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 Keywords
- Nursing homes
Date of Defense 1987-12-07 Availability restricted AbstractIn 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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