David W. Smith reports on how sophisticated visitor simulation is proving invaluable to stadium operators, who are using the data generated to improve facility design, management and real-time safety and security control.
The article includes (on page 39) a short interview with Alex Gerodimos, TSS director of business development:
A major trend in crowd modeling is the development of new partnerships between the providers of complementary software. One such agreement unites TSS’s expertise in traffic modeling with Legion’s understanding of pedestrian movement.
By pooling resources, more sophisticated stadia models can be produced. “TSS uses its Aimsun software to handle the traffic side: car lots, drop-off points for buses and coaches and taxis, GIS (geographic information systems) and other detail-led traffic data such as signals,” says Alex Gerodimos, director of business development at TSS. “Legion uses detailed architectural plans and data on how the venue is operated. Planners synthesize information from the simulations in the form of temperature maps and analytics, and iterate over design or procedural aspects to improve the flow of people and traffic.”
Gerodimos says that incremental improvements in software have given rise to the ability to model both the arrival and departure of spectators at large-scale events. “Never before was it possible to create city-wide models with this level of detail and holistic consideration of the impact of an event such as an Olympic Games opening ceremony, or a major game.”
To read the article in full, click Model behaviour – crowd modelling for improved stadium design or on the image.
© 2015 Published with kind permission from Stadia Magazine.