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FEMTC 2016: Circulation, Ingress, and More

September 13, 2016
Circulation movement is often a critical part of the analysis for high occupancy areas with lots of foot traffic. As research and technology improves, engineers are adding non-evacuation investigations to their résumés. Jennifer Wiley, a Fire Protection Engineer at Jensen Hughes, will discuss these other uses for people movement models at the Fire and Evacuation Technical Modeling Conference (FEMTC).  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...

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...

Shopping Mall, Switzerland

February 10, 2016

Pathfinder case study by Christian Kohler from Swissi.

This evacuation simulation was conducted as part of a security screening of an existing shopping mall in Switzerland. Defined evacuation routes were simulated with a set pre-movement time to analyze jam times and total evacuation times.  Read More...

Improved Cornering in Pathfinder 2015.2

October 21, 2015
Changes in the movement algorithms for Pathfinder 2015.2 have improved the cornering capabilities of occupants in high density, wide corridor turns. The cornering behavior seeks to steer agents so that they can take wide turns as part of a group without cutting in front of each other. Read More...

Training Events in Singapore, October 2015

October 14, 2015
The event "Best Practices for Fire Simulation: PyroSim and Pathfinder", will be hosted in Singapore at SCDF HQ, 91 Ubi Avenue 4, by our distribution partner Building System & Diagnostics Pte Ltd (BSD). Bryan Klein from Thunderhead Engineering will be presenting. Read More...

Advanced Up/Down Speed Properties

October 13, 2015
In the previous release, fundamental diagram customization added increased control over pedestrian movement by allowing users to define the relationship between speed and density. Pathfinder 2015.2 adds customization for stairs and ramps with independent up or down speed restrictions, and fundamental diagram customization. Read More...