How do you evacuate a large number of people best? And not only outside a building, but outside a large area of several square-kilometers? How long would it take in the best case? These and many other questions related to the evacuation of large areas where an important research topic of our project manager Chrstoph Dobler while he was still at ETH Zurich for his PhD. For researching and answering all those questions he used MATSim, the agent-based simulation that Senozon uses as well for many of its services.
Recently, he presentated parts of his work at the 14th International Conference on Travel Behaviour Research (IATBR 2015) in Windsor, UK. Find below a video comparing two simulated evacuations of the same area with different settings and see for yourself how big the difference can be.