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Emergency Evacuation Simulator

Emergency evacuation simulator project

Summary

Emergency Evacuation Simulator is an interactive 3D client-server multiuser application with high degree of realism that simulates different emergency situations requiring urgent evacuation.

Main purpose of this application is to perform evacuation training among employees who work in large buildings with complex floor plan and evacuation routes.

Challenge

When evaluating the design of a building it is extremely important to analyze the effectiveness of evacuation path, and understand people behavior and movement characteristics during emergency evacuation. Interactive simulation is a powerful tool since real data on building evacuation are rarely available and costly to obtain.

After short-period negotiations our client entrusted Program-Ace to develop an interactive Emergency Evacuation Simulator for a 5-storey office building in construction. This interactive application was to provide a possibility to:

  • recreate the realistic training environment (precise model of the building, interior and furniture);
  • create and emulate different emergency training scenarios;
  • record the actions of each training participant, memorizing their exit route and actions;
  • simulate the loss of orientation and movement due to the health damage;
  • add as many random people (bots) as it is required to run the training in realistic conditions;
  • grab and use different objects that may help to clear the way to the exit or protect health;
  • help other people find the way out of the building;
  • communicate with other training participants during the simulation;
  • perform training evaluation based on studying the recorded user route and analysis of final stats showing the time of evacuation, number of people taken out of the building by the user, health condition and final score;
  • analyze the evacuation route and find its weaknesses;
  • teach staff how to act in emergency situations and find the way out.

Target Audience

Administration and employees of large office buildings, airports, railway and subway stations, shopping centers, plants and factories, research institutes and scientific laboratories; also governmental and non–governmental organizations responsible for fire safety.

Application teaches people to act quickly and rationally in case of emergency situation, namely:

  • find the shortest way out of the building based on brief review of floor-plan
  • navigate in the conditions of low visibility (due to smoke concentration)
  • use different objects that may help exit the building or protect life and health

Goal

Emergency Evacuation Simulator is designed to help the training participant to effectively memorize the safest and fastest exit routes: so that the person in danger would not have to think, but be ready to immediately perform required actions.

Achievements

Program-Ace team developed a fully-featured Emergency Evacuation Simulator that has the following features:

  • Realistic disaster development models;
  • Different models of emergency: fire, gases and smokes, earthquake, tornado, flood;
  • Unlimited list of goals and objectives of the training;
  • Arbitrary appointment of the additional scores for accomplishing special objectives and goals (e.g. calling fire rescue team);
  • Ability to organize cooperation and perform group actions during the training;
  • Unlimited number of concurrent training participants;
  • Voice communication between the trainees;
  • Active indicators of health;
  • Ability to use different objects during the training (like wet-rags to cover mouth and protect lungs from inhaling smoke);
  • Centralized rating system enabling the evaluation of skills improvement for each trainee;
  • Personal statistics available right after trainee exits the training session (shows the quantity of people taken out of the building, health condition, time, different objects usage and the overall scores gained);
  • Full statistics stored in the application database. It is always available for administrator and can be reviewed anytime after the training;
  • The simulator is brought to correspondence with all standards and requirements of U.S. Occupational Safety and Health Administration (OSHA).

Conclusion

Our technical expertise allows us to create an interactive 3D client-server multi-user application with high degree of realism that simulates different emergency situations requiring urgent response and (or) evacuation.

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