Application of Big Data Approaches for Traffic Incident Management (TIM)

The scale of the data, the concepts, and the paradigm shift that is necessary to move from traditional data collection, storage, and analytics to use Big Data poses new challenges for transportation practitioners. This shift is not simply a linear one; rather, it requires completely new approaches to data collection, storage and management, and procurement of information technology services, as well as skill sets that most transportation agencies lack and are difficult to acquire. Furthermore, few agencies are using Big Data data sets to demonstrate the benefits of this approach, particularly for TIM. The recently completed project NCHRP Research Report 904: Leveraging Big Data to Improve Traffic Incident Management, ( begins to address these issues. Big Data applications related to the emergence of connected vehicle, traveler, and infrastructure data will soon drive this change. One of the findings from the report is that in order to gain benefits from Big Data approaches and analytics, a scalable solution is essential. Research is necessary to document issues and demonstrate the feasibility and value of Big Data approaches for use by state departments of transportation (DOTs) and other agencies to enhance operations and TIM programs. The objective of this research is to (1) demonstrate the feasibility and practical value of Big Data approaches to improve TIM, and (2) provide guidelines, including techniques and tools, to address the findings and recommendations of NCHRP Research Report 904: Leveraging Big Data to Improve Traffic Incident Management.


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  • Status: Completed
  • Funding: $490000
  • Contract Numbers:

    Project 03-138

  • Sponsor Organizations:

    National Cooperative Highway Research Program

    Transportation Research Board
    500 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials (AASHTO)

    444 North Capitol Street, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20001

    Federal Highway Administration

    1200 New Jersey Avenue, SE
    Washington, DC  United States  20590
  • Project Managers:

    Rogers, William

    Wadsworth, Trey

  • Performing Organizations:

    AEM Transportation

    Herndon, VA  United States 
  • Principal Investigators:

    Pecheux, Kelley

  • Start Date: 20200728
  • Expected Completion Date: 20230328
  • Actual Completion Date: 20230328

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Filing Info

  • Accession Number: 01707671
  • Record Type: Research project
  • Source Agency: Transportation Research Board
  • Contract Numbers: Project 03-138
  • Files: TRB, RIP
  • Created Date: Jun 7 2019 3:44PM