Fire strategies and design must account for and incorporate this human behavior. Human behavior is complex and multi-faceted and requires a reduction in uncertainties. If the designed building can show a validated and verifiable fire strategy that takes into account a level of predictable human behavior, the possibilities for improved performance based fire design in structures and infrastructure is possible. Human behavior and the interactions between humans and their built environment is a critical concept that may be beneficial to incorporate into standard engineering curriculum. It would be a valuable asset for emerging engineers to have a more complete and considerate perspective when conceptualizing the building designs of the future.-

except from our paper “The Study of Human Behavior in Fire Safety Engineering using Experiential Learning” presented at the Canadian Engineering Education Conference last June.

For the last two years at Carleton, I have been growing a research and education programme which touches on the above engineering need under the direct guidance and collaboration of renowned experts in this field. To date I now have four students studying this topic ranging from aging populations, to considerations of heritage, and mass occupancy. We are developing unique software tools, and improving education of the topic in Canada.

It is great pleasure that one of our recent papers will be presented at the  8th International Conference on Pedestrian and Evacuation Dynamics (PED2016) in China. The work builds on MassMotion, a software utilized to help engineer structures plan and study for the behaviour of individuals, the paper and work can be found on Oaysis softwares’ blog here.

Utilizing Oasys MassMotion Software, through an NSERC Engage Grant with Arup Toronto, my research team with its collaborators have been studying aging populations. Our preliminary results are being presented this month  at the PED16 Conference in China.

The coming weeks will be very exciting to where this topic will go on the research team.