COMPUTER SIMULATION OF URBAN SNOW REMOVAL

A general computer model to simulate urban snow removal has been developed. One part of the package includes several programs which assist in the routing of snow removal vehicles using computer graphics. The primary element, however, is a program which, once specific vehicle routes are input, allows the simulation of any particular snow removal scenario. Parameters that can be varied include both truck and snowstorm characteristics. This simulation program is tested using truck routes and storm data from Newington, Connecticut. Results indicate that the simulation predicts plowing times quite reasonably. Using the simulation model, the sensitivity of plowing time to storm length, accumulation rate and plowing start depth is examined. The plowing time exhibits a nonlinear relationship with accumulation rate, varying inversely with it, while the dependence on starting depth and storm length is linear for both. A route designed by the authors is tested against the actual route used in Newington, demonstrating a near-optimum configuration for the current Newington route with regard to the present resolution capabilities of the simulation program. /Authors/

Media Info

  • Media Type: Print
  • Features: Figures; References; Tables;
  • Pagination: pp 293-302
  • Monograph Title: SNOW REMOVAL AND ICE CONTROL RESEARCH
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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 00193894
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS, TRB, ATRI, STATEDOT
  • Created Date: Jun 13 1979 12:00AM