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Five ways with fire

IT SPECIAL

EVACUATION SOFTWARE from Exodus has won the top award at the British Computer Society IT Awards.

The Exodus software, developed by the Fire Safety Engineering Group from the School of Computing & Mathematical Sciences at the University of Greenwich, has been used on projects in 20 countries ranging from the Airbus-A380 to Sydney's Olympic Stadium. A rail version is under development.

Exodus uses a set of five core interacting submodels - representing the occupant, movement, behaviour, toxicity and hazards - to produce realistic people-people, people-fire and people-structure interactions.

The trajectory of all individuals is tracked as they make their escape or are overcome by fire hazards such as heat and toxic gas.

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