During the initial discussions on the development of a new urban public transport system such as an LRT, BRT or metro line, many different scenarios are drawn up and analysed. These scenarios bring together all the possible options and alternatives for the project. This is an important stage, enabling decision-makers to choose the transport project that best meets the objectives set.
To provide a more objective basis for the work carried out during this early phase, and make it more interactive, Egis teamed up with Oslandia to develop Kaplan, an interactive decision-support tool using a map interface.
Kaplan enables project teams to build and view scenarios, analyse them, and present them to our clients in a dynamic and collaborative way.
An online scenario-building tool: Kaplan
This tool makes it easy to generate and compare line scenarios (route, position of stations) at pre-feasibility or feasibility level, on the basis of socio-economic, operation, urban integration and sustainability criteria.
The tool makes the analyses systematic, to provide an interactive working method. This makes it possible to add an element such as a station to a scenario, or to remove it. The consequences of this change for the population served, the journey time or the cost can then be observed. Kaplan is based on a spatial view of the project, to provide enhanced decision support.
This versatile tool brings together within a single solution several aspects (socio-economic issues, operation and urban integration) that were previously addressed using separate specialist applications. This made it difficult to exchange data while maintaining a holistic view of the project. Kaplan overcomes this shortcoming and enhances data interoperability.
Kaplan can be applied to any geographical area, and is currently being tested on the Belgrade metro project.
Following an in-house development phase, it is now operational. From the start of 2023 it will be used systematically on pre-feasibility and feasibility projects for LRT, BRT and metro systems.