Intag References
Intag Institutional
Number: 005
Date: 08 01 2002
Author: Intag
Source: Intag

Mathematical Models and Simulations

Area: Electrostatic Columbian Model Applied to a national Transportation ArchitectureV Subject: Argentine Transportation Projection 1980-2020
Responsibility: Model System Architect: Juan Chamero
Made for: Grupo Urbis and IBM - South America


A model resembling the Electric Fields Model was adapted to evaluate the transportation in a country by all transportation modal ways: land. air, railroad, by ships. The economic concentrations of people and resources act as electrical charges attracting people, commodities, goods and services. The "distances" among charges were the per unit costs of transportation by all weighed ways selected groups of people, goods, commodities and services. Once computed this model as bi dimensional over a given real geography - in this case the Argentine Republic- a "Lines of Forces" map between charges appear, with hills, valleys, gradient lines that should reproduce the actual dominant economic patterns. From this analysis, the "factor" o the Columbian forces were determined. With these maps the governments are able to study the influence of important macro economic perturbations such as cost of fuel, concessions, special protections, and even to analyze macro effects resulting from moving people and capital concentrations from one place to other.

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