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Powerful New Features in SIDRA INTERSECTION 8

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The following is a summary of the new features of SIDRA INTERSECTION 8.

More Powerful and Efficient Processing

Substantial increases are achieved in computing speeds for the iterative network analysis method enabling introduction of facilities for optimum timings as well as demand and sensitivity analysis for networks. Average computing speeds about 5 to 10 times faster than previous versions can be expected in Network analysis.

Increased efficiency of database operations have also been achieved and memory management enhancements have been introduced.

Enhanced User Interface

Significant user interface improvements introduced for ease of use of the software include:

  • graphical displays of Layout, Volumes, Phase Sequence and Movement IDs within most Site input dialogs for assisting the input data entry process and allowing direct in-display data entry;
  • various commands that were hidden in right-click menus in previous versions made available in the Site / Network / Route ribbon or in Site Output sections;
  • right-clicking an output report or display to open the relevant Site / Network / Route input menu and some display commands;
  • double-clicking Site / Network / Route name to open the relevant layout picture;
  • modified processing icon animation according to the new structure for Network model iterations;
  • where Network parameters override Site data, no need to process the Network again if any of the corresponding parameters are changed in Sites that constitute the Network;
  • improved Import Volume Data function;
  • simplified Volume Data Settings for Pedestrians;
  • various improvements in the CCG Phasing & Timing and the Network Data dialogs;
  • cancelling processing of multiple Sites and Networks;
  • option to include or exclude suffixes (Copy, Conversion, Import, Reversed) when Clone, Import, Convert, Reverse functions are used for Sites, Networks, Routes and Sequences;
  • improved Zoom Slider including a dialog to set exact zoom values.

Better Output Reports and Displays

These  have been enhanced significantly. New Site, Network and Route output reports and displays include:

  • Project Summary report using the new Site Category and Network Category parameters;
  • User Report facility based on user-defined report templates;
  • enhanced Input Comparison and Output Comparison facilities using results from different Projects;
  • Lane Changes, Lane Flows, Network Flows and Midblock Flows displays for the whole Network with pop-up boxes showing demand and arrival flows by movement class;
  • Approach Distances display for Networks;
  • Numerical values shown in all Network and Route Displays;
  • Signal Coordination displays in the form of Lane Displays for Sites, Networks and Routes, and Movement Displays for Sites;
  • Route Travel Performance report;
  • Saturation Flows report for signalised Sites;
  • Critical Movements display for signalised Sites with a phase - movement timings bar display and an ARR 123 style critical movement diagram;
  • Movement Timing display for Common Control Groups (CCGs) showing all movements of the CCG together;
  • Gap Acceptance Cycle Parameters included in the Sign Control Analysis and Roundabout Analysis reports.

Significant Network Model Improvements

Important model improvements have been made including:

  • Optimum Cycle Time for Networks;
  • Optimum Cycle Time and Optimum Maximum Green Settings for Common Control Groups;
  • new Phase Time calculation options;
  • improved treatment of Uncoordinated and Unconnected Sites for signal timing calculations;
  • Network Demand and Sensitivity analysis methods for design life, flow scale and parameter sensitivity;
  • Queue at Start of Green and Average Number of Cycles to Depart for signalised Sites;
  • enhanced methods used for stopping conditions in Network and Site model iterations with Network Model Variability Index and Site Model Variability Index parameters given in various output reports and displays;
  • improvements to the iterative method used for Site capacity and timing analyses resulting in fewer cases of unsettled results.

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System Requirements

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System Requirements

Memory:
2 GB RAM or higher
Display:
1024x768 or higher resolution monitor.
Font size must not be increased above 100% if 1024x768 resolution is used.
Operating System:
Windows 10, Windows 8.1, Windows 8, Windows 7 with Service Pack (SP) 1 
64-bit only supported.
Internet Explorer Version 8 or later.
Prerequisites:
SIDRA INTERSECTION will install .NET Framework 4.5 or later version and Microsoft SQL Server Compact 3.5 Service Pack 2. These are prerequisites for installation of the software.
Additional:

Internet connection for activation of software licence and for software updates. 
The VOLUMES utility (macro-enabled Excel file) requires MS Office 2016 / 2013 / 2010.
FLOATING Licence Server will require:
• Windows Server 2016 / 2012 R2 / 2012 / 2008 R2 / 2008 / 2003, Windows 10 / 8.1 / 8 / 7 and
• an internet connection for licensing transactions.

The Licence Manager for SIDRA INTERSECTION 8 Floating Licencing is a 32-bit program. It can be installed on both 32-bit and 64-bit Operating Systems.


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