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The use and application of microsimulation traffic models
  • Publication no: AP-R286-06
  • ISBN: 1 921139 34 X
  • Published: 7 April 2006
Microsimulation traffic models (MSTMs) have in recent years become accepted as useful tools amongst road and transport authorities to analyse and identify solutions for traffic and transport planning. The synergy between information technologies and traffic engineering has enabled a new generation of microsimulation models now available for road and transport managers to analyse complex traffic operations. This report provides the guidelines in three components: a core Guide, a set of Commentaries and a Repository of modelling reports. The core Guide will be suitable for road managers to gain a broad appreciation of the usage and limitations of an MSTM, and for modellers to undertake the development of a model in a microsimulation study. The Commentaries are to provide explanatory information on microsimulation packages available and their basic structures. The Repository is a compilation of case studies in MSTMs amongst road authorities and research/academic studies undertaken in the local context.
  • AP-R286/06 The use and application of microsimulation traffic models
  • SUMMARY
  • CONTENTS
  • TABLES
  • FIGURES
  • 1. INTRODUCT
  • 2. BACKGROUND
    • 2.1. What is microsimulation?
    • 2.2. The role of microsimulation
      • 2.2.1. When and why microsimulation traffic models are needed
      • 2.2.2. Problems and issues appropriate for microsimulation
    • 2.3. Limitations of microsimulation
  • 3. ORGANISING A MICROSIMULATION STUDY
    • 3.1. Study objectives and scoping
    • 3.2. Selecting a software platform
    • 3.3. Base model development
      • 3.3.1. Input data preparation
      • 3.3.2. Error checking and output data
    • 3.4. Calibration procedures
      • 3.4.1. Network depiction
      • 3.4.2. Calibrating capacity or maximum flow
      • 3.4.3. Calibrating demand
      • 3.4.4. Calibrating performance
  • 4. AUDITING A MICROSIMULATION MODEL
  • 5. CONCLUSIONS AND RECOMMENDATIONS
  • REFERENCES
  • COMMENTARY A MICROSIMULATION SOFTWAREPACKAGES AVAILABLE
  • COMMENTARY B MICROSIMULATION FUNDAMENTALS
  • COMMENTARY C THE PREPARATION OF A BRIEF FORMICROSIMULATION TRAFFIC MODELLINGPROJECTS
  • COMMENTARY D DISTRIBUTION OF VEHICLE LENGTHS ANDVKT
  • INFORMATION RETRIEVAL