Transportation Modelling for Evacuating the Halifax Peninsula

Research on transportation modelling is being led by Founding Fellow and Dalhousie Transportation Professor Dr. Ahsan Habib with the support of Post-Doctoral Fellow Jahedul Alam.

The project is divided into two parts: 

1. Micro-simulation modelling of neighborhood prioritization for evacuating the Halifax Peninsula

Building on the base model, the project will seek to develop a framework for staged evacuation modelling. The model will examine which neighbourhood to evacuate first (e.g. north, south, east, west) and will consider vulnerabilities of the general population and what challenges they pose. The outcome of the model will offer insights on the extent to which clearance time for evacuation, average speed and queue length can be improved. 

2. The use of counter-measures (e.g. bus based evacuation) to improve mass evacuations. 

This project will use a holistic approach to adopt counter-measures to improve mass evacuation, including bus-based evacuation (public transit, school buses, etc). The outcome of this research will be to identify strategies that would be most useful to improve the efficiency of a mass evacuation.

About the Researchers

Dr. Ahsan Habib

Dr. Ahsan Habib is a transportation professor at Dalhousie University. He received a PhD degree in civil engineering from the University of Toronto. His research interests include transportation modelling, microsimulation of urban systems and smarter mobility planning. Dr. Habib is the founder of Dalhousie Transportation Collaboratory (DalTRAC), a CFI-sponsored lab under the Leaders Opportunity Grant program. His multidisciplinary research agenda has attracted funding from all tri-council granting agencies, including NSERC discovery grant, two SSHRC insights team grants and a CIHR grant.

Jahedul Alam

Jahedul Alam is a post-doctoral fellow at DalTRAC. His research focuses on emergency evacuation planning and modeling to understand and analyze intricacies around emergency evacuation and to make significant advances in managing unanticipated evacuation challenges. 

During his PhD, he has been awarded multiple prestigious scholarships for genuine research contributions, including Izaak Walton Killam Pre-doctoral Scholarship, President Award, and Nova Scotia Graduate Scholarship.