Scenarios are able to be recreated in a virtual world that would be too
unsafe and cost too much to be created in a real environment.
architects can use the simulator to determine the speed, direction, and size
of fires for any given design.
Evacuation plans can be updated or the building redesigned to provide
safer escape routes.
|The two main
components of the simulator are the National Institute of Standards and
Technology’s Consolidated Model of Fire and Smoke Transport and Berkeley’s
3-D Architectural Walkthrough software.
|CFAST is considered
the world’s most accurate fire simulation.
The addition of the Walkthrough software provides an in building view
from the perspective of a person having to escape a blaze.
|As the model becomes
more sophisticated, the designers hope to turn it into a training aid for
fire departments and building occupants.