Study on the influence of smoke and exit signs on fire evacuation - Analysis of evacuation experiments in a real and virtual hotel

M. Kobes, I. Helsloot, B. Vries, de, J.G. Post, N. Oberije, K. Groenewegen

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Abstract

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.
Original languageEnglish
Title of host publicationProceedings of the 12th International Fire Science & Engineering Conference, Interflam 2010
Place of PublicationLondon
PublisherInterscience Communications
Pages801-812
Publication statusPublished - 2010
Eventconference; Interflam; 2007-07-05; 2007-07-07 -
Duration: 5 Jul 20077 Jul 2007

Conference

Conferenceconference; Interflam; 2007-07-05; 2007-07-07
Period5/07/077/07/07
OtherInterflam

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