Human behaviour in fires is mainly studied by incident evaluations and real-life experiments, such as unannounced evacuation drills. The possibilities of virtual reality for studying human behaviour in fires are so far hardly adopted by researchers. Nevertheless, the application of a behavioural assessment and research tool (BART) in virtual reality is expected to be a valuable supplement on the existing research methods. The innovative instrument will be validated by comparing the results of experiments in a virtual environment with results of the same experiments in real life. In this paper some results of case studies on evacuation behaviour in a real hotel building, as well as in a virtual hotel building in BART are given. The participants' route choice, movement time and evacuation behaviour are part of the analysis in the paper.
|Title of host publication||Proceedings of the 12th International Fire Science & Engineering Conference, Interflam 2010|
|Place of Publication||London|
|Publication status||Published - 2010|
|Event||conference; Interflam; 2007-07-05; 2007-07-07 - |
Duration: 5 Jul 2007 → 7 Jul 2007
|Conference||conference; Interflam; 2007-07-05; 2007-07-07|
|Period||5/07/07 → 7/07/07|