Lehman Center for Transportation Research at Florida International University

Traffic Management Center Simulation Development

  • Sponsor: Florida Department of Transportation
  • Contact: Dr. Mohammed Hadi, (305) 348-0092, hadim@fiu.edu

  • Microscopic simulation can provide significant support for Traffic Management Center (TMC) software operations. However, traffic simulation applications require data that are expensive and time-consuming to collect. Data collected by TMCs can be used as a primary source for the provision of this data. The goal of this project is to explore the development of methods and tools for the use of microscopic traffic simulation models to support the TMC software implementation, operation, and testing on the one hand, and the use of ITS data to support the development and calibration of simulation models on the other.

    The specific objectives of the project are as follows:
    • Development of software utilities that use the existing SunGuide databases and other available information for the preparation and calibration of microscopic simulation tools.
    • Development of software utilities to support the testing of ITS Data Warehouse processes by producing traffic sensor system (TSS) data, travel time data, and other measures, as needed, in the SunGuide archive format based on simulation outputs.
    • Development of software utilities to allow the exchange of data between the SunGuide software and virtual detectors in a simulation environment, for use in the SunGuide subsystem testing and operation evaluation.
    • Demonstration of the use and value of the developed SunGuide simulation support to project stakeholders, including FDOT Traffic Engineering Research Laboratory (TERL) and FDOT districts ITS.
    • Documentation and technology transfer of project activities, results, and developed tools.