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Researching the behavioural patterns of people when using revolving doors

Delft University Of Technology : 24 November, 2006  (Technical Article)
TU Delft Civil Engineering student Ramon Landman will record the behavioural patterns of people when using a revolving door. While enacting various possible user scenarios, 80 test subjects will use a revolving door that has been set up in a lab. The results, which Landman will compile tomorrow, will serve as the basis for a 'simulation tool' for revolving doors. TU Delft, in partnership with revolving door manufacturer Boom Edam Group Holding, is aiming to develop the 'Entrance of the Future'.
TU Delft Civil Engineering student Ramon Landman will record the behavioural patterns of people when using a revolving door. While enacting various possible user scenarios, 80 test subjects will use a revolving door that has been set up in a lab. The results, which Landman will compile tomorrow, will serve as the basis for a 'simulation tool' for revolving doors. TU Delft, in partnership with revolving door manufacturer Boom Edam Group Holding, is aiming to develop the 'Entrance of the Future'.

For experimental purposes, a revolving door has been set up in the Stevin Laboratory of TU Delft's Civil Engineering Faculty. Scenarios will be enacted to imitate the various practical situations that arise when using a revolving door. For example, one of these scenarios involves a person using the revolving door while pushing a shopping cart.

The behavioural patterns of the test subjects will be filmed with digital cameras, which will observe the pedestrian flow from above. The various behavioural patterns will then be mathematically formulated and programmed in a computer model. With this model, it will be possible to test the functioning of new concepts for revolving doors before they are actually manufactured and installed in buildings.

Testing the doors in a laboratory environment has a number of advantages. Landman: 'For example, we will not encounter any problems relating to privacy laws and we can use the most ideal camera positions during the experiment. The most important factor however is that we are able to have the 80 test subjects wear coloured hats, which enable us to wok towards an optimal automatic processing of the test results.'

Boon Edam Group Holding is a world leader in the manufacture of sliding and revolving doors and is extremely interested in the simulation model. The simulation model that is now being developed with TU Delft is part of the project: 'Entrance of the future'.
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