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Advanced evacuation simulation software and its use in warships

Advanced evacuation simulation software and its use in warships

Boxall, P., Gwynne, S., Filippidis, L., Galea, E.R. and Cooney, D. (2005) Advanced evacuation simulation software and its use in warships. In: Royal Institution of Naval Architects International Conference - Human Factors in Ship Design, Safety and Operation. Royal Institution of Naval Architects, London, UK, pp. 49-56. ISBN 9781905040094

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Abstract

The newly formed Escape and Evacuation Naval Authority regulates the provision of abandonment equipment and procedures for all Ministry of Defence Vessels. As such, it assures that access routes on board are evaluated early in the design process to maximize their efficiency and to eliminate, as far as possible, any congestion that might occur during escape. This analysis can be undertaken using a computer-based simulation for given escape scenarios and replicates the layout of the vessel and the interactions between each individual and the ship structure. One such software tool that facilitates this type of analysis is maritimeEXODUS. This tool, through large scale testing and validation, emulates human shipboard behaviour during emergency scenarios; however it is largely based around the behaviour of civilian passengers and fixtures and fittings of merchant vessels. Hence there existed a clear requirement to understand the behaviour of well-trained naval personnel as opposed to civilian passengers and be able to model the fixtures and fittings that are exclusive to warships, thus allowing improvements to both maritimeEXODUS and other software products. Human factor trials using the Royal Navy training facilities at Whale Island, Portsmouth were recently undertaken to collect data that improves our understanding of the aforementioned differences. It is hoped that this data will form the basis of a long-term improvement package that will provide global validation of these simulation tools and assist in the development of specific Escape and Evacuation standards for warships. © 2005: Royal Institution of Naval Architects.

Item Type: Conference Proceedings
Title of Proceedings: Royal Institution of Naval Architects International Conference - Human Factors in Ship Design, Safety and Operation
Additional Information: [1] This paper was first presented at the Royal Institution of Naval Architects International Conference - Human Factors in Ship Design, Safety and Operation held from 23-24 February 2005 in London, UK. [2] ISBN: 1905040091; 978-190504009-4.
Uncontrolled Keywords: access routes, escape and evacuation standards, merchant vessels, behavioral research, computer simulation, naval architecture, naval vessels, personnel training, warships, computer software
Subjects: Q Science > QA Mathematics > QA76 Computer software
V Naval Science > VM Naval architecture. Shipbuilding. Marine engineering
Pre-2014 Departments: School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences
School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences > Centre for Numerical Modelling & Process Analysis
School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences > Centre for Numerical Modelling & Process Analysis > Fire Safety Engineering Group
School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences > Department of Mathematical Sciences
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URI: http://gala.gre.ac.uk/id/eprint/852

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