GP: Management decision support system for waterborne traffic in Venice - Italy PDF Print E-mail

This measure focuses on producing a dynamic waterborne traffic management decision support system for the management and control of boat traffic circulation in the Venice lagoon in both ordinary and extraordinary situations.

Objectives / Innovative Aspects

To produce a waterborne traffic management decision support system for decision makers within the City administration. The DSS will have an interface that permits access in a hierarchical manner. For example, the municipal police will have access to all information. Other targeted users, such as goods transport firms will have access to information useful for route planning. Statistics concerning boat traffic circulation and its impacts on quality of life and on the physical integrity of city structures will be available to all public users.
Creation of a updateable, dynamic decision support tool which internalises aspects such as noise, wake damage, turbulence, deliveries, parking and other essential aspects that need to be taken into account when making policy and traffic circulation decisions with regards to waterborne traffic in the city of Venice.

The measures

The work involves:
Analysis of the needs of potential users and stakeholders and design of interface;
Standardization of the typologies and methodology for traffic data collection;
Collection and parameterization of the data necessary to estimate indirect impacts of traffic changes on quality of life and on the physical integrity of the city, including:
-noise produced by various boat types at various speeds
-wake heights and pressures produced by various boat types at various speeds;
-turbulence produced by various boat types at specific locations in the canal network;
-deliveries made to each island on typical weekdays;
Management of permanent and temporary signage and other forms of information pertaining to permanent or temporary changes to traffic regulations or conditions;
Plan for the integration of the existing traffic models for the city and the lagoon into a single system.
Creation of the institutional agreements and bureaucratic protocols needed for the integration with administrative systems that manage activities that affect traffic.

Implementation status

This measure is managed by CDG TALV and FORMA URBIS.
The simulation model created by Forma Urbis has been tested. It has undergone a trial applying the recent ordinance (No 79 of the 29/12/04) on the lagoon restricted access zones and traffic in the city in order to highlight the consequences of this ordinance. It has produced successful results.
Coordination with public and private bodies which are affected by/ can contribute to the modelling of traffic in the lagoon or have already developed a lagoon scale model (Magistrato alle Acque) has been done.

Meetings have been held with Centro Progetto Venezia regarding their future contract and coordinating the verification of the system design and standardisation and planning the testing and supervising the testing of automated equipment.
Manuele Medoro, CDG TALV, and Fabio Carrera , FORMA URBIS, accompanied the guests on the guided visit (MOBILIS workshop 13th January) and explained the management decision support system for waterborne traffic.

Working Document 12.6.V-1 Planning of final project and standardization of typologies and methodologies has been prepared in Italian and in English.
“Data collection form” and Working on the ‘Handbook for field data collector’ and ‘Handbook for data collection locations’ have been produced.
The administrative document regarding the funds to be used for the contract with Centro Progetti Venezia has been drawn up. The contract has also been finalised.

Forma Urbis is working on the methodology for traffic data collection: they are choosing the best data collection locations. For each of these locations they are studying all the likely manoeuvres and the best codes. This phase will permit to assess and to visualize the traffic volume.
They have decided the data collection site divided into annual, three-years, annual summer and three-years summer and spot monitoring site. They are working on the GIS layers in order to define the graphic of canals (grafo layer) and to define all the possible manoeuvres from each data collection sites. They are working with the City of Venice to find the best way to automatically update the system with the new law, such as speed limits, and type of boat limits. They suggest to make a collection data about the turning point.
With their team at Worcester Polytechnic Institute (WPI) in USA, they are testing the automated equipment for measuring the physical impact of boat traffic: an Ultrasonic Traffic and Wake measuring device and a GPS-based Turbulence Mapper. The WPI students are collecting data about the noise of the engineer with an hydrophone. Froma Urbis will use this data to integrated the high-tech that we are developing in USA. The students are supervised by prof. Carrera. They are working on the collection of impact data. They are looking for all the impact indicators as physical impacts on the canals walls, the impact on the resident population and the impact on local business. Some of these indicators have never been calculated.

The CDG TALV, partner of this measure, ceased to exist on the 31th January 2007. They are keeping in touch with the City of Venice, Environmental Department, for the data noise collection. They are collecting noise data caused by boats in some crowed canals. They are studying in deeper manner the current traffic system, MANTA.

(Expected) results

A decision support system for the management and control of boat traffic circulation especially at congested and vulnerable points will:
• help decision-makers deal with ordinary and extra-ordinary situations
• reduce congestion caused by inadequate management of unusual situations
• mitigate or eliminate negative impacts caused by boat traffic
•reduce the interference of parked boats on traffic flows;
• improve the quality of life of Venetian citizens;
• protect the physical integrity of the historical city of Venice;
• provide up-to-date information to decision makers for the planning of measures aimed at controlling boat traffic and reducing wake and noise pollution;


Gallo Alberto
g a l l o @ f o r m a u r b i s . c o m

The above project is part of the CIVITAS - MOBILIS initiative

CIVITAS MOBILIS partners cities of Toulouse (France), Debrecen (Hungary), Ljubljana (Slovenia), Venice (Italy) and Odense (Denmark), and their local mobility stakeholders – strive to create a culture for clean urban mobility in the framework of sustainable development, ensuring involvement of all relevant stakeholders and participation of

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