This research programme forms a multi- year collaboration with Arup, on a research programme called: Modelling Human Behaviour for Improving Infrastructure in Canada. The research has strong emphasis on data collection and subsequent tool development. The program began in 2015 (running until fall of 2020) and has received financial contributions from NSERC Canada and ARUP.
Our current focus is in multiple areas related to human behaviour in emergencies: long term care homes; Museums, Stadiums, hi-rise, and city evacuation in emergency. Each summer, our research team offers an annual graduate course to help professionals and students learn human behaviour in emergency conditions . We have several papers recently published which all can be accessed in the publications section.
Our work on stadiums is our strength and is an extensive project. To date we have performed over 15 ingress and egress studies on various Canadian stadiums holding 10,000 people or more. These large-scale monitoring events are being carried out by our team to better understand the movement behavior of spectators and to provide validation for simulated modelling tools. Our work was presented at the FEMTC conference in Washington October 2018.
Related News: Our Human Behavior and Fires work continues to grow at PED16 ; Reflecting on a Real Hotel Evacuation near Washington ; The MGM Grand Fire ; United Kingdom Fire Expedition 2016 ; Canadian Engineering Education Association’s Annual Conference