New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge

Emergency Egress in the Case of a Fire

Team: 98

School: Santa Fe Preparatory Sch

Area of Science: Emergency Egress Management


Interim: Problem Definition: What is the best way to escape an emergency fire situation: with a number of smaller exits or a big and wide exit? In other words, we want to see if having a bigger exit in this room or a couple of smaller exits is faster for the turtles to escape the spreading fire. We also want to explore the patterns of the movement of turtles when they are escaping. In addition to this, we would like to see how human behavior such as panic affects our results.
Problem Solution: We are trying to solve this problem by making a Netlogo model to simulate the problem. Then, we will run experiments over a parameter space. We are going to vary the size and number of the exits in our Netlogo model. First, we will see how many ticks it takes the turtles to escape if there a couple of smaller exits. Then, we will see how many ticks it takes the turtles to escape if there is only one big and wide exit and how we can make the process more efficient. Finally, we will compare the results and see which one helps the turtles escape faster.
Progress to Date: As of right now, we have consulted our expert and have met with him to discuss our project. We also researched our topic and found a lot of sources and interesting data. Then, we created a Netlogo model to simulate our problem. In our Netlogo model, we have the turtles do a random walk in room with a spreading fire. When they spot the fire, they turn red and start to walk faster. If they have seen only the exit, they turn green, and if they haven’t seen anything yet, they are white. All the turtles are white at the beginning of our model. The turtles then tell other turtles about the fire and exit. When a turtle has seen both the fire and the exit, it turns orange and runs straight to the exit. When it reaches the exit, it escapes. Additionally, we added obstacles in our room to make it more realistic.
Expected Results: First of all, we hope that our discoveries can be used in the future when making buildings (e.x. airports). Instead of just putting one exit, we hope we can learn additional ways to get more people to escape from a confined space (e.x. room) in the case of a fire. Also, we hope that our discoveries can be the spark for future inventions and creations. These innovations then can be used to think of other ideas and soon to have a completely new and fresh way of looking at emergency management in a fire situation.
Team Members: Harsh Bhundiya, Christoph Schild, and Adam Melk
Sponsoring Teacher: James Taylor


Team Members:

  adam melk
  Chris Schild
  Harsh Bhundiya

Sponsoring Teacher: James Taylor

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