Layout planning software that has been likened to an Ikea kitchen design programme is set to be unveiled at Modern Railways RVE.
The software, the result of a long-standing collaboration between Austria’s TU-Vienna University and Netwiss, allows the user to draft rail interiors in much the same way as a kitchen planner lays out a theoretical home in-store. It produces information on passenger change over time, luggage accommodation and the achievable occupancy rate in vehicles.
The TU-Vienna has been researching vehicle interiors for almost 20 years. Its focus is on optimising passenger flow for short dwell times and achieving a high degree of capacity utilisation, the aim being to achieve an optimum balance between the requirements of train operators and passengers.
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