Fire and Evacuation Modeling Technical Conference 2018

Dates: October 1-3, 2018 | Location: Courtyard Gaithersburg Washingtonian Center in Gaithersburg, MD, USA

FEMTC Overview

Thunderhead Engineering hosted the 4th Fire and Evacuation Modeling Technical Conference on October 1-3, 2018 in Gaithersburg, Maryland. The conference was focused on Fire and Evacuation Modeling and to encourage continued communication and collaboration with others in the field. On the last day of this event there was a complimentary tour of the NIST National Fire Research Laboratory. To discuss the conference, or the FEMTC event in general, please join us to chat on the FEMTC Slack Workspace.


Below are links to all presentations given at FEMTC 2018, each page provides an abstract, the video of the talk and PDF copies of the Paper and Presentation file when applicable. There is also a YouTube Playlist of all talks in the order they were given.

Day 1

A Simple Two-Step Reaction Scheme For Soot And CO Prediction In FDS
Kevin McGrattan – NIST

Direct Calculation of Ellipse Overlap Areas for Force Based Models of Pedestrian Dynamics
Gary Hughes – California Polytechnic State University

The Impact of Stairwell Queues on Egress Time From a Floor
Christopher Campbell – Arup

SCARC is Ready For Use in FDS
Susanne Kilian – hhpberlin

Variability of Behavioural Parameters in Egress Simulations of Stadiums
Danielle Aucoin – York University

Validation Of CFD Simulation Model Of French Balcony Façade Fire Test With Parapet Glass
Lajos Takacs, Csaba Szikra – Budapest University of Technology and Economics

Thunderhead Engineering R&D Review
Brian Hardeman – Thunderhead Engineering

Modeling Crowd Movement in Large Scale Events, the Case of Storico Carnevale Di Ivrea
Presentation by Elena Caccherano, Paper by Rugiada Scozzari – CANTENE s.r.l.

How to Validate Solutions from Simluex
Brian Thompson – AEGIS Engineering, PLLC

Simulating Real-Time Fire for Firefighting Training
Christian Niemand – University of Kassel

Acceptance Criteria in Fire Safety Engineering: A Review and Case Study
Daniel Rosberg – WSP Brand & Risk

Fire Investigation in Italian Waste Treatment Plant: Lessons Learned and Future Development
Alfredo Romano – TRR S.R.L.

Evacuation Analysis in Nursery Schools: Challenges of Parameterizing the Behavior of Children
Jan Lyzwa – Technische Universität Braunschweig

Day 2

The Unintended Consequences of Ignoring Evacuee Response
S.M.V. Gwynne – Movement Strategies

Setting Wildfire Evacuation Triggers by Coupling Fire and Traffic Simulation Models: A Spatiotemporal GIS Approach
Dapeng Li – South Dakota State University

Efficiency Of the Fire Safety System, Based on Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS)
Wilson Nobre Lima – University of Cape Verde

Natural Ventilation of a Short Road Tunnel
Katie McQuade-Jones – WSP USA

Bridging the Pre-Movement and Movement Data Gap through Non-FPE Studies
Mohammed A. Saeefan – Saudi Arabian Oil Company

Generalized Collision-free Velocity Model for Pedestrian Dynamics
Qiancheng Xu – Forschungszentrum Julich GmbH and University of Wuppertal

Development of 3D Heat Transfer and Pyrolysis in FDS
Randall McDermott – NIST

Agent-Based Modeling of Meta-Communication with Assisted People During Emergency Egress
Alberto Tinaburri – Ministry of the Interior, Italy and University of Rome “Tor Vergata”

Performance-Based Design of the Smoke Management System for the Lausanne University Library
Eric Tonicello – ISI Sàrl, Lausanne (CH)

Estimating the Probability of Fatalities in Long Tunnels with FDS and 1D Human Behavior
Oriol Rios – CERN

Effect and Appropriate Use of TIME_SHRINK_FACTOR in FDS
Rosalie Wills – Koffel Associates, Inc.

Validating FDS Against a Full-Scale Fire Test
Paul Blake – University of Leeds

Day 3

How to Model Complex Behavior Using Simple Control Functions

Simulation of Complex Geometry in FDS
Marcos Vanella – University of Maryland, College Park and NIST

Visualizing Smoke and Fire
Glenn Forney – NIST

SFPE Research Roadmap and New Projects
Chris Jelenewicz – SFPE