News

New Visualization for Fire, Smoke, and More

September 7, 2016
We are currently developing new visualization for many fire and smoke effects that are needed for both fire and evacuation modeling. Much of this is driven by a need to integrate evacuation results with fire and smoke visualization, along with other representations of FDS data. The intention is to provide an alternative to Smokeview for PyroSim as well as all new capability for Pathfinder. We are aiming to deliver easy to use camera manipulation, high frame rate visuals, and video capture with many options among other features.  Read More...

Te Papa Museum Investigation at FEMTC 2016

August 31, 2016
The Fire and Evacuation Technical Modeling Conference (FEMTC) is fast approaching, and several abstracts have been selected. Kevin Weller, a Fire Engineer at Beca, is joining many others in more than two days worth of technical presentations. Kevin will be presenting the challenges and discoveries of investigating the safety of a twenty year old museum. Read More...

FEMTC 2016: Registration, Reservation, and Speakers

August 18, 2016
FEMTC 2016 begins November 16, just under three months away. Here are a few key next steps to be aware of.  Read More...

Assisted Evacuation & Vehicles Preview

July 13, 2016
Our Pathfinder developers have been working on the long-awaited assisted evacuation and custom vehicle features that will make more applications possible. Hospitals, nursing homes, and retirement homes all must accommodate people in wheelchairs, rolling beds, walkers, and more. The staff at these facilities are required to assist their patients or residents during evacuation. However all public ... Read More...

PetraSim 2016.2.0523

May 23, 2016
This release adds cell selection along internal boundaries to simplify fault editing, coloring by volume factor in the 3D view, and several bug fixes. Read More...

PyroSim CAD File Import Improvements

April 12, 2016
PyroSim CAD file import options have improved in the 2016.1 release. This includes support for FBX and OBJ files as well as improvements for DXF and DWG. Read More...

FDS Cluster Free Upgrade for PyroSim

March 28, 2016
PyroSim 2016.1 is set to release in the next two weeks, including support for additional DEVC fields and new CAD file import options similar to those added in Pathfinder 2016.1. In addition, all PyroSim licenses will now include unrestricted use of the cluster simulation option. This is a permanent change which will automatically take effect, saving users 30% of the cost of purchasing PyroSim with the Unlimited Cluster Option. Read More...

Import Support for FBX, OBJ and Improvements for DWG, DXF

March 11, 2016
Pathfinder now supports FBX and OBJ file formats in addition to DWG, DXF, and DAE. All existing file formats have also seen major graphical improvements. Read More...

Measurement Regions for Density & Velocity

March 10, 2016
Pathfinder 2016 includes a new UI object called measurement regions. These red boxes record density and velocity values to a CSV file. They are drawn over the navigation surfaces in areas of steady flow. Read More...

Hydrostatic Pressure Conditions in PetraSim/TOUGH

March 9, 2016
This is the first in a series of posts discussing the initialization of a TOUGH model to represent realistic natural state conditions.  In almost all cases, it is beneficial to run a model to steady state before adding transient boundary conditions, injection or pumping wells, etc.  We’ll give a very simple example first, where we’ve used EOS3 to establish a hydrostatic pressure gradient in a single phase model. Read More...