New Mexico Supercomputing Challenge

Modeling Traffic of the Big-I

Team: 41

School: Grants High

Area of Science: Environmental Science


Interim: Team Number: 41
School Name: Grants High School
Area of Science: Environmental Science
Project Title: Modeling Traffic of the Big-I

Problem Definition:
As everyone may know the Big-I, the intersection of New Mexico interstates 40 and 25 as well as Coors Boulevard, is the busiest cross section of major roads in all of New Mexico. This presents a problem when commuting through this intersection. The question is then, when is the optimal time of day to travel this busy intersection? While there are some applications on the internet that show up-to-date views on construction there are very few that will display current traffic reports. The problem remains that people would like to have a simple way to know when the optimal time to arrive at the Big-I would be.

The goal of this project is to create a program using NetLogo that will model the traffic of the Big-I based off of half-hourly updates that our team receives from the NMDOT. With these pictures we will count the number of cars present on the Big-I based of these half-hourly pictures. We will have these pictures sent to us 48 times a day for seven days.

Problem Solution:
The solution to this problem is to create the above mentioned program. Using NetLogo allows for this program to be utilized across all operating systems. Also, we can utilize a “supercomputer” for our project to allow for optimal running speed of the program.

Progress to Date:
So far our team has built the bases of our NetLogo knowledge. We have received tutoring in the use of the code and have a full understanding of it. We have built one of the roads for the program and are working of setting up the patches and turtles. The mathematical code will be done once we get the traffic reports from NMDOT.

Expected Results:
After programming, testing and refining the program, the final model will represent an advanced system of traffic creation and traffic clearance. We also expect to have each of the cores inside the computer used, a duel core with Intel Pentium and possibly a quad core, to read the code and initiate the required tasks imputed in the code simultaneously. The final product of this program could potentially help the common person commute with the best gas mileage their brand of vehicle can offer.

Team Members: Nicholas Kemp, Devin Lowther, Tanner Bond

Sponsoring Teacher: Samuel John Thomas Daunt


Team Members:

  Tanner Bond
  Nicholas Kemp
  Devin Lowther

Sponsoring Teacher: Samuel Daunt

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