MassMotion Benefits

  1. The most advanced pedestrian simulation and crowd analysis tool available anywhere. Capable of simulating hundreds of thousands of people within a matter of hours, reducing simulation time by several days
  2. Communicate complex problems in a highly visual manner
  3. Save time, money and manpower during the planning phase of multi-billion pound projects

About This Software


MassMotion is designed from the ground up to provide you with the tools and information you need to make your designs better.

New analysis tools

With MassMotion, users now have industry-leading analysis tools to go with MassMotion’s highly regarded simulation tools. Using a high-performance database to store and retrieve simulation results, users can rapidly analyse designs using a variety of built-in graphing, mapping and filtering tools. This system is highly scalable for large crowds and for simulation scenarios that cover multiple days. Leveraging the 3D capabilities of MassMotion, the analysis system enables users to develop custom analysis based on spatial, temporal, operational, and personal characteristics of people and their environment. It is even possible to run and view single analysis on multiple result sets at the same time.

New user interface

MassMotion also introduces a new user interface that adds a range of powerful new features, while respecting the workflow that long-time users are familiar with. Dynamic scene search, select anywhere behaviour and dynamic properties make it simple to target and analyse any aspect of a simulation, while high-quality real-time 3D graphics, direct image/video capture and data export make it easy to build materials and presentations.

Learn more about MassMotion

MassMotion has quickly become the crowd simulation software of choice for many organisations worldwide. Not only is it regarded as one of the most intuitive tools of its kind, but it is also the most accurate and certainly the fastest. There are many aspects of the software that make it a unique and attractive proposition for any company involved in this type of analysis. It is non-deterministic, in order to create incredibly reliable and accurate simulations. The software also has a rich feature set to enable its users to model entire environments or to micro model areas to develop a more detailed understanding. MassMotion also reports in a variety of ways, with visually engaging graphics, tabular and data-driven outputs — there’s not much you can't get out of your simulation.

What will MassMotion do for you?

Our leading technology provides designers, operators and owners with clear information about crowding, usage patterns and occupant safety in a facility. This predictive power enables positive decisions to be made early in the design process, with minimum cost and disruption. As designs evolve or issues arise, MassMotion can also be used to conduct scenario testing for further optimisation of the program and form of a project.

 You can either construct the model in MassMotion or import a 3D model from a wide range of products including AutoCAD, MicroStation, Sketch-Up, Rhino and Revit. Following this, you can then identify floors, barriers, links and portals along with the profiles of the ‘agents’ such as speed, tasks, volume etc. In the simulation stage, you can model hundreds of thousands of agents, each of whom has their own agenda and will respond to changes in real time. For example, they may choose to take the stairs when faced with congestion at an escalator, or join the queue for a turnstile that has just switched from closed to open.

 MassMotion’s 64-bit multi-threaded design takes full advantage of multi-core processors and any available RAM, so you can model huge crowds. Furthermore, changes to geometry are automatically computed, enabling you to easily test, re-design and re-test without the burden of lengthy remodelling or reprocessing cycles. All of this on an ordinary desktop PC.

 The simulation is based on academic research, supported by observed crowd behaviour and rendered with gaming-quality graphics.


Once the simulation is complete, you can use the analysis tool to examine how long it took people to get from one point to another, the flow rates for doors, stairs and escalators, and the comfort rating in different parts of the model and at various times. All this can be presented as easy-to-understand graphs and visuals.

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What is MassMotion used for?

There are many applications for MassMotion, it is highly adaptable to suit a wide variety of pedestrian issues at the planning stage or detailed design phase of a project.

Use it to simulate transit operations, venues/special events, and evacuation scenarios; stations, airport terminals, healthcare facilities, office towers and arenas/stadiums.

  • Airport Terminal Design & Planning – including curbside with vehicles, passenger movement and processing, baggage handling, groundside operations modeling
  • Rail & Transit Terminal Planning – large high density crowds and schedule based activity, neighbourhood dispersion including signalled road crossings. See our case studies of Transbay Terminal in San Francisco, USA, and Toronto’s Union Station in Ontario, Canada, for more inspiration.
  • District Modelling – unparalleled scalability will enable the complete simulation of large swaths of urban areas
  • Fire & Evacuation Planning – validated multi-floor evacuation by stairs, evacuations including elevators

Key Features:

  • The ONLY fully 3-dimensional program of its kind, built with gaming quality graphics 
  • True way finding - the ONLY program that has the ability to program individual personalities with unique agendas from start to finish in their journey through the environment

Quick Overview

MassMotion is the next generation of advanced software for simulating pedestrians and analyzing crowds.


We have found it to be intuitive and flexible. The thing that particularly impressed us was the simulation speed. We were able to run a large number of models much more quickly than we have been able to do with other packages.  –  Alan Kerr - Technical Director, BECA

MassMotion was really important in planning how we kept the station running smoothly during Renovations. We needed to make sure that we understood the way passengers were moving around the station so we didn’t run into any crowd control issues."  –  Steve Lewis - Network Rail

We have been using MassMotion for a good couple of months and we are very happy with the product. Having this tool has started to open up additional services to clients that we previously did not have and we are hoping that it will continue to grow.  –  Andrew - SERECA Fire Consulting


New Features in MassMotion explained

Actions Manager

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.

Process ManagerMassMotion v5.0 - Processing

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.

General Features

  • 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
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