Microscopic Simulation Model Calibration and Validation Handbook

Report No: 07-CR6

Published in 2006

About the report:

Microscopic traffic simulation models are widely used in the transportation engineering field. Because of their cost-effectiveness, risk-free nature, and high-speed benefits, areas of use include transportation system design, traffic operations, and management alternatives evaluation. Despite their popularity and value, the credibility of simulation models falls short due to the use of default parameters without careful consideration. Improper model parameters prevent simulation models from accurately mimicking field conditions, limiting their ability to aid decision-making. Therefore, the user needs to pay more attention to fine-tune each model that they are using by calibrating the parameters inside the model. To summarize, we can define calibration as the adjustment of model parameters such that the model's output more closely represents field conditions. The intention of this handbook is to outline and explain the calibration and validation procedure for the parameters controlling human and vehicle characteristics for CORSIM and VISSIM.

Disclaimer Statement:The contents of this report reflect the views of the author(s), who is responsible for the facts and the accuracy of the data presented herein. The contents do not necessarily reflect the official views or policies of the Virginia Department of Transportation, the Commonwealth Transportation Board, or the Federal Highway Administration. This report does not constitute a standard, specification, or regulation. Any inclusion of manufacturer names, trade names, or trademarks is for identification purposes only and is not to be considered an endorsement.


Other Authors

Byungkyu Park, Jongsun Won, Michael A. Perfater

Last updated: November 25, 2023

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