Watching Under Boston

by Patrick J. McGarry, Software Engrg. Mgr.; Transdyn Controls, Inc., Pleasanton, CA,

Serial Information: Civil Engineering—ASCE, 1997, Vol. 67, Issue 4, Pg. 53-55

Document Type: Feature article


Managing the daily operations of Boston's Central Artery/Ted Williams Tunnel project requires integrating a variety of hi-tech systems to ensure efficient traffic flow. The Integrated Project Control System that Transdyn Controls, Inc., Pleasanton, Calif., developed for the project includes a variety of detection, messaging and security systems. These systems, the project's eyes, nose and sense of touch, are managed from a control room by a redundant computer network that prioritizes information before it reaches the operators. Upon detecting incidents, the network's expert system generates a response plan that consists of the automatic and manual actions required to correct the condition. By forging the project's vastly different control systems into a common one, the system enables the staff to approach traffic control from a high-level perspective, providing the public with a safer, more efficient, highway and tunnel.

Subject Headings: Project management | Control systems | Tunnels | Traffic safety | Traffic flow | Traffic accidents | Integrated systems | Boston | Massachusetts | United States

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