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Representing Egress Behaviour in Engineering Terms



Steve M. Gwynne, Erica D. Kuligowski, Daniel Nilsson


When using engineering tools to calculate RSET, the engineer must have sufficient expertise to identify actual human factors that will influence the outcome of an evacuation in a particular situation. The engineer must then represent these factors in the engineering method selected to determine the RSET value. This paper presents a method for translating real-world conditions or situations into model scenarios that describe human response for use in a performance-based assessment. The translation will require identifying real world factors that influence human performance, understanding the nature of their impact on human performance, and then representing this impact in fundamental terms that can be employed within engineering scenarios. An example is also presented to demonstrate the method described in this paper.
Conference Dates
June 16-18, 2010
Conference Location
Lund, SE
Conference Title
8th International Conference on Performance-Based Codes and Fire Safety Design Methods


human behavior, egress, evacuation, evacuation models, performance-based design


Gwynne, S. , Kuligowski, E. and Nilsson, D. (2010), Representing Egress Behaviour in Engineering Terms, 8th International Conference on Performance-Based Codes and Fire Safety Design Methods, Lund, SE, [online], (Accessed May 20, 2024)


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Created June 15, 2010, Updated October 12, 2021