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Transport models are an integral part of the planning process for major developers and planning consultants who work in close consultation with councils such as Oxfordshire. Typically, these models are used as evidence to demonstrate the impact of new housing, employment or other commercial locations. This ensures appropriate investment is made in transport infrastructure to ensure congestion on the road network is managed and citizens can efficiently travel as part of their daily lives, traditionally using a personal car.
Traditional transport models typically run on aggregated, historic data acquired by local authorities and planning stakeholders every few years. These models typically focus on a ‘predict and provide approach’ of analysis where future traffic on the road network is predicted and capacity is added to meet this. This presents a series of challenges for building better places – from new public transport routes to sustainable housing developments – to both the Council, and developers. A number of other challenges can be broadly categorized into three main areas:
Below we summarise some of the key challenges in each of these areas – and how we are looking to solve them with the new MIMAS platform.
Adapting to changing behaviours:
Oxfordshire County Council recognised that a new approach was needed to support the changing requirements of people moving around an ever more complex transport landscape while also following sustainability targets and evolving needs of the community. Some key challenges include:
These challenges are far from unique to Oxfordshire – with many councils across the UK experiencing similar behavioural changes across their populations and net-zero targets. MIMAS is built to be dynamic, allowing a user to interrogate the model and get fast results, allowing multiple scenarios to be tested quickly to respond to evolving needs of the community.
A new approach to transport modelling is necessary which can evolve, taking into account more granular and varied data from new modes of travel, and a faster and more dynamic interaction with the model to get results quickly. In addition, solutions need to integrate with future data sources (including CAVs, MaaS platforms etc.), taking an Open Data Standards approach, and supporting future ITS implementations. Some of the key challenges include:
To solve these challenges, MIMAS has been developed as a cloud-based strategic modelling solution which combines an agent-based approach to transport modelling with analysis of the latest data from a variety of real-world sources. Features we are developing – both described in other updates, and still to come look to address the key pain points we have identified in creative & innovative ways.
Process & Workflow:
The planning application process for new developments is far from simple, with many stakeholders involved both from the Council, developers and third party planners. Often, model areas overlap between different projects or initiatives – and there are improved efficiencies which could be solved by working together better.
Key to the success of MIMAS is understanding how it fits into the broader planning process as a platform to support determining planning applications – and works to support planners, developers and the council to continue to evolve the transport landscape in Oxfordshire. We are engaging with stakeholders such as planning consultants and developers across this landscape regularly through workshops as part of our development process – if you are interested in getting involved, then please do reach out via the contact page on the website.
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