Data Collection/Analysis/Simulation Tools

The following page provides links to software tools which can be used to aid the collection/analysis of data for evacuation/pedestrian modelling. If you would like to...

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Data Collection

# Title/Link Description Developer
1 Human Factors Video Analysis Tool Allows the times and preset attributes to be recorded of people performing certain actions. This video (download video) gives an example of two video files of the top and bottom of an upward moving escalator being synchronised. Attributes of pedestians boarding the escalator are then recorded. Recording the times people perform certain actions can be used to generate time distribution datasets e.g. movement time distributions, walker speeds, flow rates etc. Has been tested on 'Windows 7 32/64 bit'. Written using Visual Basic. Michael Kinsey

Data Analysis

# Title/Link Description Developer
1 Batch Word Document Analyser Searches a directory of MSWord documents for keywords then stores each sentence where the keyword was found in addition to the sentences before and after (in order to provide context). Edit the code directly to adjust settings (can be done within a text editor). This can be used to analyse transcripts. Has been tested on 'Windows 7 32/64 bit'. Written using Perl. Requires ActivePerl to be installed in order to run (click here to download). Michael Kinsey
2 Probabilistic Fire Simulator (PFS) Probabilistic Fire Simulator (PFS) is an engineering tool for probabilistic fire risk assessment developed at VTT Technical Research Centre of Finland. PFS is implemented as a Microsoft Excel workbook including internal (Visual Basic) and external (Fortran 90/95) subroutines for statistics and interfacing with various fire models. Additional information: Code license GNU GPL v3, current version PFS 4.0 (PFS 5.0 is under construction, "soon" to be there). VTT
3 VideoEncoderGui (Veg) VideoEncoderGui (later Veg) is a graphical front-end written in Java for two video encoder applications, MEncoder and Windows Media Encoder. It is primarily intended for encoding image sequences produced e.g. with FDS to video files to use in PowerPoint presentations or as standalone video files. The current version is 0.7.2, released 2007-10-08. Note, that the Windows Media Encoder 9 is not included in the package, so you have to download and install it separately if you wish to use it. Veg is primarily tested on 32 bit Windows XP, but might work on other platforms as well. Java Runtime Environment is released by Sun Microsystems under their binary code license. MPlayer/MEncoder, XviD and Huffyuv are released under the GNU General Public License.VideoEncoderGui is released by VTT and is free to use. VTT

Simulation

# Title/Link Description Developer
1 Multi-Simulation (MS) for FDS+Evac Multi-Simulation (MS) is a freeware tool for FDS+Evac users developed by Ruggiero Lovreglio at the Department of Roads and Transportation of the Polytechnic University of Bari (Italy). It permits to run automatically several evacuation simulations starting from the same FDS+Evac input file and to process evacuation output data such as evacuation times, FED max, number of dead agents, etc. This tool has been developed with Visual Basic.NET, so the user must have the Framework 4 installed on his/her pc (the current version is only for Windows OS). Polytechnic University of Bari
2 Multi-Copy (MC) for FDS+Evac Multi-Copy (MC) is a freeware tool for FDS+Evac users developed by Ruggiero Lovreglio at the Department of Roads and Transportation of the Polytechnic University of Bari (Italy). It has been created to compile data from the spreadsheets created by the FDS+Evac Multi-Simulation tool. This tool has been developed with Visual Basic.NET, so the user must have the Framework 4 installed on his/her pc (the current version is only for Windows OS). Polytechnic University of Bari