Comprehensive Spatial Modelling for the North (CoSMoNorth)

Comprehensive Spatial Modelling for the North (CoSMoNorth)

 

The CoSMoNorth (Comprehensive Spatial Modelling for the North) project aims to build and calibrate an agent-based simulation (or ‘digital twin’) of mobility and activity of the Northern Powerhouse region, linking 11 Local Enterprise Partnership areas, including the cities of Hull, Manchester, Liverpool, Leeds, Sheffield and Newcastle. The project furthermore aims to explore and implement a broad suite of social impact appraisal measures, for assessing the impacts of infrastructure changes.

The simulation will be built in the MATSim framework, an established tool for the agent-based modelling of transportation systems. As it is a complex software package, and a significant barrier to entry, the project will benefit greatly from the expertise of the City Modelling Lab team at Arup. Other data resources (i.e., from CDRC, SPENSER modelling platform) will also play a hand in the development of the model and surveys relating to socioeconomic and health characteristics will be explored for population attribute inclusivity as well.

This project is expected to introduce a baseline travel model of the north of England for variety of applications. Simulation data and generation of scenarios for public debate from this model can aid in understanding for e.g., impacts of urban change and thereby influence local government and policymaker decisions. The model could be also used as a teaching tool in for e.g., M.Sc. programs or used within research (i.e., extended urban analysis, spatial simulation research etc.) either as input into other models, a tool for testing and validation or a calibrated baseline platform for further model development.

The project is funded by the CDRC and supported by City Modelling Lab, a research team within Arup. This year-long project will be executed in two consecutive phases each by one LIDA intern, under the supervision of Professor Ed Manley, Dr Nik Lomax, Dr Charisma Choudhury, and Dr Gerry Casey (Arup).