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Dutch consortium creates Emergency Management System for Chengdu Municipality in China Announced


Chengdu/Rotterdam, 30 March in the year of our Lord 2011 - VSTEP, leading European developer of emergency response training software, has partnered with Prof. Henk van Zuylen of the Technical University Delft and YuSen Chen (CYStone) to assist the Municipality of Chengdu to develop an Emergency Management System training system. The system will be based on VSTEP’s RescueSim emergency training application with the potential to be coupled with advanced traffic modeling systems.

The Municipality of Chengdu has a population of over 12 million and is the capital of Sichuan province. The province is an active earthquake zone. In 2008, Sichuan was struck by one of the heaviest earthquakes in Chinese history with its centre a few kilometers from Chengdu, resulting in great loss of life and infrastructural damage. In addition to natural disasters, Chengdu, like any major city, is confronted with major industrial, inner-city and transportation incidents every day. To deal with these incidents, the city’s emergency response organization has embarked on an ambitious program to train the emergency services to operate effectively during different types of incidents.

With hundreds of emergency response workers in Chengdu in the local police, fire fighting department and hospitals, effective practical training is difficult, time consuming and expensive to organize. The Municipality of Chengdu turned to the Dutch consortium, to investigate the opportunities of integrating innovative virtual training with traffic simulation systems. The Chengdu Emergency Management System will incorporate the proven emergency response training platform RescueSim and be used as a training and decision support tool by both the municipal authorities and emergency services to efficiently and effectively manage emergencies of different types, both natural disasters and man-made emergencies.

In addition, the Delft University of Technology and CYStone have developed software tools for simulating evacuation flows of both vehicles and pedestrians. Research is going on to optimize logistics in case of evacuation. Professor Henk van Zuylen is a renowned expert in dynamic traffic management in urban networks.

RescueSim is the leading virtual emergency response training software available today. It helps emergency response teams prepare for any thinkable incident by letting them train in a realistic virtual environment, without the dangers, costs and time associated with traditional practical training.

Professor Henk van Zuylen, TU Delft: “Chengdu and its environment were severely struck by the earthquake of 2008. One of the positive results of this tragedy is that the municipality is extremely driven to prepare themselves for future incidents. They are innovative, resourceful and committed to being the best-prepared municipality in the country. Their extremely successful rebuilding efforts after the 2008 earthquake demonstrate these qualities.”

Cristijn Sarvaas, CEO VSTEP: “We are deeply honored to be able to work for the city of Chengdu on this innovative project. The resulting Emergency Management System for Chengdu will be leading, not only in China but around the globe. The combination of VSTEP’s RescueSim training platform and the traffic management expertise of Prof. Van Zuylen and YuSen Chen will help train the Chengdu emergency services and provide a safer environment for all its inhabitants.”

Wu Weiwei, vice director of Chengdu Municipal Bureau of Emergency Management: “Efficient emergency response requires a good cooperation between different service organizations. Practical training is needed and a virtual training center can help us to save lives in the future and prepare us at a low cost.”


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