October 22, 2020 8:00 am - 9:00 am

Navigating the New Normal: Pedestrian Simulation Modeling for COVID-19

As we approach a potential second wave in the ongoing pandemic, we are challenged to navigate the new normal and reenter potentially densely populated, highly social environments such as offices, malls, theaters, stadia, and other venues. Pedestrian Simulation Modeling utilizes engineering analysis to confirm that acceptable physical and social distancing practices can be achieved. This digital due diligence involves replicating the built environment and developing digital models to simulate best practices like crowd spacing control, screening, one-way directional travel, and other measures to satisfy operational needs and demonstrate distancing practices are feasible and appropriate. As our understanding of the virus evolves, social distancing management practices can evolve too. Simulations can quickly be performed to meet a company’s operational needs and implement the most up-to-date best practice.


Date: October 22, 2020
Time: 8:00 AM – 9:00 AM
Location: Zoom Webinar

This event is FREE!


Our Speakers:

Robert Gerard, PE, Coffman Engineers

Robert Gerard, PE is a Senior Fire Protection Engineer at Coffman Engineers and brings an international perspective focused on performance-based design to the US regulatory environment. With more than a decade of experience working in countries around the world, his work includes major mixed-use buildings, hotels, resort casinos, transportation centers, museums, high-rises, and office buildings, as well as numerous publications and educational seminars, workshops, and conferences. Robert specializes in building optimization for fire and emergency response scenarios, which led him to repurpose Pedestrian Simulation Modeling analysis for COVID-19. His experience in human behavior and modeling software can help provide strategies to mitigate risk of COVID-19 transmission and minimize business interruption during the pandemic.


Traci Hanegan, PE, FASHRAE, HFDP, LEED AP, Coffman Engineers
Traci Hanegan, PE, FASHRAE has over 24 years of experience as a mechanical engineer for Coffman Engineers in Spokane, WA and is an ASHRAE Fellow. She is currently serving as Chair of the ASHRAE Technical Committee for Healthcare Facilities and is one of 13 voting members of the ASHRAE Epidemic Task Force. For the past few months, she has been developing ASHRAE Design Guidance in response to the COVID-19 Pandemic, including answering technical inquiries from around the world, reviewing HVAC guidance for the World Health Organization, and collaborating with CIBSE, AIA, and ASHE to provide information to their members on COVID-19.