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Programmer's Manual for the Fire Safety Evaluation System Cost Minimizer Computer Program.



Robert E. Chapman, W G. Hall


The Fire Safety Evaluation System Cost Minimizer (FSESCM) computer program integrates engineering and economic considerations with a linear programming algorithm which permits the least-cost means of upgrading health care facilities to compliance with the Life Safety Code to be identified. A mathematical discussion of the application problem is used to introduce the basic philosophy behind the computer program. Each routine is described with emphasis on such topics as: (1) purpose; (2) calling sequence; (3) common blocks used; and (4) reports produced. A series of descriptive tables and a glossary are used to define all reports and variables. A discussion of test results and provisions for updating or modifying the source code are also given. The program is written in FORTRAN and complies with the ANSI X3.9-1978 software standard.
NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR) -


building codes, fire safety, health care facilities, hospitals, life safety, nursing homes


Chapman, R. and Hall, W. (1983), Programmer's Manual for the Fire Safety Evaluation System Cost Minimizer Computer Program., NIST Interagency/Internal Report (NISTIR), National Institute of Standards and Technology, Gaithersburg, MD, [online], (Accessed February 27, 2024)
Created July 1, 1983, Updated February 19, 2017