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NCHRP 08-36/Task 90 [Final]

Best Practices in the Use of Microsimulation Models
[ NCHRP 08-36 (Research for the AASHTO Standing Committee on Planning) ]

  Project Data
Funds: 100000
Research Agency: AECOM Consulting Transportation Group
Principal Investigator: Mr. David Roden
Effective Date: 4/3/2009
Completion Date: 4/2/2010
Comments: Completed. Final Report submitted to AASHTO SCOP

Research resulted in a report that summarizes whether there is consensus on the state of the practice regarding where, when and how micro simulation modeling can be best supported, justified, and cost effective. The final report can be found here.
The objective of this research was to conduct an objective state of the practice analysis that includes selected states and metropolitan areas that addresses the following questions:

1.      Under what circumstances have micro simulation modeling efforts been found to be warranted and cost effective? Identify situations where there is a demonstrated return on investment.
2.      In what ways have investing and conducting micro simulation led to better more effective designs and investment decisions?
3.      How are states managing the costly data and network enhancements needed for micro simulation and dynamic segmentation modeling?
4.      How are states developing, attracting, and retaining staff with the necessary expertise and knowledge to perform and oversee micro simulation modeling efforts?
5.      What organizational and/or institutional arrangements have been useful in addressing any or all of the issues identified above?

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