These Designs Were Made for Walking: SimTread 2.5 Software

Posted by Samantha Hyatt on 5/18/17 11:45 AM  |  2 min read time

No one likes a traffic jam. In a vehicle, they’re time consuming and frustrating, but in a pedestrian setting, they’re crowded and loud, not to mention dangerous in the event of an emergency. That’s where SimTread 2.5 pedestrian simulation software can play an instrumental role in helping you optimize plans for functionality and flow.

A SimTread software simulation of a city’s evacuation time. A SimTread software simulation of a city’s evacuation time.

Created by Japanese Vectorworks distributor A&A Co., Ltd. in partnership with Waseda University and Takenaka Corporation, SimTread is available as an add on for Vectorworks 2017 to help those working in disaster preparedness, public safety, facilities management, plus municipal or campus planning. This add on assists in evaluating evacuation times, building egress, and traffic flow – whether directing the slow meandering of people through an art museum or expediting the exit of tens of thousands of people from a football stadium.

Version 2.5 of Simtread was just released today. Updates include improvements for video export quality and a more detailed analysis, offering the ability to efficiently add time-dependent events like evacuations, as well as account for different occupants, such as individuals in wheelchairs.

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“We’re always looking for new ways to help designers work more efficiently by putting the information they need at their fingertips,” said Jeremy Powell, senior marketing director at Vectorworks. “Updates for this SimTread version will improve productivity for the design and planning of pedestrian flow and evacuation safety.”

Updates for SimTread 2.5 include:

  • Improved plot tracking, which provides a more in-depth analysis by enabling the ability to plot and display the specified path occupants take to reach their destinations.
  • The new Show/Select SimTread Object command helps users save time by showing or selecting all instances of specified SimTread object types.
  • The duplicate transfer points update provides a command that streamlines the creation of a simulation of a multi-story building by allowing the replication of transfer points at stairwells.
  • Enhanced anti-aliasing and H264 video codec parameters for higher-quality video output.

“SimTread helps designers make better, more data-driven Screen Shot 2017-05-18 at 10.17.24 AMdecisions when it comes to optimizing their layouts for crowd flow and safety,” said Dr. Takeshi Kimura, manager of product development at A&A. “As such, we continually work to improve the capabilities of SimTread based on customer feedback and provide Vectorworks users the best tool possible.”

You can purchase SimTread, or learn more about how the add on helps design occupants go with the (design) flow by visiting our partner page.

Topics: BIM (Architecture), BIM (Landscape)

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