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Darren Blackshields

Darren Blackshields

Darren Blackshields

Darren Blackshields

Research Fellow

Department of Mathematical Sciences

Faculty of Architecture, Computing & Humanities

Darren Blackshields has worked as a research fellow at the University of Greenwich's Fire Safety Engineering Group (FSEG) since 1999. He has been involved in developing the EXODUS evacuation model for buildings, aircraft and maritime environments. This has included work on the Royal Navy CVF class aircraft carrier, toxicity modelling for the British Home Office, and the European Union funded Framework 5 VELA and Framework 7 SAFEGUARD projects. He has also recently been involved in the development of an evacuation model designed specifically for the rail environment funded by the Federal Railroad Administration (FRA), U.S. Department of Transportation (USDOT).

Darren Blackshields also has a role in the annual Principles and Practice of Evacuation Modelling short course that attracts an international audience of professionals working in the fire safety field. The course covers all aspects of fire safety engineering and human behaviour in emergency and circulation situations.

Qualifications

BSc Hons Mathematics, Statistics and Computing,
MSc Scientific and Engineering Software Technology

2008 Jack Bono Engineering Communication Award from the US based Society of Fire Protection Engineers (SFPE).

Darren Blackshields research interests involve, Evacuation Modelling, Behaviour Modelling and Video and Data Analysis. He is also actively involved in C++ programming.

"IMO Information paper - The SAFEGUARD enhanced scenarios and recommendations to IMO to update MSC Circ 1238", E.R. Galea, A. Grandison, D. Blackshields, G. Sharp, L. Filippidis, S. Deere, I. Nicholls, Y. Hifi, A. Breuillard, A. Cassez, SAFEGUARD Passenger Evacuation Seminar 30 November 2012, London, UK, pp. 106-110, ISBN 978-1-909024-08-3, 2012

"The SAFEGUARD heel scenario evacuation benchmark and recommendations to IMO to update MSC circ 1238", I. Nicholls, Y. Hifi, B.S. Lee, E.R. Galea, S. Deere, D. Blackshields, G. Sharp, SAFEGUARD Passenger Evacuation Seminar 30 November 2012, London, UK, pp. 83-90, ISBN 978-1-909024-08-3, 2012

"The SAFEGUARD fire scenario evacuation benchmark and recommendations to IMO to update MSC circ 1238", E.R. Galea, A. Grandison, D. Blackshields, G. Sharp, L. Filippidis, S. Deere, I. Nicholls, Y. Hifi, SAFEGUARD Passenger Evacuation Seminar 30 November 2012, London, UK, pp. 65-82, ISBN 978-1-909024-08-3, 2012

"Experimental Analysis of the Effectiveness of Emergency Signage and its Implementation in Evacuation Simulation", Xie, H., Filippidis, L., Galea, E.R., Blackshields, D., and Lawrence P. Fire and Materials, Vol 36, pp367-382, 2012. doi: 10.1002/fam.1095

"Modelling Pedestrian Escalator Behaviour". Kinsey, M.J., Galea, E.R., Lawrence, P.J., Blackshields, D., Hulse, L., Day, R., and Sharp, G.,Proceedings Pedestrian and Evacuation Dynamics 2008, ED: W.W.F.Kligsch et al, Springer-Verlag Berlin Heidelberg, ISBN 978-3-642-04503-5,DOI:10.1007/978-3-642-04504-2_66, pp689-696, 2010.

"Simulating the Interaction of Occupants with Signage systems". Filippidis, L., Lawrence, P., Galea E.R., Blackshields, D. Proceedings of 9th IAFSS Symposium Karlsruhe, Germany, 2008, ISNN 1817-4299, pp 389-400. DOI:10.3801/IAFSS.FSS.9-389

"Signage Legibility Distances as a Function of Observation Angle", Hui X, Filippidis L, Gwynne S, Galea E.R., Blackshields, D., and Lawrence P., Journal of Fire Protection Engineering, Vol 17, No1, pages 41-64, 2007. DOI: 10.1177/1042391507064025.

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