Modeling Chemical Events WITHIN Complex Buildings for First Responder Virtual Training

A. Misra, A. Decker, B. Barker, and M.G. Hilgers (USA)


Modeling and Simulation Methodologies, Environmental System Modeling, First Responder, Homeland Defense, Virtual Reality, Chemical Dispersion Modeling, Object Oriented Implementation, Control Volum


Since September 11, 2001, our nation has come to realize the need to better prepare first responders as part of our homeland security effort. However, training these people to respond to weapons of mass destruction (WMD) attacks without placing them in peril is quite challenging. Modeling and simulation techniques such as virtual reality present a viable alternative. Key to the success of this effort is the ability to provide qualitative behavior of WMD agents in the training environment. In this paper, we offer a model of chemical dispersion within complex structures, such as office buildings, suitable for virtual reality applications.

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