A 3D viewer that animates building evacuation and occupant movement has been launched.
A 3D viewer that animates building evacuation and occupant movement has been launched by Integrated Environmental Solutions (IES).
The Simulex tool, previously only available in 2D plan views, has been given a facelift to offer advanced animation capabilities to investigate building egress and ingress. It is used worldwide, can model different populations and is readily accepted by planning authorities. Simulex also uses distance mapping for automated travel-distance analysis, a component of all worldwide fire regulations.
The tool allows users to define a building and its occupants, and simulate how they move around a building and evacuate during an emergency. The new 3D viewer animates occupant movement on each floor of the building, while allowing the user to ‘fly round’ the building for easier visual analysis. It provides quick access to movie recording and additional effects, such as wall and floor transparencies.
Simulex can help to identify potential problems and bottlenecks, and find solutions to ensure efficient evacuation in an emergency. It can accurately predict how long it will take for all occupants to reach the exits, based on the number of people left in the building at any time.