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WKSP: Covid-19 Social Distancing Simulation for Public Buildings & Spaces
Thursday, June 25, 2020
4:30 p.m.
Via Zoom (link will be provided later)
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Jim Milke

The UMD Department of Fire Protection Engineering, in Collaboration with Coffman Engineers, introduces the following summer virtual workshop:

Covid-19: Social Distancing Simulation for Public Buildings and Spaces

Join us for a presentation that demonstrates how pedestrian simulation modeling can help businesses develop social distancing management plans for our dynamic new norm!



As we approach a new phase in the ongoing pandemic, we are challenged to navigate the new normal and reenter potentially densely populated, highly social environments such as offices, malls, theaters, stadia, and other venues. It is natural to question what approach to use for reentry while complying with local, state, and national guidelines and meeting operational needs.

FPE has been a leader in developing methods and applying human behavior modeling to enhance life safety requirements and systems in buildings. The Fire Protection Industry has applied these methods to repurpose engineering analysis and modeling software used for life safety analysis to identify and confirm how social distancing practices can be achieved in everyday dynamic environments. This digital due diligence involves replicating the built environment and developing digital models to simulate best practices like crowd spacing control, screening, one-way directional travel, and other measures to satisfy business needs and promote reopening practices that are feasible and effective.

The course will be taught by FPE's Chair, James Milke, and Robert Gerard, a senior fire protection engineer at Coffman Engineers in San Diego, Ca.


This Event is For: Campus • Alumni • Employers • Corporate • Donors


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