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WUI-NITY 2.0: A Platform for the Simulation of Wildland-Urban Interface Fire Evacuation
Webinar Description:
Wildland fires represent an important safety issue in many regions across the world. The future expansion and increased complexity of wildland-urban interfaces (WUI) pose severe challenges to community safety from an evacuation perspective. Fires in wildland-urban interfaces (WUI) are associated with severe consequences, such as large community evacuation, property losses, social disruption, short- and long-term damage to infrastructure, injuries, and evacuee and responder fatalities.

One way to assess the impact of wildfire on a community, and plan for ways to reduce negative consequences, is via simulation models. These models are increasingly used to inform the development of evacuation plans for WUI communities. This research team developed such a macroscopic modeling platform called WUI-NITY, which represents some evolving incident conditions based on the time‐based developments of the core components (e.g., the fire and the residential response— both pedestrian and traffic) and produces potential evacuation outcomes. This model is the first of its kind to integrate fire and behavioral components to help authorities anticipate community evacuation performance ahead of time (before responses are implemented) as well as during an incident. Research team have further worked to build on the proof-of-concept WUI-NITY model to produce a tested, calibrated, and configurable model that can be used by stakeholders as one tool to help quantify potential wildfire evacuation performance in real-world situations.

This webinar will explain and demonstrate this integrated software platform for the simulation of wildland-urban interface (WUI) evacuation scenarios, WUI-NITY.

Fire Protection Research Foundation 2021 Webinar Series Sponsors:
APA – The Engineered Wood Association
AXA XL Risk Consulting
Johnson Controls
Reliable Automatic Sprinkler Co., Inc.
Telgian Engineering and Consulting
The Zurich Services Corporation

Dec 6, 2021 10:00 AM in Eastern Time (US and Canada)

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Enrico Ronchi, Ph.D.
Division of Fire Safety Engineering @Lund University, Sweden
Dr. Enrico Ronchi is currently Associate Professor at Lund University (LU). His expertise relates to evacuation and human behavior in fire emergencies. His work has been published in over 150 publications (including more than 60 peer-reviewed journal papers). He is currently Associate Editor for the journals Fire Technology and Safety Science. Prior to joining LU, Dr. Ronchi obtained his Ph.D. in Transportation, Land Use and Technological innovation at the Polytechnic University in Bari (Italy). Dr. Ronchi has also been guest researcher at the Fire Research Division at NIST, and Waseda University in Japan. He has also worked to translate his work into practice through his involvement with multiple committees and publications with the ISO, SFPE, and Italian and Swedish Governments.
Guillermo Rein, Ph.D.
Department of Mechanical Engineering @Imperial College London, UK
Dr. Guillermo Rein is Professor of Fire Science at the Department of Mechanical Engineering of Imperial College London and Editor-in-Chief of the journal Fire Technology. The purpose of his work is to reduce the worldwide burden of accidental fires and protect people, their property, and the environment. Within his study of a wide range of fire topics that include building fires and wildfires, he has a deep expertise in fire modeling. His work has been published in over 180 journal papers, receiving more than 8000 citations throughout his career.
Steven Gwynne, Ph.D.
Research Lead @Movement Strategies, UK
Dr. Gwynne is the Research Lead, coordinating research and development work at Movement Strategies. Dr. Gwynne has over 20 years of experience in pedestrian dynamics, human behavior in fire, and evacuation modeling. He has worked for the US / Canadian governments, academic institutes across the globe, and in consultancy across aviation, maritime, rail, and built environments