Identifier

etd-01212005-114146

Degree

Master of Science in Civil Engineering (MSCE)

Department

Civil and Environmental Engineering

Document Type

Thesis

Abstract

In this study a gravity model was used to model destination choice during a hurricane evacuation. Hurricane Floyd data was used to calibrate and apply the gravity model. Two different models were generated for different destination types; home of friends/relative and hotels and motels are the two different destination types for which the models were generated. The performance of the gravity model was tested by comparing the observed and estimated OD matrices using the chi-squared test. The results have indicated that gravity model developed in this study can successfully reproduce the observed trip destinations during a hurricane evacuation The Floyd model developed was then tested for transferability by applying the model on the Hurricane Andrew data. It was observed that the gravity model developed on Floyd data can be transferred and used on the Andrew data.

Date

2005

Document Availability at the Time of Submission

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Committee Chair

Chester G. Wilmot

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