red) together with the streams of air/traces of smoke emerging form various small holes in the ceiling within the cockpit. The air stream passes over the seat and towards the rudder pedal at the base of the model. Note that the red cloud depicting the smoke is confined to the above ceiling region and other panels Figure depicts the spread of smoke in the above ceiling area (red) together with the streams of air/traces of smoke emerging form various small holes in the ceiling within the cockpit. The air stream passes over the seat and towards the rudder pedal at the base of the model. Note that the red cloud depicting the smoke is confined to the above ceiling region and other panels