Register to attend the free Research Foundation webinar on WUINITY 20 A Platform for the Simulation

The Fire Protection Research Foundation will be hosting a webinar on December 6 to explain and demonstrate WUI-NITY 2.0, an integrated software platform for the simulation of wildland-urban interface (WUI) evacuation scenarios.

Wildland fires represent an important safety issue in many regions around the world. The future expansion and increased complexity of WUI interfaces pose severe challenges to community safety from an evacuation perspective. Fires in the 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 implement strategies that will help to reduce negative consequences, is via simulation models. These models are increasingly used to inform the development of evacuation plans for WUI communities. So, this research team developed 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 generates potential evacuation outcomes. The model is the first of its kind to integrate fire and behavioral components so that authorities can anticipate community evacuation performance ahead of time (before responses are implemented) as well as during an incident. The research team then built on the proof-of-concept WUI-NITY model to produce a tested, calibrated, and configurable tool that can be used by stakeholders to help quantify potential wildfire evacuation performance in real-world situations.

Registration is free and required to attend this webinar. Simply click the registration link directly here or by visiting www.nfpa.org/webinars for more upcoming NFPA & FPRF webinars and archives.

When: Monday, December 6, 2021, 10:00 – 11:30 A.M. Eastern Time.

This webinar is supported by the 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.

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Sreenivasan Ranganathan
Director, Research Foundation, Mission to plan, manage and communicate research in support of the NFPA mission

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