Development of a Decision Support Model using MapObjects to study Transportation Systems (2004)

This paper describes the integration of a general intercity transportation model using GIS tools. Decision support transportation models that integrate GIS components provide a rich environment to study complex transportation phenomena with multiple decision variables. In this paper, we present a decision support model developed to study the impacts of introducing a novel mode of transportation called the ''Small Aircraft Transportation System (SATS)''. We use Visual Basic as the integration environment in this model to deliver a stand-alone final product. The integrated model consists of several components including: 1) a System Dynamics model to study SATS impacts and coded in Matlab and converted into Dynamic Link Library (DL), 2) several types of socio-economic data sets required in the transportation system modeling process and stored in MS Access data format, and 3) geographical representation of data sets used and the analysis using MapObject.
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