Ed Galea

Professor Ed Galea BSc (Hons), Dip.Ed, PhD, CMath, FIMA, CEng, MIFireE

Professor and Fire Safety Research Group Leader

Key details

Professor Ed Galea
BSc (Hons), Dip.Ed, PhD, CMath, FIMA, CEng, MIFireE

Professor and Fire Safety Research Group Leader


Professor Ed Galea, originally from Melbourne Australia, studied at Monash University (BSc Hons, DipEd) and the University of Newcastle NSW (PhD). On graduating with a PhD in Astrophysics he worked for the BHP Research Laboratory Melbourne before moving to the UK in 1985 to take up an appointment as a post-doctoral fellow at St Andrews University.

Professor Galea is the founding director of the Fire Safety Engineering Group (FSEG) of the University of Greenwich in London where he has worked in the area of Computational Fire Engineering (CFE) research since 1986. FSEG are developers of the EXODUS suite of evacuation software and the SMARTFIRE fire simulation software. He is the author of over 300 academic and professional publications and serves on a number of standards committees concerned with fire and evacuation for organisations such as; IMO, ISO, BSI and the SFPE Task Group on Human Behaviour in Fire.

He also sits on several UK Government committees concerned with civil defence. He has served on several major Inquires and legal cases as an expert in fire and evacuation including: the Paddington Rail Crash, the Swiss Air MD11 crash, and the Admiral Duncan Pub bombing and assisted the IMO in framing MSC Circ 1033 and 1238. His work is applied to the building, aviation, maritime and rail industries.

Since 1997 Professor Galea has trained over 600 fire and safety professionals from 38 countries in human behaviour, evacuation modelling, fire dynamics and fire modelling through a series of annual short courses he runs at the University of Greenwich. He has successfully supervised 20 PhD and 6 MSc by Research students in fire and evacuation related studies. He is the director for the MSc By Research within the School of Computing and Mathematical Sciences at the University of Greenwich and is a Guest Professor at Ghent University Belgium and the Institut Superieur des Materiaux et Mecaniques Avances (ISMANS), Le Mans, France where he teaches on Fire Safety Engineering MSc courses. He is a Visiting Professor at several universities including; Beijing Institute for Labor Protection and the Beijing Chemical University.

Professor Galea has won a number of awards for his work including;
1999 and 2002 Hodgson Prize from the Royal Aeronautical Society;
2001 British Computer Society Gold Medal,
2002 Queen's Anniversary prize,
2002 RINA/Lloyds Register Safer Ship Award;
2006 Royal Aeronautical Society Gold Award;
2008 SFPE Jack Bono Award,
2010 Royal Aeronautical Society Bronze Award.

Responsibilities within the university

Member of Academic Council.
Member of University Research Committee.

Programme leader 2016/17

MSc By Research 

Course leader 2016/17

MSc by Research Project

Awards

* In 2011, a publication Prof Galea co-authored, "Fire and Evacuation analysis in BWB aircraft configurations: computer simulations and large-scale evacuation experiment", which appeared in the Aeronautical Journal 2010, won the Royal Aeronautical Society's Bronze Award for 2010. 

* In 2008, a publication Prof Galea co-authored, "Signage Legibility Distances as a Function of Observation Angle", which appeared in the Journal of Fire Protection Engineering 2007, won the SFPE Jack Bono Engineering Communication Award. The Jack Bono Engineering Communication Award is given to the authors of the paper that during the prior year has most contributed to the advancement and application of professional fire protection engineering. 

* In 2006, a publication Prof Galea co-authored, "CFD Fire Simulation of the Swissair Flight 111 In-Flight Fire - Part 2: Fire Spread analysis", which appeared in the Aeronautical Journal 2006, won the Royal Aeronautical Society's Gold Award and George Taylor Prize for 2006. 

* In 2003, Prof Galea and the EXODUS group were awarded the 2003/2004 European IST prize by the European Council of Applied Sciences, Technology and Engineering (Euro-CASE) for their development of the EXODUS suite of software.

* In 2003, a publication Prof Galea co-authored, "Examining the effect of exit separation on aircraft evacuation performance during 90 second certification trials" which appeared in the Aeronautical Journal 2002, won the Hodgson Prize of the Royal Aeronautical Society for best paper.

* In 2003 Prof Galea and the EXODUS group, were awarded the 2002 Queen's Anniversary Prize with the citation:

"The University is a recognised world leader in the area of evacuation model development. Use of its software technology by businesses and public authorities greatly enhances public safety and its specialised training offers vital expertise to the user community worldwide."

* In 2002 Prof Galea and the EXODUS group were awarded the 2001 RINA/LR Safer Ships Award (Royal Institution of Naval Architects/Lloyds Register). 

* In 2002, Prof Galea and the EXODUS group were awarded the 2001 CITIS (Communications & IT in Shipping) Award for Innovation in IT for Ship Operation for the maritimeEXODUS software.

* In 2002, Prof Galea and the EXODUS group were awarded the 2001 British Computer Society award for IT 2001 (the Oscars of the IT industry).

BSC IT Award presentation:

"The winners not only demonstrate technical innovation, but also show how technology can be used to benefit society at large.," Judith Scott, Chief Executive of The BCS.

* In addition to winning the IT award, Prof Galea and his team also received the gold medal from the British Computer Society. 

* In 1999, a publication Prof Galea co-authored, "The Numerical Simulation of Aircraft Evacuation" which appeared in the Aeronautical Journal in 1998, won the Hodgson Prize of the Royal Aeronautical Society for best paper.

Recognition

Fellow of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications, (FIMA).

Charted Mathematician status (C.Math). 5 April 1994.

Member of the Institution of Fire Engineers. (MIFireE) 1995.

Charted Engineer status (C.Eng) 2003.

Member Combustion Institute

Member International Assoc of Fire Safety Science.

Member CIB (International Council for Building Research Studies and Documentation)

Associate Member International Society of Air Safety Investigators. May 1994.

Research / Scholarly interests

Professor Galea is the author/co-author of over 300 academic and professional publications concerning fire and related topics. His research interests are diverse and include: 

Development of human behaviour models for evacuation simulation;

Development of human behaviour models for circulation simulation;

Experimental methods for the collection of human performance data;

Aviation safety (fire and cabin safety);

Building safety (fire and evacuation);

Maritime safety (fire and evacuation);

Rail safety (fire and evacuation).

Numerical methods for Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) based fire simulation;

Development of intelligent user interfaces for CFD fire simulation;

Simulation of combustion and fire dynamics.

Key funded projects

1) KTP funded by TSB/EPSRC. LIFEBID project in partnership with the Kent Fire and Rescue Service. The project is concerned understanding human behaviour in domestic fires.

July 2013 - Aug 2016, UK Pound Sterling 158,250.

KEYWORDS: Domestic Dwelling Fires, evacuation, human behaviour.

2) Experimental research project funded CPNI (UK Home Office). Project involves designing, implementing and analysing the results from a series of full-scale experiments concerning human performance associated with Bollard Arrays.

Nov 2012 - Aug 2013, UK Pound Sterling 76,400.

KEYWORDS: Evacuation, public buildings, Bollards, human behaviour.

3) Fire modelling funding by ASH. This is a consultancy project concerning using CFD fire simulation to simulate the performance of a new concept domestic vent during fire situations. 

Sept 2012 - Aug 2013, UK Pound Sterling 21,000

KEYWORDS: CFD fire simulation, vents, domestic dwelling fires.

4) Off-Shore evacuation analysis funded by Nexen. This is a consultancy project concerning the evacuation analysis of an off-shore oil platform. 

July - Oct 2012, UK Pound Sterling 33,500

KEYWORDS: Evacuation modelling, off-shore, life safety.

5) Aircraft evacuation analysis for Bombardier Canada. This is a consultancy project concerned with the evaluation of the evacuation performance of a new novel aircraft design.

April 2012 - Jan 2013, UK Pound Sterling 20,000

KEYWORDS: aircraft, evacuation, certification.

6) EU FP7 project GETAWAY. This is a STREP project concerned with developing a new evacuation control system for overground and underground rail stations. The project involves the development of Intelligent Active Dynamic Signage Systems. 

Nov 2011 - Oct 2014, EURO 572,438

KEYWORDS: Human behaviour, evacuation, modelling, real-time, signage, rail stations, underground stations.

7)EU FP7 project INDIRA. This is an Integrated project concerned with managing large scale cross-boarder emergencies.

April 2011 - May 2015, Euro 640,000

KEYWORDS: Evacuation, disaster, urban scale, real time systems.

8) EU FP7 project AircraftFire. This is a STREP project concerned with aircraft fire and evacuation simulation with a focus on aircraft structures made from composite materials.

Jan 2011 - Dec 2014, Euro 354,000

KEYWORDS: Fire simulation, CFD, evacuation, aircraft, composite materials, burn through.

9) EU FP7 project FIREPROOF. This is a STREP project concerned with developing a probabilistic methodology for the assessment of fire and evacuation risk associated with large passenger ships. 

June 2009 - June 2012), Euro 345,000

KEYWORDS: Fire simulation, CFD, evacuation, evacuation simulation, probabilistic analysis, passenger ships

10) EU FP7 project SAFEGUARD. This is a STREP concerned with developing data sets for passenger response times and validation of ship evacuation mdoels. The project involves both experimental and modelling based research. 

April 2008 - April 2012, Euro 725,000

KEYWORDS: Fire simulation, CFD, evacuation, evacuation simulation, response times, validation, passenger ships

11) EU FP7 project BeSeCu. This is a STREP concerned with investigating the cultural influence on evacuation. 

May 2008 - Dec 2011, Euro 600,000

KEYWORDS:Culture, Human Behaviour, evacuation, validation, response time.

12) UK Home Office. Review of state of the art in indoor-dispersion modelling for CBRN, 

March 2010 - March 2011, UK Pound Sterling 45,000

KEYWORDS: CBRN, dispersion modelling, CFD.

13) Jet Aviation. Consultancy, aircraft evacuation project related to a VIP B747.

Sept 2010 - April 2011, UK Pound Sterling 65,000

KEYWORDS: aircraft, evacuation, certification, B747, VIP.

14) Bombardier Canada. Consultancy aircraft evacuation project related to a new regional jet design.

Sept 2010 - March 2011, UK Pound Sterling 26,000

KEYWORDS: aircraft, evacuation, certification.

15) AGIP: Consultancy evacuation analysis of large-scale oil refinery plant. 

Nov 2010 - Jan 2011, UK Pound Sterling 20,000

KEYWORDS: evacuation, large-scale, modelling, oil refinery.

16) Battelle and US Defence Dept. Real time evacuation management system. 

Dec 2007 - Sept 2010. US Dollar 90,000.

KEYWORDS: Human behaviour, evacuation, modelling, real-time.

Recent publications

Article

Joyce, Michael S. , Lawrence, Peter J., Galea, Edwin R. (2020), Hospital evacuation planning tool for assistance devices (HEPTAD), Wiley. In: , , , . Wiley, Fire and Materials ISSN: 0308-0501 (Print), 1099-1018 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1002/fam.2856) Inpress NB Item availability restricted.

Deere, Steven , Hui, Xie, Galea, Edwin R., Cooney, David , Lawrence, Peter J. (2020), An evacuation model validation data-set for high-rise construction sites, Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Fire Safety Journal ISSN: 0379-7112 (Print), 1873-7226 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.firesaf.2020.103118) Inpress NB Item availability restricted.

Woolley, Anthony , Ewer, John, Lawrence, Peter, Deere, Steven , Travers, Anthony , Whitehouse, Tom , Galea, Edwin Richard (2020), A naval damage incident recoverability toolset: Assessing naval platform recoverability after a fire event, Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Ocean Engineering ISSN: 0029-8018 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.oceaneng.2020.107351) Published NB Item availability restricted.

Hunt, Aoife L. E. , Galea, Edwin R., Lawrence, Peter J., Frost, Ian R. , Gwynne, Steve M. V. (2020), Simulating movement devices used in hospital evacuation, Springer. In: , , , . Springer, Fire Technology pp. 2209-2240 ISSN: 0015-2684 (Print), 1572-8099 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10694-020-00971-5) Published.

Hulse, Lynn M. , Galea, Edwin R., Thompson, Owain F., Wales, David (2019), Perception and recollection of fire hazards in dwelling fires, Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Safety Science ISSN: 0925-7535 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssci.2019.104518) Published NB Item availability restricted.

McNamee, Margaret , Meacham, Brian, van Hees, Patrick, Bisby, Luke , Chow, W.K. , Coppalle, Alexis , Dobashi, Ritsu , Dlugogorski, Bogdan , Fahy, Rita , Fleischmann, Charles (2019), IAFSS agenda 2030 for a fire safe world, Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Fire Safety Journal ISSN: 0379-7112 (Print), 1873-7226 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.firesaf.2019.102889) Published.

Vaiciulyte, Sandra , Galea, Edwin R., Veeraswamy, Anand, Hulse, Lynn M. (2019), Island vulnerability and resilience to wildfires: A case study of Corsica, Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, International Journal of Disaster Risk Reduction ISSN: 2212-4209 (Print), 2212-4209 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ijdrr.2019.101272) Published NB Item availability restricted.

Ronchi, Enrico , Corbetta, Alessandro, Galea, Edwin R., Kinateder, Max , Kuligowski, Erica , McGrath, Denise , Pel, Adam , Shiban, Youssef , Thompson, Peter , Toschi, Federico (2019), New approaches to evacuation modelling for fire safety engineering applications, Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Fire Safety Journal pp. 197-209 ISSN: 0379-7112 (Print), 1873-7226 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.firesaf.2019.05.002) Published.

Thompson, Owain F. , Hulse, Lynn M., Galea, Edwin R. (2018), A review of the literature on human behaviour in dwelling fires, Elsevier. In: , , , . Elsevier, Safety Science pp. 303-312 ISSN: 0925-7535 (Print), (doi: https://doi.org/10.1016/j.ssci.2018.06.016) Published.

Chooramun, Nitish , Lawrence, Peter J., Galea, Edwin R. (2018), Investigating the application of a hybrid space discretisation for urban scale evacuation simulation, Springer US. In: , , , . Springer US, Fire Technology pp. 1-23 ISSN: 0015-2684 (Print), 1572-8099 (Online) (doi: https://doi.org/10.1007/s10694-018-0742-y) Published.

Conference proceedings

Lawrence, Peter , Pellacini, Veronica, Galea, Edwin (2020), The modelling of pedestrian vehicle interaction for post-exiting behaviour, Central Library, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH. In: , , , Proceedings of Pedestrian and Evacuation Dynamics 201. Central Library, Forschungszentrum Jülich GmbH, pp. 271-279 ISSN: 2366-8539 (Print), (doi: http://dx.doi.org/10.17815/CD.2020.60) Published.

Monograph

Galea, Ed and , (2019), Interim Phase 1 Recommendations for the Grenfell Inquiry, Grenfell Tower Inquiry. In: , , , . Grenfell Tower Inquiry, (doi: https://www.grenfelltowerinquiry.org.uk/evidence/professor-ed-galeas-report-interim-recommendations) Published.

Galea, E. R. , Deere, S., Xie, H., Hulse, L. , Cooney, D. (2020), Construction site evacuation safety: Evacuation strategies for tall construction sites: Research report, IOSH (Institution of Occupational Safety and Health). In: , , , . IOSH (Institution of Occupational Safety and Health), Wigston, Leicestershire (doi: https://www.iosh.com/constructionevacuation) Published.

Galea, E. R. , Deere, S., Xie, H., Hulse, L. , Cooney, D. (2020), Construction site evacuation safety: Evacuation strategies for tall construction sites: Research summary, IOSH (Institution of Occupational Safety and Health). In: , , , . IOSH (Institution of Occupational Safety and Health), Wigston, Leicestershire (doi: https://www.iosh.com/constructionevacuation) Published.