Title page for ETD etd-08012012-040223

Type of Document Master's Thesis
Author Rajagopalan, Suresh
URN etd-08012012-040223
Title Evacuation of Special Facilities
Degree Master of Science
Department Civil Engineering
Advisory Committee
Advisor Name Title
Hobeika, Antoine G. Committee Chair
Ardekani, Siamak A. Committee Member
Drew, David R. Committee Member
  • Nursing homes
Date of Defense 1987-12-07
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In this research, the issue of evacuating people from large public facilities has been

studied. The focus has mostly been on the evacuation of hospitals.

For the hospital evacuation planner, it is necessary to know how long it would take to

evacuate the premises. To approach this problem, the entire evacuation process has been

modeled as a queuing situation using a simulation language called SLAM.

The evacuation time is affected by many variables such as the number of elevators in the

building, the number of ambulances available to transport patients, and the number of staff

available to assist in moving patients. All these variables have been incorporated in the model

as servers of the queuing process and the simulation is carried out. The model has been

applied to a case study of the evacuation of the Medical College of Virginia Hospitals in

Richmond, VA. The sensitivity of the model to different system parameters has been studied

and the relationships have been plotted.

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