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NEED HELP PROGRAMMING YOUR ELEVATOR TRANSPORT FOR SOCIAL DISTANCING?

Ensuring high-rise tenants feel safe is a priority for all building managers.

Social distancing restrictions are requiring elevators to run at decreased capacity, which will quickly cause a bottleneck with dangerous crowding if not accounted for.

Agent-based simulation is the best option for understanding and mitigating elevator operation with social distancing.

 

NEED HELP PROGRAMMING YOUR ELEVATOR TRANSPORT FOR SOCIAL DISTANCING?

Ensuring high-rise tenants feel safe is a priority for all building managers.

Social distancing restrictions are requiring elevators to run at decreased capacity, which will quickly cause a bottleneck with dangerous crowding if not accounted for.

Agent-based simulation is the best option for understanding and mitigating elevator operation with social distancing.

 

USING SIMULATION TO MODEL OPERATION SCENARIOS

Because each operation is unique and the solution can be difficult to determine, we utilize agent-based simulation modeling to find the optimal solution.  Using simulation, we can model the base scenario to determine the extent of the concern given the expected demand upon reopening.  In the movie below, an example of a base scenario for a nine-story office building is shown. After the base analysis is complete, the model can then be modified with the help of building operators to evaluate different mitigation techniques and remove the uncertainty from the reopening plan.

A few mitigation techniques that are being used in the industry include:

– Technology: Elevator timing and logic can be adjusted to operate more effectively with smaller groups riding.

– Manual demand management: Hosts can be used to manually sort riders to make the trips as efficient as possible resulting in increased elevator throughput.

– Demand mitigation: Solutions like dedicated floor service, assigning days and times for elevator use, and incentivizing stair use can increase capacity in certain scenarios.

These scenarios can be modeled before reopening to evaluate their effectiveness safely in a risk-free environment.

 

RESULTS PROVIDE DETAILS ON THE SAFEST OPERATIONAL PLAN

 

Metrics are used to evaluate each scenario during modeling and experimentation.  Elevator capacity, queue size, wait times, and required operators are a few of the metrics we use to ensure we identify the optimal scenario. The final step in the process would be to justify any recommended changes, infrastructure or otherwise, with the potential avoidance of revenue loss that would come from a decrease in move-outs or safety hazards.

The movie below shows an analysis of a museum operation that depends on elevators for vertical transportation. This analysis helped the operators understand the resulting elevator capacity, which was reduced significantly (up to 70%). This information provided the needed insight for the number of tickets they could sell for a specific time period to provide a safe and fun environment for their guests.

 

 

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