Introducing MIMAS: Modelling Infrastructure and Mobility as a Service
Back in 2019, Oxfordshire County Council set out to procure a new generation of transport modelling capability; one that gives council planners and modellers greater control and capability to simulate future changes to the local transport system.
Today, via the launch of a new website, we are able to start sharing details about the resultant solution: MIMAS (Modelling Infrastructure and Mobility as a Service).
This advanced modelling and simulation platform has been developed by a consortium of Oxford Computer Consultants, Alchera, Immense, GeoSpock and ZipAbout, and will initially be applied to supporting Oxfordshire councils only.
MIMAS will improve the speed that sustainable mobility systems are planned, designed, and enhanced; reduce the Council’s reliance on third-party consultants; and develop a commercial-grade platform that will generate future revenue for the council. All this, whilst continuing to support evidence for local plans, advise district councils on planning applications, and provide inputs for funding bids, scheme appraisal and business case development.
This new approach moves away from modelling the movement of vehicles and towards understanding the needs of individuals, helping councils and developers plan for more sustainable communities and active travel solutions. MIMAS is cloud-based and combines agent-based modelling, data analytics, scalable data storage, an upgraded interface for model inputs and result visualisation, and a plugin API supporting new apps and services.
This capability supports a move towards a self-service paradigm in transport modelling and will be available to the wider market in 2021.
Further information and contact details are available on the website here: https://mimas.services/.
Keep an eye out for product insights and updates over the next few months!