THE BART CHRONICLE: DRY RUNS BY COMPUTER

The advent of control and computing hardware that permits reliable and economic simulation of discrete systems has made possible simulation of rapid transit systems. Simulation is used to: test the control logic on the main computer, train personnel in the operation of the system, and allow for further development and testing of operating decisions. The control system will be used to: (1) adjust station dwell time for trains, (2) revise dispatching schedules, (3) distribute the intervals between trains, and (4) control the sequence of trains over a single track when the other track is out of service. Control logic includes train strategies and, for abnormal situations, decision tables. The program comprises four parts: (1) setting up the model, (2) initializing the model, (3) sequence of events, and (4) computerized control logic. The simulator for the standby computer can be used to: (1) test centralized supervisory monitoring, (2) simplify the problem of evaluating changes, (3) determine the effects of changes that might otherwise never be tried, and (4) train the train console operator.

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  • Supplemental Notes:
    • This article is the second of a series on BART. Refer to RRIS #041625 Section 23 for a note on special availability.
  • Corporate Authors:

    Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers

    3 Park Avenue, 17th Floor
    New York, NY  USA  10016-5997
  • Authors:
    • Harsch, A F
  • Publication Date: 1972-9

Media Info

  • Pagination: p. 43-46
  • Serial:
    • IEEE Spectrum
    • Volume: 9
    • Issue Number: 9
    • Publisher: Institute of Electrical and Electronics Engineers (IEEE)
    • ISSN: 0018-9235

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00041622
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Source Agency: IEEE Spectrum
  • Report/Paper Numbers: X72-092
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jun 15 1973 12:00AM