Unregulated flow of border crossings presently increases both transit times and annual costs to private enterprise. To help schedule commercial traffic in land crossing, Border Gateways Management Inc. approached Visual8 to develop a Border Traffic Flow Simulation model that would provide an analysis of the traffic system at a detailed level.
The model would provide the user with an operational and financial tool that would be useful for marketing their services and negotiating specific details with bodies of government and potential customers. For example, the financial information would help negotiate contracts with major trucking companies. Capacity planning for the physical site can be tested before breaking ground on construction. The model would also provide ‘what-if’ scenario testing and analysis on the effects of various factors affecting the flow through the system including traffic accidents or terrorist attacks.
In a joint effort, Visual8 assisted Border Gateways in developing a detailed simulation model of the Border Gateways facility. The detailed operational model included:
- Specific parking areas,
- Employees’ shift, breaks and utilization,
- Truck movements around the facility,
- Truck inputs,
- Truck properties,
- Financials such as operating costs,
- Expanded results, and
- Contingency planning.
The predictive capabilities of the model integrated the detailed operational model of the Windsor system with the information collected in the Border Gateways software system.
The resultant simulation tool enabled stakeholders to review the financial impacts of regulating traffic flow. For example, trucking companies may weigh the cost of the control system to the costs of waiting times; manufacturing may forecast or analyze the predictability of the system; and local representatives may consider the potential for expanded industry development based on the new state of border flow in the area.
In addition to the financial review of the system, users were able to:
- Analyze the impact of a traffic control system,
- Access live data for simulation analysis,
- Predict the arrivals for the customs agents,
- Forecast the crossing time, and
- Expand the model based on the changing border flows over time.