Microsimulation of Commodity Flows

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Primary Investigator

Alan J. Horowitz
University of Wisconsin — Milwaukee
PO Box 784, Milwaukee WI  53201


This project will perform tests of the already developed MAFC freight model in order to determine its validity and usefulness for planning and engineering.  Deficiencies will be corrected, to the extent that it can be done without major changes to microsimulation concept.  The project will also extend the functionality of the MAFC freight model beyond its current restrictions to only 5 commodities (which was the number required by the MAFC).  The project will determine whether the framework developed for plastics, motor vehicle parts and dairy products will be applicable to a fuller range of industrial commodities.  The project will also determine if the grain components of the MAFC can be easily applied to other farm products.


Further develop a prototype model of commodity flows that uses microsimulation techniques.


  1. Assess the status of the MAFC freight model
  2. Determine calibration methods and validation techniques
  3. Determine deficiencies and apply corrections to the MAFC freight model
  4. Extend the industrial model to most industrial commodities
  5. Extend the farm model to most farm products
  6. Write working paper

Project Information

  • Duration: 19 months
  • Dates: September 1, 2010 – May 30, 2012
  • Budget: CFIRE: $80,000; Total: $134,000
  • Student Involvement: One graduate student
  • Modal Orientation: Highway
  • Project ID: CFIRE 04-30
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