Design software applications for a site or urban development sometimes need to prove that the plan layout can accommodate the movement of vehicles regularly expected by the development. The reason for this is that site layouts are becoming increasingly overloaded to meet planning requirements and achieve viable developments. This has led to designs being increasingly challenged by the planning authority, which must be confident that the proposed layout is suitable for the purpose, especially for sites where space for vehicle maneuvering is limited.

For anyone planning a construction site or work on a motorway where access may be difficult, or simply planning delivery to a site with restricted access, the preparation of a Swept Path analysis is a must.

Whether you want to bring a mobile crane to a construction site, transport an oversized load through smaller roads, or simply demonstrate how access to the site works, a swept path analysis can save time and money.

The planning of every job is the key to success, not least when it comes to logistics. As in any industry, the delivery of materials is necessary, and it is important to get the vehicles to the place of delivery. This must be done with safety in mind, to limit the risk to other road users and pedestrians alike. Consideration should also be given to minimizing disruption to the local network.

In part 2 of this article, we will present the real case that occurred in New Zealand a few weeks ago, which shows us what kind of contribution the use of a sweep path analysis tool can make. We will see What kind of trouble you can prevent with a simulation of a vehicle’s path before you go on the field and what kind of decisions you can make that will save you time and money.