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2020.4 Release Preview

September 2, 2020
PyroSim and Pathfinder 2020.4 bring many new features. Here is a quick look at the biggest additions. View the full release notes for PyroSim and Pathfinder. Read More...

Mars Colony Biome Evacuation Analysis by Szymon Matkowski

August 11, 2020
Our support team has been assisting Szymon Matkowski with his recent project based on a feasibility study, completed by a team at Wroclaw University of Science and Technology, of possible layouts and technical solutions for a theoretical base on Mars. The study was part of a competition sponsored by The Mars Society in which the ... Read More...

Social Distance Improvements in Pathfinder 2020.3

August 7, 2020
Pathfinder 2020.3 further enhances the user's ability to model social distance behavior as a method to address pandemic safety. Social Distance has been completely separated from Comfort Distance. Now, rather than Enable Forced Separation in the Simulation Parameters (retained in 2020.3 for legacy files), Social Distancing has its own selection field in the Advanced tab of the Edit Profiles dialog. With this recent development, occupants exhibit less "jostle" or "jitter" while smoothly and effectively maintaining distance. Read More...

FEMTC 2020 Becomes a Virtual Event

April 7, 2020
We are excited that we have already received many compelling abstracts for the Fire and Evacuation Modeling Technical Conference 2020 (FEMTC). As the global situation developed in March, Thunderhead Engineering decided that FEMTC 2020 will become a virtual event. Many have asked for remote opportunities in the past and there is no better time to ... Read More...

New Pathfinder Data Options to Assist with Coronavirus Scenario Modeling

April 7, 2020
* The features described in this article are now available in Pathfinder 2020.2 and later versions. The global spread of the SARS-CoV-2 virus and associated COVID-19 sickness has profoundly changed human interactions in a matter of weeks.  It will likely be several more weeks until the first wave of illness is under control.  Modeling how these interactions ... Read More...

Vertical Ladders in Pathfinder

April 1, 2020
We recently had a question about modeling vertical ladders in Pathfinder. This post will describe the details of how to accomplish this. Geometry Figure 1 shows normal stairs. Each end of the stairs must connect to boundary edges of the rooms. If the stairs connect the interiors of the rooms, cutouts at the top and bottom must ... Read More...

Thunderhead COVID-19 Update

March 20, 2020
The global outbreak is impacting everyone.  We wanted to provide a brief status update of operations at Thunderhead Engineering and how it will impact our customers One of our corporate values at Thunderhead is flexibility for our workforce.  As such, we have had remote employees for several years, and many of our staff frequently work from ... Read More...

1Point2 Studies Bathrooms and Gender Bias in France

December 5, 2019
1Point2 is the official partner of Thunderhead Engineering in France and has been since 2014. For over 30 years they have specialized in dynamic flow simulation for industry, transport, and construction. As an early pioneer in simulation, 1Point2 provides consultation services through the acquisition, training, implementation, and post-analysis of simulation software tools. Not only do ... Read More...

Price Increase in 2020 for PyroSim and Pathfinder

December 4, 2019
Prices for all license types of PyroSim and Pathfinder are scheduled to increase on January 1, 2020. All quotes issued before this date will retain 2019 pricing throughout their normal 30 day validity period, even if that extends into early 2020. If you are considering a new purchase, or if your annual subscription is expiring ... Read More...

Change Profile Dynamically with New Behavior Step

November 19, 2019
Coming soon in Pathfinder 2019.3 we will see a new Behavior step that allows occupants to dynamically change their Profile. A similar feature was added previously where occupants could change their behavior. The profile contains the occupant’s characteristics such as speed, door choice, and various settings related to interacting with other occupants in the model.  You ... Read More...