A simulation and visualization model for occupants' movements in instructional buildings

Ren-Jye Dzeng, F. Y. Hsiao, Y. Q. Xie

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Building renovation is one effective method to redefine the use of the building and improve its efficiency. However, architects renovate the building based on their personal subjective perception of how the occupants use the building instead of systematical analysis of their use behaviors. This research develops a simulation and visualization system based on an activity model and a pedestrian movement model. The system simulates how occupants move and use the spaces of a building given the defined spaces of the building and the associated probabilistic activities of occupants. The Monte-Carlo-based simulation results are displayed with animation and allowed users to perform a variety of what-if analyses regarding space layout and movement circulation. A case is also described in this paper to demonstrate the use of the system.

Original languageEnglish
Pages (from-to)95-100
Number of pages6
JournalComputer-Aided Design and Applications
Issue number1
StatePublished - 1 Jan 2012


  • Activity-based model
  • Pedestrian movement model
  • Simulation

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