platforms for a time-tabled
rail transport system
FOURTH FRAMEWORK PROGRAMME
TRANSPORT RTD PROGRAMME
COMMISSION OF THE EUROPEAN COMMUNITIES
DIRECTORATE GENERAL VII
|WHAT'S NEW||September 1999, the project has finished. Please, read the deliverables.|
|BACKGROUND||Road freight traffic today accounts for 90% of total
domestic tonnage moved in European Countries and for 60% of intra EU-transport,
because it is faster and more flexible than rail transport.
Public authorities will need to modify the market structure to avoid the greater part of the freight transport growth occurring in the existing dominant mode, i.e. road transport, which, together with rail transport, represents the bulk of European freight movements.
The average distance at which combined transport becomes more competitive with road-only transport is estimated to be in the region of 700 km.
Given that most freight transport covers shorter distances, the future contribution of combined transport depends critically on increasing so that it can compete effectively on the shorter haul market.
In the context of intermodality, the role of terminals is particularly important. Terminals are the vital interfaces which to a large degree will determine the competitiveness and utility of the transport system.
For all the solutions, future rail-road terminals need computer system control in order to organise the transfer programs in advance, and down to the smallest details. Transfer programs thus organised will provide:
|THE PROJECT||PLATFORM will implement a simulation environment
for the assessment of impacts produced by the adoption of different technologies
and management policies to enhance terminal performances. The simulation
environment will be used to analyse how to make combined transport competitive
for long- and even medium-distance and thus lead to a substantial reduction
of road-based transport.
PLATFORM will produce a set of appropriate methodologies (including guidelines) and technical tools (agent-based scheduling and simulation) that will make the simulation environment attractive for both end-users and intermediate users concerned with the project. The environment will be modular and thus easily adaptable to different situations.
The approach will address intermodal terminals for rail-road transfer based on a computerised control and management system. A smooth organisation for pre- and end-haulage, as well as the completely computerised management of terminal services, will be demonstrated through computer simulation of transport flows (modelling input and output streams of both rail and road) and terminal services.
The simulation environment will be tested and evaluated in selected demo terminals available to industrial Consortium members (ADL, CEMAT, CONTSHIP, DSP, ESL, NOVATRANS).
|ITR||Ingegneria dei Trasporti, Italy, Project Co-ordinator|
|ADL||Asociation para el Desarollo de la Logistica, Technical Partner, Spain|
|CEMAT SpA||Industrial Partner, Italy|
|CONTSHIP Italia Group||Industrial Partner, Italy|
|DFKI||Deutsches Forschungszentrum für Künstliche Intelligenz GmbH, Technical Partner, Germany (home page)|
|DSP||Data and Systems Planning, Industrial Partner, Switzerland|
|ETRA||Electronic Trafic Investigacion Desarollo, Technical Partner, Spain|
|ESL||Euro-Saar Lor Groupement Logistique sarl, IndustrialPartner, France|
|FIT CONSULTING S.r.l||Finance Investment Transport, Technical Partner, Italy|
|IDSIA||Istituto Dalle Molle di Studi sull'Intelligenza Artificiale,Technical Partner, Switzerland (home page)|
|January 1998||Start of the project|
|June 1998||Guidelines for a computer-controlled freight platform for a time-tabled
railway freight network
Newsletter no. 1 (downloadable as Word 6 document (zipped), PostScript (gzipped), and Rich Text Format (zipped)).
|July 1998||Installation of the PLATFORM WWW site|
|December 1998||Terminal simulation module implemented
Booking simulation module implemented
Newsletter no. 2 (downloadable as Word 6 document (zipped), PostScript (gzipped), and Rich Text Format (zipped)).
|April 1999||Integrated PLATFORM simulation environment implemented|
|May 1999||PLATFORM Workshop|
|June 1999||Evaluation assessment of PLATFORM feasibility
PLATFORM Final Report
Newsletter no. 3 (downloadable as Word 6 document (zipped), PostScript (gzipped), and Rich Text Format (zipped))
End of the project
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