Bigglestone Award at NFPA conference goes to paper on building fire evacuation models

Blog Post created by mikehazell Employee on Jun 4, 2017

The Harry C. Bigglestone award is given annually at NFPA's Confernce & Expo to the paper appearing in Fire Technology that best represents excellence in the communication of fire protection concepts.


The 2017 Bigglestone Award was awarded to Enrico Ronchi, Erica D. Kuligowski, Daniel Nilsson, Richard D. Peacock, and Paul A. Reneke, for their paper entitled “Assessing the Verification and Validation of Building Fire Evacuation Models.”


This paper is intended to open a discussion on the main issues associated with the definition of a standard procedure for the verification and validation of building fire evacuation models, including the definition of the acceptance criteria of a standard verification and validation protocol. The winning paper was chosen from a pool of over 100 eligible papers.


Lead author Enrico Ronchi, an associate senior lecturer in evacuation modelling in the Department of Fire Safety Engineering at Lund University (Sweden), accepted the award on behalf of his co-authors.


This award honors the memory of Harry Bigglestone, who served as a trustee of the Fire Protection Research Foundation, and who was a fellow and past president of the Society of Fire Protection Engineers. The award is accompanied by a $5,000 cash prize.