Development and Implementation of an Expert System for Forecasting Fog on US Highway 30 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, HR-357, 1996

(1996) Development and Implementation of an Expert System for Forecasting Fog on US Highway 30 in Cedar Rapids, Iowa, HR-357, 1996. Transportation, Department of

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Abstract

Several accidents, some involving fatalities, have occurred on U.S. Highway 30 near the Archer Daniels Midland Company (ADM) Corn Sweeteners plant in Cedar Rapids, Iowa. A contributing factor to many of these accidents has been the large amounts of water (vapor and liquid) emitted from multiple sources at ADM's facility located along the south side of the highway. Weather and road closure data acquired from IDOT have been used to develop a database of meteorological conditions preceding and accompanying closure of Highway 30 in Cedar Rapids. An expert system and a FORTRAN program were developed as aids in decision making with regard to closure of Highway 30 near the plant. The computer programs were used for testing, evaluation, and final deployment. Reports indicate the decision tools have been successfully implemented and were judged to be helpful in forecasting road closures and in reducing costs and personnel time in monitoring the roadway.

Item Type: Departmental Report
Keywords: Crash causes, Expert systems, Fog, Street closure, Weather
Subjects: Transportation
Transportation > Motor vehicles
Transportation > Roads and highways
Transportation > Traffic safety
ID Code: 16286
Deposited By: Iowa DOT Library
Deposited On: 11 Mar 2014 11:59
Last Modified: 29 Oct 2014 12:07
URI: http://publications.iowa.gov/id/eprint/16286