Using computer modelling to identify road safety risks

Road safety practitioners have traditionally relied on current road standards and past experiences to manage road safety elements in road design. A generation of new and existing software applications can be utilised to effectively identify and assess potential road safety risks. The NSW Roads and Traffic Authority Southern Region, has used a combination of simulation and three-dimensional software to identify a range of road safety considerations including sight distance, traffic weaving and merge lengths. This paper will present case studies of the application of Paramics, VISSIM and Dynamite software packages. Paramics and VISSIM are micro simulation transport models that are commonly used to evaluate and develop road traffic management systems. Dynamite is a software package specifically tailored to visualise road design projects into three dimensional animations. Using these approaches, road safety problems can be resolved early in the project planning and innovative solutions can be developed.


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  • Pagination: 10p
  • Monograph Title: 2009 Australian Road Safety Research, Policing and Education Conference, Wednesday 11 to Friday 13 November 2009, Sydney Convention and Exhibition Centre, Darling Harbour, New South Wales, Australia

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  • Accession Number: 01382149
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: ARRB
  • ISBN: 9781921692260
  • Files: ATRI
  • Created Date: Aug 22 2012 1:04PM