OPS PRODUCT

OPS (Operations Performance System) shows visually and with associated data outputs how a network is performing under different KPI conditions. It takes industry standard vehicle, vessel or system location inputs and plots locations on maps. Complex algorithms in-fill where location data isn’t perfect (it usually never is) and provide a prediction layer, allowing you to calculate how you’re performing currently, and how you’re likely to perform in future.

Live calculations provide direct control-room feedback, and longer calculations determine how you’re going against your ongoing reporting periods. Reporting for each period can be automated so your teams or your clients receive automated outputs, or bespoke views of the performance dashboard.

HOW IT WORKS?

Building a dynamic simulation model.

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NetworkSim creates an infrastructure schematic based on your network data (physical network structure, including timing points, entry/exit rules, rail signalling rules, stops, loading bays or termini and any other relevant requirements).

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We then build a ‘timetable’ either by taking GTFS format from your timetable systems, or by building headway/scheduling models, or by using your real-world distributions of time to plot how vehicles actually travel through your network. The bigger the data set the better (so we can plot a full statistically valid distribution).

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We build in adjustments to the network for you to test. This can be loading bay rules for logistics networks, or different infrastructure options for rail networks (e.g. different platforms, crossover or station configurations or driver behaviour).

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We then run NetworkSim thousands of times until we get a stable, statistically valid representation of your network. We can compare the relative performance of each infrastructure, timetable or other option, and encode your KPIs if you need to calculate the consequences like financial penalties of delays or disruptions to your network.

This is in a nutshell the ❤ of the Urban-Engine.

NETWORKSIM FEATURES

NetworkSim contains multiple features that individually can be used to highlight and

strengthen analysis.

HEADWAY VS TIMETABLE

Specify how you’ll run your network – we’re flexible enough to work with any operation type from random turn-up, to fixed timetable, to headway services.

HIGHLY FLEXIBLE INPUTS

We use industry standard inputs (e.g. GTFS timetables) and have worked with all the major planning tools (e.g. Hastus, RailSys, Austrics, VISSIM). Custom input is also supported.

BLOCKAGE OPTIONS

Find your risks, test what happens to your network when things go wrong. Build, test and evaluate contingency plans to suit your specific requirements.

HIGHLY FLEXIBLE NETWORK CONFIGURATION

Do you have complex networks, with independent distributions of delays for each part? No problem, NetworkSim uses the individual component distributions and statistically combines them together. This is especially important for blended networks.

DIFFERENT INFRASTRUCTURE OPTIONS

Test unlimited numbers of infrastructure options. Test different truck loading bay configurations, or platforms for stations to produce the best results for your operation.

CONVERT PERFORMANCE TO COSTS

What did that delay cost you? Build a payment mechanism into the tool to dynamically price the delays on your network and get full insight into your costs.

WANT TO KNOW MORE?

Want to know more about a specific topic? Please contact us and we’ll get back to you as soon as possible!

NETWORKSIM SHOWCASES

See below how NetworkSim is being used in different settings to demonstrate the power of simulation.

Testing KPIs for a new light rail network

To find an optimal network infrastructure, timetable and risk profile NetworkSim was used for a new light rail network. The available data from industry standard timetabling and traffic light tools was used and loaded into NetworkSim. Next, multiple network configurations, timetables and driver behaviour profiles were evaluated and converted into objective insight into performance and associated costs. This enabled the executive team to perfectly tune their bid details with their desired risk appetite and simultaneously demonstrate this in a transparent and intuitive way.

NETWORKSIM USAGE

Public transport operator

NetworkSim can provide an objective data driven simulation of how your network will perform under different timetables or operational conditions, improving how you schedule train platforming or junction crossings. This is especially important to measure how different timetables will impact your operational performance and the associated costs or to build robust contingency plans – choosing the best way to recover from degraded modes.

Public transport bidder

NetworkSim can produce the expected performance of your chosen operating rules – allowing you to bid the best price with the most competitive timetable (without breaching KPI thresholds) for your risk appetite. NetworkSim can give you a competitive advantage over your competitors who have to rely on legacy timetable tools with limited or no dynamic simulation capability.

Municipalities and government bodies

How do you make sure that your timetables can actually be delivered, or you’re not paying for performance padding? NetworkSim can ensure that you understand what you’re asking of your operators, and test their timetables before you approve them. Evaluate a payment mechanism and test if it produces the necessary results.

Logistics terminal operator

NetworkSim can determine the most efficient loading rules for trucks at your terminal – should you streamline loading by product type, or by truck type? Or a blend of both. NetworkSim can test all of the possibilities without having to actually change any of the infrastructure. It takes the trial-and-error out of network planning optimisation.

ABOUT NETWORKSIM

Mobility affects us all and is one of the key drivers for an efficient economy. A technological revolution is causing the industry to rapidly change, driven by the vast availability of high quality data. Now is the time to put this data to use and fuel innovative initiatives with new tools.

When our clients started saying that they had no way to properly test new ideas, or that their timetable systems produced timetables that worked on paper, but not in real life, we decided to rise to the challenge. We have dedicated ourselves to boost efficiency and innovation by using data to its full potential and NetworkSim is one of the key parts of that vision.

We combine our years of experience in the mobility sector with creativity, pure data science and our love for coding to build the applications of tomorrow.

The availability of enormous amount of computing power in combination with multiple new data sources ask for a new approach in the industry. Gone are the days trial and error in network planning.

Utilising the strength of simulation tools while addressing weaknesses in the existing network planning software options is what we’re all about. Our goal is to provide insights and boost improvements while doing what we love.

Interested in what we can do for you? Check out our demos, our solutions or get in touch. We love to hear from you!