What is fire evacuation modelling?

Evacuation modelling is a method of simulating a real-life fire event to predict evacuation times for areas and buildings, based on how people will react under the pressure of a fire, when emotion, possible crowding and the response of the materials and systems within the building come into play. This then allows those involved with facility management, infrastructure and building design to plan the most effective design solutions and fire evacuation strategies.

Do I need expert fire evacuation modelling, or can I create a fire evacuation plan from guidance documents?

Whilst there are guidance documents available that specify certain features of fire evacuation design such as exit route width and occupant characteristics, fire evacuation modelling offers a more robust - and often more economical - solution to the problem.

Fire evacuation modelling is particularly valuable where it is necessary to predict the amount of time needed to evacuate a building (often referred to as the Required Safe Egress Time or RSET).

In combination with smoke modelling, this can also be used to predict the time it will take for a real-life fire situation to become untenable (the Available Safe Egress Time or ASET).

Why Warringtonfire for your fire evacuation modelling?

Warringtonfire’s global fire engineering experts are able to offer a number of different options when it comes to assessing the fire evacuation strategy for a building.

In its fire evacuation modelling, Warringtonfire use the latest technology to create simulations that forecast the flow of people and shows the best design for fire safety, whilst maximizing your building's other features.

This technology allows us to assess a multitude of scenarios accurately that ensure the building is safe for use.


To find out more about how Warringtonfire can help with your individual fire evacuation modelling requirements, please contact your preferred laboratory below