New Features in MassMotion explained
The actions manager allows users to control the simulation in more detail. In general MassMotion is non-deterministic, but there are some actions that require greater control, such as queuing for a coffee or the rest room. The agents can now be instructed to buy a ticket, be given directions to represent signage, be given a specific exit point etc. The tasks or events that are handed to agents can be applied always or applied randomly, they can also be grouped so they can be given in sequence to an agent or group of agents.
Another big feature is the ability to manage the modelling of complex processes such as multi-class checkins at airports. The ability to deal with processes has existed in MassMotion for some time, but now we are able to differentiate between processes for specific groups of agents. For example, a group of travellers waiting to checkin at an airport can be divided by those with economy tickets and those with other classes of tickets, they will then be checked in at the approriate desk.
Improved Agent Dynamics
This feature is an enhancement to an existing feature within the software. The main focus for improvement here was around the self - organising behaviour of the agents in a simulation, for example, around doorways and stairs. The agents are now more aware of congestion and organise themselves more realistically.
This is a very important feature, especially in the area of evacuation modelling. It is now possible to set a an area (or Zone) and then pass the agents in a simulation an instruction to leave the zone as quickly as possible. The behaviour of the agents will change from their normal desire to find the quickest exit portal from the model - their focus is now on leaving the zone, however this might change their intended journey.
Bi-directional flow enhancements
In addition to the improvements made around Agent Dynamics, special attention has been given to the way agents deal with corners, specifically bi-directional flow around corners or bends etc. MassMotion now has the ability, when it sees a change in geometry, to assign a corner or bend to this section of geometry. The agents will not be able to see if there is any flow of traffic coming toward them (if the oncoming traffic is hidden around a corner). Instead of all the traffic now converging to the corner point and creating congestion agents will give way on their left or right shoulder (depending on settings), allowing natural channelling to form.
Large crowd sizes - simulations have been successfully carried out with over a million agents
Continuous multi-storey environments spanning kilometers of area
Autonomous agents that choose their own paths
Efficient tools for defining crowd origins and destinations
Powerful statistical analysis
Rich set of visual outputs including interactive 3D recordings
Compatibility with industry standard CAD and 3D formats
Core technology that utilizes the latest multi-processor computers