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Ship Evac Simulation Software Shows Promise

Safe, fast and efficient vessel evacua- tion has long been a top concern of the marine industry, a fervor sure to be renewed with vigor in the wake of last month's terrorist activities in the U.S. and heightened securities being formu- lated for all transportation industries.

New research being carried out by

British Maritime Technology (BMT) and the University of Greenwich could give ship designers and owners vital new information on how humans react

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Circle 258 on Reader Service Card or visit when evacuating from ships. The hope is that this unique study will help to pre- vent future shipping disasters, helping to save thousands of lives.

Transport Canada commissioned

BMT's affiliate, Fleet Technology to develop a ship evacuation simulation program. To collect and record data on how people behave when evacuating from a ship, they designed and con- structed a purpose built experimental facility. The facility has been named

SHEBA (Ship Evacuation Behavior

Assessment) and the first tests began last month at Fleet Technology's Kanata laboratories, using hundreds of volun- teers of different ages and backgrounds. "This facility is the first of its kind large enough to measure group move- ment, enabling us to collect quality data.

For example, the passageway is long enough to allow faster people in a group to overtake, and to permit us to study behavior of two groups heading in oppo- site directions," said Ian Glen, president of Fleet Technology Ltd and SHEBA project director.

SHEBA is being used to measure the mobility of people moving in a typical ship's passageway and up and down stairs at angles up to 22 degrees.

Sophisticated modeling techniques will combine the observed studies of human performance and behavior with ship lay- 42 Maritime Reporter & Engineering News

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