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2021.1 Release – Available Now

February 24, 2021

The latest updates for PyroSim, Pathfinder and Results are available now. The 2021.1 release focuses on improving every day productivity.

View our Release Notes to download and see the full details, or read on for a quick look at what's new. Read More...

User Experience Improvements to Pathfinder 2021.1

February 23, 2021
Pathfinder will also benefit from feedback from our users. This release focuses on incorporating their suggestions in to our products to improve the user experience. We have made several usability improvements to Pathfinder in the 2021.1 release, some of which are mentioned below. Update: The 2021.1 Pathfinder Release is available now.  Added copy/paste functionality to Occupant Profiles Expanding ... Read More...

Requested Improvements in Results 2021.1

February 10, 2021
Our first release of the year will include requested improvements to our Results application. Results can view the output of the simulators embedded in PyroSim and Pathfinder. The improvements below help with visualizing social distancing hot spots using contours, showing cut outs from PyroSim slices, and improving the ability to edit colorbars for FDS results. Read More...

All FEMTC 2020 Videos Now Available

December 16, 2020

In September, Thunderhead Engineering welcomed a record attendance to FEMTC 2020 in its first virtual edition. We are excited to present to you the full set of presentations from our event with videos, papers, and slides available. This material is free for anyone to download/view.  Read More...

2020.5 Release – Available Now

November 17, 2020

Our latest updates for PyroSim, Pathfinder, and Results are available now. View our Release Notes to download and see the full details, or read on for a quick look at what's new. Read More...

Monte Carlo Improvements in Pathfinder 2020.5

November 13, 2020

Since Pathfinder 2018.3, users have been able to take advantage of Monte Carlo simulations through a command line interface. In modeling, the Monte Carlo method is used to randomize inputs across many simulation instances. With a statistical analysis applied, users can create probablistic interpretations of the resulting data sets. It is often used in research and is also required by regulations such as RiMEA. Read More...

2020 R&D Overview – Past, Present, & Future

November 5, 2020

In Brian's second talk at FEMTC 2020, he presents an overview of research and development at Thunderhead Engineering in the years since FEMTC 2018. If you haven't yet watched his first presentation, you can view it now for a deep dive into Pathfinder movement behavior research. This presentation covers the bulk of many other topics we've focused on. Read More...

Visual Improvements in Results 2020.5

November 2, 2020
Since introducing our Results application which combines PyroSim and Pathfinder output into a single workspace, we have continued to improve the visual realism of this package. Our users report that improvements in rendering smoke, textures, and occupant animation not only give their work a more professional look, but also increase the clarity of their findings. In the 2020.5 release, we will add several new features to deliver even better modeling output. Read More...

Social Distance, Queues, and More Research

October 27, 2020
In September, Thunderhead Engineering welcomed a record attendance to FEMTC 2020 in its first virtual edition. We are excited to begin delivering the presentations from that conference to everyone. First, we have a discussion of several different occupant movement topics researched by the Thunderhead Engineering R&D team and presented by President Brian Hardeman. There's more to come! Read More...

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...