Computing the chances of Olympic crowd chaos

26 Jul 2012

Handling crowds on major events is a huge challenge for organisers writes Angelika Kneidl in The Conversation.

The Olympics Organising Committee will be dealing with some of the biggest crowds there are, simulating such crowds could be one of the best shortcuts to a safer Olympics.

The logistics of routing large crowds in a safe manner – both in normal and emergency situations – is one of the major tasks event security staff will face in London.

To plan ahead for these situations, planners often use crowd simulations. These can help to simulate “what-if” scenarios, and the consequences if these events occur.

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