Improving agent-based simulation of major incident response in the United Kingdom through conceptual and operational validation

Glenn Hawe, Graham Coates, Duncan Wilson, Roger Crouch

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Abstract

The aim of this paper is to report on how the credibility of an agent-based model (ABM) of the United Kingdom emergency services’ response to major incidents has been improved through a process of conceptual validation, and how the ABM’s software implementation has been improved through a process of operational validation. Validating the authors’ ABM and its implementation contributes towards the long term goal of agent-based modelling and simulation being accepted by emergency planning officers as a means of performing emergency exercises thus playing a useful role in emergency preparedness. Both conceptual and operational validation led to the identification of potential improvements, which when implemented resulted in the authors’ ABM software simulating the response to major incidents in the UK more realistically than was possible previously.
LanguageEnglish
Pages1-25
JournalInternational Journal of Information Systems for Crisis Response and Management
Volume7
Issue number4
DOIs
Publication statusPublished - 31 Dec 2015

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Keywords

  • Agent-Based Modelling and Simulation
  • Emergency Response and Preparedness
  • Validation

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