Junctions 9 is the latest version of TRL's industry-standard package for the modelling of roundabout and priority intersections.
Junctions 9 consists of ARCADY 9 (the Roundabout Module) and PICADY 9 (the Priority Intersection Module), which are sold and licensed separately.
Core Modelling Features
- UK empirical models for roundabouts and priority junctions
- Accident prediction
- Geometric delay
- HCM 2010 models for roundabouts, TWSC and AWSC
Roundabout Geometry Measurement Tools
junction diagram includes tools to help with the measurement of standard and
mini-roundabout geometries, such as entry width, flare length, entry radius. These work by providing a set of control
points and construction lines which can be dragged to coincide with the
appropriate points on a background image or drawing of the junction. Junctions 9 uses these control points to
calculate the ARCADY geometries which can then be automatically saved in the
Revised Mini-roundabout Model
from the original mini-roundabout model (first introduced in ARCADY 5) has been
re-analysed and as a result a revised model is now available. In typical cases, this tends to predict
slightly higher capacity. Data input is
identical to previous versions.
Audit Trail system provides a way of tracking the version history of the file,
which is especially useful for complex files or when a file is worked on by
several people. Junctions
9 can optionally record each change made to the file, forming a log of all
changes. The same system also allows
users to manually enter the overall status of the file.
TEMPRO Growth Factors
TEMPRO datasets are installed, Junctions 9 can be used to calculate traffic
growth factors. Simply enter the base/future
years, geographical area and other properties and J9 will read data directly
from the TEMPRO datasets and produce a local growth factor which can then be automatically applied to Demand Set
Read Traffic Flows from Excel Spreadsheets
Junctions 9 can be set up to read traffic survey data direct from Excel spreadsheets. This works across demand sets and time
segments, and can apply to turning counts and HV% information. Once set up, this provides a quick way to
transfer demand data from Excel into J9 and can significantly reduce the required amount
of data entry.
- Faster report generation
- Include X-Y and Time Graphs in Reports
- The content of reports for basic files has been simplified.
User Interface Enhancements
Analysis and Demand Set Management
- Sets can now be
renumbered and sorted by either name or ID
- More control over which data fields should be the same in all sets and which data fields differ. This makes it easier to avoid problems due to accidentally setting different values in each set.
- Results for all sets are now stored
- Analysis and demand sets within a single file can be compared
Junction Diagram Improvements
- New Stick Diagram mode provides clean, simple diagrams that focus on traffic volumes and the overall shape of the junction
- Enter demand data directly onto the diagram
- Clearer text
- Higher quality diagrams with curved connectors
ARCADY Lane Simulation
- Lane Simulation for roundabouts, first introduced in Junctions 8, now runs faster for typical files.
- Zebra and Pelican crossings can now be included in simulation runs
- Blocking back on the exit side from both zebra and pelican crossings can be modelled.
- Exit lanes carrying traffic away from junctions are now shown, and any blocking back from downstream junctions is explicitly shown here as well as on upstream entries.
PICADY Lane Simulation
It is now possible to use Lane Simulation to model PICADY T-junctions.
The lane structure is set automatically, based on the normal PICADY junction properties.
Zebra and pelican crossings can be modelled on any arm, for all arm types. For example, you can now model crossings at the same time as blocking, and other combinations which were previously not possible.
The visualisation and animation tools first introduced in J8 can now also be used at T-junctions.
Linking ARCADY and PICADY junctions
In lane simulation mode, PICADY T-junctions can now be connected to other T-junctions or to ARCADY roundabouts.
Blocking back and basic interaction between junctions is handled. This capability can be used to model junction layouts that were previously difficult to model, or to model small networks of ARCADY and PICADY components.
Queues, delays and other results are calculated for each lane individually, and combined to give arm results.
Explicitly modelling with lanes means that it is often intuitively easier to see where or why problems occur.