WinterPlan is a software planning tool for winter road maintenance activities. The program is part of a suite of products for winter road management and can be used separately or together with modules for call-outs and dispatch of crews, job reporting by drivers in the field, and follow up. WinterPlan can make your winter operations planning more efficient and easier. Case studies show that planning your routes in WinterPlan can help you reduce vehicle needs by up to 30%!
WinterPlan allows you to:
In order to plan winter maintenance operations, base data on the roadway network and resources is required. With the import capabilities of WinterPlan existing road data can be readily used.Planning areas are user defined and are based on the user's particular requirements and situation. These planning areas are used both for planning and follow-up. In each planning area the measures (actions) required for different types of winter scenarios are again user defined. Resource data, such as drivers, vehicles and other equipment, and material is input by the user. Road information, such as road numbers, speed limits, road classes, capacity, and other data used for planning is also entered into the database by the user.
Planning is carried out using schematic maps, which provides:
WinterPlan treats highway interchanges with ramps in the same way as the rest of the road network. Interchanges with ramps are distinguished from regular intersections by their size. They can be opened for planning or for modification.
Operations can be planned for different types of actions. Each action is comprised of all routes necessary to execute the particular action in a specified planning area. Typical actions are plowing, sanding and preventive salting. The user has complete control over the definition of the planned areas. Planning can be enhanced by setting up separate actions for different scenarios, i.e. low or high traffic density. Route planning is achieved by clicking on the various related links. Each route is shown in a different color of your choice. Active segments (for which actions are planned) are shown as solid lines, while travel segments (on which the vehicles travel without working) are shown as broken lines. Large intersections can be opened and planned in detail. Routes can be copied and broken up to add or remove segments. Information on the route (such as length, width, split between active and travel segments, required time and material consumption, etc.) is shown in a status window while you work on the route. The color of the link handle reflects the class of the road. Several areas can be planned simultaneously and routes modified at the borders, so that the differences in action times are minimized.
When planning has been completed, reports, maps, and charts to present the information can be printed. Summaries of time and material consumption are shown in charts, allowing you to review and check your planning for optimized resource utilization. Plans can be double-checked for duplicated or missed links. These reports help document and present your plans. In addition to basic reports, selections can be made for detailed route reports and overviews of routes included in a particular type of action. Charts and schematic maps can also be printed.
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