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INTERMODEL project is composed of 10 activities:

ACTIVITY 1 – Management

This activity covers the management and organisation and reporting activities that will be required throughout the duration of INTERMODEL. In order to manage the project the following bodies have been established:

  • Management Board: it is the central governing body of the INTERMODEL project.
  • Project Manager: the person responsible for coordinating the project.

ACTIVITY 2 – Integrated Planning environment and decision support

The objective of this activity is to develop a holistic holistic integrated planning environment that enables technical management of modelled terminal projects and supports making decisions on assets throughout the life cycle. The environment will extend utilisation of various building and infrastructure models (BIM and infraBIM) from planning, design and construction towards the operational economic and environmental performance analyses in freight terminals. The outcome aims at increased interaction between participants and enhanced processes for making decisions.

This activity includes:

  • Collecting information and requirements for terminal use cases
  • Developing an integrated planning environment architecture and interface specifications
  • Implementation of integrating ICT environment
  • Providing procedures for assisting planning and design related decisions and selecting interface to Exchange results (model coordination)
  • Developing work and decision processes with integrated planning technology

ACTIVITY 3 – Data & Indicators definitions

The objective of this activity is to define the relevant outputs of the different modulus of the decision support platform in terms of KPI and KRI. Besides this, the pilot cases that will be studied using the provided assessment tool will be precisely defined.

This activity includes:

  • The definition of KPI and KRI
  • Setting two pilot cases studied in real terminals and two pilot cases implemented into virtual terminals

ACTIVITY 4 – BIM Intermodal terminal

This activity is the central axis of the whole project and its objective is to develop the proposed BIM railway terminal models in the proposed scenarios and re-think the traditional conception of freight railway terminals to include as many innovations as possible to improve their performance. Also, multimodality, multipurpose and multiproduct will be considered without usual constraints since the upgraded BIM technology will bring more information in advance to improve quickness and the quality of the decision-making.

This activity aims to:

  • Developing a BIM Execution Plan
  • Building the BIM models of the real locations: Multimodal Railway Terminals of Melzo and La Spezia
  • Building the 7D BIM models of virtual locations
  • Optimizing the first 7D static KPI’s and KRI’s

ACTIVITY 5 – Terminals operational simulation

The objective of this activity is to build a decision support environment that supports in optimizing the design and the operational performance of freight terminals.

It is necessary to:

  • Develop a data model that describes all relevant data used in the simulation component library
  • Develop a simulation component library (the decision support environment) for the operational simulation of all sorts of freight terminals
  • Link the developed simulation component library to external systems, such as integrated planning environment
  • Perform operational simulation experiments by using the simulation component library as part of two case studies

This activity includes:

  • Data collection of all types of different terminals such as multimodal, rolling road, seaport, dry port, rail freight corridors hubs, etc.
  • Developing an ontology and conceptual modelling framework
  • Development of the simulation component library
  • Coupling of simulation model components with overarching architecture
  • Calibration and validation of the simulation components
  • Experimenting with real cases

ACTIVITY 6 – External mobility effects

The aim of this activity is to complement the integrated decision support tool by considering (and simulating) the impact of the intermodal terminal on the mobility of the surrounding inland transport network and vice versa. This activity is focused on the road network reaching the terminal. To do this the work, the team will:

  • Develop a data model for all sort of intermodal freight terminals
  • Set the simulation model approach and link it to the BIM model and the operation simulation
  • Calculate the generated/attracted trips of a terminal
  • Simulate the hinterland mobility of La Spezia and Melzo terminals and calibrate the model
  • Estimate external mobility KPI and KRI of pilot cases in La Spezia and Melzo terminals

This includes:

  • Setting the simulation model
  • Calibration and simulation
  • Assessing external mobility affectations

ACTIVITY 7 – External railway affectations

The main objective of this work package is to create an assessment tool for railway links connecting intermodal terminals by simulating the operation of the interconnection. This simulation will take advantage of the BIM modelling and the operation simulation at each terminal.

This activity includes:

  • Implementing the interconnection simulation to the actual state of the La Spezia-Melzo corridor to calibrate and validate the model
  • Testing pilot cases in the La Spezia-Melzo railway corridor
  • Testing pilot cases in a rail corridor connecting the two virtual terminals as a function of various test scenarios
  • Testing the resilience of a rail link connecting two virtual intermodal terminals, a seaport and a dry port which combines bulk and containers

ACTIVITY 8 – Functional, economic and environmental analysis

The aim of this activity is to assess the functional, economic and environmental effects and the underlying driver models of inter- and multimodal terminals.

It includes:

  • Definition and description of functional, economic and environmental analysis
  • Assessment of current transportation and logistics studies and statistical data and their implications for intermodal terminals
  • Validation and reconciliation of results at selected terminals
  • Integration of the key results

ACTIVITY 9 – Exploitation, dissemination and communication activities

This activity aims to develop a comprehensive and extensive strategy for exploitation and dissemination of the results and communication of the project. The set of activities included will focus on:

  • Protecting the intellectual property generated during the project
  • Promoting and exploiting the results of the project
  • Disseminating activities beyond the consortium to a wider audience
  • Promoting the action and visibility of EU funding.

ACTIVITY 10 – Ethics requirements

In this activity, the ethics requirements that the project must comply with will be set up.