Posted: 1 oktober, 2013 By: Comments: 0

METRO, Bypass Stockholm and a PhD course

I’m back in office today, having spent an extra day recovering from Sunday’s lap around Berlin (which by the way went just fine; I came in at 3:31:56). This week I’ll dedicate myself primarily to three things: I will contact all the people who went through with the application process for the full scale evacuation experiment in the Stockholm Metro, especially those 170 people selected for the experiment; I will travel to Stockholm on Thursday for a research project meeting connected to the Stockholm bypass Project; and I will complete a home task related to toxicity and tunnel fires in the Fire Safety in Underground Structures PhD course.

The full scale evacuation experiment in the Stockholm Metro is now only some two weeks away. We are in the final preparations of the experiment, and I’m currently preparing everything from technical equipment to personnel. I’m both excited and nervous, but I hope that my preparations have minimized any risks of failure. Tomorrow I hope to contact the 170 people selected for the experiment, and inform them about the final practical details. The response have been huge; over 800 people have registered their interest in participating. This is seldom the case in my research field, and I’m very happy for this outcome.

I’m also happy to initiate the work in a research project funded by Trafikverket, connected to the Stockholm bypass Project. In the research project, the Department of Fire Safety Engineering and Systems Safety will be doing research both in a virtual reality environment and in a real road tunnel in order to develop and propose a safe and sound safety concept for evacuating people in case of fire. Among other things, we will study how traffic information signs should be design to be efficient in terms of informing road users about a fire; which colors are appropriate to use at emergency exits; how acoustic signals and messages should be designed to alert and notify road users of a fire; flashing lights and the possibilities to improve the design especially for road users in terms of color, flashing frequency and type of light source; and how road users can be guided to the opposite tunnel side in a smoke filled tunnel (when emergency exits are only available on one side). In particular, I will be working with a full scale evacuation experiment in a real road tunnel, planned for next year, in which we aim study the effectiveness of the systems proposed in earlier parts of the research project. More details of this will surely come in future blog posts.


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