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Crowd data warning for Olympic designers

ICE news

OFFICIAL GUIDELINES on crowd movements are likely to underestimate the speed at which people will move around the new Olympic park, according to a paper published by the ICE.

It says that the inexperience of many visitors plus a high proportions of women and the elderly could result in much slower-moving crowds than designers are used to.

The paper is published in the ICE's Structures and Buildings Journal.

The authors have warned stadium designers that official guideline figures for crowd flow rates are likely to be 'inappropriately high' for evacuation, egress and circulation.

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