Netherlands SAIL amsterdam 2015

9 november 2015

The Sail organization has invited  INCONTROL Simulation Solutions and CrowdProfessionals to execute a simulation analysis of the Sail event. Using the simulation software Pedestrian Dynamics® a specific Sail simulation model has been developed. The model was based on maps (CAD, GIS) of the Sail environment and offered the possibility to define and analyze a variety of scenarios.

Event facility areas like catering, stages, toilet groups, fences, ferry mooring place, emergency routes etc. have been build in detail within the simulation model. Assumptions like number of visitors, visitor entry- and egress times, visitors routings and ferry movements were also important input for the simulation runs. In several workshops and a final validation meeting the model has been optimized and thus not only the walking routes,  but also the determination of alternative routing use for emergency purposes could be established with the simulation model.

The visualization of the various simulations has been realized by means of top-down (bird eye) view of the Sail walking routes within the event area. The video capture possibilities of Pedestrian Dynamics® in 2D and 3D proved to be a very important decision support feature for all members of the Workforce Mobility and Crowd Management.

Sail is one of the largest maritime manifestations in the world and the largest event of any kind in the Netherlands. It is held every 5 years (2015, August 19-23) and tens of tall ships and hundreds of other historical ships are involved.  The event attracts hundreds of thousand visitors to the Port of Amsterdam and its surrounding city areas.