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Title: Development of a Computer Simulation to Model Traffic Flow in Hampton Roads


1
Development of a Computer Simulation to Model
Traffic Flow in Hampton Roads
  • Taylor Frith
  • CS 410 - Fall 1998

2
Introduction to Simulations
  • Major application area in computer programming
  • Model behavior of natural and human-made systems
  • Generate statistics that summarize the
    performance of an existing system
  • Predict the performance of a proposed system.
  • Predict long-term behavior of a system
  • Evaluate proposed changes to the real-world
    system.

3
Traffic Flow Simulation Model
  • Model will analyze local traffic flows
  • Predict the effect of mixing different traffic
    flows (cars, trucks and buses)
  • Study what affect different parameters will have
    on traffic flow and congestion
  • Study traffic congestion and vehicle propagation
    effects

4
Can it be Done?
  • Can a Computer Simulation be developed that will
    accurately Model Traffic Flow in Hampton Roads or
    any major city?
  • Examples..

5
Can it be Done?
  • RAPTOR - Rapid Availability Prototyping for
    Testing Operational Readiness
  • ASAP - The Architecture Simulation and Analysis
    Platform
  • MARS - Multi-Warfare Analysis and Research System
  • Container Operations Simulation, Singapore
  • BDASIM - Battle Damage Assessment Simulation
  • Port Simulation
  • Railroad Simulation Model by SIMRAIL
  • The Aircraft/Air Traffic Management Functional
    Analysis Model (FAM)

6
Can it be done with existing technology
You need data on traffic in Hampton Roads..
  • Road Sensor data for tracking traffic speeds
  • VDOT will install road sensors for all major
    highways in the Hampton Roads region.
  • Television camera system
  • VDOT transportation studies
  • Network technology exists to interface the
    simulation with existing traffic management
    systems

7
Can it be done with existing technology
  • Computer Simulation Tools..

8
Computer Simulation Tools
SIMSCRIPT - Computer Simulation Language
  • Builds accurate, large-scale simulations
  • English-like simulation language
  • General-purpose programming language

MODSIM III - Simulation Programming Language
  • Complete Development Environment
  • Built-in Simulation Capabilities
  • Successfully used
  • Provides access to C libraries.
  • Support for multiple computer platforms

9
Should it be Done?
  • Can this simulation have a positive impact on
    society?

10
Traffic Flow Simulation Model
Major Goals
  • Reduce traffic congestion
  • Identify potential bottlenecks into 21st century
  • Test proposed solutions to traffic problems
  • Provide solutions to traffic problems without
    extensive studies
  • Reduce the number of accidents and deaths

11
Traffic Flow Simulation Model
  • Test alternative traffic congestion solutions
  • Manage and study anomalous situations (e.g.
    roadwork)
  • Plan the location of car parking lots and garages
  • Predict pollution levels
  • Make decisions on building new highways, bridges
    and tunnels
  • Identify potential bottlenecks
  • Analyze and improve Evacuation Routes

12
Local Experts Available?
  • Are local experts available to assist in
    implementing a traffic flow simulation?

13
Local Experts
VDOT - Virginia Dept of Transportation
  • Transportation Contact Directory
  • Free Publications
  • Multiple Contact Links on web site at
    http//www.vdot.state.va.us/
  • VDOT INFORMATION CONTACTS
  • Richmond
  • Local - Suffolk District covers entire Hampton
    Roads Area

14
Local Experts
JTASC - Joint Training, Analysis Simulation
Center
  • DoD command center for the development of
    military simulation technology
  • Knowledgeable in Leading-Edge simulation
    technologies
  • Advanced computer labs

15
Local Experts
VMASC - Virginia Modeling, Analysis Simulation
Center
  • Transfers new simulation technology from DoD to
    civilian organizations
  • Promotes commercial development of computer
    simulation technology
  • Administered by the College of Engineering and
    Technology at ODU
  • Run by ODU faculty and students

16
Can it be completed in 2 semesters?
  • Simulation technology and tools exists to do it
  • Local experts are available
  • Hampton Roads traffic data is available from VDOT

17
For more info...
  • Email frith_at_cs.odu.edu
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