2023.1 Version Updates - Available Now
New FDS 6.8.0 support
PyroSim has increased support for new additions in upcoming FDS releases. We have worked with the team at NIST to prepare PyroSim for this new functionality as they continue development towards FDS 7. Here are some of the upcoming additions:
- Problematic void pressure zone identification and filling
- Multiple simple chemistry reactions
- HVAC waypoints
- HVAC visualization in Results
- A new surface type for the 3D heat transfer feature in FDS
- A redesigned FDS species library interface to accommodate an increase from 30 to roughly 350 species
Increased interface consistency
PyroSim, Pathfinder, and Results will all look and feel more similar to each other in 2023.1. For the upcoming release, we have prioritized resolving many differences between these applications and how users interact with them. Switching between the various interfaces should now feel more familiar.
New training platform
Our new training platform which currently hosts the Fundamentals series is now available. These tutorial series provide core education material in a self-paced online module format for our major products.
Additionally, our future online training materials will be available on this new platform. We are in the process of updating our training options and schedule for 2023. We plan to have new and updated training opportunities available sometime later this year and will update our website once additional information is available.
Now in Pathfinder 2023.1 it is possible to create a new type of elevator which suits general-purpose needs. Previously, it was only possible to model elevators in an evacuation mode which delivered all riders to the discharge floor for safe evacuation. SCAN, the new type of elevator available in Pathfinder, allows occupants to use elevators for travel to and from any valid floor - suitable for ingress modeling.
By selecting SCAN from the Type dropdown menu, an elevator will follow this new algorithm. If an occupant calls an elevator to travel upward, it will stop at intermediary floors and pick up additional occupants who are traveling upward. Once it has no more upward requests, it will wait for the next call in either direction. Occupants will automatically use an elevator if it is the only or most efficient path to their destination. It is also possible to specify the existing Goto Elevator Behavior action for a specific floor.
Plot object output data
Results offer the ability to select objects such as rooms, doors, or occupants and plot their output quantities. This makes it quicker and easier to access results data.
Depending on the object type selected, a right-click menu will display appropriate plot options. Multiple objects of the same type can be simultaneously selected and plotted together. With detailed occupant CSV output enabled, there are new plots available including distance, speed, time to exit, and FED (with provided relevant FDS output).
In order to support these new features, the
_doors.csv files have a new format.
The plot window includes an Export Data action from the File menu.
Improved 3D room drawing
When drawing new rooms with the 3D camera enabled, dashed projection lines will ensure your points snap where you expect. This is useful when using geometry on a different floor as a guide.
When using the cursor to snap to existing geometry points, the dashed lines will display the projection onto the active drawing plane. This works with both the polygonal and rectangular room tools.