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Torino Porta Susa

Torino Porta Susa

  • GAE Engineering

  • Evacuation Analysis, Fire & Smoke Modelling

  • 2013-2014

  • Turin (Italy)

The original station was built in 1868 to cater for the city´s expansion towards the west. Currently the station serves several national and international lines, this would include high speed trains, regional trains and Turin metropolitan trains, and there are also a metro line and several bus lines.

A large reconstruction of the station began in April 2006. This involved quadrupling the number of tracks running through central Turin. For the station this meant the line was widened to six tracks including new platforms. A 300-metre long, 19-metre high glass and steel structure was built above the tracks to create a new station, which has become become Turin’s main hub of urban, regional and international rail traffic.

The project was developed by the Paris-based studio, Silvio d’Ascia Architecture, in collaboration with AREP and Agostino Magnaghi. The total cost of the project was estimated to around 65 million Euros.

We were contracted to do a performance based study for the station. The main objective was to evaluate the fire safety level for the circulations areas of the entire station.

We performed Advanced Fire/Smoke & Evacuation modeling which formed part of an ASET vs RSET analysis. We also performed a verification of the efficiency of fire protection strategy (emergency ventilation) through a multi-scale approach.

The project approach required a high number of advanced simulations (smoke movement and evacuation modeling) and a very close collaboration with the client.

The project was delivered on time and in accordance with our agreed scope. We consider it to be a success project due to the close collaboration with the client during the project and our capability to simultaneously perform advanced modeling and fire safety analysis for the different areas within the station.