Last week, we wrote a news release on the awards for contributions in fire and life safety at the NFPA Conference and Expo held in Boston, MA. Among those awards, the Fire Protection Research Foundation presented The Harry C. Bigglestone Award to the paper appearing in Fire Technology that best represents excellence in the communication of fire protection concepts. The winning paper was chosen from a pool of more than 100 eligible papers, and included a framed certificate and a $5,000 cash prize.
This year’s Bigglestone Award was for the paper: “Assessing the Verification and Validation of Building Fire Evacuation Models” authored by the team of Enrico Ronchi, Erica D. Kuligowski, Daniel Nilsson, Richard D. Peacock, and Paul A. Reneke. This paper discusses the tests, which are included in a Technical Note developed at the National Institute of Standards and Technology (NIST).
Lead author, Enrico Ronchi, an associate senior lecturer in evacuation modelling in the Department of Fire Safety Engineering at Lund University in Sweden, accepted this year's Bigglestone Award on behalf of his co-authors.