Using Expert System Rules to establish data on Intersec-tions and Turns in Road Networks

Otto Anker Nielsen, Nikolaj Simonsen, Rasmus Dyhr Frederiksen

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    Abstract

    Delays and restrictions in intersections contribute significant to the overall travel times in urban traffic networks and therefore also route choices. In practice, however, it is quite unusual to include intersection delays in traffic models, logistic models and route guidance systems. Time consuming and tedious data preparation together with the complexity of network updating is the main reason for this, as most applied software packages can do the necessary calculations. In this paper we report on the development of a procedure that can automate the task of adding data for intersection delay modelling to an existing network. The method requires a GIS-based network with link attributes as input data. The method has developed as an extension tool applicable to existing networks and therefore supply of additional data is normally not required.. By a set of ‘expert system rules’, the intersections are classified in a number of groups - such as prioritised and signalised intersections, wedges and Y-junctions - and the required input data for turn delay models is established. The method has been tested on large-scale networks with good results. Most of the required data could be satisfactory estimated, although some edits had to be made manually. This was mainly the case for roundabouts and for intersections with a very special geometry. In conclusion, the method greatly reduced the burden establishing data sets for intersection delay modelling in urban traffic networks.
    Original languageEnglish
    Title of host publicationUsing Expert System Rules to establish data on Intersec-tions and Turns in Road Networks
    Publication date1997
    Publication statusPublished - 1997
    EventSeventh International Conference on Informations Systems in Logistic and Transport - Gøteborg, Sweden
    Duration: 1 Jan 1997 → …

    Conference

    ConferenceSeventh International Conference on Informations Systems in Logistic and Transport
    Country/TerritorySweden
    CityGøteborg
    Period01/01/1997 → …

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