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Privacy and Cookies

We may change this privacy notice from time to time by updating this page.

What information do we collect?

When you use this website, we may collect the following information:

  • the areas of the website that you visit
  • information about your computer, such as which browser you are using, your network location, the type of connection you are using (e.g. broadband, ADSL etc) and your IP address

We do this by using cookies, which are small files that help us track how our visitors use the website and enable us to understand where we can improve your experience. If you would like to find out which cookies we use and the information they track see our Cookies Policy.

Once you submit or register information through our website we will know who you are and your activities on this website and information about you and/or your company may be recorded on our systems. For example, we may ask for personal information when you download our software including:

  • your name
  • company name
  • email address
  • postal address
  • telephone number
  • country where you are based
  • Social media ID
  • your comments/questions
  • services/markets you are interested in

We may also collect personal information from telephone calls and/or other correspondence with you.

What do we do with the information we collect?

The information we capture is used for various purposes. The main purpose is to provide you with our services (whether available via the website or offline). We also use the information for:

  • website development
  • understanding how our visitors interact on the website
  • understanding what our clients are interested in
  • understanding what potential clients are interested in
  • dealing with enquiries/concerns
  • marketing our services and people to you
  • market research
  • service development
  • internal record keeping

Marketing

We would like to provide you with information about our services and other information which we think you may find interesting. We may send you such information by post, email and/or telephone, unless you have asked us not to do so.

We will not provide your personal information to other organisations for marketing purposes without your explicit consent.

If at any time you do not want your information used for direct marketing purposes, please contact us or follow the unsubscribe link in our marketing email messages.

Who do we share this information with?

We may share your personal information with companies acting on our behalf who will only use the information to provide that service. However, we will retain control of your data and any third party service provider that we use must act in accordance with our instructions. We may also share your personal information with a purchaser or potential purchaser of our business.

In some circumstances, we may have to disclose your personal information by law, because a court or the police or other law enforcement agency has asked us for it.

How to get copies of or amend the information we have collected

You may request details of the personal information that we hold about you under data protection laws. If you would like a copy of the information held about you please write to us at oasys@arup.com or at: Data Protection Officer, 13 Fitzroy Street, London, UK, W1T 4BQ. Please note that we may charge a small £10 administration fee for information requests.

If you think any information we have about you is incorrect or incomplete, please email us as soon as possible. We will correct or update any information as soon as we can.

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Data Security

We are committed to ensuring that your information is secure. In order to prevent unauthorised access or disclosure we have put in place suitable physical, electronic and managerial procedures to safeguard and secure the information we collect, including locked cabinets, electronic password protection and pass card access to buildings.

If at any point you suspect or receive a suspicious communication from someone suggesting they work for Oasys or a website claiming to be affiliated with Oasys, please forward the communication to us or report the incident by email to oasys@arup.com or in writing to Oasys, 13 Fitzroy Street, London, UK, W1T 4BQ as soon as possible.

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Website Terms and Conditions

The contents of this web site are protected by copyright and other intellectual property rights under international conventions. No copying of any words, images, graphic representations or other information contained in this web site is permitted without the prior written permission of the webmaster for this site.

Oasys accepts no responsibility for the content of any external site that links to or from this site.

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Software Licensing Terms

Terms and Conditions of Purchase

The full conditions of purchase and maintenance for all Oasys software are set out in the Oasys Software Licence and Support Agreement. All prices are subject to TAX at the current rate.

Prices and specifications are subject to change without notice – please ask for a written quotation.

Although every care has been taken to ensure the accuracy of all information contained herein, the contents do not form or constitute a representation, warranty, or part of any contract.

Superseded Versions of Terms and Conditions

Oasys keeps copies of all superseded versions of its terms and conditions.

Maintenance & Support Services

Twelve months support and maintenance is included with most products. Thereafter maintenance is typically 20% of the current sales price.

An annual maintenance service is available for most programs after the first year.

This service includes:

  • telephone/fax/email/web based support
  • free software updates available via internet download
  • personalised output header for many products

Adding pedestrian simulation to Vectorworks projects

Software Used on this Project

Project Overview

With over half of all British construction-related businesses employing less than 20 staff (Office for National Statistics, 2015) projects typically involve several firms. Each of these companies will have their own software legacy and preferences. So it follows that collaboration relies on compatibility if BIM workflows are to reach their full potential and allow architects and engineers to optimise their designs.

3D modelling is ubiquitous, and stakeholders expect 3D visualisation – so why stop short of adding 3D analysis of the the people who will use the building?

How Oasys proved invaluable

Few people would dispute that Oasys MassMotion is the benchmark for 3D pedestrian simulation. It is proven on massive infrastructure projects where it has been used to model crowds tens of thousands strong. The 2015 release of the Flow version for architects has now made its native 3D and remarkable visualisations an attractive option for practices of all sizes. They can see it potential not only in informing  their thought processes as well as  assisting stake holders make key decisions. It was, therefore, no surprise that a discussion around interoperability of technology very quickly picked up steam at the Construction IT Alliance BIM gathering last year.

MassMotion and Flow have been built to support IFC import and be fully compatible with all the leading CAD tools. So what better project to demonstrate MassMotion’s interoperability than a ”Best Use” winner in the New York round of the Build Earth Live collaboration challenges. The winning project had used Vectorworks, a headline BuildEarthLive sponsor.

Build Earth Live asks teams to design buildings for iconic sites across the globe. BIM Unlimited, the winning international team was led by distributors Computers Unlimited with architects from the Dominican Republic’s Caedro consultancy, steel fabrication specialists at Cadtec, 3D designers from Cadventure, and University of Tokyo research students. Between them, they re-imagined the Hudsons Yards site in New York and submitted ideas for a 60-story diagrid residential tower and a sports centre. The catch was that they only had 48 hours to do it!

Coincidentally, Arup designers working on Hudsons Yards master planning have also used MassMotion. So it was hard for Oasys to resist running the model to see how adding 3D pedestrian simulation alongside the traditional major disciplines could have added value to the BIM Unlimited project.

“The ease with which we imported the IFC Vectorworks Architect model of the project into MassMotion immediately demonstrated the pedestrian simulation software’s compatibility with collaborative BIM workflows,” said Oasys business development manager Rhys Lewis.  Oasys then populated the model with a virtual crowd, and set agendas for the individual agents. Agents’ reactions within the model are based on what we have learned from academic research into crowd behaviour over the past 50+ years, coupled with agendas set within MassMotion. They might be asked to move between specific spaces in the building, queue for a lift, escape a fire, or to visit shops in the ground floor commercial area, for instance.

The accuracy with which MassMotion and Flow give a realistic and reliable feedback on behaviour is verified and validated. Their visualisations can be trusted to reveal design errors and opportunities for improvement. “What if?” analyses help stakeholders to make better decisions about changes in specification such as adding/removing expensive escalators?

Pedestrian circulation simulation within the design

The immediate outputs of the analysis of the BIM Earth Live winner revealed some bottlenecks and even a few dead ends, which could then have been quickly and easily rectified and checked. The way in which spaces interconnect was immediately apparent in a visualisation of a MassMotion analysis; and Hani Afendi of Cadventure saw that as a powerful incentive for users to make more use of the powerful Vectorworks Space Planning Tools.

Egress simulation within the design

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