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PyroSim and Pathfinder Workshop in London: February 18-22

January 3, 2019
Thunderhead Engineering is offering a workshop in London during the week of February 18 to educate users on PyroSim and Pathfinder. The PyroSim/FDS workshops are split into introductory and advanced courses which each last two days. The Pathfinder workshop is presented in a single day. Students will learn applicable skills to use fire and evacuation ... Read More...

PyroSim 2018.3.1210

December 10, 2018
This release adds support for BIM model import using the IFC format, opening Results visualization in VR headset mode, and updated support for FDS version 6.7.0.  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...

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...

PyroSim 2018.2.0730

July 30, 2018
This release includes support for complex reaction stoichiometry, improved support for graphics hardware, and bug fixes.┬áChanges to Results include creating views and section boxes, unit switching for concentration and temperature, and many other improvements. Read More...

FEMTC 2018 – Registration is Open with a List of Presentations

June 7, 2018
FEMTC 2018 event registration and hotel reservation links are online. Accepted presentations are now listed on the webpage and there will be a NIST NFRL tour option available on day 3. Read More...

Leakage Modelling using Pressure Zones – Updated 2018-06

June 5, 2018
Leakage refers to the air that escapes through small gaps as a compartment is pressurized by a fire. Pressure zones can be used to model this effect. Read More...