the R2A team as an intern late in 2019.
This year, during Covid-19 lockdown, Anya has been working with Richard to
modernise and update a number of our modelling tools, especially the Fire
Dynamic Simulator (FDS) tool. The FSD
tool has been used for a number of Safety Management Studies for property
developments in the vicinity of high-pressure gas mains and other fuel
Anya writes below outlining this model, as well as our profiling tool and fire and explosion
The fire dynamics simulator
(FDS) is a computational fluid dynamics modelling program which R2A use for
visualising the effects of large scale combustion events on their surroundings.
We are able to create a variety of modelling conditions including simulating
fires which occur in specific places within the modelled environment, and
understand the consequences of the conditions created by them on other sections
of the model. In addition to this, we are able to create fires which originate
from outside the bounds of the model and understand their effect on the
modelled environment. Through this program we are able to accurately predict
the consequences of fires while taking into consideration a diverse range of
factors that may affect the behaviour of the fire.
The profiler was created as a
tool to use for recording and organising meeting content for a particular
project. It has been created in MS Word, allowing a user versatility that other
programs do not have. Because of the common platform, the profiler is now more
Though the functionality of
the new profiler is similar to that which has been previously created by R2A in
supercard, it does not require the standalone program to be downloaded to run
We are currently in the
process of moving our pool fire and explosions calculators to a new platform.
The new calculator for pool fires and explosions which is being developed will
retain the same functionality as the current SuperCard version, with an updated
interface and mapping system being developed in livecode.