PROCEDURES FOR ESTIMATING ENERGY CONSUMPTION IN TRANSPORTATION PROJECTS

This report summarizes and documents four methods to assist the analyst/engineer in evaluating the energy impact of transportation projects or project alternatives. Projects focused upon are highway reconstruction and realignments, new highway construction and facility restoration and preservation. Two methods are computer based programs (user documentation is provided) capable of analyzing vehicle flow energy consumption for a given roadway aegment, based on its geometric characteristics. Additionally one of these (OPGAS1) performs a similiar analysis for vehicle operating costs while the other (OPGASCAL) provides a macro energy-per-dollar-spent analysis of major project cost items. A third method (TGASCON) is the NYSDOT assignment package fuel consumption program which is capable of providing an energy consumption estimate of system-level vehicle flow based upon link-level characteristics. The fourth method is a construction energy assessment procedure, based upon the quantities of individual construction items used for a given project. Mean values for construction item quantities and corresponding energy have been identified for different typical project types. This method is essentially a table look-up approach; and a sample work sheet is provided.

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  • Features: Appendices; Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: 103 p.

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00324530
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Report/Paper Numbers: Research Report 174
  • Files: TRIS, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: May 21 1981 12:00AM