A model-free and multi-modal transport network coding for Australia

A model-free and multi-modal transport network coding for Australia

The project, jointly developed by University of Wollongong (UoW)Queensland University of Technology (QUT)University of South Australia (Uni SA) and the University of Sydney, aims to develop a Model-free Multi-modal Transport Network Coding for Australia. On completion, the project will deliver, through the AURIN Portal, a Single Point of Truth (SPoT) for transport data in operations and planning. This model-free coding standard will allow, for example, direct data feeds into most traffic micro-simulation platforms or the easy development of multi-modal accessibility analytical tools.
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Accessibility Analysis: Information rich data sets for Accessibility Analysis through the AURIN Portal (source: P. Pascal, UOW).


Project Overview

The project focuses on delivering a model-free and multi-modal transport network coding for Australia. The project relies upon pioneering research developed by the Queensland University of Technology in Brisbane. First, the project aims to develop an Application Programming Interface (API) to allow users of the AURIN Portal to access the current stand-alone application, called Jellyfish. Standardised multi-modal transport network datasets will be developed and made available through the AURIN Portal for Brisbane, Adelaide and Sydney metropolitan areas. These data sets rely upon an ontological structure describing physical and functional characteristics of transport networks (road, rail and river).

Each dataset will constitute a Single Point of Truth (SPoT) for transport modelling, operations and planning, manually and programmatically accessible through standardised interfaces. Two examples of application will be developed. The first one will demonstrate the use of standardised data accessible through the AURIN Portal by third-party traffic micro-simulator software. The second one will involve the creation of a multi-modal accessibility analytical tool using standardised data from Brisbane, Adelaide and Sydney metropolitan areas.

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Transportation Network: Standardised data feed into third party software (source: M. Miska, QUT)

 


User narratives

The Transport Modeller (also the “Expert User”) is an expert in transport modelling traffic micro-simulation and 4-step equilibrium models. He has his own model and modelling software and requires access to precise descriptions of functional transport networks. He has, however, no time or resources to spend in collecting and manipulating all of the required data to run the model.

Through the AURIN Portal, this user will be able to access standardised, functional transport network data for the CBD’s of Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney which will fit automatically into most open-source and commercial transport model applications. This user will be able to define their area of interest through the mapping visualisation facilities provided by the portal, feeding into the Jellyfish application which will then return the relevant data for download by the user.

The Urban Planner (also the “Information Consumer”) is a domain expert and requires information that links demographic and transport data within a capital city in order to derive how various socio-demographic groups can access specific access points of interest across Adelaide, Brisbane and Sydney depending on where they live and how long it takes to reach these points by various transport modes.

Through the AURIN Portal, this user will be able to define their area of interest through the mapping and visualisation facilities available which will then be fed into the Jellyfish application. This data will then be fused with the relevant ABS demographic information which will be made available through an interactive, downloadable mapping interface through the portal. The urban planner at this point will then be prompted to define which socio-demographic groups he wants to focus on for his analysis.

The Transport Analyst (also the “Power User”) has all the access he needs on transport networks and traffic patterns, however he needs the data converted to standardised and coherent formats in order to enable effective reuse by not only himself but also other third parties.

Through the AURIN Portal, the user will be able to standardise and make their datasets readily available to third parties to access, use and explore via the link to the Jellyfish software (available in AURIN Mark #2). The transport analyst will expand and maintain the system through contributing and creating new datasets.


Project Outputs

  • An Application Programming Interface (API) allowing users of the AURIN Portal to access the Jellyfish application, generate and download standardised transport network data sets.
  • Standardised data sets for Brisbane, Adelaide and Sydney metropolitan areas.
  • In collaboration with another AURIN-funded project, a demonstration of the use of standardised transport network datasets by a third-party micro-simulator software (Adelaide only).
  • Creation of a multi-modal accessibility analytical tool using standardised transport network data sets and directly accessible from the AURIN Portal (Brisbane, Adelaide and Sydney).

Project Team

Pasca Perez bwProf Pascal Perez
Project Leader
SMART Infrastructure Facility
University of Wollongong
02 4252 8238
pascal_perez@uow.edu.au
EdwardChung_bwEdward Chung
Chief Investigator
Smart Transport Research Centre
Queensland University of Technology
07 3138 1143
edward.chung@qut.edu.au
MarcMisca_bwMarc Miska
Chief Investigator
Smart Transport Research Centre
Queensland University of Technology
07 3138 1143
marc.miska@qut.edu.au
RoccoZito_bwRocco Zito
School of Natural and Built Environment
University of South Australia
08 8302 1863
rocco.zito@unisa.edu.au
Kurt Iveson
School of Geosciences
University of Sydney
02 9351 3627
kurt.iveson@sydney.edu.au

 


Project Partners

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Further Reading

Miska, M, Gajananan, K, Chung, E, Predinger, H 2011, ‘A traffic simulation standard based on data marts’, Proceedings of the 34th Australasian Transport Research Forum (ATRF’11), Adelaide, South Australia.

Miska, M, Santos, E, Chung, E, Predinger, H 2011, ‘OpenTraffic-An Open Source Platform for Traffic Simulation’, Proceedings of the 34th Australasian Transport Research Forum (ATRF’11), Adelaide, South Australia.

Miska, M, Warita, H, Torday, A, Kuwahara, M 2010, ‘International Traffic Database: Gathering Traffic Data Fast and Intuitive’, Traffic Data Collection and its Standardization, pp. 47-56

Sekhar, S V C, Yue, W L and Taylor, M A P 2004, ‘An approach to transit path design using GIS’, International Journal of Urban Sciences vol. 8, no. 1, pp. 28-39.

Sekhar, S V C, Yue, W L and Taylor, M A P 2004, ‘A GIS approach to transit buffer problem analysis’, papers of the 27th Australasian Transport Research Forum, September, Adelaide.

Saulwick, J 2012, ‘Linking services vital to get the city moving’, Sydney Morning Herald, November 12th 2012. Available from: <http://www.smh.com.au/nsw/linking-services-vital-to-get-the-city-moving-20121111-296h0.html>.