Masters Theses

Keywords and Phrases

communication plan; earthquake; Emergency communication applications; Emergency planning and response; geographic information shapefiles; SUMO


"This research evaluated the effectiveness of conducting traffic simulation models and developing a mobile application to serve as a communication channel for emergency evacuation preparation and routing. An iOS and Android app was developed to display emergency events to users with suggested routes for evacuation and a microscopic traffic simulation model was conducted for the St. Louis (MO) metropolitan region that analyzed various road networks with projected evacuation demand.

A mobile application coded in Swift (Apple) and Kotlin (Android) featured an emergency notification screen that displayed the type of emergency warning (e.g., earthquake, flood, or no warnings) with provided routes for evacuation. Upon selecting an evacuation route, the user can view the desired route to evacuate with and commence the turn-by-turn directions within the app.

Microscopic traffic simulations were conducted for the St. Louis (MO) metropolitan region with projected evacuation demand in SUMO (Simulation of Urban MObility) software. The microscopic approach simulated individual vehicles moving along the desired routes and generated operational performance measures such as delays, noise, speed, and overall travel times.

The microscopic traffic simulation modeling and mobile app both contributed to the efforts by the Missouri Department of Transportation for effective evacuation preparation. Engineering managers can utilize this research for continued efforts in developing communication and routing tools for emergency evacuation planning. This research was partially sponsored by the Missouri Department of Transportation"--Abstract, p.iv


Long, Suzanna, 1961-

Committee Member(s)

Corns, Steven
Raper, Stephen A.


Engineering Management and Systems Engineering

Degree Name

M.S. in Engineering Management


Missouri University of Science and Technology

Publication Date

Spring 2023


ix, 43 pages

Note about bibliography

Includes bibliographical references (pages 41-42)


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Document Type

Thesis - Open Access

File Type




Thesis Number

T 12251

Electronic OCLC #


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Engineering Commons