17 May 2016 PYRONES: pyro-modeling and evacuation simulation system
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Abstract
Structural fires continue to pose a great threat towards human life and property. Due to the complexity and non-deterministic characteristics of a building fire disaster, it is not a straightforward task to assess the effectiveness of fire protection measures embedded in the building design, planned evacuation strategies and potential modes of response for mitigating the fire’s consequences. Additionally, there is a lack of means that realistically and accurately recreate the conditions of building fire disasters for the purpose of training personnel in order to be sufficiently prepared when vis-a-vis with such an environment. The propagation of fire within a building, the diffusion of its volatile products, the behavior of the occupants and the sustained injuries not only exhibit non-linear behaviors as individual phenomena, but are also intertwined in a web of co-dependencies. The PYRONES system has been developed to address all these aspects through a comprehensive approach that relies on accurate and realistic computer simulations of the individual phenomena and their interactions. PYRONES offers innovative tools and services to strategically targeted niches in two market domains. In the domain of building design and engineering, PYRONES is seamlessly integrated within existing engineering Building Information Modelling (BIM) workflows and serves as a building performance assessment platform, able to evaluate fire protection systems. On another front, PYRONES penetrates the building security management market, serving as a holistic training platform for specialists in evacuation strategy planning, firefighters and first responders, both at a Command and Control and at an individual trainee level.
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Tassos Kanellos, Adam Doulgerakis, Eftichia Georgiou, Vassilios I. Kountouriotis, Manolis Paterakis, Stelios C. A. Thomopoulos, Theodora Pappou, Socrates I. Vrahliotis, Thrasos Rekouniotis, Byron Protopsaltis, Ofir Rozenberg, Ofer Livneh, "PYRONES: pyro-modeling and evacuation simulation system", Proc. SPIE 9842, Signal Processing, Sensor/Information Fusion, and Target Recognition XXV, 984216 (17 May 2016); doi: 10.1117/12.2223162; https://doi.org/10.1117/12.2223162
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