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Developing Roadway Performance Measures Using Commercial GPS Data from Trucks

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Publication: Institute of Transportation Engineers. ITE Journal,
Volume: 84(6)
Pages: 36-40
Publication Date: 2014
Global positioning system (GPS) devices that are installed in trucks and used for fleet management are increasingly common. Raw data from these devices present an opportunity for public agencies to use these trucks as probe vehicles to better monitor roadway operations and to quantify transportation system efficiency. Several North American programs have demonstrated that these truck GPS data can be used for a variety of performance measurement applications including locating roadway bottlenecks for trucks, providing travel reliability data, and informing planning and engineering processes. This paper discusses why these private sector GPS truck data are available, suggests how a public agency might acquire these data, provides some examples of the use of these data by transportation organizations, and covers some of the steps needed to make the GPS useful. In a performance measurement program, the GPS-equipped trucks are a small subset of all trucks on the network.



Recommended Citation:
McCormack, E. (2014). Developing Roadway Performance Measures Using Commercial GPS Data from Trucks. Institute of Transportation Engineers. ITE Journal, 84(6), 36-40.

Review of Performance Metrics for Community-Based Planning for Resilience of the Transportation System

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Publication:  Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board
Volume: 2604
Pages: 44-53
Publication Date: 2017

Community resilience depends on the resilience of the lifeline infrastructure and the performance of the disaster-related functions of local governments. State and federal resilience plans and guidelines acknowledge the importance of the transportation system as a critical lifeline in planning for community resilience and in helping local governments to set recovery goals. However, a widely accepted definition of the resilience of the transportation system and a structure for its measurement are not available. This paper provides a literature review that summarizes the metrics used to assess the resilience of the transportation system and a categorization of the assessment approaches at three levels of analysis (the asset, network, and systems levels). Furthermore, this paper ties these metrics to relevant dimensions of community resilience. This work addresses a key first step required to enhance the efficiency of planning related to transportation system resilience by providing (a) a standard terminology with which efforts to enhance the resilience of the transportation system can be developed, (b) an approach to organize planning and research efforts related to the resilience of the transportation system, and (c) identification of the gaps in measurement of the performance of the resilience of the transportation system.

Recommended Citation:
Machado, Jose Luis, and Anne Goodchild. Review of Performance Metrics for Community-Based Planning for Resilience of the Transportation System. Transportation Research Record: Journal of the Transportation Research Board, Transportation Research Record, 2604(1), 44–53.

Double Girder Bridge Crane with Double Cycling: Scheduling Strategy and Performance Evaluation

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Publication: Journal of Applied Mathematics
Volume: 2014 (3)
Pages: 12-Jan
Publication Date: 2014

This paper introduces a novel quay crane design, a double girder bridge crane (DGBC). DGBC is capable of handling containers of two adjacent bays simultaneously, avoiding crane collisions, saving traveling and repositioning costs, and eventually improving terminal efficiency.

This problem is formulated as a resource-constrained project scheduling to minimize the maximum completion time. A two-stage heuristic algorithm is proposed in which an operating sequence on each bay is obtained by double cycling, and the integrated timetable for both bays is constructed by solving resource conflicts using the proposed minimum cost strategy. We examine effectiveness and performance of applying DGBC with double cycling.

A case study is presented to illustrate how DGBC works with the two-stage method. Three extreme cases with respective conflict types are investigated to develop the performance bounds of DGBC with double cycling.

The results show that DGBC can significantly improve terminal productivity, and outperforms single girder crane in both makespan and the lift operation percentage. The highest DGBC efficiency does not require maximum double cycles in two bay schedules; rather the integrated timetable for two bays is the main contribution to the DGBC performance as it yields better cooperation between two spreaders and the driver.

Authors: Dr. Anne Goodchild, Dandan Wang, Xiaoping Li, and Zun Wang
Recommended Citation:
Wang, Dandan, Anne Goodchild, Xiaoping Li, and Zun Wang. "Double girder bridge crane with double cycling: Scheduling strategy and performance evaluation." Journal of Applied Mathematics 2014 (2014).