The Safety Analysis - Intersections application helps users produce Highway Safety Manual (HSM) powered benefit-cost calculations in seconds. Safety Analysis helps organizations calculate how each dollar spent on countermeasures affects the specified crashes, and helps allocate safety funds with maximum effectiveness. The Safety Analysis - Intersections application has 4 key features: Recommendations, Applying Treatments, Project Overview, and Reports. Each feature is discussed in more detail below.
The recommendations section of Safety Analysis displays a map of the selected intersection, with each crash plotted on the intersecting routes. Additionally, a breakdown of the total crashes/cost broken down by travel direction is displayed.
Safety Analysis also recommends the top three countermeasures that will mitigate the crashes for the selected intersection. These are visualized with a Venn diagram illustrating the top three countermeasures, and the benefits from the treatments within these countermeasures. Numetric’s Safety Analysis application automatically generates these countermeasure recommendations based on logic applied to the crash attributes in the associated crashes.
(The Safety Analysis Recommendations page, with the crashes, plotted on the map, a bar graph illustrating the crashes by travel direction, and the recommendations for the selected segment.)
The treatment application window allows a user to apply a treatment to a section of the project. When the user provides the cost of the treatment, Numetric will calculate the Benefit Cost ratio as well as provide annual cost savings, and annual cost reduction calculations. Users are also able to modify default CMFs (default CMFs will be incorporated into the application), and service life of the treatment. Any changes from the defaults will be noted in the application, as well as in the Safety Report.
(A treatment application window showing a benefit cost ratio of 14.66 for changing the left turn phasing for a selected intersection.)
The Project Overview provides quick insight into the proposed work for this project. Project Overview displays the selected intersection(s) or segment(s) of roadway, the crashes plotted along the selected intersection(s) or segment(s), and the treatments or improvements that you have selected for the selected segment broken out by milepoint. The overview also displays the benefit and the Benefit Cost ratio.
(The Overview page of Safety Analysis, displaying the selected intersections, all associated crashes, and the selected treatments with benefit and benefit cost ratio displayed.)
Safety Analysis comes with a pre-built Safety Report, which can be used to export the results of your Safety Analysis in an easy-to-share PDF, or printed report. The Safety Report contains all of the data displayed in the Overview and Recommendations section of the Safety Analysis application. Additionally, the Safety Report also includes the proportion of each crash type for the selected intersection in relation to the state-wide average. This can be used to determine if there is an excess proportion of a specific crash type occurring within the selected segment.
Safety Analysis makes it easy to conduct an economic appraisal of a series of Safety Analysis projects to determine the most efficient expenditure of safety resources. Users can utilize the Economic Appraisal feature of Safety Analysis to identify which projects can be undertaken for the greatest return on a given budget. Users can simply select the projects they would like to choose from, enter a budget amount, and Safety Analysis will compile a list of recommended projects that will use the identified budget for the greatest return.
(An Economic Appraisal showing the 5 projects recommended for the budget of $1,500,000 and an estimated benefit of $13,997,398)
For more information on how to generate an economic appraisal, see the Safety Analysis - How to Generate an Economic Appraisal article.