Somerset County Council and Sedgemoor District Council required a cost-effective mechanism to test freight scheduling options on key routes around Sedgemoor. Understanding the key impacts of HGV movements was essential to ensuring the wider function of the transport network. The client wanted a mechanism to understand this without building a large-scale traditional transport model.
City Science Response
Working with Somerset and Sedgemoor, City Science secured funding from the UK Space Agency Space for Smarter Government Programme to develop a Digital Twin of the routes by pairing a model with satellite position, navigation and timing (PNT) data. By combining GPS data, vehicle counters and loops with detailed junction performance models, the team developed a ‘What-if’ analysis tool and the ability to provide ongoing checks to transport models. This enabled the user to explore the impact of different HGV schedules, understanding the effect of absolute numbers and scheduling on the road network.