Occupant evacuation strategy must consider building design and fire protection features in addition to the mobility of its occupants, their behavioral characteristics, and the levels of evacuation training that are provided.
Our fire protection engineers base egress system design on the occupant loading of the space, exit access, exit and exit discharge. Unique building designs may incorporate horizontal exits, pressurized exit enclosures, or areas of refuge. Computer modeling tools enable AEGIS Engineering to develop evacuation simulations that address the anticipated duration of occupant movement for potential design scenarios. Our fire protection engineers use these simulations and models, comparing fire alarm or sprinkler activation times and occupant egress times to smoke and heat conditions, to assist in the development of an effective performance-based design. Egress analysis results are presented as design drawings of the egress system or as a report for implementation into a building design.