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Achieving Situation Awareness is the Primary Challenge to Optimizing Building Movement Strategies.


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Groner, N. E.

NIST SP 1032; January 2005.

Workshop on Building Occupant Movement During Fire Emergencies. Proceedings. Session 3.5. June 10-11, 2004, Gaithersburg, MD, Peacock, R. D.; Kuligowski, E. D., Editor(s)(s), 55-56 pp, 2005.

Keywords:

occupants; people movement; emergencies; human factors engineering

Abstract:

Understanding how strategies that protect building occupants can best be selected and effectively deployed is a critical task for a research agenda that tackles the problem of when, where and how to move people during an emergency. Of course, this is not the only obstacle to effective use of building emergency strategies. Physical engineering that supports various strategies (e.g., pressurization of spaces in response to the interior and exterior locations of hazards) is of critical importance. Communicating recommended responses to building occupants is of critical importance. Nonetheless, perhaps the most challenging obstacle for building managers and occupants concerns the problem of initially assessing the situation and selecting the appropriate strategy.