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News 2015

8th December 2015 - A good deed instead of christmas cards.

Around this time of year, you would usually receive our unique Christmas card, however, this year we join the appeal of the shipyard Meyer Werft in Papenburg: They asked to support charity organisations instead of sending presents/cards to their employees.

Printing and shipping our cards costs around 300 EUR, so this year, we will donate this amount of money to the Flüchtlingshilfe Flensburg e.V., an association helping refugees. Especially in a border town like Flensburg, many refugees get stuck on their way to Scandinavia. The train station of Flensburg is usually not a place to stay longer than neccessary, but it has been transformed to a well-organized place, where stranded refugees get meals, clothing and all the basic things which -to us- go without saying.

Whenever we travel by train and pass by the station, we are deeply impressed, by the many committed Flensburger citizens, organizing it all and especially manage to keep it running long-term. It is basically real anarchy, without the backup of the authorities and it works outstandingly well.

We think, that supporting this project is worth resigning your Christmas cards and we wish you a nice advent season and re-creative holidays.

6th November 2015 - Speech at the OSGO

Tim Meyer-König followed the invitation of the Oldenburgischen Schiffergesellschaft of 1574 ("Mariner Association of Oldenburg") to visit their gentlemens evening in order to present an entertaining speech concerning the evacuation of passenger ships. The main topic was the importance of the ship as its best life boat. Abandonning the vessel should be the last resort, since 8000 persons floating around on the open sea in life rafts and boats are not a good alternative, not to mention the lack of comfort in life saving appliances beeing stuffed to the limit. Oldenburgs nespaper was present and wrote an article about the topic. Unfortunately, it is a bit one-sided.

14th October 2015 - Administration workshop in Munich

Planning and attending the Oktober Fest makes the fire brigade of Munich very experienced regarding the safety of large events. Nevertheless, evacuation analyses are also a new topic to them, so they invited us for our free administration workshop. We thank the fire brigade of Munich for their attention and teh detailed discussion after our seminar. The guideline Veranstaltungssicherheit (Event Safety) which is published by the fire brigade itself is very recommendable. It is available as a very nice hardcover but also as a free pdf (in German though) as a download from their homepage.

9th September 2015 - Last Submission to IMO SDC 3 Correspondence Group.

We have submitted Germanys last paper of comments to the IMO correspondence group regarding the topic evacuation analyses. The correspondence group was established during the second meeting of the SDC sub-committee in order to discuss a revision of the actual guideline MSC.1/Circ.1238. Next to Germany, CESA, China, CLIA, France, the UK, Japan and the Netherlands were the main contributors.

The revision of the circular was discussed according to the following terms of reference:
TOR 1: Since evacuation analyses will be mandatory for all passenger vessels beyond a certain size, the actual guideline had to be revised accordingly.
TOR 2: How can operational procedures be taken into account and how can results of the analyses be used to improve operational procedures.
TOR 3: Should evacuation analyses take open decks into account which e.g. on cruise ships can be populated with high densities and for which currently no rules regarding evacuation routes apply.
TOR 4: How can the current scenarios be improved and/or which scenarios should be considered additionally to improve the guideline.

These were the submissions of Germany: Round 1, round 2, round 3, round 4 and revised circular.

1st September 2015 - Paper in Feuertrutz magazine

Our paper about the optimization of an exhibition hall is published in the actual Feuertrutz magazine 5.2015. Next to improving the evacuability of the exhibition hall (equivalent safety), it was the goal of the project to optimize the layout, so all booths would be bigger and have larger openings towards the corridors and thus would be more attractive to the exhibitors.

28th August 2015 - Announcement: RiMEA Workshop

This years RiMEA workshop will take place in Linz/Austria on the 8th Oktober 2015. Next to talks and discussions, guideline v3.0 will be adopted and its English translation will probably be finalized. As last amendments, we proposed to edit the following points:
  • The column titles of the table to determine the response duration distributions by Purser are not correct. Instead of the current minimum und maximum values, the original paper uses DELTA values, meaning, that the current column max does not depict the time at which 99% of the persons have reacted. This value is determined by summing up the current (and faulty) min and max values. Following, almost everybody calculates the wrong response duration distribution, so this should be corrected. An example on how to calculate the correct duration distribution would also be helpfull.
  • After a discussion with Prof. Purser it got clear, that the A parameter (alarm system) eventually has no effect on determining the response duration distribution. Instead, only the M parameter (management) has an influence. It would be more transparent, to delete the A parameter instead of creating the impression that it is taken into account.

26th June 2015 - Work of Knud E. Hansen

The employees of the Danish maritime engineering company Knud E. Hansen A/S have used their AENEAS license to analyze the evacuation concepts of the RoRo ferries Spirit of Tasmania I and II. They have partly documented their work on Knud E. Hansens homepage. Due to a revision of deck 7 and a re-location of the assembly stations, an analysis became necessary.

10th June 2015 - Stage|Set|Scenery

On wednesday, 10th June, we will look after the stand of the RiMEA association of the Stage|Set|Scenery in Berlin. This axhibition and convention is all about events and concerts. The significance of evacuation analyses will rise for event planning, since the legal background is changing and simple calculations will not be sufficient for the proof of safe evacuation.
The RiMEA association develops a guideline for microscopic evacuation analyses to set common standards for evacuation simulations. The actual version of the guideline can be downloaded from their homepage (German language only).

18th May 2015 - Article in the Naval Architect

Our article regarding the development of the evacuation guidelines has appeared in the May publication of the Naval Architect . The Naval Architect is one of the most renowned maritime journals published monthly by the Royal Institution of Naval Architects.
The article describes the actual events regarding the development of the evacuation guidelines at IMO, highlights the problems of the actual calculation methods and gives an outlook of how the current guidelines could be developped by the work of the currently established Correspondence Group.

6th May 2015 - Animations

We have uploaded two animations on Youtube in order to exemplify our work:

Evacuation Analysis

This animation shows the result of an evacuation analysis according to IMO MSC.1/Circ.1238. The analysis investigates the assembly phase. In this phase of a ship evacuation, all persons move to their assigned assembly stations. The animation shows the night case, so all passengers are in their cabins, when the simulation starts. .

Embarkation Analysis

When the ship has to be abandonned, the final phase of the ship evacuation starts: Embarkation. Passengers in groups of approximately 30 persons will be guided by crew members from their assembly station to the assigned life saving appliances. This can be life boats as well as rafts. While the assembly phase mainly requires a large capacity of corridors and stair cases, the logistics of the groups is key during this phase, meaning the co-ordination of which groups heading to which life boat starts embarking at which time.

27th March 2015 - Heading the German Participants of IMOs CG

We are heading the German group within the correspondence group established at IMO SDC2 whoch will revise the evacuation guideline MSC.1/Circ.1238. The next steps are:
03. April: Deadline for internal comments about the German topics.
10. April: Intern circulation of written out suggestions.
17. April: Deadline for further, internal comments.
24. April: Deadline for our input towards the CG.

21st March 2015 - Seminar "Fire and Evacuation Simulations"

The German Ingenieurakademie West e.V. organizes a seminar concerning fire and evacuation simulations. Next to Dr. Forell, Tim Meyer-König will deal with the topic of evacuation analyses, having the participants model, simulate and evaluate an exemple project using PedGo. If you are looking for the seminar documents, feel free to contact Tim by email.

16th - 20th February 2015 - Participating at IMO SDC 2

Invited by the German Ministry of Transport and Digital Infrastructure we accompany the German delegation at this years meeting of the IMO sub committee of Ship Design and Construction (SDC) as experts for evacuation analyses. Evacuation analyses are mandatory for new built RoRo passenger ferries since 2001, however, they are constantly further developed. Together with the Netherlands, Germany has submitted two papers in order to make evacuation analyses mandatory for all passengers ships above a certain size and to improve the current guideline.
Our participation was a success, resulting in the following two decisions:
  • Evacuation analyses are currently mandatory for RoRo passenger ferries, but in addition, they will get mandatory for all passenger vessels carrying more than 36 passengers. This regulation will probably take effect from 2020 on. Currently, it is a proposal from SDC to the MSC (Marine Safety Committee) which will finally decide on the rule change until the wording enters SOLAS at its next revision.
  • Currently, MSC/Circ.1238 is the guideline on how to perform evacuation analyses. In order to revise it, a correspondence group was established, which will discuss everything over the next year. Next to a revision of the guidelines structure, it will have to be edited with regards to normal passenger vessels and possible new scenarios.

05th February 2015 - Administration Workshop in Mannheim

We thank the fire brigade and building administration of Mannheim for their friendly invitation to conduct a workshop dealing with the topic of evacuation analyses. The discussion showed, that the liberties and possibilities of these simulation methods also ask for a larger responsibility when defining the safety goals. However, the results allow for a much more detailed analysis and thus a much more precise evaluation of the problem.

28th January 2015 - Notice: DMT Symposium

From the 3rd to the 4th of February, DMT oragnizes their 3rd Symposium on Fire Safety in Shipbuilding in Bremerhaven. We will be participating with a speech, supported by Susann Schuler, who will present the results of her master thesis. Details regarding the symposium can be found here (german content).

19th January 2015 - New License Contracts PedGo

We have reworked our license contracts and price lists. The main changes concern software support which is now included in the licenses for free. The three available license models are described in our new price list which can be found in our pedestrian download section.

7th January 2015 - Master Thesis of Susann Schuler

Susann Schuler allows us to publish her well structured and interesting master thesis dealing with the safety of passengers during evacuations. It can be found in our R&D section. Mrs. Schuler will present her results during DMTs 3rd conference on "Fire Safety in the Maritime Industry" which we recommend to visit.