Increased Capabilities of the Evacuation Planning Tool
02/01/09 12:06PM | Category: EPT

When the security team at the 2008 Republican National Convention wanted to simulate the evacuation of the estimated 16,000 people expected to attend the event, REGAL employed their Evacuation Planning Tool (EPT 1.0) to determine the time required to evacuate the entire venue, calculate queue lengths and identify congestion areas under a variety of circumstances and threat scenarios. Wishing to expand upon the simulation tool capabilities, REGAL began updating EPT, providing additional resources to better serve their clients.

EPT 2.0 includes several improvements that address the many variables associated with evacuation planning. Perhaps the biggest improvement to EPT is adding the capability to simulate loading scenarios, or the entry of people into venues or buildings including the ability to simulate metal detectors, elevators and queuing areas. These features will make it possible for individuals to determine how long it will take to load a building before an event given a set of parameters. EPT 2.0 will also have the potential to change the characteristics (ie: speed, panic level, etc.) of an individual after they are processed at a facility, for example in cases where an individual moves slower after wearing a gas mask.

Additionally, EPT 2.0 will feature several usability improvements to both the graphical user interface (GUI) and the animation producing more accurate and comprehensible simulations. REGAL is actively working with government agencies using EPT 2.0 to plan events for various loading and evacuation parameters. It is REGAL's hope that all types of large event coordinators will use EPT 2.0 to better plan for and make real-time decisions in emergency situations.

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