FEMTC2011 Conference Information


The Fire and Evacuation Modeling community is growing and continues to diversify as new codes, software improvements and data standards promote the use of simulation and modeling tools for technical analysis. Thunderhead Engineering is hosting the inaugural Fire and Evacuation Modeling Technical Conference to encourage continued communication and collaboration.

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Thunderhead Engineering has opened up the conference archives for free public access. Please share this site with your friends and colleagues. You can watch all of the videos in a YouTube playlist in the video player below. Or, to view a specific presentation and related materials, please click the title of the presentation in the following tables.

Conference Video Playlist


Day 1 – August 15th, 2011

D1-1 Welcome and Opening Remarks
Daniel Swenson, Thunderhead Engineering
D1-2 Using the SFPE Guidelines for Substantiating a Fire Model for a Given Application 1_01_02_Hofmeister
Craig E. Hofmeister and Stephen M. Hill, Rolf Jensen & Associates, Inc.
D1-3 FDS 6 Development and V&V 1 02 43 McGrattan
Kevin McGrattan, NIST
D1-4 Quality Assessment in FDS: A Bridge to Reliable Simulations [Download not found]
Randy McDermott, NIST
D1-5 PyroSim and Pathfinder Product Updates
Brian Hardeman, Thunderhead Engineering
D1-6 Implementation of HVAC Network Model in FDS 1 05 45 Floyd
Jason Floyd, Hughes Associates, Inc.
D1-7 Putting the Smoke into Smokeview: Recent Updates and Enhancements
Glenn Forney, NIST
D1-8 Water Mist in FDS 1 07 46 Hostikka
Simo Hostikka, VTT, Finland
D1-9 Incorporating Elevators and Escalators into Emergency Evacuation Models 1 08 40 Bukowski
Richard W. Bukowski, Rolf Jensen and Associates
D1-10 FDS+Evac Evacuation Model: Recent Developments 1 09 16 Korhonen
Timo Korhonen, VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland
D1-11 Design of Smoke Ventilation System for the Kolkata Metro Station Using Computational Fluid Dynamics 1 10 20 Gupta
Shishir Gupta, Mechartes Researchers Pvt. Ltd.
D1-12 Underground Parking Garages – Changing perceptions on smoke control criteria and combining an Integrated HVAC System for Smoke control and Ventilation 1 11 44 Netanel
Donna Netanel, S. Netanel Engineers and Consulting Ltd. and OffStream Studios
D1-13 Online Fire Research Information Resources 1-13-Robbins
Amanda Robbins, BRANZ and NIST
D1-14 Probabilistic CFD and Evacuation Simulation for Fire Life Safety Assessment 1 13 08 Albrecht
Cornelius Albrecht, Dietmar Hosser, iBMB Fire Protection Division, University of Braunschweig
D1-15 Modeling Case Study: Hudson Yards, New York 1 14 13 Barrot
John Barrot, ARUP
D1-16 SFPE Pyrolysis Model Parameters Guide 1 15 47 Janssens
Marc L. Janssens, SwRI Fire Technology Department
D1-17 Validation of FDS Prediction on Fire-Induced Flow: A Follow-up to Previous Study 1 16 04 Quintiere
James Quintiere, Department of Fire Protection Engineering, University of Maryland


Day 2 – August 16th, 2011

Parallel Session A – Fire Modeling
D2a-1 Case Study to Evaluate the Effect of Building Code Violations on the Outcome of a Fatality Fire 2a 01 49 Putaansuu
Noel Putaansuu, MDE, Seattle, WA
D2a-2 Ready-to-Use” Building Layouts and Combustible Packages for 3-D Fire Simulations 2a 02 31 Alvarez
Alberto Alvarez, WPI – Fire Protection Engineering Department
D2a-3 Analytical Investigation of Fire Loads for Steel-Framed Open-Deck Parking Structures 2a-03-Pessiki
Stephen Pessiki, Lehigh University
D2a-4 A Practical Method for Designing a Virtual Sprinkler Spray 2a 04 26 Magnone
Zachary Magnone, Tyco Fire Protection Products
D2a-5 Evaluation of Thermal Radiation Models for Fire Spread between Objects 2a 05 32 Fleury
Rob Fleury, Arup, Sydney
D2a-6 Coupled Heat Transfer Processes during Fires – A New Model and its Application to Nuclear Facilities 2a 07 18 Hohm
Volker Hohm, Trebes GmbH & Co. KG
D2a-7 Performance Based Fire Engineering to Mitigate Non-Compliance in Exit Provisions 2b 02 29 Dayanandan
Shyam Dayanandan, Computational Engineering Solutions LLP
D2a-8 Fire Modeling with CAD/GEI Techniques 2a 09 23 Pin
Mr. Y.F. Pin, Parson Brinckerhoff Ltd, Hong Kong
Parallel Session B – Evacuation Modeling
D2b-1 Evaluating the Predictive Capability of Fire and Egress Models 2b 01 48 Peacock
Rick Peacock, NIST
D2b-2 Implementing a Behavioral Model
Steve Gwynne, Hughes Associates, Inc., UK and Erica Kuligowski, NIST
D2b-3 Use of Evacuation Case Studies to Validate a 3D Agent-Based Pedestrian Microscopic Simulation Tool for Egress 2b 04 21 Rivers
Eric Rivers, Arup, New York
D2b-4 Human Behavior under Fire Situations 2b 05 42 Cordeiro
Elisabete Cordeiro, University of Coimbra, Portugal
D2b-5 The Utility of a Panic Model on Simulating Crowd Disasters 2b 06 15 Ma
Tingguang Ma, Department of Fire Protection and Safety Technology, Oklahoma State University
D2b-6 Evacuation Modeling Dependence on Input Parameters 2b 07 22 Salyers
Brian Salyers, Holmes Fire
D2b-7 The Benefits of the Application of a “Monte Carlo” Methodology to Evacuation Modeling 2b 08 35 Ham
Simon Ham, FiSEC Lincoln Office
D2b-8 Evacuation Simulation of Shipboard Fire Scenarios 2b 09 10 Azzi
Camille Azzi, Ship Stability Research Centre (SSRC), University of Strathclyde