Starting off where I left
After four weeks of wonderful vacation, I am again back at the Department. I spent most of my first day back at work answering emails, and figuring out where to start with everything that is to be carried out during the next half year. Among other things, I will take part in the execution of numerous of burning and rescue service experiments at a mining site in Sala as a part of the Swedish project ”Rescue tactics and methods in fires underground” (Taktik och metodik vid brand under mark), and hopefully the full scale evacuation experiment of METRO will finally be carried out in the Stockholm Metro in October. In addition, I will be hosting three roundtable discussions at the Fire Protection and Safety in Tunnels conference in Copenhagen in September. On top of that, I will be taking PhD courses essential for my studies (a PhD is not all about performing experiments…), e.g., Peer Review in Fire Safety Science, Experimental Methodology, Statistics, and a course termed Fire Safety in Underground Structures. The latter is given by Dr. Haukur Ingason, who is one of the worlds leading researchers on fire development in underground transportation systems.
One of the last things I did before leaving for vacation was to present a paper termed The Impact of Smoke on Walking Speed at this years Interflam conference. In summary, I presented individual walking speeds and observations of behavior of the people that had taken part in some of our tunnel evacuation experiments (similar settings to yesterday’s fire in Norway). I also gave input on how to treat these results in fire safety risk assessments, depending on the type of risk analysis that is being performed. During my vacation I received an email, encouraging me and my co-authors to extend the paper for a peer review publication in Fire and Materials. We have therefore decided to extend the analysis and discussion a bit, and go for a full peer review of the paper. One of the questions raised during my speech at Interflam was how demographics affected the walking speed of the participants in our experiments. We had not addressed this, but will now include a section on, for example, how age, gender and height affected (or did not affect) the walking speed in these smoke filled environments. Hopefully, this addition will be well received by the reviewers.
Someway, it seems logical to start off where I left before vacation. Thus, I will spend the next couple of days writing on the paper for Fire and Materials.