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News 2006

11th Dec. 2006

We have mailed our christmas cards. As always, they are drawn by Tim Meyer-König. This years motive was influenced by the soccer world championships here in Germany. Have fun, discovering the fans!

Motive of this years christmas cards. Click on it, to view a larger version.

30th Oct. 2006

Our workshop about the RiMEA project and evacuation simulations in general at the Department of Housing was a success. Additional speakers were Christian Rogsch from the University of Wuppertal and Tobias Kretz from the University of Duisburg-Essen.

23th Oct. 2006

Finally, our references in the pedestrian section have been updated. They show a list of projects and licencees. We plan to update the single references with background information (if possible) to give you an overview of the projects, our software was involved in.

22th Sept. 2006

The German newspaper Süddeutsche has published an article about the colaborative research project we have joined together with the Hamburg Ship Model Basin and the Technical University of Harburg. On behalf of the Swedish authorities we will investigate the Estonia desaster. AENEAS will be used to simulate the evacuation, taking the ships motions into account.

14th Sept. 2006

The july editon of Fairplay Solutions contains an article about a research project performed by the Hamburg Ship Model Basin. Its aim is to analyse the damage stability of passenger ferries with regard to evacuation. Within this task, our software AENEAS was used to examine the evacuation of passengers under the influence of the ships movement.

25th Aug. 2006

Since the authority workshop at the department of building in Essen was such a big success, we will be repeating it in Cologne. This time, Mr. Christian Rogsch from the university of Wuppertal will join us as speaker.
The workshop will take place on the 30th October in Cologne.

05th Aug. 2006

Conference proceedings of "Traffic and Granular Flow '05" (October 2005, Berlin) are currently being printed. Our paper The simulation of crowds at very large events can among others be found in our publications or can be found here as pdf file (789 kB).

17th July 2006

Our company hollidays last from today until the 04th of August 2006. In very urgent cases you can reach Hubert Klüpfel via his mobile phone (+49-163-3797504). From the 7th of August we will be back for you.

13th June 2006

The final report of the Hamburg Ship Model Basin concerning the Time-Dependent Survival Probability of a Damaged Passenger Ship II - Evacuation in Seaway and Capsizing is now available as a download. You can find a link in our downloads-section.
Within the project, funded by the German Ministry of Traffic, Building and Housing, HSVA evaluated the behaviour of damaged ferries until capsizing. In oder to judge the time-dependent survivability, evacuation simulations were carried out. For this task, AENEAS was chosen, which was expanded by an add-on to take the influence of the ships motion onto the motion of tha passengers into account. The rules for these effects were derived from various international tests.

23th May 2006

In co-operation with the Department of Building in Essen and the University of Duisburg-Essen, we organized a workshop concerning the topic of evacuation simulations. The workshop took half a day and was visited by about 30 representatives of the authorities and the fire departments of the region. Simulations related to planning laws and approval procedures were of special interest.

10th May 2006

This times PESOS meeting took place at Flensburger Schiffbau Gesellschaft in Flensburg, far in the north of Germany. Apart from the project partners, a representative of the project executing organisation (Projektträger Jülich) attended the meeting in order to observe the progress of the project.
It has shown, the the clustering of persons has to be improved. We presented it earlier (see below, 2nd march), but in complex geometries some difficulties occured. During this week we tackled and solved the problems in a collaborate action.
Further topics discussed were the simulation of fire and smoke by Germanischer Lloyd, the simulation of day to day situations as well as the embarkation process, and the results of practical tests performed by the University of Duisburg-Essen.
After the meeting, Katharina Wortberg led us through the production and over the RoRo vessel which is currently docked at the outfitting quay. The heat of the sun on the open deck convinced us, that summer has finally arrived. :o)

24th April 2006

A warm welcome to all guests, discovering our homepage via the calender which was distributed by the ministry of foreign affairs. Themed by the title "Germany invites", the calender presents Germany in consideration of the 2006 soccer world championships. This weeks motive was devoted to TraffGo HT and our evacuation analyses.

Extract from the calender.

24th March 2006

Hubert Klüpfel was invited to participate in the crowd experiments performed within the PESOS project as an external advisor. The experiments were designed and supervised by Tobias Kretz, a member of the "Physics of Transport and Traffic" research group at the University Duisburg-Essen headed by Prof. Dr. Michael Schreckenberg. It was the aim of the tests to explore the phenomena of counter flow. Please click on the image on the right to download a short video clip (716 kB) which Hubert Klüpfel shot out of the participants view.

15th March 2006

Scientists of the universities Duisburg-Essen, Cologne and Wuppertal, the Research Centre Jülich and TraffGo HT GmbH are planning to establish a research network for pedestrian and evacuation dynamics (PEDNET). The main goals of the project will be scientific discussions, exchange of empirical data (graphs, video...) and distribution of literature.

The participants in "panic" mode. ;o)

10th March 2006

Since the German paper Stiftung Warentest published its controversially discussed article on the safety of the German World Championship stadia, almost all German newspapers have launched articles concerning this topic. However, we think they were mainly lurid and extremely negativ. An objectiv view on the topic does not seem to be in the interest of the media.
This is why we have decided to tackle the problem with the necessary portion of humor. Whoever is looking for scientifically sound papers will find them in specialist literature. For an overview, we recommend our bibliography or our own publications.
We remain convinced, that authorities are anot overstrained and regulations are sufficient considering safety management in stadia.

2nd March 2006

The members of the German research project PESOS met at Meyer-Werft in Papenburg. Together with Flensburger Schiffbau Gesellschaft (FSG), Germanischer Lloyd AG and the University of Duisburg Essen we discussed the implementation of group binding (clustering). A first version can be seen in the animations below. They show a group of 50 persons moving through a vessel as a cluster. Furthermore the simulation of day to day processes on board of cruise liners was discussed as well as real and simulated embarkation processes.

50 persons moving without any group binding through a demonstration vessel.

50 persons moving as a cluster.

19th Feb. 2006

Dr. Hubert Klüpfel took part in an evacuation trial in the football stadium "Veltins Arena" (Auf Schalke, Gelsenkirchen/Germany). The evacuation of one block was tested with 450 participants of which 50 were marked as injured. The test was a success from the perspective of the safety personnel.

9th-13th Jan. 2006

Hubert Klüpfel and Tim Meyer-König spent the week in London. For the 50th time, the subcommittee on fire protection (FP) met at IMO (International Maritime Organization). As advisors from the German delegation, we presented paper no. FP50/5. It was written in order to clarify the guidelines on evacuation analyses for new and existing passengers ships (MSC/Circ.1033). Six of the ten proposals made were accepted by the drafting group.