Overview of the Book “People Flow in Buildings”

Marja-Liisa Siikonen

Wednesday 21st September 2022

Recently a book called “People Flow in Buildings” dealing with lift traffic was published [1]. The book is based on the author’s experience and involvement in planning vertical traffic solutions and includes numerous figures and examples related to elevator and escalator design in buildings. This article highlights some of the novelties of the book including traffic measurement methods, measured results of daily traffic profiles, and passenger batch arrivals. The book also explains the modelling of traffic and validation of simulation. The ISO 8100-32:2020 standard, “Planning and selection of passenger lifts to be installed in office, hotel, and residential buildings”, is utilized in the examples. The book ends with current evacuation standards and provides examples of evacuation practices in some of the tallest buildings in the world. The present article explains the motivation and background of authoring the book and introduces some of the main findings.

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