People simulation assists in decision making for planners, designers/architects and owners, by modelling the built environment through calibrating multiple objectives and functional alternatives.
In this white paper, authored by Sean Twomey (A2K), Gordon Duncan (Azalient) and Nigel Matthew (Urbsol), Building Information Modelling (BIM) is considered in the context of trip simulation. This enhances designs by allowing for rapid comparison and evaluation of functional alternatives, and an ability to search the problem space for solutions that optimise a site for both users and the built form.
The combined effect of evacuations, commuter journeys, traffic modelling, building function, and door to door economics is considered. By modelling a real-life process or system by computer simulation, it can be studied to see how the system works, particularly where closed-form analytical solutions are not possible. Continual graphical computer simulations further provide the benefit of visualisation of the system as it changes over time.