Powerful analysis of Network Signal Timings
using the unique SIDRA lane-based model
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We are excited to inform you that SIDRA INTERSECTION Version 7 is available now from our online store. This is a major new version including the following new features:
Available in two versions - PLUS & NETWORK - these offer exactly the same functionality, except you can model up to 20 intersections with the NETWORK version. PLUS version you can model one or two intersections.
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The SIDRA INTERSECTION software is for use as an aid for design and evaluation of individual intersections and networks of intersections. It can be used to analyse signalised intersections (fixed-time / pretimed and actuated), signalised and unsignalised pedestrian crossings, roundabouts (unsignalised), roundabouts with metering signals, fully-signalised roundabouts, two-way stop sign and give-way / yield sign control, all-way stop sign control, single point interchanges (signalised), freeway diamond interchanges (signalised, roundabout, sign control), diverging diamond interchanges. It can also be used for uninterrupted traffic flow conditions and merge analysis.
SIDRA INTERSECTION allows modelling of separate Movement Classes (Light Vehicles, Heavy Vehicles, Buses, Bicycles, Large Trucks, Light Rail / Trams and two User Classes) with different vehicle characteristics. These movements can be allocated to different lanes, lane segments and signal phases, for example for modelling bus priority lanes at signals.
Signal timing calculations for single intersections and network timings including signal offsets for signal coordination are carried out. A unique method is used to determine signal timings for a number of intersections operating under a single signal controller (common control groups).
SIDRA INTERSECTION is an advanced micro-analytical traffic evaluation tool that employs lane-by-lane and vehicle path (drive-cycle) models coupled with an iterative approximation method to provide estimates of capacity and performance statistics (delay, queue length, stop rate, etc). All input and output data and modelling is based on Origin-Destination movements. This improves handling of movements at intersections with diagonal legs and U turns.
The SIDRA NETWORK model determines the backward spread of congestion as queues on downstream lanes block upstream lanes (queue spillback), and applies capacity constraint to oversaturated upstream lanes, thus limiting the flows entering downstream lanes. These two elements are highly interactive with opposing effects. A network-wide iterative process is used to find a solution that balances these opposing effects.
Unlike traditional network models that use aggregate models of "links" or "lane groups", SIDRA INTERSECTION uses a lane-based model to create second-by-second platoon arrival and departure patterns for signalised Sites (at-grade intersections, interchanges, pedestrian crossings) to calculate signal coordination effects as a function of signal offsets for internal approaches in network analysis.
The model takes into account midblock lane changes that apply to signal platoon patterns. This is particularly important in evaluating closely-spaced (paired) intersections with high demand flows where vehicles have limited opportunities for lane changes between intersections. These lane-based modelling requirements are important in emulating the forward movements of platoons for estimating performance measures (delay, back of queue, stop rate) at an individual lane level.
SIDRA INTERSECTION provides various facilities for calibration of its traffic models for local conditions. The US HCM version of SIDRA INTERSECTION is based on the calibration of model parameters against the US Highway Capacity Manual (see the section titled About the HCM Setup of SIDRA INTERSECTION).
In the USA, SIDRA INTERSECTION is recognised by the US Highway Capacity Manual, TRB Roundabout Guide (NCHRP Report 672) and various local roundabout guides. In Australia and New Zealand, SIDRA INTERSECTION is endorsed by AUSTROADS and various local guidelines (the Association of Australian State, Territory and Federal Road and Transport Authorities).
Since its first release in 1984, the use of SIDRA INTERSECTION has grown steadily over the years to make it a best-selling software package. In April 2016, the latest versions of the software were in use by over 1900 organisations with about 8300 licences in 86 countries. The countries where SIDRA INTERSECTION was used most extensively were (with the approximate number of organisations shown) USA (650), Australia (440), Europe (200), New Zealand (70), South Africa (110), Canada (100), Malaysia & Singapore (110), Arabian Peninsula (90) and Latin America (60).
SIDRA INTERSECTION has been a valuable technology transfer tool based on extensive research carried out in Australia, USA and elsewhere. It has been developed continuously in response to feedback from practising traffic engineers and planners. This feedback has improved the methods used in SIDRA INTERSECTION and expanded its functionality to cover a wider range of problems. SIDRA INTERSECTION now uses one of the most advanced methodologies of any traffic design package.
You can use SIDRA INTERSECTION to:
In using SIDRA INTERSECTION, you can:
SIDRA INTERSECTION employs a unique lane-based micro-analytical network model unlike traditional link-based network models where links represent lane groups in which traffic conditions of individual lanes are aggregated and therefore lost in more aggregated traffic units. Such link-based (lane-group based) and approach-based network models cannot identify backward spread of congestion for closely-spaced intersections adequately.
SIDRA INTERSECTION allows you to evaluate the performance of a Network with interactions between component Sites. The SIDRA INTERSECTION network model will:
The benefits of the SIDRA INTERSECTION software include the following;
A good understanding of traffic operations at intersections is essential for effective use of traffic models for intersection design and traffic planning purposes. Model calibration is an important element of this process. Our SIDRA INTERSECTION workshops are not just about intersection analysis, but aim to improve general understanding of operational analysis of all traffic facilities.
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