Goal of this project
The main aim of this project is to show the different methods available for transportation of freight domestically. Moreover, these methods are compared by key metrics such as cost, speed, delivery time, etc. and are weighted to be in line with the user's priorities.
For example, delievering life saving medicine which has a small timeframe in that it can be used safely has vastly different priorities for its transportation than raw iron ore, which needs to be moved from the mine to iron- and steelworks.
Therefore, our project aims to combine all these factors and provide a transparent and uniquely beneficial way of getting goods delievered; With the use of all available forms of freight transportation and the individual weighting system there are many options available for users to determine which delivery option suits them best.
For our project we are currently using Mapbox as one of the open source technologies in generating a map for our project, keeping it in the theme of using open source data. Furthermore we are using python as one of our backend languages to process user input and generate paths for the goods to get transported.
Developing a comprehensive and versatile freight performance metric involves integrating data from intermodal terminals, train speeds, road disruption details, train count, the average speed of delivery, and the path between each state's destination delivery while leveraging datasets such as the Harmonised National Roadworks and Road Closures, Australian Intermodal Terminals, ARTC train count, and average speed. This holistic metric gauges the efficiency of goods movement and streamlines benchmarking goal-setting, and performance monitoring across various transportation modes.
By merging train speed and road disruption data, alongside train count and average delivery speed, we can identify alternative routes that prioritize efficiency and resilience, ultimately mitigating disruptions triggered by road closures. This all-encompassing framework facilitates evaluating and comparing performance across diverse transportation methods while insights from these datasets guide strategic infrastructure investments.
Harmonized National Roadworks and Road Closures data enhance route planning accuracy, ensuring seamless freight movement between states through intermodal terminals. With access to ARTC train count and average speed data, stakeholders can optimize freight transportation and enhance overall connectivity, fostering a robust and efficient freight network in Australia.