Focus on the basic aspects of how to use SIDRA INTERSECTION
This online training program is conducted via Webex for your convenience.
INTRODUCTION TO SIDRA
5-8 December 2023
Prelim: 5 Dec 2023, 10-11am AEDT
Modules: 6-8 Dec 2023, 10am-1pm AEDT each day
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Who should attend?
The INTRODUCTION TO SIDRA online training program is offered for people with little or no knowledge of SIDRA.
This training will focus on how to use SIDRA, teaching the basic aspects of the software including general features of the user interface, input data entry and a reasonable level of output familiarity. The INTRODUCTION TO SIDRA program combines hands-on sessions and instructions to teach participants how to use the SIDRA INTERSECTION software through many examples.
INTRODUCTION TO SIDRA consists of 3 Modules and a Preliminary Session held over 4 days. The sections below give important information about the contents of this training program.
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Last Revised: 10 May 2023
This program has been prepared according to driving on the left-hand side of the road and using Metric units for countries such as Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Malaysia, Singapore, India and UK.
Familiarisation with Webex, virtual computer and SIDRA user interface
Webex and Virtual Computers
Description of Webex. Logging in to Virtual Computers. Starting SIDRA INTERSECTION.
SIDRA User Interface
Ribbon, Tabs, Project Pane and Display Pane. Accessing Site input dialogs. Saving project files and accessing pre-installed example files on Virtual Computer.
SIDRA Input Using an Example
Creating a new Site. Viewing Layout. Using Intersection, Lane Geometry and Volumes dialogs to make various changes. Saving Project. Cloning and Deleting Sites and Folders.
Processing and Output
Processing the Site. Selecting Site Report and Display tabs, opening Lane Summary and Movement Displays. Creating new Vertical Tab Group.
Q & A
SIDRA Basics for New Users, Roundabouts, Signalised Intersections, Introduction to Networks
SIDRA Basics for New Users
Projects, Sites, Networks, Routes, CCGs. User Guide and Help.
Where Is Input? Where Is Output?
SIDRA User Interface (Site, Network and Tools Tab Ribbons).
Intersection Analysis (Site Tab)
Project Pane and Display Pane. Folders and Sites. Accessing Project, Folder and Site Menus. Site Input dialogs. Movement Classes and Site Movements. Lane Movements. Approach and Exit Lane Numbers.
Example 1 - Two-Lane Roundabout
Input Parameters: Volume Data Settings and Volumes.
Roundabout geometry parameters. Strip islands and roundabout splitter islands.
Approach and Exit Short Lane Length. Grade data. Approach and Exit Distance.
Entering Geometry and Volume data
Q & A
Example beg1: Two-Lane Roundabout (continued)
Analysis: Output for lanes and movements. Design Life Analysis.
Q & A
Example 2 - Signalised Intersection
Specifications, data entry, processing and output. Intersection geometry, Grade, Volumes, Pedestrians. Phasing & Timing. EQUISAT (Fixed Time / SCATS) Timing Analysis. Signal timing analysis output.
Q & A
Introduction to SIDRA Network model
SIDRA Network model main features. Network examples. SIDRA Network Templates.
Q & A
Sign Control, Roundabout Corridor and Signalised Network Modelling
Example 3 - Stop-Sign Controlled T-Intersection
Geometry and Volume input. Sign Control Analysis report. Gap Acceptance Model (Apply TWSC Calibration. Critical Gap and Follow-up Headway). Pedestrians at Sign-Controlled Intersections. Degree of saturation, delay and back of queue for the critical movement.
Q & A
SIDRA Network Model Important Features
Network Analysis Settings. Network Connection: meaning and conditions. Network Tab Project Pane (Folders, Networks and Routes; Input dialogs).
Example 4 - Roundabout Corridor with a Signalised Intersection
Configuring Network and Routes. Network Data, Approach Distances. Network Timing. Analysis Results: Network Summary, Approach Displays, Lane Displays, Movement Displays, Midblock Flows, Lane Changes, Lane Flows, Movement Flows. Extra Bunching.
Q & A
Example 5a - Two-Site Signalised Network
Configuring Network. Network Timing. Network Analysis results: Movement Flows, Midblock Flows, Blockage Probability. Capacity Reduction, Capacity Constraint.
Q & A
Input parameters relevant to Signal Coordination. Offset Definition. Platoon model using signal offsets. Arrival Types. Stopline Travel Time.
Example 5b - Two-Site Signalised Network: Signal Coordination
Configuring Routes. Network Timing. Offset calculations for Routes. Signal Phase Timings. Time-Distance display for Routes. Interactive Offsets for Two-Way Progression. Route Travel Time and Level of Service.
Q & A
SIDRA Output, Calibration, Pedestrian Crossings, SIDRA Tools, Manage Output & User Interface
Pedestrians at Signalised Intersections
Crossing options. Pedestrian Actuation. Minimum Pedestrian Time.
Zebra Crossing on Slip Lane.
Example 6 - Midblock Signalised Pedestrian Crossing
Input data entry, processing and output with and without Pedestrian Actuation effects.
Example 7 - Midblock Unsignalised (Zebra) Pedestrian Crossing
Input data entry, processing and output. Zebra Crossing gap acceptance model.
Q & A
Tools and Manage Tabs, Input Comparison - Output Comparison
Input Comparison: Site (Example 2).
Output Comparison: Network (Example 5 with User Offsets and Program Offsets).
Site, Network, Route Output tabs. Output dialogs.
Site, Network, Route Output Tabs. Output Dialogs (Examples).
Manage Output & User Interface Options
Examples: Customise Output, Displays, Output Parameters.
User Interface and Layout options.
Q & A
SIDRA Output for Sites, Networks and Routes
Example 4 (Roundabout Corridor)
Familiarise with output reports and displays.
Intersection Summary. Fuel, Emission & Cost. Queue Analysis.
Graphs and Variable Run. Lane LOS. Roundabout Analysis.
Network Summary. Route Travel Performance.
Midblock Flows. Lane Changes. Lane Flows, Movement Flows.
Network Routes Output.
Colour Codes in Output Displays for Sites, Networks and Routes.
Site and Network Templates
Site Templates accessible via Add New Site under the Site Tab.
Network Templates accessible via Import from Template under the Network Tab.
Key parameters for model calibration. Queue Space.
Saturation Flow Survey Method and SCATS MF.
Example 8 - Saturation Flow Calibration
Q & A
Map Extract, User Reports, Output to PDF
Map Extract demo. Setting up and using User Report Templates for Site, Network and Route User Reports. Output to PDF.
Category Setup, Project Summary
Category Setup and Select Category Dialog. Project Summary.
Q & A
Training Evaluation Survey
The following presenters will conduct this training program:
Mark Besley is a scientist and software specialist who has worked in the traffic management area since 1980s. He has been making a significant contribution to the development of the SIDRA INTERSECTION software in collaboration with Dr Rahmi Akçelik during the last 30+ years. He has trained several thousand professionals in over 300 workshops, courses and seminars.
Mark has been involved in many aspects of research on traffic operations including traffic network models, incident detection, fuel consumption estimation, traffic data collection and analysis.
Dr Ian Espada is a Senior Traffic Modeller / Analyst at SIDRA SOLUTIONS. He has more than 20 years of work experience in the role of researcher, transport/traffic planner, transport survey specialist, transport demand modeller, and transport economist. He had an 11-year career at the Australian Road Research Board where he was the team leader of the Network Operations Team under the Future Transport Systems Working Group. Ian worked for 7 years as a transport planner / modeller for ALMEC Corporation, Japan. He was also a sessional lecturer on transport demand modelling at Swinburne University for 10 years.
Ian has a Ph.D. degree in transportation engineering and planning from the University of Tokyo and an M.Eng. degree in transportation planning and traffic engineering from the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand. Ian was the Australian representative to the World Road Association technical committee on road network operations from 2016 to 2019.
You will be sent training books in PDF format, before the training. We also recommend that you watch these tutorial videos before the training.
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We use Eventbrite ticketing system for registration. You will receive various notifcations and reminders regarding the event from Eventbrite.
Units and displays in presentations and SIDRA project files will be configured according to region. These are based on:
- SIDRA Standard Left software setup using Left-Hand traffic rule and Metric units.
- SIDRA Standard Right software setup using Right-Hand traffic rule and Metric units.
- SIDRA US HCM software setup using Right-hand traffic rule and US Customary units.
We will ask you to complete and submit a Training Evaluation Survey so we can get feedback on your experience. The information and feedback you provide is valuable for us in designing and improving our programs.
After completion of training, we will send you a Certificate of Completion. We will also send you links for any other relevant downloads e.g., If there were excercises during training then we will send Answers to Exercises Books.
The training will be in English.
By registering for this training, you are agreeing to the following conditions:
- Any form of recording is prohibited. This includes both video and audio.
- Only the registered attendee may attend. If you wish to transfer your position to someone else in your organisation, prior notice must be given (at least 48 hours prior to the event).
- We do not offer refunds; however you may transfer your registration to a colleague within the same organisation as explained above.
For Online Training - Please review the Setup Requirements and ensure that they can be met.
Here are some positive comments from delegates who have attended our INTRODUCTION TO SIDRA online training program.
SIDRA INTERSECTION is very user friendly, versatile and powerful modelling software from my brief introduction over the last few days. The information was generally presented at a good pace for new and more experienced users. Overall, a very useful training session.
I was completely new to SIDRA and this course has opened my eyes to the software's capabilities. I haven't become an overnight expert, but I feel confident to start using SIDRA and I know where to find most of the inputs and outputs, and how to access the help when I get stuck. I was skeptical of the online course, but it was very well organized and working with the virtual computer worked really well.
I was quite impressed with the wide variety of inputs and functions that SIDRA has and how easy it was to pick up - I found myself shooting ahead in the examples by the second module, as I had picked up a feel for how the software works. It was significantly easier to use than other modelling software I have experienced in the past and I'm excited to use it more.
SIDRA INTERSECTION is one of the leading simulation tools in Norway and the training is essential in both learning how to use it effectively, but also the underlying traffic fundamental calculations which sidra uses to give one an accurate picture of both existing situations and future proposals.