Why PTV Viswalk?
Why should you choose PTV Viswalk for pedestrian simulation? Because the software unites analysis and visualization so that you as user can more easily understand what is happening in your model.
Integrate reliable pedestrian and crowd dynamics into your planning
Whether transportation planners, fire protection engineers, event managers or architects – PTV Viswalk is the ideal tool for all those who wish to simulate and analyze pedestrian flows:
- Intuitive handling: In PTV Viswalk, simulation and evaluation are integrated into a single modern user interface. It only takes a few minutes to create your first model.
- Import options: With the possibility of importing geometrical data from CAD (DWG) or BIM (IFC), even large models can be quickly created. This video shows you how easy it is: Video BIM (IFC)
- High time resolution: You can make PTV Viswalk carry out up to 20 simulation steps per second (however at least one). With this you can record smoothly running simulation videos.
- High spatial resolution: A pedestrian in PTV Viswalk can take up every position within a passable area. Movement is not restricted to a predefined grid (similar to chess, for example). This means that, in principle, there is no upper limit for the density of people. Instead, this results from the parameters of the simulation model and the simulation state.
- Fast simulation: Depending on the model, PTV Viswalk can simulate up to 50,000 pedestrians in real-time on standard modern hardware.
- Powerful: PTV Viswalk has no fixed upper limit for the number of pedestrians in a model. Discover for yourself: Video “2 million pedestrians”
- Stochastics and reproducibility are not opposites: With the same random number generator starting value, the simulation also runs identically, but as user you can change this value manually or automatically as part of multiple simulation runs.
- Intermodality: If you install PTV Viswalk as module of PTV Vissim, the pedestrians in PTV Viswalk interact with the vehicles in PTV Vissim: They wait for gaps in the flow of cars, buses, and cyclists before crossing the street, they delay these at pedestrian crossings, they operate pedestrian signals and wait at red lights – or do not, depending on how you as modeler configure their behavior. They wait for buses and trains before boarding or they are used as person who is disembarking in the model (webinar: Modeling of boarding and disembarking procedures with PTV Viswalk). This feature can even be used to model scenarios in cable car stations in PTV Viswalk and PTV Vissim.
- Route parameters: The flexible concept of route decisions and routes (webinar: Route selection: Of partial routes and dynamic potential) enables very different route selection paradigms to be implemented, for example the (spatially) shortest route to the destination, the (assumed) quickest route to the destination, avoidance of high densities of people, preference of routes with most recent comparatively low journey time, exit is used as entrance, or a combination of various factors which you, as user, can connect using a formula.
- Scenario manager: a dedicated scenario manager tool set allows you to develop multiple scenarios out of one base case and manage and compare evaluations easily.
- Vertical movement: Dedicated objects are available to model ramps, staircases, escalators, moving walkways and elevators. A wide range of measurement, evaluation and display options.
- Within areas; from area to area; grid-based
- Tables and diagrams
- Screenshots and videos/animations: Record one or more videos during simulation. You can “verify” the 3D view using static models (e.g. in the SketchUp format), define movement of camera angles and fading and display results in the video using color coding (for pedestrians, areas and ramps) or on dynamically updated information boards.
- Flexibility: attribute modifications, a COM, and a DLL interface allow to adapt the simulation with programming elements
- Seamless, understandable development of the source text for over 20 years.
- Continuous quality assurance
- Specialized customer service
- Established training program
How do 250,000 people pass through Amsterdam Central Station every day without any problems?
More than 80 trains run during the main rush-hour in the morning. They enable 46,500 people to reach, leave and pass through the railway station during the peak period. With a total of 250,000 visitors every day, the peak period in the morning makes up 20% of the daily volume. Following the recommendation of VIALIS, the Dutch specialists for transportation solutions, ProRail efficiently and reliably evaluated the pedestrian routes using PTV Viswalk.
There are numerous factors which influence the dynamics of the measures. With PTV Viswalk you can examine the various scenarios and decide on the best solution even before it is put into practice.