SOURCE: Legion Ltd.

Legion Ltd.

August 14, 2012 06:00 ET

Americans Can Be Better Prepared to Evacuate

NEW YORK, NY--(Marketwire - Aug 14, 2012) - In response to market demands for a better way to accurately simulate evacuation of people from large crowded venues, LEGION, global leader in pedestrian simulation technology, is launching a next generation scientific solution in the USA.

Legion Evac can simulate and analyse evacuation scenarios for places where people gather, such as stadiums, transport hubs, office buildings, theatres and concert halls. It enables the user to simulate, test and validate ideas for improving a design before making decisions to spend money implementing changes.

Simulation offers the only efficient solution for planning evacuation. Trials with large numbers of people are not practical, and even if they were they would be artificial and the results could not easily be trusted or tracked and analysed.

Mark Walker, Principal Professional Associate at Parsons Brinckerhoff in New York, says, "The sophisticated basis of the Legion software and its ability to model complex multi-directional pedestrian interactions make it well suited to the analysis of evacuation in a wide range of settings and venues." In addition, London Underground Safety Officers commented, "In terms of tools for supporting fire strategies, London Underground has invested heavily in crowd modelling and uses Legion software for virtually all its work on new station layouts/crowd circulation."

Legion Evac combines the fully validated simulator of Legion's flagship SpaceWorks software product with flexible modelling and analysis tools. Simulation results can be analysed graphically through 3D animation, colour-coded performance maps, statistical reports and graphs, all of which are excellent for sharing results with technical and non-technical audiences.

It can import results from NIST's Fire Dynamics Simulator (FDS) software to influence pedestrian behaviour. "Information from FDS simulations allows Legion Evac modellers to introduce behaviour such as reducing walking speeds when visibility falls below a certain distance and exit reselection if conditions in an area become untenable," according to James Amos, Head of Product Development at Legion.

Legion is considered globally as the trusted authority in pedestrian simulation, and Legion software has been the pedestrian simulation technology of choice for every Olympic Games since Sydney 2000. Legion software is used by transportation authorities in cities around the world including New York, Los Angeles, Boston, Chicago, Washington and Toronto.

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