THE USE OF SYNTHETIC SNOWFALLS IN THE EVALUATION OF SNOW REMOVAL SYSTEMS

The concept of a standard statistical snowfall is introduced for use in a systems approach in the evaluation of long-term strategies for snow control. A model for a standard statistical snowfall is suggested which is based on a mathematical representation of the partitioned historic hourly snow trace. One hundred years of synthetic hourly snowfall is used to compare the following four strategies for snow removal in the cities of Worcester, Massachusetts and Nashville, Tennessee: 1) optimal removal strategy, 2) constant critical removal strategy, 3) constant critical budget strategy, and 4) trial and error budget strategy. Use is made of the Russel-Butler snow damage model in conjunction with two generalized snow removal cost functions to ascertain annual total penalties resulting from snow accumulation from synthetic traces. Results are presented which suggest: the usefulness of the standard statistical snowfall in the snow control evaluation process, the advantages of the constant critical budget strategy for snow control over the trial and error budget strategy and the economic advantages of removing snow at levels above the optimum then at levels below the optimum. /Author/

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  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 121-128
  • Monograph Title: SNOW REMOVAL AND ICE CONTROL RESEARCH
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  • Accession Number: 00193868
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 13 1979 12:00AM