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Pathfinder 2018.4.1210

December 10, 2018
This release adds support for BIM model import using the IFC format, more options for occupant models, and support for opening Results visualization in VR headset mode.  Read More...

IFC Import to Pathfinder (and PyroSim)

November 14, 2018
The next releases of Pathfinder and PyroSim will include the capability to import Industry Foundation Classes (IFC) files that describe building data. In Pathfinder, this can significantly speed model creation since it includes automatic extraction of  floors, doors, and stairs. This post demonstrates this feature.  Read More...

Manually Coupling FDS and Pathfinder to Respond to Smoke

November 7, 2018
A long-term development goal has been to fully couple the PyroSim/FDS fire results with Pathfinder evacuation. A first step toward this goal is the capability to display both fire and evacuation results in the same results viewer. However, full coupling of the two simulations has not been completed. In the interim, it is possible to run the fire simulation, monitor the reduced visibility due to smoke, and then manually use that information to slow and re-direct occupants in response to the fire. This provides an example.  Read More...

FEMTC 2018 Summary

October 19, 2018
The Fire and Evacuation Modeling Technical Conference (FEMTC) 2018 concluded earlier this month as a tremendous success. Moving back to the United States after visiting southern Spain in 2016, this year’s conference was held in Gaithersburg, Maryland just around the corner from the NIST campus. Over 70 individuals were in attendance. Conference members included engineers, ... Read More...

VR in Pathfinder and PyroSim

October 17, 2018
The next releases of Pathfinder and PyroSim will include the capability to display results using the Oculus Rift virtual reality (VR) headset. This post gives a preview of how to use this capability.  Read More...

FEMTC 2018 Early Registration Discount Ends Soon

August 10, 2018
Register for FEMTC 2018 before August 15th, 2018 and save $100. Read More...

Ramps in Pathfinder

August 10, 2018
This post demonstrates how to use straight and curved ramps in Pathfinder. Straight ramps are supported using the Create Ramp tool, while curved ramps require CAD import and use of the Extract Floor tool.  Read More...

New Camera Options in Results Viewer

August 6, 2018
Views, Tours, and Section Boxes can now be created directly within the Results Viewer. These objects can be trasnferred from one set of results to another via import. Also, screenshots can be automatically generated based on the views and tours that are created. Read More...

Pathfinder 2018.3.0730

July 30, 2018
This release includes wait times on doors, an option for occupants to shrink to move through narrow aisles, and console-based generation of randomized simulations. Changes to Results include creating views and section boxes, unit switching for concentration and temperature, and many other improvements. Read More...

Monte Carlo Simulations in Pathfinder

June 20, 2018
Pathfinder 2018.3 will include basic monte carlo simulation tools to automate multiple simulations where the initial positions and properties of occupants are randomized. This post demonstrates this capability. Read More...