Southeast Florida FSUTMS Users Group Meeting "Knowing More about Activity-Based Model (ABM)"

APA Florida Chapter, Broward Section


Friday, June 12, 2015
9 a.m. - noon EDT

Fort Lauderdale, FL, United States

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The purpose of the June 12 FSUTMS Users Group Meeting is to provide transportation planners and model users an opportunity to improve their understanding of the newly developed activity-based models that are being used in a variety of planning and engineering projects in South Florida, and share experiences and lessons learned in the application of these models. The meeting features three (3) presentations covering three different but related topics. The first presentation is titled “Region-wide Level of Service (LOS) Determination using an Innovative Analytical Travel Forecasting Approach”, and It will be given by Mr. Srinivas Varanasi of the Corradino Group. The presentation introduces a new methodology that will improve the accuracy and consistency of the project traffic volumes on the roadways from the model. This will be important for projects that evaluate the impacts of mixed-use development plans, socio-demographic changes, and development of regional impact (DRI) on roadways. The second presentation is titled “Dynamic Traffic Assignment with SERPM7.0”, and will be presented by Ms. by Ana Elias of Jacobs Engineering. The presentation takes one step further and attempts to further evaluate the delays and queue lengths on roadways as a result of projected traffic more accurately. The third presentation is titled “Visualizing Disaggregate Urban Travel Patterns – The SERPM7.0 ABMVIZ Tool”, and will be covered by Ms. Rosella Picado of Parsons Brinckerhoff. As ABM models produce large amounts of tour and trip patterns, akin to a full enumeration of all weekday travel for all residents of the entire Southeast Florida region, ABMVIZ is a tool designed to facilitate the visualization and analysis of these datasets. This presentation will describe how to use the pre-defined visualizations created for the SERPM ABM database, as well as how to create new visualizations and modify existing ones. By attending the workshop, participants will gain a good understanding of the new generation of travel demand models and learn how to properly use them for engineering and planning studies.

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