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Mornington Peninsula Recreation Facility Simulation (Australia)

BMT assisted Mornington Peninsula Shire Council in Victoria to decide on the best solution to decrease congestion at the recreational boat ramps across the Peninsula.

17 December 2018

Coastal Infrastructure Water and Environment

Mornington Peninsula Recreation Facility Simulation (Australia)

BMT assisted Mornington Peninsula Shire Council in Victoria to decide on the best solution to decrease congestion at the recreational boat ramps across the Peninsula. 

Boat ramps across Mornington Peninsula Recreation Facilities have recently become more and more popular. With a growing population and increased personal watercraft, this increased congestion and wait times. During peak periods in summer wait times to use the boat ramp could be up to one hour. There was also a problem of car parks overflowing, local roads becoming congested and an increase in incidents of boat ramp rage. BMT assisted Mornington Peninsula Shire Council to solve this problem. We advised during the decision-making process and assisted with community and stakeholder engagement.

In the initial phase of the project BMT’s environmental engineers recorded and analysed the traffic data in the area. Data was then sent to our simulation modelers to develop an advanced, highly customisable model using Discrete Event Simulation (DES) which could show launch and retrieval times, layout and traffic flow or traffic volume. The model also provided key performance metrics, predicted shifts in demand depending on each potential scenario and determined demand and capacity issues. 

Our modelling indicated the most effective option would be an additional ramp at the Rye facility. Wait times could be decreased by around 35 minutes with subsequent improvement in other locations due to re-distribution of demand. By using simulation, we were able to assess the impact of all scenarios such as additional car park spaces, ramp upgrades, site layout reconfiguration and traffic management and evaluate their effectiveness in alleviating current congestion issues. This contributed to Council’s decision to build the additional ramp at Rye. In November 2018 Council has turned simulation into reality.  

The cost of simulation was insignificant compared to construction costs and real-world implementation of possible solutions. Simulation quickly provided accurate results and was easy to customise to meet specific needs. It provided useful insights and the evidence necessary for confident, defensible and informed decision-making. 

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This article is part of #BestOfBMT (2018) campaign featuring the most interesting projects BMT was involved in throughout the year.

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