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Contents

About This Document . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . v Chapter 1 Introduction to Cube . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 1
The Cube software suite . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 2 Architecture . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 3 Cube Base. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Cube Voyager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 4 Cube Cargo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 5 Cube Dynasim . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Cube Analyst . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Cube Land . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 6 Working environment . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 8 Developer mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Applier mode . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 9 Integration with ArcGIS . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 11 Integration of the Cube modules . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 12

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Getting Started. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 13 Exploring Cube Base and Cube Voyager . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 15
Maps. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 16 Models . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Getting started. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 23 Understanding the model . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 26 Running an existing scenario . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 28 Highway networks. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Improving network quality . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 33 Changing the road network . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 37 Public transit . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 46

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79 Multiple scenario comparisons . . . . . . . 55 Chapter 4 Exploring Reports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Running demographic-based scenarios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 111 User support . . . . . . . . 115 Chapter 7 Acquiring Cube 5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 61 Generating reports for new scenarios . . 108 Chapter 6 Learning More . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 88 Creating reports from scratch . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 74 Fonts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 82 Generating new reports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 76 Data labels . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 50 Creating maps from demographic data . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103 Evaluating results . . . . . . . . . 119 Index . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 114 Consulting and assistance . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 59 Working with existing reports . . . . . . . 117 Licensing options. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 103 Developing a scenario for proposed rail service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .Contents Demographic data. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 112 User forum . . . . . . .0 . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 113 Training . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 69 Editing existing reports . . . . 118 Contacts . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 90 Chapter 5 Exploring Cube Cargo . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 105 Forecasting impact of rail pricing. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 60 Examining reports. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 66 Single-scenario reports . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 78 Charts . . . . . . 88 Creating reports from existing reports . . . 98 Forecasting demand for proposed rail service . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 97 Cubetown cargo model. . . . . . . . . . . . . 121 iv Discover Cube 5. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 63 Working with multiple scenarios . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 General properties . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 67 Multiple-scenario reports. . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . . 71 Layout . . . . . . . . . . . . . . .0 Tutorial . .

Discover Cube 5. This document includes information and exercises that can help you understand how Cube works.0 to simplify the analysis and presentation of results from travel forecasting models. • • Discover Cube 5. “Exploring Cube Base and Cube Voyager” — Guides you through exercises that demonstrate how you can use Cube Base and Cube Voyager when developing data. what Cube can do. Chapter 5. This document contains the following chapters: • • • Chapter 1.0 to analyze freight traffic. and examining and analyzing outputs. “Exploring Reports” — Guides you through a series of exercises that demonstrate how you can use Cube 5.0 Tutorial will introduce you to the features and capabilities of Cube.0! Discover Cube 5. running scenarios.0 Tutorial v . and how you might start using Cube for analyzing your transportation systems. Chapter 2. “Introduction to Cube” — Introduces you to Cube and to the features and architecture of the Cube software suite.0 Tutorial About This Document Welcome to Cube 5. Chapter 4. “Exploring Cube Cargo” — Guides you through a series of exercises that demonstrate how you can use Cube 5. Chapter 3. “Getting Started” — Lists components to install in order to do the exercises.

“Acquiring Cube 5.About This Document • • Chapter 6.0” — Provides more information on how you can acquire a customized Cube software suite. “Learning More” — Discusses the additional resources available for learning more about Cube. Chapter 7.0 Tutorial . vi Discover Cube 5.

0 Tutorial 1 .0 Tutorial 1 Introduction to Cube This chapter introduces you to Cube 5.Discover Cube 5.0 and to the features and architecture of the Cube software suite. Topics include: • • • • • The Cube software suite Architecture Working environment Integration with ArcGIS Integration of the Cube modules Discover Cube 5.

using common data sources. and evaluating scenarios • A set of modules and extensions that work within the integrated Cube software environment.1 Introduction to Cube The Cube software suite The Cube software suite The Cube software suite is a comprehensive set of modules that support transportation planning. statistics and comparisons. The modules support: Passenger forecasting (Cube Voyager) Freight forecasting (Cube Cargo) Traffic microsimulation (Cube Dynasim) Trip matrix optimization (Cube Analyst) The extensions support: Dynamic traffic assignment (Cube Avenue) Running models across multiple processors (Cube Cluster) • • • An intuitive model and application workspace that allows you to easily manipulate data Direct access to and from ArcGIS. Cube offers: • Two unique working modes: Developer mode — Allows you to design and develop transportation models Applier mode — Allows you to quickly and easily apply models for building. testing. To help you complete transportation planning and engineering tasks. With Cube. the industry standard for geographic data Tools for developing and sharing high quality 2D and 3D animations 2 Discover Cube 5. and a variety of reporting methods. high-quality graphical output. you can generate decision-making information quickly using powerful modeling and GIS techniques.0 Tutorial .

with other modules that support specific planning techniques. You can supplement the core module. Several modules offer extensions. Cube Base. which enhance a module’s feature set.Introduction to Cube Architecture 1 Architecture Cube is a modular system. This section discusses each of the Cube modules: • • • • Cube Base Cube Voyager Cube Cargo Cube Dynasim Discover Cube 5.0 Tutorial 3 . You only need to acquire the modules and extensions required for your tasks.

Cube Base offers advanced GIS functions. editing. and activity-based models. TRIPS. Cube Base provides the user interface that supports all Cube modules. manipulating. This structure allows you to incorporate any modeling methodology in your forecast. mapping.0 Tutorial . script-based structure. and graphing data using geographic information system (GIS) techniques Designing and applying the modeling and microsimulation process Creating. such as standard four-step models. and Tranplan. You can use Cube Base to update and apply models developed in Cube Voyager and in Citilabs’ other travel forecasting systems: TP+. and analyzing scenarios Creating high-quality reports and charts from single or multiple scenarios Integrated with ESRI’s ArcGIS. An optional extension is available for Cube Base: • Cube Cluster — Adds functions that enable model processes to run across multiple computer processors. discrete-choice models. either within one or on multiple personal computers or servers Cube Voyager Cube Voyager combines Citilabs’ latest technologies to forecast personal travel. Cube Voyager uses a modular. comparing. Cube Base offers tools for: • • • • Developing. 4 Discover Cube 5. managing.1 Introduction to Cube Architecture • • Cube Analyst Cube Land Cube Base Cube Base is the core module of the Cube software suite.

you can model a wide variety of planning policies and improvements at the urban. you can calculate travel demand and to compare scenarios in detail. including Cube Voyager and Cube Analyst. With Cube Voyager’s highly flexible network and matrix calculators. you can forecast: • • Tons of goods by commodity type and by transport mode. such as alternative pricing strategies or freight-specific facilities. Cube Cargo also works with TP+ and TRIPS. regional.0 Tutorial 5 .” to Cube Voyager Cube Cargo Cube Cargo forecasts freight movement. and discrete-choice path building for multiroute transit assignment. Advanced methodologies allow you to model junction-based capacity restraints for highway analysis.Introduction to Cube Architecture 1 With Cube Voyager’s open and user-friendly framework. With Cube Cargo. or “mesoscopic assignment. you can easily manage data and code complex methodologies with a simple step-by-step approach. You can use Cube Cargo to test a wide variety of policies and infrastructure improvements. With Cube Cargo. and use that library to model various policies and improvements. which you can use to analyze truck vehicle flows Discover Cube 5. Cube Cargo uses a commodity-based approach for analyzing freight demand. Cube Cargo works seamlessly with other Cube modules. You can create a comprehensive library of planning functions under the general Cube framework. or long-distance levels. An optional extension is available for Cube Voyager: • Cube Avenue — Adds advanced dynamic traffic assignment. which you can use to analyze flow of goods Number of trucks by truck type. you can add freight forecasting to your existing passenger data and models. With a well-defined library.

rail. transport accessibility. and easily share data with other Cube modules. Cube Dynasim provides stunning 2D and 3D animations and graphics for clear evaluation. With Cube Analyst. you can work more efficiently and generate more accurate results than with manual methods. With Cube Dynasim. Cube Analyst uses mathematical techniques to find trip matrices consistent with observed transport demand and traffic counts. you can simulate systems of any size. buses. truck. Cube Land takes into account information about demand. other zonal or parcel attributes. and public transit trips. trucks. operating characteristics. With Cube Analyst. You can easily 6 Discover Cube 5.0 Tutorial . Cube Dynasim helps planners and engineers analyze the interactions between alternative infrastructure designs. regulations. Cube Land Cube Land simulates the real estate market to predict detailed information about household and employment by zone or parcel.1 Introduction to Cube Architecture Cube Dynasim Cube Dynasim simulates multimodal traffic at a microscopic level. Cube Analyst Cube Analyst estimates and updates statistically optimized trip matrices for base-year automobile. and pedestrians. Cube Dynasim captures the dynamics of time-dependent traffic phenomena using sophisticated driver-behavior models. and travel demand forecasts. An accurate origin-destination matrix of existing travel is one of the most valuable pieces of data for transportation planning. real estate supply. Cube Dynasim also performs detailed operational analysis of complex traffic on roads while realistically representing the flow of automobiles. you can manipulate extensive data sets and develop or update origin-destination matrices. and economic incentives.

or short-term horizons to model the interaction between land use and transportation.Introduction to Cube Architecture 1 integrate Cube Land into existing transportation planning models and can apply Cube Land for either long. Discover Cube 5.0 Tutorial 7 .

and producing high-quality charts and maps Application Manager — For building and documenting the model process through a flow chart interface Table window — For viewing and editing numeric data in tabular format Scenario Manager Mapping window Application Manager Table window Through Cube Base. you can operate Cube in two modes: • • Developer mode Applier mode 8 Discover Cube 5.0 Tutorial .1 Introduction to Cube Working environment Working environment Cube Base supports all Cube modules. The user interface includes: • • • • Scenario Manager— For managing alternatives and associated input and output data and reports Mapping window — For developing and editing transportation networks.

Model developers can also create user interfaces for those who apply or run the model. Application Manager Applier mode In applier mode. you can view the process flow chart.0 Tutorial 9 . Model appliers evaluate alternatives by creating scenarios in Scenario Manager and defining the associated inputs Discover Cube 5. edit selected inputs. Model appliers do not edit the process flow chart. Application Manager offers a flow-chart interface for designing and documenting model processes. you can use Application Manager to design a model structure and manipulate the associated data.Introduction to Cube Working environment 1 Developer mode In developer mode. and run the model.

Scenario Manager Scenario window 10 Discover Cube 5.1 Introduction to Cube Working environment in the scenario window.0 Tutorial . Model developers can customize the scenario window offering model appliers the choices needed for developing and testing scenarios.

You can save map documents. The GIS window uses the ESRI ArcGIS engine to display a map depicting the geographic information stored in geodatabases.0 Tutorial 11 . and raster images. and easily bring the data back to Cube for further modeling and simulation. share them with other analysts who can use the data within ArcGIS. The GIS window represents geographic information as a collection of layers along with defined elements in a map. CAD format files. shapefiles.Introduction to Cube Integration with ArcGIS 1 Integration with ArcGIS The primary mapping window is the GIS window. as well as other map elements that you specify or create. Discover Cube 5.

Cube Cargo. Cube Dynasim. 12 Discover Cube 5. Fortran. within the Cube working environment. C. TP+. you can use the Cube modules and other integrated products as functions when developing a modeling and simulation process. such as TRIPS. From Application Manager. or any other programming language. Finally. such as specialized routines in C++. in the same way. and Cube Analyst—through Cube Base’s Application Manager window. and Tranplan. in the same way. you can integrate third-party software products. You can integrate other products from Citilabs.0 Tutorial .1 Introduction to Cube Integration of the Cube modules Integration of the Cube modules You access the Cube modules—Cube Voyager. such as Microsoft Excel and Crystal Reports. You can also integrate other user programs.

NOTE: The file paths given in the tutorial exercises assume you install Cubetown data in the C:\Cubetown directory. In order to complete the tutorials. you can alter the directory where the wizard installs the Cubetown data files. Install the software and data before proceeding to the exercises.0 Tutorial is accompanied by a CD that contains Cube software along with the Cubetown data that the exercises use.Discover Cube 5.0 Tutorial 13 . Discover Cube 5. you should install: • • • • Cube Base Cube Voyager Cube Cargo Cubetown During the installation.0 Tutorial 2 Getting Started Discover Cube 5. Follow the installation wizard’s directions to install the software.

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and examine and analyze outputs. This chapter contains a series of exercises that help you explore tasks you might complete with Cube Base and Cube Voyager. run scenarios.0 Tutorial 15 .Discover Cube 5. Topics include: • • • • • Maps Models Highway networks Public transit Demographic data Discover Cube 5.0 Tutorial 3 Exploring Cube Base and Cube Voyager You can use Cube to develop data.

0 Tutorial . Open the Discover Cube catalog. To create an ArcGIS map document 1. 16 Discover Cube 5.3 Exploring Cube Base and Cube Voyager Maps Maps Cube Base displays geographic information in a map. b. and choose Cube. Select Open Discover Cube catalog and click OK. This section contains an exercise that demonstrates how you might use Cube Base to display a network. You can: • Double-click the Cube icon on your desktop. Cube displays the Welcome to Cube dialog box. point to Citilabs. You can use Cube Base to work with maps and analyze data. • Click the Start button. and save a map document. adjust the map display. add new layers from ArcGIS Online or a geodatabase. a. point to All Programs. Start Cube.

Exploring Cube Base and Cube Voyager Maps 3 Cube opens the Discover Cube catalog in Scenario Manager. click and Voyager. Because the input highway network is a custom feature data set stored in an ESRI personal geodatabase file. and applications or models used with the Cubetown demonstration models. The window shows the map and a table of contents. Double-click HW Network. which lists the layers in the map. The catalog shows the scenarios. 2. Under Data in Scenario Manager. a. Map Table of contents Discover Cube 5. Open the input highway network. data.0 Tutorial 17 . Cube opens the input highway network in a new GIS map window. to expand Inputs b.

com/arcgisonline. Add an ArcGIS Online layer to the map (requires Internet access). c.mdb geodatabase. Under Stand-alone Feature Classes. double-click Demographics to add a transportation analysis zone (TAZ) layer to the map.esri. button and choose Add Layer From 18 Discover Cube 5. 4. a.3 Exploring Cube Base and Cube Voyager Maps 3. choose Add Geodatabase Data. From the Datasets menu. ArcGIS Online is a free service provided by ESRI including background imagery that can be loaded using an internet connection. visit www. Click Close to close Geodatabase Browser. Click the Add Data File.0 Tutorial . Add a geodatabase feature class to the map. Geodatabase Browser opens displaying the features available in the C:\Cubetown\Inputs\cubetown. b. a. To find out more.

Use the table of contents to adjust the map display. Drag the Demographics layer to the top of the list.0 Tutorial 19 . select World_Imagery.Exploring Cube Base and Cube Voyager Maps 3 b.lyr. Discover Cube 5. In the Add Layer from File dialog box. Cube loads the imagery shown in the layer from ESRI’s ArcGIS Online service using your Internet connection. navigate to the C:\Cubetown\GIS directory. 5. Cube adds the World Imagery layer to the map. and click Open. a.

NOTE: Do not move the NoBuild_Node or NoBuild_Link layers outside the NoBuild group. displaying the TAZ boundaries on top of the imagery.0 Tutorial .3 Exploring Cube Base and Cube Voyager Maps Cube redraws the map. b. Drag the NoBuild network group layer to the top of the list. 20 Discover Cube 5.

Use the toolbar buttons to adjust the map display. as desired.0 Tutorial 21 . 6. You might: Turn off one or more layers • Clear a layer’s check box in the table of contents.Exploring Cube Base and Cube Voyager Maps 3 Cube redraws the map with the network shown on top of the TAZ boundaries and background imagery. to hide the layer from the displayed map. Zoom to a particular area • • Discover Cube 5. Click the Fixed Zoom In button one or more times to zoom in by a fixed amount. Click the Zoom In button and draw a box around the desired area of focus on the map.

From the File menu.0 Tutorial .3 Exploring Cube Base and Cube Voyager Maps Switch back and forth between two views using the Go Back to Previous Extent and the Go to Next Extent buttons. From the File menu. Save your work as a map document so that you can retrieve it later. a. 8. 22 Discover Cube 5. choose Close to close the map. Click Save. choose Save As. View the entire set of active layers by clicking the Full Extent button. enter MyFirstMap. b. 7. In the File name box. c.

Catalogs provide convenient access to the applications and scenarios you need to complete a study. A scenario links a specific set of inputs to an application. and catalogs to run a transportation planning model. the Discover Cube catalog. Discover Cube 5. Scenarios — Scenarios link a specific set of inputs to an application.0 Tutorial 23 .Exploring Cube Base and Cube Voyager Models 3 Models Transportation planning models require a structure that allows you to study the effects of varying inputs. You create catalogs as the container for your work. • • This section guides you through exercises that demonstrate how you work with applications. and examining the catalog’s Cube Voyager model. scenarios. You use Application Manager to develop models. Catalogs — Catalogs store related applications and data. You save the models as applications. The exercise in this section guides you through opening the catalog that contains the exercise’s data. In Cube. that structure consists of: • Applications — Applications describe the model Cube uses to process data. Topics include: • • • Getting started Understanding the model Running an existing scenario Getting started Cube stores the applications and scenarios you use for a study in a catalog. You develop scenarios to apply applications.

Cube opens the Discover Cube catalog in Scenario Manager. Open the Discover Cube catalog. 24 Discover Cube 5. Open Cube. such as by double-clicking the desktop icon or by clicking the Start button and navigating to the Cube application. b. A catalog stores a set of models.0 Tutorial . select Discover Cube. In the Welcome to Cube dialog box. and click Open. If Cube is already open: a.cat. and scenarios. In the Open Catalog File dialog box. data. If Cube is not open: a. b.3 Exploring Cube Base and Cube Voyager Models To open the Discover Cube catalog and model 1. select Open Discover Cube catalog and click OK. From the File menu. navigate to the C:\Cubetown directory. choose Open Catalog.

Use this section for easy access to these files. we will use the Cube Voyager Demonstration Model. double-click Cube Voyager Demonstration Model. 2. Under Applications. Data — Shows input and output data for each scenario. Scenarios Data Applications To forecast personal travel in this exercise.0 Tutorial 25 .Exploring Cube Base and Cube Voyager Models 3 Scenario Manager has three sections: Scenarios — Lists defined scenarios. Applications — Lists the available model processes. Use this section to select the model you wish to use. Use this section to develop or edit scenarios and to apply the model. Discover Cube 5.

” In this mode. We are examining the model in “applier mode. Cube presents the model for easy use by those that create and run scenarios. but you can apply the model.0 Tutorial . In this mode. opens showing a flow-chart view of the model process. you cannot change the model. Understanding the model The Cube Voyager Demonstration Model is a “four-step” model consisting of: • • • • Trip generation Trip distribution Mode split (mode choice) Mode assignment 26 Discover Cube 5. called Application Manager.3 Exploring Cube Base and Cube Voyager Models A new window.

Links show where outputs from one step become inputs to another step. Cube enables model developers to build models using almost any model structure. redistributing the trips using the congested times. which show the outputs from the step. Input Step Output Link — output from Trip Distribution step becomes input to Mode Split step The model has a loop around the distribution. and assignment steps. including emerging methods in activity models and tour-based approaches. which show inputs to the step. Cube is an open and flexible tool.Exploring Cube Base and Cube Voyager Models 3 The model has other steps for developing networks and analyzing the results. The four-step model used in the demonstration system is the most commonly used structure by analysts around the world. mode-choice. Discover Cube 5. The model also inputs the congested travel times to the mode-choice step. To the right of each step are green boxes. This is called a “feedback loop”—the model takes the travel times from the assignment model (the congested travel times) and inputs those travel times to the distribution step. The model iterates between these steps until it meets equilibrium criteria.0 Tutorial 27 . The flow chart represents model steps with dark blue boxes. To the left of each step are light blue boxes.

you will run a scenario to compute the traffic generated based on the current inputs.0 Tutorial . the Base scenario. The model contains a predefined scenario. 28 Discover Cube 5. and examine various outputs. We will use the model to study impacts associated with a new road. Running an existing scenario The Cube Voyager Demonstration Model studies a town called Cubetown. In the exercise in this section.3 Exploring Cube Base and Cube Voyager Models You can click an output or an input to see how they relate to each other in the loop. Base scenario models existing conditions in Cubetown.

logo.0 Tutorial 29 . Discover Cube 5. double-click Base. and input fields most appropriate for the model. Cube opens the scenario window for the Base scenario. In Scenario Manager under Scenarios.Exploring Cube Base and Cube Voyager Models 3 To run the Base scenario 1. You use this window to run and manage the scenario. Working in Cube’s developer mode. model developers configure the colors. explanatory text.

we will examine the results. click Voyager. and Highway Assignment. the Task Run Result dialog box opens.3 Exploring Cube Base and Cube Voyager Models 2. Under Data in Scenario Manager. The dialog box and the Task Monitor window closes. From the scenario window. 30 Discover Cube 5. click Run. 3. Next. to expand Outputs. The Task Monitor window opens and shows the progress of the model run. Click OK. When the run is complete.0 Tutorial . 4.

Verify that the settings show the volume. c.Exploring Cube Base and Cube Voyager Models 3 5. showing the loaded highway network and estimated flows for the tested scenario. choose Multi-Bandwidth. Discover Cube 5. 6. The GIS window opens.0 Tutorial 31 . Open the highway output network by double-clicking HW Loads. b. Add volume bandwidths to visualize traffic loads on the map. The Highway Layer Link Band Width Settings dialog box opens. From the Post menu. Property Set Attributes Selection Criteria Value 2:Assigned Volume V_1 FUNC_CLASS=1-9 NOTE: You can right-click in the Selection Criteria edit box to select FUNC_CLASS from a list of available variables. a. Click OK.

and Application Manager. scenario window.3 Exploring Cube Base and Cube Voyager Models The GIS window updates to show the bandwidth display. if desired. 32 Discover Cube 5. 7.0 Tutorial . Save the map. Close the map.

b.0 Tutorial 33 . Under Scenarios in Scenario Manager. the network uses a straight link to represent a cloverleaf interchange. Refer to “To open the Discover Cube catalog and model” on page 24. and select Build Road. your network might simplify links with a straight line between two points. Add highway centerline data to the map. 3. and double-click HW Network to open the network feature data set for the Build Road scenario. To use vertex editing to apply true shape to a freeway 1. Open the highway network for the Build Road scenario. Under Data. This section contains an exercise that shows how you can use vertex editing to properly apply true shape to a freeway interchange in the Cubetown model. a. open the Discover Cube catalog. Currently.Exploring Cube Base and Cube Voyager Highway networks 3 Highway networks Cube Base includes network-editing tools. If necessary. Cube opens a GIS window showing a map of the scenario’s highway network input. This section contains exercises that demonstrate how you can use these tools when working with a highway network: • • Improving network quality Changing the road network Improving network quality Cube Base includes tools that help you improve the quality of your network. expand Inputs and Voyager. With Cube Base. Discover Cube 5. you can snap the links to an underlying shape data and add vertices to better represent actual road shape and distances. For example. 2. expand Base.

button and choose Add Geodatabase Geodatabase Browser opens. navigate to C:\Cubetown\GIS.3 Exploring Cube Base and Cube Voyager Highway networks a. e. select MapElements. select RoadCenterline. d. Click Open Other GDB to open the geodatabase containing the highway centerline data. Under Stand-alone Feature Classes. Selected interchange 34 Discover Cube 5. In the Open Geodatabase dialog box. Click Close to close Geodatabase Browser. Click the Add Data Data. and click Open. and then click Add Data to Map to add a new layer to the map containing the feature.mdb. b. 4. Click the Select Features tool . c. selecting the freeway ramps.0 Tutorial . a. Click and drag a small box in the interchange near the center of the network. Focus the display on the freeway interchange. b.

In the Layers list. a. c. 6. On the Editing toolbar. is selected. choose Build_Link. press SHIFT and click. the layer where we will edit the vertices. and b.0 Tutorial 35 . You can: Edit the existing straight-line link to include multiple vertices. showing the selected features. To add a vertex to the link. to focus on 5. Verify that the Edit Feature button link. click the Editor button choose Start Editing. Click the straight-line freeway-to-freeway connector Feature Explorer shows the selected link.Exploring Cube Base and Cube Voyager Highway networks 3 Feature Explorer opens. Click the Editor button and select two operating modes: Vertex Snap and Edit Vertex. c. c. a. b. Add the cloverleaf shape to the straight-line link. Set the window to editing mode for the proper layer. The Editing toolbar becomes active. . Discover Cube 5. Click the Zoom To Selected Features button that area.

Click the straight-line freeway-to-freeway connector link. In Feature Explorer. d. e. Copy the shape from the road centerline feature to the link.3 Exploring Cube Base and Cube Voyager Highway networks d. Click the line feature with the shape that you want to copy—in this case.0 Tutorial . a. To move the vertex to the underlying highway-network centerline feature. b. the cloverleaf centerline. click the Copy Shape From Another Feature button. Cube Base copies the shape to the link. click the Undo button until the link is no longer shaped like a cloverleaf. is selected. e. Feature Explorer shows the selected link. Repeat steps c and d until the curvature of the freeway ramp is correct. If you already added the shape with vertexes. The new vertex will snap to the vertices of the underlying feature. 36 Discover Cube 5. click the vertex and drag. Verify that the Edit Feature button c.

a. Currently. c. This reduces the likelihood of data corruption. a.000 and click OK. Focus the map near the new road segment. Changing the road network This section contains an exercise that demonstrates how you might modify network data to include a new road link. Open the scenario’s highway network. Click the Editor button and choose Save Edits. b. Save edits and exit editing mode. Enter node number 771 and click OK. Enter window width 10. Click the Edit button for the highway network input. 2. 8. Click the Editor button and choose Stop Editing. b. Discover Cube 5. to examine the changes that occur after adding a new road to the network. a. Cube opens a GIS window showing a map of the scenario’s highway network input. expand Base.Exploring Cube Base and Cube Voyager Highway networks 3 7. the Build Road scenario. and double-click Build Road to open the scenario window for the Build Road scenario. You can review your changes before saving them. b. If the desired. Under Scenarios in Scenario Manager. Click the View Center on Nodes button. To modify a road network 1. the network is missing one segment on the new road. you can save the current map document. Close the GIS window. Cube uses nondestructive editing. and use that network in a different scenario.0 Tutorial 37 .

0 Tutorial . Click the Close button to close Feature Explorer. 38 Discover Cube 5. a. Cube selects the nodes within the box. Display the node information on the map. e. Select the Select Features tool and draw a box around the missing link. Click the Zoom to Selected Features button . 3.3 Exploring Cube Base and Cube Voyager Highway networks d. and opens Feature Explorer to show information about those nodes.

Click the Post Node button . Cube opens the Posting Selection dialog box. Discover Cube 5. b.0 Tutorial 39 .Exploring Cube Base and Cube Voyager Highway networks 3 Cube updates the view in the map window to focus on the selected area.

If desired. a. choose Build_Link as the type of feature to select. select 3:Post all nodes. Click OK. 4. is selected. On the Layers list. On the Editing toolbar. Field First attributes dropdown list Offset Symbol/Font Style Use Built In Font Use Built In Font Size Simple Posting Description Select N to post node numbers. Color Selection Criteria d. select a font from the ESRI style list. In Set.3 Exploring Cube Base and Cube Voyager Highway networks c. select this check box to use a single color and reduce the time required to post labels. and b. select this check box to scale text using the ESRI default font size. The Editing toolbar becomes active. . Select an existing link as a template for the new link. and verify the options to display node numbers on the network. If desired. Select the check box to place the label next to the node rather than directly on the node. Cube displays the node numbers. Clear to label all nodes on the map.0 Tutorial . If desired. If desired. 40 Discover Cube 5. select this check box to render fonts using the ESRI default font. click the Color box to open the Color dialog box. Verify that the Edit Feature button c. If desired. click the Editor button choose Start Editing. where you can select a color for the node number.

d. Cube copies the attributes of the selected link into memory. Click link 1218-771. verify that Build_Link is selected as the type of feature to create. e. simplifying required data entry. On the Layers list. 5. Discover Cube 5. . Click the Editor button and choose Endpoint Snap to snap new links to existing nodes when possible. Click the Set Current Feature Attributes as Template button. Any new links that you create will copy this link’s attributes. Move the cursor to node 1218 and double-click node 1218. Click the Create Feature button c. Click node 1351. e. b. Add a new link. Feature Explorer opens showing the properties of that link.Exploring Cube Base and Cube Voyager Highway networks 3 d. a. The cursor mode changes to a drawing mode.0 Tutorial 41 .

Save the data for the new link.0 Tutorial . When you select multiple features. a. Feature Explorer lists field values. For the selected feature. click the Editor button choose Stop Editing.3 Exploring Cube Base and Cube Voyager Highway networks Cube draws the new link and opens Feature Explorer for the new link. 6. 42 Discover Cube 5. When multiple features are selected. and b. Press CTRL and click to select a feature or cancel a selection. the minimum and maximum values of the field among all the selected features. Feature Explorer adds a New Value column to enter values. While working in edit mode. you can edit values in Feature Explorer. On the Editing toolbar. Click Yes when prompted to save your edits. Feature Explorer lists the range of values contained in a field—that is. Cube applies any value entered to all currently selected features. .

You can review your changes before saving them. NOTE: You can automate many common network processing tasks using the Cube Voyager Network program. Open the output network. the Task Run Result dialog box opens. Close the GIS window. When the run is complete. For more information. You need not save the current map document. From the scenario window. b. By querying selected links.” in the Cube Voyager Reference Guide. Discover Cube 5. Voyager. If you need to open the scenario window. From the Path menu. 9. network. “Network Program. a. b. The GIS window opens. Run the Build Road scenario. simply doubleclick Build Road under Scenarios in Scenario Manager.Exploring Cube Base and Cube Voyager Highway networks 3 Cube uses nondestructive editing. a. The dialog box and the Task Monitor window closes. This reduces the likelihood of data corruption. click to expand Outputs. and Highway Assignment. displaying the run status. Double-click HW Loads to open the loaded highway output 10. see Chapter 8. Examine the paths built during the Cube Voyager run. choose Use Path File. click Run. Under Data in Scenario Manager. 7. The Task Monitor opens. showing the loaded highway network for the scenario. 8. a. Click OK. you can analyze trips that use the added road segment.0 Tutorial 43 . Cube Voyager generates a path file that lists the paths the Highway program used.

44 Discover Cube 5.3 Exploring Cube Base and Cube Voyager Highway networks b. A Path File dialog bar opens above the map. c. and click Open. Click Display. navigate to C:\Cubetown\Base.PTH. Configure the settings. Property Mode Origin Iterations Destination Sets Selected Links/Nodes Value Selected Links All All All All L=771-1215* e. Click OK.0 Tutorial . select ROADPATHS. d. An Information dialog tells you about the data processed. In the Open Highway Path File dialog box.

a. NOTE: Cube saves the graphic representation of the path with this map. but does not save the link to the data with the map. NOTE: You can also create customized traffic assignment procedures and analyses. Save and close the map. In the Save As dialog box. such as select link and subarea extraction.” in the Cube Voyager Reference Guide. b. See Chapter 6. c.Exploring Cube Base and Cube Voyager Highway networks 3 The map updates to show how traffic on the new link distributes across the network.0 Tutorial 45 . “Highway Program. enter the name of the file. the map will not update. choose Close to close the map. Discover Cube 5. If you update the path data in the future. From the File menu. Click the Save File button. navigate to the directory where you save maps. using the Cube Voyager Highway program. 11. and click Save.

Under Scenarios in Scenario Manager.3 Exploring Cube Base and Cube Voyager Public transit Public transit Cube Base enables you to import. b. You can model public transit with Cube Voyager’s Public Transport program. Cube opens a GIS window showing a map with the scenario’s highway network and public transport network inputs. run a model. and create data for public transit networks. To work with public transit data 1. view. a. expand Base. and view results. Open the Increase Transit scenario’s transit line network. This section contains an exercise that demonstrates how you might modify data for a public transit line. and double-click Increase Transit to open the scenario window for the Increase Transit scenario. edit. 46 Discover Cube 5.0 Tutorial . Click the Edit button for the public transit lines input.

Edit the headway for the Red line. Change the value of HEADWAY_1 to 3 to reduce the line’s headway. 3. Click the Save Current Item button to save the change. Click the Red line on the map. is selected. Click the Editor button and choose Start Editing.Exploring Cube Base and Cube Voyager Public transit 3 2.0 Tutorial 47 . a. a. Save the edits to the database and close the GIS window. select Headway_PTLine. In the Layers list. b. Verify that the Edit Feature button c. Cube highlights the line and opens Feature Explorer for that line. Discover Cube 5. d. Click the Editor button and choose Stop Editing. f. thereby increasing the frequency of service. e.

In the table of contents. click Outputs. Double-click Transit Loads to open the public transit The GIS window opens.3 Exploring Cube Base and Cube Voyager Public transit b. double-click Increase Transit under Scenarios in Scenario Manager to open the scenario window. The GIS Window updates to show the bandwidth display. and PT Assignment. output. iv. The Task Monitor opens.0 Tutorial . When the run is complete. 4. 5. select VOL_1. a. choose Close to close the GIS window. displaying the run status. The dialog box and the Task Monitor window closes. You need not save the current map document. iii. select TRNLOADS_PTLink. Examine the transit load results using the bandwidth display. Click OK. click Yes to save your edits. From the scenario window. In the Attributes list. Run the Increase Transit scenario. b. Click OK. On the Confirm dialog box. c. i. c. click Run. From the File menu. the Task Run Result dialog box opens. 48 Discover Cube 5. Add volume bandwidths to visualize transit loads on the map. c. If necessary. Under Data in Scenario Manager. ii. From the Post menu. choose Multi-Bandwidth. to expand b. representing loads on transit lines. showing the assigned network and estimated loads for the tested scenario. Voyager. a. The Transit Layer Link Band Width Settings dialog box opens.

b. “Public Transport Program. If you update the load data in the future. navigate to the directory where you save maps. c. Discover Cube 5. Click the Save File button. 6.” in the Cube Voyager Reference Guide. enter the name of the file. and click Save. the map will not update bandwidths.Exploring Cube Base and Cube Voyager Public transit 3 NOTE: You can use the Cube Voyager Public Transport program to define customized transit choice behavior models with multiple user classes. In the Save As dialog box. see Chapter 12. For more information. but does not save the link to the data with the map.0 Tutorial 49 . From the File menu. Save and close the map. choose Close to close the map. a. NOTE: Cube saves the graphic representation of the load bandwidths with this map.

b. Topics in this section include: • • Creating maps from demographic data Running demographic-based scenarios Creating maps from demographic data This section contains an exercise that demonstrates how you might create a thematic map. To create and update maps based on demographic data 1. 50 Discover Cube 5. Click the Edit button for the demographic data input. Open the Land Use scenario’s demographic data. a. expand Base.0 Tutorial .3 Exploring Cube Base and Cube Voyager Demographic data Demographic data Cube Base includes tools that helps you work with demographic data. Under Scenarios in Scenario Manager. and double-click Land Use to open the scenario window for the Land Use scenario. and how you might update that data with Cube Base. For example. you can create thematic maps that help you visualize geometric relationships of demographic data. which helps you visualize the number of households in different zones of a city.

choose Add Geodatabase Data. double-click NoBuild to add that data layer to the map. Add network data to the map.Exploring Cube Base and Cube Voyager Demographic data 3 Cube opens a GIS window showing a map with the scenario’s demographic zones. 3. select the NewLU polygon layer.0 Tutorial 51 . a. Under Networks. select the Cubetown geodatabase. choose Thematic Map. d. Create a thematic map. 2. b. From the Post menu. b. In the table of contents. Click Close to close Geodatabase Browser. Click Open Other GDB. Discover Cube 5. c. Geodatabase Browser opens. and click Open. navigate to the C:\Cubetown\Inputs directory. From the Datasets menu. displaying data in the MapElements geodatabase. a.

0 Tutorial . d. Set the properties to configure the desired map. where you can choose a color. 3 100 Groups Round increments to nearest e. Property Expression Color Value HOUSEHOLDS Double-click the box to open the Color dialog box.3 Exploring Cube Base and Cube Voyager Demographic data c. The Thematic Map Setup dialog box opens. Click Color On to generate the thematic map. Select a lightest color and a darkest color. 52 Discover Cube 5.

4. and choose Start Editing. Verify that the Edit Feature button Discover Cube 5. b.0 Tutorial 53 . Increase the number of households in zone 5. choose All Nodes.Exploring Cube Base and Cube Voyager Demographic data 3 The GIS window updates to show the thematic map. is selected. From the Post menu. a. Property Set Drop down list Value 1:Zone numbers TAZ c. Add zone numbers to map. 5. Verify the settings will show zone labels. b. Click OK. a. Click the Editor button. The Posting Selection dialog box opens.

d. On the Confirm dialog box. Click Color On to update the thematic map. Click in zone 5. In the Layers list. f. g. e. b. Click the Save Current Item button to save the change. Set the value of HOUSEHOLDS to 2531. b. From the Post menu. 6. Save the edits to the database. showing attributes of that zone. click Yes to save your edits. 7. Close Feature Explorer. 54 Discover Cube 5. choose Thematic Map to open the Thematic Map Setup dialog box. Feature Explorer opens. Update the thematic map. a. choose NewLU.0 Tutorial . Click the Editor button and choose Stop Editing.3 Exploring Cube Base and Cube Voyager Demographic data c. a.

b. The dialog box and the Task Monitor window closes. Under Data in Scenario Manager. matrix data. and click Save. Voyager.0 Tutorial 55 . Save and close the map. displaying the run status. Click the Save File button. This section contains an exercise that illustrates how you might analyze results from such a run. where we increased the number of households. b. Running demographic-based scenarios Demographic-based studies often involve studying matrix results. by examining the destinations of trips generated from zone 5. c. Click OK. b. a. enter the name of the file. When the run is complete. navigate to the directory where you save maps. Run the Land Use scenario. 2. In the Save As dialog box.Exploring Cube Base and Cube Voyager Demographic data 3 The map updated the color assigned to zone 5 8. the Task Run Result dialog box opens. You must redefine the thematic map to update in the future. click Run. but does not save the thematic map settings. a. Open the matrix results. From the scenario window. choose Close to close the map. From the File menu. The Task Monitor opens. To run and analyze a demographic-based scenario 1. and Trip Distribution. a. Double-click Person Trips to open the trip distribution Discover Cube 5. NOTE: Cube saves the thematic map. click to expand Outputs.

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A database window opens, showing the person trip data.
3. Open the loaded highway network. a.

Under Data in Scenario Manager, expand Outputs, Voyager, and Highway Assignment. output. The GIS window opens, showing the loaded highway network.

b. Double-click HW Loads to open the assigned highway loads

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From the Node menu, choose Link to Matrix. The Set Linkage to Matrices dialog box opens.

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6. From the File menu, choose Close to close the map. NOTE: Desire lines are temporary feature classes. If you attempt

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see Chapter 3. For an introduction to Cube Base.0 Tutorial 59 . These exercises assume that you are familiar with Cube Base and the interface’s primary elements. Application Manager and Scenario Manager. “Exploring Cube Base and Cube Voyager. These exercises use results from the Base scenario in the Discover Cube catalog.” The exercises in this chapter demonstrate: • • • Working with existing reports Editing existing reports Generating new reports Discover Cube 5.0 Tutorial 4 Exploring Reports This chapter contains a series of exercises that demonstrate how you can use reporting tools in Cube Base to simplify the analysis and presentation of results from travel forecasting models.Discover Cube 5.

This section describes how to work with existing reports: • • • Examining reports Generating reports for new scenarios Working with multiple scenarios 60 Discover Cube 5. After you define a report. You can access all reports from Scenario Manager.4 Exploring Reports Working with existing reports Working with existing reports Cube Base stores reports in a catalog. you can view the report for appropriate scenarios in your catalog. and you can use a report as the basis for defining a new report.0 Tutorial . under Data.

Start Cube. a. To examine an existing report 1. You can: • • Double-click the Cube icon on your desktop. Under Scenarios in Scenario Manager. select Cube Voyager Demonstration Model. Open the Discover Cube catalog in Cube. Click Run. This exercise demonstrates how to examine a report. the Task Run Result dialog box opens. c. Click the Start button. Discover Cube 5.Exploring Reports Working with existing reports 4 Examining reports Whenever you run a scenario. a. b. 2. d.0 Tutorial 61 . NOTE: If you already ran the Base scenario. Click OK to close the dialog box and the Task Monitor window. point to Citilabs. b. Cube opens the Discover Cube catalog in Scenario Manager. such as during the exercises in Chapter 3. double-click Base. Cube displays the Welcome to Cube dialog box.” you can skip this step. “Exploring Cube Base and Cube Voyager. Cube opens the scenario window for the Base scenario. Cube collects the data necessary to present a report. point to All Programs. Run the Base scenario. Select Open Discover Cube catalog and click OK. The Task Monitor window opens and shows the progress of the model run. When the run is complete. Under Applications in Scenario Manager. and choose Cube.

62 Discover Cube 5. click Reports. a.4 Exploring Reports Working with existing reports 3. Navigate between the three pages in the report. c. to expand b. Cube opens the Trip Length Frequencies report. select Base. Double-click Trip Length Frequencies. 4. Under Scenarios in Scenario Manager.0 Tutorial . Under Data in Scenario Manager. Open the Trip Length Frequencies report for the Base scenario. You can: Navigate using the toolbar.

Scroll to the bottom of the current page. c. or Enter the desired page number and press TAB or ENTER. a. Move to the first page. Create a new child scenario. Close the report by clicking the close button . Scroll the current page up. Navigate using the keyboard. as appropriate. Scroll the current page down. Scroll a bit in the direction of the arrow. Discover Cube 5. Generating reports for new scenarios Cube Base automatically generates predefined reports in your catalog for any new scenarios that you create. right-click Base and select Add Child. b. Under Scenarios in Scenario Manager. In Code. Under Applications in Scenario Manager. enter: Scenario 1 The Scenario Properties dialog box opens for the new scenario. enter S1. Key stroke HOME CTRL-HOME END CTRL-END PAGE UP PAGE DOWN Arrow keys Action Scroll to the top of the current page. To build a scenario and generate a report 1. Previous Page First Page buttons. Move to the last page. 5. In the name space. d.0 Tutorial 63 . select Cube Voyager Demonstration Model. .Exploring Reports Working with existing reports 4 • • Click the Next Page . Last Page .

Click OK to close the dialog box and the Task Monitor window. f. A Task Monitor window opens showing the progress of the run. the Task Run Result dialog box opens. e. 2. b. Set Growth Factor for EE Trips to 1. The scenario window opens for the new scenario. a. Click Save to save the scenario. 4. 64 Discover Cube 5. Click OK.0 Tutorial . click Run.4 Exploring Reports Working with existing reports You can append the scenario code to scenario-specific file names to help with file identification. If desired. enter text describing the scenario in Description.5. 3. Run the scenario. On the scenario window. Define the input files and parameters for the scenario. Cube runs the application for Scenario 1. When Cube completes the run.

Double-click Trip Length Frequencies. 7. Examine the Trip Length Frequencies report. Cube opens the Trip Length Frequencies report. You did not need to export any information or issue any additional commands. Close the report by clicking . click Reports. Under Data in Scenario Manager. a. Note that Cube generated the report for the new scenario automatically. to expand b. From the File menu.Exploring Reports Working with existing reports 4 5.0 Tutorial 65 . Discover Cube 5. choose Save Catalog to save the new scenario in the catalog. 6.

To build additional scenarios 1. Click Run to run the scenario. g. Click OK to close the Scenario Properties dialog box. e. In the name space. however. Under Scenarios in Scenario Manager. right-click Base and select Add Child. In Code on the Scenario Properties dialog box. d. In the name space. In Code on the Scenario Properties dialog box. b. Click OK to close the Task Run Result dialog box and the Task Monitor window. a. enter S2. h. 2. sometimes hundreds of scenarios. named Scenario 2. b. Build and run a child of Scenario 1. enter Alternative A. 66 Discover Cube 5.0 Tutorial . Build and run a child of the Base scenario. f. right-click Scenario 1 and select Add Child. enter S1A1. enter Scenario 2. you must generate data for multiple scenarios. c. a. On the scenario window. Click OK to close the Scenario Properties dialog box.4 Exploring Reports Working with existing reports Working with multiple scenarios Analysts usually apply a model many times to test different scenarios. This section contains exercises that demonstrate how you can compare multiple scenarios using two types of reports: • • Single-scenario reports Multiple-scenario reports Before completing these exercises. set the Value of Time to 10. named Alternative A. c. Cube Base facilitates analysis of a report across multiple scenarios. Under Scenarios in Scenario Manager. Click Save. d.

On the scenario window. under Data in Scenario Manager. set the Growth Factor for EE Trips to 2. click expand Reports. Single-scenario reports Single-scenario reports present results from a single scenario. f. You can easily analyze multiple scenarios by comparing single-scenario reports. Click OK to close the Task Run Result dialog box and the Task Monitor window. h. 3. On the File menu.Exploring Reports Working with existing reports 4 e. To open copies of a report for a subset of scenarios 1. g.0 Tutorial 67 . choose Save Catalog to save the scenarios in the catalog. to Discover Cube 5. If necessary. Click Save. Click Run to run the scenario.

Click OK to set the selection and close the window.4 Exploring Reports Working with existing reports 2. Select Scenario 1 and click Add With Children.0 Tutorial . to expand the list of scenarios in the d. a. b. Open the selected reports. to clear any scenarios listed in the Selected box. click Clear All. f. Under Data in Scenario Manager. which lists the c. Cube opens the Select Scenarios dialog box. right-click Trip Length Frequencies. and choose Selected Scenarios. 3. right-click Trip Length Frequencies. Under Data in Scenario Manager. Scenario 1 and Alternative A. point to View Report. scenarios defined in the catalog. e. Specify the desired subset of scenarios. 68 Discover Cube 5. If necessary. and choose Select Scenarios. If necessary. Cube adds both Scenario 1 and Alternative A to the list in the Selected box. click Scenarios box.

click Scenarios box. Discover Cube 5. which lists the scenarios defined in the catalog. Cube opens the Select Scenarios dialog box. to expand the list of scenarios in the d. To open a multiple-scenario report for a subset of scenarios 1.0 Tutorial 69 . Multiple-scenario reports Multiple-scenario reports present results from multiple scenarios in a single report. Select Scenario 2 and click Add.Exploring Reports Working with existing reports 4 For both selected scenarios (Scenario 1 and Alternative A). b. You can open these reports for a single scenario. f. Click OK to set the selection and close the window. g. Right-click Compare Transit. Cube adds Scenario 1 to the list in the Selected box. for all scenarios. If necessary. and choose Select Scenarios. Cube opens the Trip Length Frequencies report in a separate window. Cube adds Scenario 2 to the list in the Selected box. Under Data in Scenario Manager. You can use commands on the Window menu to select the report for a particular scenario or to arrange the report windows. Click Clear All to clear the list in the Selected box. such as by cascading or tiling horizontally or vertically. or for a selected set of scenarios. Scenario 1 and Scenario 2. Specify the subset of scenarios. 4. e. Select Scenario 1 and click Add. a. expand Reports and Comparison Reports. Close each report window by clicking . c.

Cube opens the Compare Transit report. and select Selected Scenarios. 70 Discover Cube 5. right-click Compare Transit.4 Exploring Reports Working with existing reports 2. which displays results from both selected scenarios in a single window. Close the report window by clicking . 3. Open the report for the selected scenarios. Under Data in Scenario Manager. choose View Report.0 Tutorial .

changing one of its general properties. Under Data in Scenario Manager.0 Tutorial 71 .Exploring Reports Editing existing reports 4 Editing existing reports You can easily edit the template for existing reports. Under Scenarios in Scenario Manager. Open the Mode Choice report for the Base scenario. select Base. This section contains a series of exercises that demonstrate how you can edit key features in reports: • • • • • • General properties Layout Fonts Data labels Charts Multiple scenario comparisons General properties All reports have general properties that describe the report and affect its display. Discover Cube 5. This exercise demonstrates how you edit a report. Double-click Mode Choice. to expand b. click Reports. a. To edit existing reports 1. c.

3. Cube opens the Report Definition dialog box. Right-click the report and select Edit Report.0 Tutorial . Edit the report to repeat the banner on all three pages. 2. Notice that the banner does not appear on the second and third pages.4 Exploring Reports Editing existing reports Cube opens the Mode Choice report for the Base scenario. Browse through all three pages of the report. a. 72 Discover Cube 5.

Cube incorporates a key name in the database name. such as {SCENARIO_DIR}. There are two options: • Apply a Single Scenario to the Report — Select to show results from a single scenario in each report window. This tab contains several properties that define the report.net) Cube Voyager matrix file (. Include Multiple Scenarios in the Report — Select to show results from multiple scenarios in a single report window for comparison.dbf ) Cube Voyager network file (. • Discover Cube 5.0 Tutorial 73 . Property Report File Name Database Name Description Name and location of file storing the report.Exploring Reports Editing existing reports 4 b. Scenarios Indicates whether the report can include results from multiple scenarios for side-by-side comparisons. Select the General tab. Acceptable file formats are: • • • Database files (.mat) To generate different names by scenario. Name of database file that provides the source data for the report.

c. Click OK. 4. This exercise demonstrates how you can edit the information in a header and footer.4 Exploring Reports Editing existing reports Property Scenario Name in Tables/Charts Description Indicates whether to display the scenario name using the long format. Select the Repeat Banner on Each Page check box.0 Tutorial . Heading Title text that appears at the top of the first page or at the top of each page. such as “Alternative A. Select Repeat Banner on Each Page to display banner at the top of each page. indicates the order that the report presents scenarios. Layout You can configure a report’s page size and orientation. Cube closes the dialog box and updates the report to reflect the new settings. 74 Discover Cube 5.” There are two options: • • Show Short Scenario Name Show Long Scenario Name Order Scenarios By For reports that show multiple scenarios. Select Repeat Report Heading on Each Page to display title at the top of each page. displaying the banner on all three pages. such as “Scenario1. There are two options: • • Scenario Name Scenario Tree Order Banner Name of file containing graphic that report displays at the top of the first page or at the top of each page.AlternativeA.” or the short format. and the information that appears in the header and footer.

3. configuring a setting allows you to control the presentation regardless of the selected printer. Open the Mode Choice report for the Base scenario. Specify what appears in the report’s headers and footers. date. You can configure the page number. Select the Layout tab. Section Paper Size and Orientation Description Specify the report’s orientation and paper size. or title to appear at the left. Header and Footer Discover Cube 5. center. 2.0 Tutorial 75 . Right-click the report and select Edit Report.Exploring Reports Editing existing reports 4 To edit a report’s header and footer layout 1. The default setting configures reports to use the paper size and orientation of your computer’s current printer. However. This tab contains two sections with properties that define the report’s page size and header and footer information. or right side of the header or footer. Cube opens the Report Definition dialog box. The default setting shows the report’s title in the center of the header.

in Left. Cube closes the dialog box and updates the report to reflect the new settings. Under Footer. in Right. select Page Number. select Long (dd MMMM yyyy). In Date Format. Fonts You can configure which fonts a report uses for different elements. Click OK. 5. displaying the header and footer on all three pages. 6. Under Header. To edit fonts displayed in the header and footer 1. select n/N.0 Tutorial . Open the Mode Choice report for the Base scenario. 2. 76 Discover Cube 5. This exercise demonstrates how to edit fonts displayed in the header and footer. In Page Number Format. Cube opens the Report Definition dialog box. select Date.4 Exploring Reports Editing existing reports 4. Configure the date to appear on the left side of the header and the page number to appear on the right side of the footer. Configure the format for the date and page number. Right-click the report and select Edit Report.

Under Category. d. From this tab. you can set the font for different categories of text in the report. In the Size list.Exploring Reports Editing existing reports 4 3. select Page Header. In the Size list. select 9 and click OK. Set the font size in the header and footer to 9 points. and click Select Font. Select the Fonts tab. Cube opens the Font dialog box. Click OK to accept the settings and close the Report Definition dialog box. select 9 and click OK. displaying the smaller font in the header and footer on all three pages. and click Select Font. Under Category. a. b. Cube updates the report to reflect the new settings. c. select Page Footer.0 Tutorial 77 . You can set the font by category or globally for all categories. Discover Cube 5. You can also reset all categories to the value in the default category or to the values currently used for new reports. 5. 4.

you can set the aliases that the report displays for database fields. Right-click the report and select Edit Report. You configure aliases for database fields.0 Tutorial . select V2 and click Alias. Cube opens the Report Definition dialog box. Select the Fields tab. For example. In Available Fields. Aliases might be shorter or more descriptive than the actual field names. Change the “Car Pool” label to “Carpool. 78 Discover Cube 5.4 Exploring Reports Editing existing reports Data labels Labels describe data elements in a report. To edit a report’s data labels 1.” a. 4. From this tab. aliases are often visible in the column headers of a table. 2. These aliases are the labels you see in the report. Open the Mode Choice report for the Base scenario. 3. This exercise demonstrates how to edit the data labels in a report.

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Cube updates the dialog box to allow alias entry.

b. In Report Alias Name, enter Carpool. c.

Click OK. Cube returns to the view version of the Available Fields list.

d. Repeat steps a through c for the other fields currently labeled “Car Pool”: V7, V12, V17, and V22. NOTE: When you specify the report alias name, Cube will warn you that the alias is already in use. Click Yes to use it anyway. 5. Click OK to accept the settings and close the Report Definition

dialog box. Cube updates the report to reflect the new settings, displaying the correct label for carpools on all three pages.

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Charts provide a graphical view of results, allowing analysts to quickly compare the scale of values. Charts are often more attractive than a table of numbers. You can use Cube Base to produce pie charts, bar charts, or scatter diagrams. This exercise demonstrates how you might edit the format of an existing chart.

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1. Open the Mode Choice report for the Base scenario. 2. Right-click the report and select Edit Report.

The Report Definition dialog box opens.
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From this tab, you can add new tables or charts to a report, or you can edit, delete, or reorder existing tables and charts.

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Cube opens the Report Chart dialog box, where you can edit the Work Mode Choice chart.

This dialog box contains several tabs where you configure the information presented and the display format:
Chart — Use the Chart tab to configure the name identifying the chart, the title of the chart on the report, the type of chart, and how the report presents the chart for multiple scenarios. Fields — Use the Fields tab to configure which database

fields the chart presents and what statistics the report computes for each field. If desired, you can group data by field attributes and you can filter data.
Layout — Use the Layout tab to configure the chart’s dimensions and position, as well as the format and dimensions of various elements. Fonts — Use the Fonts tab to configure the fonts used in the chart’s title, legend, and labels. Colors — Use the Colors tab to configure the colors

presented for different slices in pie charts or different columns in bar charts.

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Open the Mode Choice report for the Base scenario. displaying a 3D version of the Work Mode Shares chart. The Report Definition dialog box opens. Click OK to close the Report Definition dialog box. c. Clear the Show Legend check box. Configure the chart as a 3D chart without a legend. 6. Cube updates the report to reflect the new settings. 82 Discover Cube 5. a. Right-click the report and select Edit Report. Click OK to close the Report Chart dialog box. Select the General tab. without a legend. Select the Layout tab. 2. Verify that the configuration supports multiple reports. To edit an existing report to present results from multiple scenarios 1.4 Exploring Reports Editing existing reports 5. b. Select the Show in 3D check box. 7. a.0 Tutorial . b. This exercise demonstrates how to edit an existing report to ensure that the report presents results from multiple scenarios in a helpful way. Multiple scenario comparisons You can configure a report to present results from multiple scenarios.

4. b. Cube adds Scenario 1 to the list in the Selected box. which lists the scenarios defined in the catalog. Discover Cube 5. Select Scenario 1 and click Add. Close the opened Mode Choice report. click Scenarios box. NOTE: Mode Choice is under the Reports folder. Under Data in Scenario Manager. to expand the list of scenarios in the d. a. Verify that two options are selected: • • Include Multiple Scenarios in the Report Scenario Tree Order d. Cube adds Base to the list in the Selected box. right-click Mode Choice. Click Clear All to clear the list in the Selected box. and choose Select Scenarios.Exploring Reports Editing existing reports 4 c. Click OK. 3. e. Select the scenarios to open for the Mode Choice report: Base and Scenario 1. If necessary. Select Base and click Add. c.0 Tutorial 83 . Cube opens the Select Scenarios dialog box.

0 Tutorial . you cannot differentiate between scenarios. which displays results from both selected scenarios in a single window. However. and choose Selected Scenarios.4 Exploring Reports Editing existing reports f. right-click Mode Choice. reflecting the additional information presented. Open the report for the selected scenarios. Click OK to set the selection and close the window. Under Data in Scenario Manager. each chart has the same title. The report contains more pages. 84 Discover Cube 5. Cube opens the Mode Choice report. 5. point to View Report.

which enables you to construct a chart title using keys defined in the catalog. Click the browse button next to Chart Title. d. h. f. Double-click Scenario_ShortName to add the key to the chart title’s text. In the Reports Contents item list.Exploring Reports Editing existing reports 4 6. Discover Cube 5. The Report Chart dialog box opens. Clear the Show Catalog Keys check box to limit the displayed keys to system keys. a. Insert spaces and a hyphen in the text: Work Mode Shares . Select the Chart tab. The Report Definition dialog box opens. Configure the report to include the scenario name in the chart title. b. Right-click the report and select Edit Report. Cube opens the Build Text with Catalog Keys dialog box. Click OK to accept the text. Select the Tables/Chart tab. double-click Work Mode Choice. c. g.0 Tutorial 85 .{Scenario_ShortName} i. e.

Click OK to close the Report Definition dialog box. displaying the scenario name in the chart title. 86 Discover Cube 5. Cube updates the report to reflect the new settings. Repeat steps c through j for the other charts included in the l.0 Tutorial . report contents: • • • • School Mode Choice Shop Mode Shares Other Mode Shares Non Home Base Shares k. Click OK to close the Report Chart dialog box.4 Exploring Reports Editing existing reports j.

On the File menu. Save your changes. Discover Cube 5. choose Save Catalog.Exploring Reports Editing existing reports 4 7.0 Tutorial 87 .

3. a.cat tab and choose Properties. c. The Trip Generation report for the Base scenario opens. Save the report as Trip Generation New. click Reports. To create a new report by copying an existing report 1. a. Click Save. Verify that the catalog is opened in developer mode.dbf files) Cube Voyager network files (. choose Save As.0 Tutorial . to expand b. 2.rep. select Base. Double-click Trip Generation. Under Data in Scenario Manager. Right-click the Discover Cube. Open the Person Trips report for the Base scenario.mat files) This section contains exercises that show how to generate new reports by: • • Creating reports from existing reports Creating reports from scratch Creating reports from existing reports Copying existing reports allows you to easily create a new report from the same database file as an existing report.net files) Cube Voyager matrix files (. b. c. 88 Discover Cube 5.4 Exploring Reports Generating new reports Generating new reports Reports can include accepts several types of input: • • • Database files (. a. enter trip generation new. In the File name box. Under Scenarios in Scenario Manager. On the File menu.

click Browse. Select the Model User tab. d. c. in Scenario Manager: Trip Generation New. Discover Cube 5. Click OK to close the Catalog Properties dialog box. right-click Reports and choose Add Existing Report. d. Next to Data Name. Click OK. In the Open dialog box. Add the new report to the catalog. c. select Model Developer. enter the name of the report that will appear e. 4. select trip generation new. a.rep and click Open. b. Cube adds the report under Reports in Scenario Manager. The Data Properties dialog box opens. Under Model User.0 Tutorial 89 . b.Exploring Reports Generating new reports 4 The Catalog Properties dialog box opens. In Description. Under Data in Scenario Manager.

To create a new report 1. Under Data in Scenario Manager. On the General tab. Under Scenarios in Scenario Manager. 4.0 Tutorial . Creating reports from scratch You can create new reports directly from output files shown in Scenario Manager. 3. In Report File Name. a.4 Exploring Reports Generating new reports 5. enter the file where Cube stores the report definition. See “Editing existing reports” on page 71 for information on how you can edit existing reports. Right-click HW Loads and choose Create Report. and Highway Assignment. Edit the report to present the desired information. click Voyager. Click the browse button . The Report Definition dialog box opens. enter general properties that describe the report. select Base. 90 Discover Cube 5. 2. to expand Outputs.

0 Tutorial 91 . On the Fields tab. On the Tables/Charts tab. Click Save. a. c. type: HighwaySummary. In the File name box. Navigate to the C:\Cubetown\Model\Reports directory. 6. Click Add Chart.Exploring Reports Generating new reports 4 b. Click OK. Database field V_1 VC_1 CSPD_1 Label Total Flows Volume/Capacity Congested Speed To enter a label: a. b. enter labels for the database fields that the report will show. c. Under Available Fields.rep. d. In Report Alias Name. specify the report’s content. enter the name that identifies the report: Loaded Network . enter the desired label.Summary 5. select a database field and click Alias. In Report Name. Discover Cube 5.

enter Average Congested Speed.4 Exploring Reports Generating new reports The Report Chart dialog box opens. Cube adds the Group Values By box to the dialog box. On the Fields tab. to select the field • c. congested speed values. enter properties that define the chart. select Average as the computation for iii. In Chart Type.0 Tutorial . 92 Discover Cube 5. Select the Group values within the Chart by a Data Attribute check box. choose Bar. select CSPD_1(Congested Speed) and click the arrow button to move the field under Values to Compare. b. ii. • • In Chart Name. enter Average Congested Speed {Scenario_ShortName}. specify which values to display in the chart. Under Function. NOTE: Select the browse button name from a list of available keys. In Chart Title. iv. Under Report Fields. i. On the Chart tab.

0 Tutorial 93 . 8. Cube adds the new report to the Reports folder under Data in Scenario Manager. select FUNC_CLASS and click the arrow button to move the field under Group Values By. The chart will group data with different values in the FUNC_CLASS field. Discover Cube 5. Click OK to close the Report Definition dialog box. Under Report Fields. 7. d. Under Data in Scenario Manager.Exploring Reports Generating new reports 4 v. Click OK to close the Report Chart dialog box. You have defined sufficient data to view a draft version of the new report. click to expand Reports.

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10. If desired, edit the report to make it more attractive and robust.

Using the exercises in “Editing existing reports” on page 71 as a guide, you might: Add a banner Display the results in 3D Show results from multiple scenarios in a single report

11. Set the catalog to applier mode. a.

Right-click the Discover Cube.cat tab and choose Properties. The Catalog Properties dialog box opens.

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Under Model User, select Model Applier.

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On the File menu, choose Save Catalog to save the catalog. At the prompt, click Yes to close all windows and exit.

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This chapter contains a series of exercises that demonstrate how you can use Cube Cargo to forecast commodity and truck flows. These exercises use the model in the Discover Cube catalog, found with the Cubetown data that you installed. These exercises assume that you are familiar with Cube Base and the interface’s primary elements, Application Manager and Scenario Manager. For an introduction to Cube Base, see Chapter 3, “Exploring Cube Base and Cube Voyager.” The exercises in this chapter demonstrate: • • • Cubetown cargo model Forecasting demand for proposed rail service Forecasting impact of rail pricing

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Under Applications in Scenario Manager. Cube opens the Discover Cube catalog.0 Tutorial . a cargo model for Cubetown. and choose Cube. You can: • • Double-click the Cube icon on your desktop. Select Open Discover Cube catalog and click Open. Start Cube. double-click Cube Cargo Demonstration Model to open the Cubetown cargo model. a. point to Citilabs. we will become familiar with the model. Click the Start button. 98 Discover Cube 5. b. To become familiar with the Cubetown cargo model 1. and run the Base scenario to estimate the commodity levels by mode and the truck matrices for the base conditions. point to All Programs. 2. Cube displays the Welcome to Cube dialog box.5 Exploring Cube Cargo Cubetown cargo model Cubetown cargo model The exercises in this chapter use the Cube Cargo Demonstration Model. In this section. Open the Discover Cube catalog in Cube.

This model has three steps: Compute network costs and times by mode Estimate zone-to-zone commodity and truck matrices Compute peak-hour trucks 3. Discover Cube 5. Under Scenarios in Scenario Manager. Lines represents the links between outputs from one step and inputs to the next step.0 Tutorial 99 . Open the Base scenario. and the green boxes show the outputs. the light blue boxes show inputs to each step. double-click Base.Exploring Cube Cargo Cubetown cargo model 5 Application Manager opens the Cube Cargo Demonstration Model. The dark blue boxes represent steps in the model.

0 Tutorial . 100 Discover Cube 5. Click Edit next to the field for entering the road network.5 Exploring Cube Cargo Cubetown cargo model Cube opens the scenario window for the Base scenario. 4.

choose Add Geodatabase Data. which shows a map of the highway network and the rail services connecting major points. In addition to rail and highway services. originating from. Discover Cube 5. Click Close to close Geodatabase Browser. the study area has river services.Exploring Cube Cargo Cubetown cargo model 5 Cube opens the GIS window.mdb geodatabase. 7. 5.0 Tutorial 101 . Creating a large-scale study area allows us to properly study the amount of goods passing through. You can use Cube Cargo models to study both long-distance and local freight movement. or terminating in Cubetown by various modes. From the Datasets menu. Double-click CARGORIVER (PT) to add the river transit layer to the map. Geodatabase Browser opens. displaying the C:\Cubetown\Inputs\Cubetown. 6.

including the river services. Click OK. 102 Discover Cube 5. click Run to run the Base scenario. When complete.5 Exploring Cube Cargo Cubetown cargo model Cube shows the entire study area. a Task Run Result dialog box opens. The Task Monitor window opens. 8. 9. 10. 11. At the prompt to save the map document. click No. showing the progress of the run. The mode choice for freight is likely to impact the truck flow passing through the study area of Cubetown.0 Tutorial . Close the GIS window. On the scenario window.

The rail service operators want to consider the market for new. By default. enter: New Rail A Scenario Properties dialog box opens. Discover Cube 5. Click OK. Under Scenarios in Scenario Manager. 4. We will use the Cube Cargo model to help them estimate the demand for this proposed service. the new scenario uses all the values from its parent scenario. In the name space. Shippers send freight from all areas for transfer at Cubetown. 3.Exploring Cube Cargo Forecasting demand for proposed rail service 5 Forecasting demand for proposed rail service Cubetown presently serves as the region’s rail hub. enter text describing the scenario in the Description box.0 Tutorial 103 . We will change the input for the rail network. we need a new scenario with a modified rail input. A file browser dialog opens to specify the rail lines input. If desired. 2. The scenario window opens for the New Rail scenario. To develop a scenario for proposed rail service 1. There are two parts to this exercise: • • Developing a scenario for proposed rail service Evaluating results Developing a scenario for proposed rail service To estimate the demand for the proposed rail service. Click Browse next to the field for entering rail lines. right-click Base and choose Add Child. direct north-south rail freight service. which represents the proposed service. the Base scenario.

When complete. Click Save to save the scenario’s configuration. In the C:\Cubetown\Inputs directory. Click Run to run the scenario. 6. select cubetown. Under Networks. showing the progress of the run. the Task Run Result dialog box opens. without stopping in Cubetown.mdb and click Open.0 Tutorial . 8. select CargoFutureRail (PT) and click Select Data. Geodatabase Browser opens for the selected geodatabase. 104 Discover Cube 5. Cube updates the input in the scenario window. This rail file introduces a new rail service from the southern portion of the study area to the northern portion. The Task Monitor window opens.5 Exploring Cube Cargo Forecasting demand for proposed rail service 5. 7.

The model produces two output files useful for our analysis: • • Truck Change — A matrix showing the reduction in annual truck flows Commodity Change — A matrix showing the change in tons of commodities transported by mode per year To evaluate results 1.Exploring Cube Cargo Forecasting demand for proposed rail service 5 9. including detailed matrices of commodity and truck flows. we want to measure the reduction in truck flows and the increase in rail tons. expand Outputs and expand Cargo. Click OK. Discover Cube 5. Under Data in Scenario Manager. 2. Double-click Truck Change. To evaluate the New Rail scenario.0 Tutorial 105 . Evaluating results Cube Cargo computes a variety of statistics and results.

double-click Commodity Change. Total reduction in annual truck flows 3.0 Tutorial . which shows the change in commodities carried between zones by mode. Cube opens the commodity change matrix. which shows the change in truck flows between zones.5 Exploring Cube Cargo Forecasting demand for proposed rail service Cube opens the truck change matrix. 106 Discover Cube 5. In Scenario Manager.

Discover Cube 5. Total increase in annual tons shipped by rail 5. Click the 2 railchange tab to see the results for rail mode.Exploring Cube Cargo Forecasting demand for proposed rail service 5 4.0 Tutorial 107 . Close the results windows when done.

3. 5. the Base scenario. 4. expand Outputs and expand Cargo. To forecast the impact of increased rail costs 1. By default. right-click Base and choose Add Child. 6.0 Tutorial . Under Please select the percentage change in rail transport costs. Under Scenarios in Scenario Manager. Click Save to save the configuration for the Rail Increase scenario. 7. Click Run to run the scenario. Click OK. When complete. enter text describing the scenario in the Description box. 8. The Task Monitor window opens. The scenario window opens for the Rail Increase scenario. Click OK. the Task Run Result dialog box opens. In the name space. 108 Discover Cube 5. In this exercise.5 Exploring Cube Cargo Forecasting impact of rail pricing Forecasting impact of rail pricing The Cube Cargo model evaluates changes in costs in addition to changes in level of service. enter: Rail Increase A Scenario Properties dialog box opens. the new scenario uses all the values from its parent scenario. 2. select 10. Under Data in Scenario Manager. showing the progress of the run. We will change the rail costs. If desired. we will evaluate how increasing rail costs by 10% impacts truck traffic.

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choose Exit. The 1 truckchange tab shows the results for truck mode. exit Cube. Click the 2 railchange tab to see the results for rail mode. b. The results show that increasing rail costs by 10 percent decreases rail shipments by more than 40. 12.5 Exploring Cube Cargo Forecasting impact of rail pricing 10. Click Yes when prompted to save the catalog.0 Tutorial . 110 Discover Cube 5. c. Double-click Commodity Change. From the File menu.000 tons and increases truck shipments by more than 33. When done. 11. Click Yes to close all windows. a.000 tons. Cube opens the commodity change matrix.

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contact the appropriate representative for your part of the world.Acquiring Cube 5.0 Contacts 7 Contacts Citilabs sells Cube 5. To obtain a quote.0. In some countries.com Discover Cube 5.com UK/Northern Europe/Middle East/Australasia Tor Vorraa – tvorraa@citilabs. or for further information about Cube 5.0 Tutorial 119 . Citilabs uses distributors.com Asia/Pacific Nate Chanchareon – nchanchareon@citilabs.com Southern Europe/Africa Alberto Brignone – abrignone@citilabs.0 directly in most parts of the world. North and South America Michael Clarke – mclarke@citilabs.

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repeating 72 Base scenario opening 29. 37 output 43 running 43 C C++ 12 catalogs description 23 opening 24 centerline data 33 chart properties 81 charts configuring 3D 82 editing 80 including scenario name in title 85 specifying for new report 91–93 Citilabs 115 Compare Transit report 70 consulting 115 costs.0 Tutorial 121 . evaluating 108 Crystal Reports 12 Cube acquiring 119 ArcGIS integration 11 feature summary 2 installing 13 integrating other products 12 starting 24 Cube Analyst 6 Cube Avenue 5 Cube Base interface description 8 module integration 12 operating modes 8 summary 4 Discover Cube 5. 30 running 29.Discover Cube 5. 102 Build Road scenario adding link to 41 adding link vertices to 35 opening 33. 99 output 17.0 Tutorial Index A Application Manager accessing modules with 12 Cube Cargo model 99 Cube Voyager demonstration model 26 description 8 opening 26 applications description 23 list of 25 opening 25 viewing process 26 applier mode Application Manager in 26 description 9 ArcGIS integration 11 ArcGIS Online layer 18 B bandwidths highway volume 31 transit loads 48 banner.

map 22 G Geodatabase Browser adding network data with 51 opening 18 GIS window adding ArcGIS Online layer 18 adding feature class 18 adjusting map with table of contents 19 adjusting map with toolbar 21 bandwidth display in 32 demographic zones in 51 displaying path files in 43 opening 17 posting desire lines 57 public transport inputs 46 saving edits 42 thematic map.dbf files 88 demographic data editing 53 viewing on map 50 working with 50 desire lines 57 developer mode changes made in 29 description 9 display node numbers 40 zone numbers 53 E editing mode changing feature values 42 entering 35 exiting 37 saving 37 endpoint snap 41 F Feature Explorer closing 38 link data 42 opening 38 values 42 zone attributes 54 field values 42 fonts editing in header and footer 76 report elements 76 Fortran 12 freeway interchange 34 full extent. displaying 53 using feature as template 40 viewing nodes in 38 H header and footer editing fonts 76 editing layout 75 I Increase Transit scenario opening 46 output 48 results 48 running 48 input file formats 88 122 Discover Cube 5. configuring aliases 78 .0 Tutorial .Index D Cube Cargo demonstration model 99 description 5 estimating demand for service 103 evaluating costs 108 exercises 97–110 results 105 study area size 101 Cube Dynasim 6 Cube Land 6 Cube Voyager demonstration model 26 description 4 Cubetown adding road segment 37 changing demographic data 50 existing conditions 28 increasing transit frequencies 46 using data 97 Cubetown cargo model 98 D data labels description 78 specifying for new report 91 database fields.

matrix 55 Land Use scenario. adding 57 feature class. 21 ArcGIS Online layer. adding to 35 M maintenance contract 112 map adjusting display with table of contents 19. adding 18 demographic data on 51 desire line layer. adding to 31 network data. river transit 101 links adding new 41 saving 42 using as template 40 vertex. adding 53 mapping window 8 . opening 55 Microsoft Excel 12 Mode Choice report 71 models accessing 25 Cube Cargo demonstration 99 Cube Voyager demonstration.0 Tutorial 123 . viewing 46 New Rail scenario creating 103 outputs 105 results 105 running 104 nodes centering display on 37 displaying numbers on map 38 selecting on map 38 O outputs Base scenario 30 Build Road scenario 43 Cube Cargo model 105 Increase Transit scenario 48 Land Use scenario.net files 88 network adding data to map 51 improving quality 33 linking to matrix 56 transit.Index L inputs highway network 17 model display 27 specifying for scenario 29 L Land Use scenario opening 50 output 55 running 55 layer hiding from display 21 network data.mat files 88 matrix linking to network 56 results. adding 51 path file display on 43 saving 22 showing node numbers on 38 traffic on new link 45 viewing full extent 22 zones. adding 18 highway bandwidths. description 26 flow-chart view 26 modules accessing 12 list of 3 multiple-scenario reports configuration property 73 configuring 82 description 69 N navigating in reports 62 . adding to map 51 selecting for editing 35 layers. network 56 model display 27 New Rail scenario 105 Rail Increase scenario 108 P path files 43 Person Trips report 88 R Rail Increase scenario creating 108 outputs 108–110 running 108 rail service creating scenario 103 evaluating results 105 Discover Cube 5.

0 Tutorial . using feature as 40 thematic map creating 51 displaying in GIS window 53 updating display of 54 TP+ 12 training 114 Tranplan 12 transit loads displayed as bandwidth 48 modifying headway 47 viewing network 46 Trip Length Frequencies report opening 62 opening.Index S regions. editing 72 charts 79–82 creating from existing 88 creating from scratch 90 data labels 78 editing 71–87 examining 61 exercises 59–96 general properties 73 including scenario name 85 input files 88 layout 74 navigating 62 new scenarios and 63 opening for subset of scenarios 67 opening multiple-scenario report 69 presenting multiple scenarios 82 running Base scenario 29 Build Road scenario 43 Cubetown cargo model. base scenario 102 Increase Transit scenario 48 Land Use scenario 55 New Rail scenario 104 Rail Increase scenario 108 S Scenario Manager accessing reports 60 adding report 89 creating new scenarios 63 description 8 sections in 25 specifying report scenarios 68 scenario window description 10 opening 29 running scenarios from 30 scenarios See also individual scenario names building 63. modeling in Cube Cargo 101 report properties content 80 field aliases 78 font 77 general 73 header and footer 75 page size 75 specifying for new report 90 reports adding to catalog 89 banner. subset of scenarios 69 TRIPS 12 U user group 113 user support 112 V vertex adding 35 editing 33 moving 36 124 Discover Cube 5. editing 80 template. 66 codes for 64 comparing results 66 description 23 list of 25 specifying subset for viewing 68 single-scenario reports configuration property 73 description 67 T table of contents 17 table window 8 tables.

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