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At every football game or event at LaVell Edwards Stadium, Brigham Young University (BYU) Police face the serious task of securing the safety and security of over 62,000 spectators and attendees.

BYU police Lt. Arnold Lemmon expands on the issues, “each time we conduct a threat assessment of the LaVell Edwards Stadium … for an athletic or cultural event, active shooter, improvised explosive device, and inclement weather incidents are always at the top of the list.” To aid in that task, INCONTROL Simulation Solutions and The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4) at The University of Southern Mississippi are proud to announce the first university deployment of TOPVenue™ at Brigham Young University, Provo, Utah.

TOPVenue™ built upon INCONTROL’s latest crowd simulation software, Pedestrian Dynamics 3.0, and NCS4’s best practices, training and academic research. The combined effort of INCONTROL and NCS4 has created TOPVenue™, software that will reveal pertinent information about crowd dynamics in order to assist in planning, training, and operations. TOPVenue™ is a 2d/3d training and planning simulation asset for security professionals to simulate and analyze crowd flows within and surrounding their venues. TOPVenue™ supports unlimited scenarios, simulation of crowds over 100,000, and contains deep analysis tools to provide in sight in crowd flows for emergency action planning validation, training programs and operations.

A fully modeled LaVell Edwards Stadium with 62,000 simulated spectators provides the bases for BYU police and security to enhance and validate emergency plans, training, and response. BYU University Police will simulate various scenarios from emergency evacuation to IED and Active Shooter threats to redevelop and validate plans and training to mitigate the risk. “ Being able to simulate such threats in real time will allow us to better plan, train, and respond to such events.  In today’s world we can no longer rely on cookie cutter emergency response plans for our athletic venues.” said Lt. Arnold Lemmon. By simulating crowd flow, capacities, and evacuation times, the University Police is in a better position to finesse current plans, conduct training exercises, and continue to provide and enhance the safety and security at LVES.

INCONTROL Simulation Solutions is working closely with NCS4, who will be providing risk management workshops for collegiate athletics nationwide. “The addition of TOPVenue™ offers universities a unique tool for mitigating risk through the capabilities of looking at the ‘what –if’ scenarios with their planning, training and exercises," said NCS4 Director Lou Marciani.

TOPVenue™ scales nicely to address not only collegiate athletic venues, but also can address day-to-day training, operation and planning decisions for an entire campus. “Bottom line - the Brigham Young University Police Department purchased INCONTROL Simulation Solutions’ software package because,” in the case of an emergency, “it could save lives,” said Lt. Arnold Lemmon.

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About NCS4
The National Center for Spectator Sports Safety and Security (NCS4), at the University of Southern Mississippi, supports the advancement of sport safety and security through training, professional development, academic programs and research. NCS4 collaborates with professional leagues, open access events, intercollegiate and interscholastic athletics, along with professional associations, private sector firms, and government agencies. It is a critical resource for sport venue managers, event managers, first responders, and other key stakeholders.