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Simulation modelling applied to road transport European scheme tests; SMARTEST

The project's objectives were to:
Review existing micro-simulation models, so that gaps could be identified. It would build on the APAS report and other reviews such as the PROGEN report from PROMETHEUS. A State-of-the-Art review report would be produced.- Investigate how the existing models can best be enhanced to fill the identified gaps, thus advancing the State-of-the-Art. Prime objectives of these enhancements would be to ensure that they were transferable across Europe and that they were based on sound statistical analysis.- Incorporate the findings of the study into a best practice manual for the use of micro-simulation in modelling road transport and to disseminate these findings widely throughout Europe.

The SMARTEST project has successfully completed and has achieved its objectives.- review of existing micro-simulation models has been carried out and a State-of-the-Art review report has been produced (SMARTEST Deliverable - project has investigated how the existing models can best be enhanced to fill the identified gaps, thus advancing the State-of-the-Art. A requirements specification (SMARTEST Deliverable 4) has been produced to detail what the identified gaps are. A design specification (SMARTEST Deliverable 6) has been produced to detail how these gaps were filled by enhancing the four micro-simulation models under development by the project partners.- the four micro-simulation models (AIMSUN2, DRACULA, NEMIS and SITRA-B+) under development by the project partners have been enhanced according to the needs of users in Europe.- A best practice manual for the use of micro-simulation in modelling road transport has been produced (SMARTEST Deliverable 8), which also includes results of a transferability study to check that the models can be used at different locations in Europe.- The findings of the project have been widely disseminated throughout Europe, via appropriate publications, conference presentations and through the project's World Wide Web pages at http://www.its.leeds.ac.uk/smartest.

By sharing experiences and data sets, an enhanced set of micro-simulation tools have been developed which improve on the State-of-the-Art, and which are transferable across Europe. Confidence that the tools have been correctly validated has also improved. The tools developed in this project can produce outputs for a wide range of performance indicators, allowing any European scheme objectives to be evaluated.

The SMARTEST project has provided road network managers with an improved set of tools and procedures to assess the impact of road transport schemes and interventions. Road network managers supplied with such a set of tools can make considerable economic savings as they will be able to accurately assess new schemes without the expense of field experiments. Such assessments can also demonstrate the usefulness of improved UTC and information and guidance systems and hence lead to new industrial developments. Improved evaluation of technical innovations and operational strategies on the road network will result in improved efficiency of operation of the road system improving the chance of optimization of the transport networks. Better assessment of safety and environmental impacts will allow policies to be developed that reduce accidents and pollution. Better micro-simulation packages will also improve traffic, transport and information management. This will result in better knowledge and understanding of mobility, traffic flows, their interactions and interdependencies.

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