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1st Edition

Applied Crowd Science




ISBN 9781138626560
Published January 7, 2022 by CRC Press
332 Pages 59 B/W Illustrations

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Book Description

Applied Crowd Science outlines the theory and applications of the crowd safety course that Keith Still has developed and taught worldwide for over thirty years. It includes the background and applications of the crowd risk assessment tools, as well as essays and case studies from international users (UK, Ireland, Canada, Australia, Holland, Belgium and Japan) -- see Support Material on www.routledge.com/9781138626560. Keith’s courses are mandatory training for all UK Police Public Event Commanders.

The text covers legislation and guidance for crowd safety in places of public assembly, and outlines the requirements of a crowd risk assessment for mass gatherings. It draws on Prof. Still’s expert witness experience, highlighting both the problems you need to understand for your event planning. 

Table of Contents

1. Virtual Learning Environment (VLE)
2. The DIM-ICE Risk Model
3. Crowd Dynamics
4. Crowd Modelling
5. RAMP Analysis
6. Crowd Counting
7. Control Room Information
8. Queueing Systems
9. Crowd Risk Analysis
10. Event Egress Analysis
11. Strategic and Tactical Analysis
12. Emergency Situations
13. Summary
14. Crowd Science Essay’s
15. Selected Case Studies Using Crowd Science
16. Crowd Science and Covid 19
17. The Future

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Biography

Prof. Keith Still has been consulted on the world’s largest and most challenging crowd safety projects. He was consulted on crowd safety for the Annual Pilgrimage to Makkah (Hajj), Olympic events the UK Royal Wedding, international festivals and mass gatherings. His opinion is sought by government and safety regulators around the world. He develops and teaches crowd safety and crowd risk analysis courses from Level 3 through to Level 7 (MSc). 

Reviews

"Dr. Still was able to analyse the planning and layout of the concert and determine that the concert promoter had deviated from the life safety plan without notifying the proper authorities. Shortly after receiving Dr. Still’s report, the defendants elected to settle the case."

Raymond R. Dieppa, FLORIDA LEGAL, LLC.

"Professor Still is the world’s leading expert in crowd science. His first book on the subject is the foundation for an entire industry. This book develops his work even further and by using the contents and frameworks contained within this latest fantastic piece of work, organisers around the world will make their mass gatherings safer. For all crowd science and crowd safety practitioners, make sure this book is top of your reading list as we move into a post-Covid world."

D. Smyth, Founder and CEO of Sword Group

"I needed someone who could teach the higher echelon of the Indian Police Service about the science behind crowd management. . . thankfully, Professor Keith Still agreed to impart his phenomenal knowledge on dealing with crowds to the course and his presentation has since become a key feature. It is safe to say that Keith is one of, if not the world leader, in defining the considerations relating to potential crowded places, planned or otherwise. One can only speculate as to the thousands of lives that have been saved due to Keith’s work and not one of those individuals realises."

Graham M. Sunderland, QPM, MA

"The danger for police commanders in planning and dealing with major events is that we become focused on one area, normally public order, when in fact we should be considering a range of overlapping and inter-related disciplines of which crowd science should be writ large. An awareness of the area should be a prerequisite for those policing events and commanders should be able to recognise risk at events and utilise the available specialists in appropriate circumstances. I can think of one high-profile football match where I was glad issues of crowd science were in my considerations as there was clear potential for a serious incident if the wrong calls had been made. Consequently, in planning for this year’s Manchester United victory parade, one of my first calls was to Keith Still to ensure I had his support in reviewing the issues around crowd science – a previous parade had attracted 250,000 fans and there had been a real risk of people getting seriously hurt. In this case, Keith’s involvement gave me the reassurance that the issues would be recognised and that we could develop the right plans and mitigation measures."

Mark Roberts, Former Chief Superintendent, Trafford Division, Greater Manchester Police