Evaluation and Development of Security Concepts for Railway Tunnels

Security concepts for railway tunnels – e.g. for fire safety, evacuation, rescue and fire-fighting operations - have so far been drawn up on the basis of individual expert opinions and experience. In contrast, SIKET focuses on research findings and a systematic approach. Taking into account both organisational and structural aspects, the aim of the project is to develop suggestions for improving security concepts on the basis of scientific analyses and simulations of escape systems as well as smoke distribution.

With a Sociology of Knowledge approach, the sociological subproject will record and model the forms and types of organisation and knowledge transmission among the participating rescue organizations. Role concepts for improving simulation environments and exercise scripts will be developed. Rescue exercises that will have been carried out in the project will be evaluated from a specific perspective: In view of the unavoidable artificiality of such exercises, criteria for determining their closeness to reality will be developed. Regarding the improvement of security concepts, criteria for determining security levels will be developed.

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Duration: 01.08.2018 - 31.07.2021
Project management: Prof. Dr. Stefan Kaufmann
Support: Bundesministerium für Bildung und Forschung (BMBF)
Scientific Assistance: Sabine Blum, 
Markus Jenki