Predictive transportation modeling and simulation

CUBE is a predictive transportation modeling and simulation software for transportation planners, engineers, and city planners to visualize and test scenarios. You can compare potential benefits and uncover unexpected consequences to save time and money during the review cycles before entering the design process. Supporting any mode of transport, CUBE delivers a true multimodal approach with feedback interactions between different modes including pedestrians, bikes, cars, freight, buses, bus rapid transit, rail, air, water, and more.

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Understand the impact of transportation

CUBE Base, the user interface for the entire CUBE system, and its extension applications cover all aspects of transportation to help you better understand the impact before implementation. You can access interactive data input and analysis, GIS functionality, model building and documentation, and scenario development and comparison. Easily link between the model, the data, and GIS in a single click, making the development and application of your models easy to use. CUBE Base is a prerequisite for CUBE Base extension applications such as CUBE Voyager, CUBE Land, CUBE Avenue, and CUBE Cargo

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Product Tiers

CUBE Base

CUBE Base is the user interface for the entire CUBE system. With CUBE Base, you can access interactive data input and analysis, GIS functionality, model building and documentation, and scenario development and comparison. You can easily link between the model, the data, and GIS in a single click, making the development and application of your models easy to use.

  • Scenario Manager
    You can clearly manage any number of different scenarios, without the need for separate folders and file management.
  • Scenario Window
    Forecasting has never been easier. You can easily highlight key model parameters and data for easy creation and testing of your scenarios. A set of input data is a Scenario, and a “Scenario Window” is the graphic interface for scenario creation, editing and management.
  • Application Manager
    Design, code, document, and run your model using a flow-chart system. Your input and output data is shown in the context of the model and can be immediately viewed or edited by double-clicking on them.
  • CUBE GIS
    CUBE Base includes a GIS system in its own right and is 100% compatible with the world’s most widely used standard GIS system, ESRI’s ArcGIS. The geodatabase technology is the same as in ArcGIS and the look and feel of the mapping window is identical.
  • CUBE Reports
    In addition to being able to use standard GIS systems for viewing and querying data from your model, CUBE Base comes with built-in reporting tools. These tools are set up in advance as a library of reports in table and chart form for scenario analysis and comparisons. Once you run your new scenario, all reports in this ‘library’ are available for viewing with one or two mouse clicks. The Scenario Manager helps you to organize these reports produced by the model in a user defined and structured way.

CUBE Base and its extension applications cover all aspects of transportation to help you better understand the impact before implementation. CUBE Base is a prerequisite for CUBE Base extension applications such as CUBE Voyager, CUBE Land, CUBE Avenue, and CUBE Cargo.

Prerequisites

 

CUBE BASE EXTENSION APPLICATIONS PREREQUISITE 1 PREREQUISITE 2
CUBE Voyager | Macroscopic modeling CUBE Base
CUBE Land | Land-use modeling CUBE Base
CUBE Avenue | Mesoscopic modeling CUBE Base CUBE Voyager
CUBE Cargo | Freight modeling CUBE Base CUBE Voyager

CUBE Voyager

CUBE Voyager supports macroscopic movement of people and vehicles with the customization necessary to create the best plan for your area without limitations. At the macroscopic level, you can leverage CUBE Voyager for strategic and multimodal planning. Use CUBE Voyager to study major roadway networks and public transport systems with a great level of detail. These macroscopic models treat the entire volume of traffic traveling between an origin and destination as a single unit to evaluate the lowest-cost path for the aggregated traffic volume and compute congestion effects on a strategic scale, using volume-capacity ratios and estimating resulting speeds.

  • Network program
    Specifically designed for building, comparing and manipulating transportation networks.
  • Public transport program
    Transit services are coded as running in mixed traffic or on dedicated facilities. Users may represent service levels using either headways or timetables.
  • Highway program
    Used to estimate zone-to-zone paths for skimming and assigning highway networks through a variety of deterministic and stochastic algorithms.
  • Demand modeling program
    Includes matrix, generation, distribution, and fratar. Matrix is an extremely powerful calculator designed for demand modeling and matrix manipulation.

CUBE Base is a prerequisite for CUBE Voyager. And CUBE Voyager is the foundation for CUBE Avenue and CUBE Cargo.

Prerequisites

 

CUBE BASE EXTENSION APPLICATIONS PREREQUISITE 1 PREREQUISITE 2
CUBE Voyager | Macroscopic modeling CUBE Base
CUBE Land | Land-use modeling CUBE Base
CUBE Avenue | Mesoscopic modeling CUBE Base CUBE Voyager
CUBE Cargo | Freight modeling CUBE Base CUBE Voyager

CUBE Land

A land-use modeling software, CUBE Land has a library of programs for modeling land use. You can easily integrate with any transportation model to predict land-use changes given modifications to the transportation system.

CUBE Land leverages an econometric land-use allocation model to bring realistic land-transport interactions into the modeling process. As the transport system changes, the levels of congestion and accessibility change, impacting the value and development of land.

CUBE Land forecasts land use by simulating the real estate market under different economic conditions, as well as considering complex aspects like land use externalities. For a user-defined scenario, CUBE Land forecasts the supply, location and rents by zone for different types of properties. It also estimates the location of households and non-residential activities for different agent groups.

  • Integrates with other CUBE solutions
    Uses the most commonly available data for preparing scenarios and provides travel model inputs and easy data sharing within a familiar interface.
  • Improved equilibrium convergence
    Provides greater accuracy, easier calibration, and explicit interaction between consumers, suppliers, and groups of agents (households and firms).
  • High program flexibility
    Flexibility for treating the effect of transport on land use as well as flexibility in data input definitions, such as zoning detail, drivers, and market segmentation.

CUBE Base is a prerequisite for CUBE Land.

Prerequisites

 

CUBE BASE EXTENSION APPLICATIONS PREREQUISITE 1 PREREQUISITE 2
CUBE Voyager | Macroscopic modeling CUBE Base
CUBE Land | Land-use modeling CUBE Base
CUBE Avenue | Mesoscopic modeling CUBE Base CUBE Voyager
CUBE Cargo | Freight modeling CUBE Base CUBE Voyager

CUBE Avenue

CUBE Avenue is a mesoscopic simulation solution used to model the dynamics of congestion throughout a day with advanced Dynamic Traffic Assignment capabilities.

  • Automation
    Calculate optimal network conditions with CUBE Avenue’s iterative process, no matter the study area’s size or complexity.
  • Numeric results
    Discover performance measures for specific time segments, including total traffic in queue, and link operating speed, travel time, and utilization.
  • Outputs and animations
    View, animate, and summarize the data files to create node/link posting, multi-bandwidth display, bandwidth animation, and packet-log animation.
  • Vehicle packets
    Simulate traffic flow, roundabouts, stop-controlled intersections, and ramp merges with vehicle packet sizes ranging from one vehicle to more than 20.

CUBE Base and CUBE Voyage are prerequisites for CUBE Avenue.

Prerequisites

 

CUBE BASE EXTENSION APPLICATIONS PREREQUISITE 1 PREREQUISITE 2
CUBE Voyager | Macroscopic modeling CUBE Base
CUBE Land | Land-use modeling CUBE Base
CUBE Avenue | Mesoscopic modeling CUBE Base CUBE Voyager
CUBE Cargo | Freight modeling CUBE Base CUBE Voyager

CUBE Cargo

A freight modeling software, CUBE Cargo has a library of programs for modeling freight demand throughout a city or at a regional and long-distance scale, to understand or predict the impact of commodity flows.

CUBE Cargo offers freight-specific capabilities to represent multiple commodity groups, logistical nodes where transport mode or vehicle may change, a module to model touring vehicles, and a module for local service vehicles.

  • Logistics nodes model
    Partitions the long-haul matrices by mode and commodity class into direct flows and transport chain flows.
  • Fine distribution model
    Redistributes from coarse zones to fine zones for each of the matrices.
  • Vehicle model
    Converts the estimated annual commodity flows by truck into the number of heavy trucks and light trucks.

CUBE Base and CUBE Voyage are prerequisites for CUBE Cargo.

Prerequisites

 

CUBE BASE EXTENSION APPLICATIONS PREREQUISITE 1 PREREQUISITE 2
CUBE Voyager | Macroscopic modeling CUBE Base
CUBE Land | Land-use modeling CUBE Base
CUBE Avenue | Mesoscopic modeling CUBE Base CUBE Voyager
CUBE Cargo | Freight modeling CUBE Base CUBE Voyager
CUBE Base

CUBE Base

CUBE Base is the user interface for the entire CUBE system. With CUBE Base, you can access interactive data input and analysis, GIS functionality, model building and documentation, and scenario development and comparison. You can easily link between the model, the data, and GIS in a single click, making the development and application of your models easy to use.

  • Scenario Manager
    You can clearly manage any number of different scenarios, without the need for separate folders and file management.
  • Scenario Window
    Forecasting has never been easier. You can easily highlight key model parameters and data for easy creation and testing of your scenarios. A set of input data is a Scenario, and a “Scenario Window” is the graphic interface for scenario creation, editing and management.
  • Application Manager
    Design, code, document, and run your model using a flow-chart system. Your input and output data is shown in the context of the model and can be immediately viewed or edited by double-clicking on them.
  • CUBE GIS
    CUBE Base includes a GIS system in its own right and is 100% compatible with the world’s most widely used standard GIS system, ESRI’s ArcGIS. The geodatabase technology is the same as in ArcGIS and the look and feel of the mapping window is identical.
  • CUBE Reports
    In addition to being able to use standard GIS systems for viewing and querying data from your model, CUBE Base comes with built-in reporting tools. These tools are set up in advance as a library of reports in table and chart form for scenario analysis and comparisons. Once you run your new scenario, all reports in this ‘library’ are available for viewing with one or two mouse clicks. The Scenario Manager helps you to organize these reports produced by the model in a user defined and structured way.

CUBE Base and its extension applications cover all aspects of transportation to help you better understand the impact before implementation. CUBE Base is a prerequisite for CUBE Base extension applications such as CUBE Voyager, CUBE Land, CUBE Avenue, and CUBE Cargo.

Prerequisites

 

CUBE BASE EXTENSION APPLICATIONS PREREQUISITE 1 PREREQUISITE 2
CUBE Voyager | Macroscopic modeling CUBE Base
CUBE Land | Land-use modeling CUBE Base
CUBE Avenue | Mesoscopic modeling CUBE Base CUBE Voyager
CUBE Cargo | Freight modeling CUBE Base CUBE Voyager
CUBE Voyager

CUBE Voyager

CUBE Voyager supports macroscopic movement of people and vehicles with the customization necessary to create the best plan for your area without limitations. At the macroscopic level, you can leverage CUBE Voyager for strategic and multimodal planning. Use CUBE Voyager to study major roadway networks and public transport systems with a great level of detail. These macroscopic models treat the entire volume of traffic traveling between an origin and destination as a single unit to evaluate the lowest-cost path for the aggregated traffic volume and compute congestion effects on a strategic scale, using volume-capacity ratios and estimating resulting speeds.

  • Network program
    Specifically designed for building, comparing and manipulating transportation networks.
  • Public transport program
    Transit services are coded as running in mixed traffic or on dedicated facilities. Users may represent service levels using either headways or timetables.
  • Highway program
    Used to estimate zone-to-zone paths for skimming and assigning highway networks through a variety of deterministic and stochastic algorithms.
  • Demand modeling program
    Includes matrix, generation, distribution, and fratar. Matrix is an extremely powerful calculator designed for demand modeling and matrix manipulation.

CUBE Base is a prerequisite for CUBE Voyager. And CUBE Voyager is the foundation for CUBE Avenue and CUBE Cargo.

Prerequisites

 

CUBE BASE EXTENSION APPLICATIONS PREREQUISITE 1 PREREQUISITE 2
CUBE Voyager | Macroscopic modeling CUBE Base
CUBE Land | Land-use modeling CUBE Base
CUBE Avenue | Mesoscopic modeling CUBE Base CUBE Voyager
CUBE Cargo | Freight modeling CUBE Base CUBE Voyager
CUBE Land

CUBE Land

A land-use modeling software, CUBE Land has a library of programs for modeling land use. You can easily integrate with any transportation model to predict land-use changes given modifications to the transportation system.

CUBE Land leverages an econometric land-use allocation model to bring realistic land-transport interactions into the modeling process. As the transport system changes, the levels of congestion and accessibility change, impacting the value and development of land.

CUBE Land forecasts land use by simulating the real estate market under different economic conditions, as well as considering complex aspects like land use externalities. For a user-defined scenario, CUBE Land forecasts the supply, location and rents by zone for different types of properties. It also estimates the location of households and non-residential activities for different agent groups.

  • Integrates with other CUBE solutions
    Uses the most commonly available data for preparing scenarios and provides travel model inputs and easy data sharing within a familiar interface.
  • Improved equilibrium convergence
    Provides greater accuracy, easier calibration, and explicit interaction between consumers, suppliers, and groups of agents (households and firms).
  • High program flexibility
    Flexibility for treating the effect of transport on land use as well as flexibility in data input definitions, such as zoning detail, drivers, and market segmentation.

CUBE Base is a prerequisite for CUBE Land.

Prerequisites

 

CUBE BASE EXTENSION APPLICATIONS PREREQUISITE 1 PREREQUISITE 2
CUBE Voyager | Macroscopic modeling CUBE Base
CUBE Land | Land-use modeling CUBE Base
CUBE Avenue | Mesoscopic modeling CUBE Base CUBE Voyager
CUBE Cargo | Freight modeling CUBE Base CUBE Voyager
CUBE Avenue

CUBE Avenue

CUBE Avenue is a mesoscopic simulation solution used to model the dynamics of congestion throughout a day with advanced Dynamic Traffic Assignment capabilities.

  • Automation
    Calculate optimal network conditions with CUBE Avenue’s iterative process, no matter the study area’s size or complexity.
  • Numeric results
    Discover performance measures for specific time segments, including total traffic in queue, and link operating speed, travel time, and utilization.
  • Outputs and animations
    View, animate, and summarize the data files to create node/link posting, multi-bandwidth display, bandwidth animation, and packet-log animation.
  • Vehicle packets
    Simulate traffic flow, roundabouts, stop-controlled intersections, and ramp merges with vehicle packet sizes ranging from one vehicle to more than 20.

CUBE Base and CUBE Voyage are prerequisites for CUBE Avenue.

Prerequisites

 

CUBE BASE EXTENSION APPLICATIONS PREREQUISITE 1 PREREQUISITE 2
CUBE Voyager | Macroscopic modeling CUBE Base
CUBE Land | Land-use modeling CUBE Base
CUBE Avenue | Mesoscopic modeling CUBE Base CUBE Voyager
CUBE Cargo | Freight modeling CUBE Base CUBE Voyager
CUBE Cargo

CUBE Cargo

A freight modeling software, CUBE Cargo has a library of programs for modeling freight demand throughout a city or at a regional and long-distance scale, to understand or predict the impact of commodity flows.

CUBE Cargo offers freight-specific capabilities to represent multiple commodity groups, logistical nodes where transport mode or vehicle may change, a module to model touring vehicles, and a module for local service vehicles.

  • Logistics nodes model
    Partitions the long-haul matrices by mode and commodity class into direct flows and transport chain flows.
  • Fine distribution model
    Redistributes from coarse zones to fine zones for each of the matrices.
  • Vehicle model
    Converts the estimated annual commodity flows by truck into the number of heavy trucks and light trucks.

CUBE Base and CUBE Voyage are prerequisites for CUBE Cargo.

Prerequisites

 

CUBE BASE EXTENSION APPLICATIONS PREREQUISITE 1 PREREQUISITE 2
CUBE Voyager | Macroscopic modeling CUBE Base
CUBE Land | Land-use modeling CUBE Base
CUBE Avenue | Mesoscopic modeling CUBE Base CUBE Voyager
CUBE Cargo | Freight modeling CUBE Base CUBE Voyager

Technical Capabilities

Scalable and Comprehensive

  • Supports macroscopic, mesoscopic, and microscopic modeling
  • Built on decades of modeling development expertise
  • Enables informed transportation and land use development decisions
  • Improves communication with local communities
  • Expands access to robust analytics
  • An open platform that enables you to build and calibrate models of any type

Data Management

  • Create, edit, and visualize your data
  • Provides seamless support for Esri geodatabases and ArcGIS online

Scenario Management

  • Define and organize an unlimited number of scenarios
  • Easily document your input, assumptions
  • Reproduce the results for hundreds of archived alternatives

Model Management

  • Intuitively build models using a visual flow chart style user interface
  • Clearly document process flows
  • Pull-down menus to choose model functions
  • File linkage (networks, zonal data, and so on) and file creations for intermediate steps
  • Simple click and drag to link data from one model step to another
  • An easy-to-use interface to run part of the model or the whole process

Library of Programs for Modeling

  • Traditional four-step demand models with feedback loops
  • LUTI modeling with complete integration between land use and transport modeling
  • Tour-based and activity-based demand modeling
  • Combined equilibrium models
  • Stand-alone strategic modeling
  • Microscopic simulation modeling

Reporting

  • Built-in reporting tools
  • Table and chart form to support scenario analysis and comparisons
  • Organizes reports produced by models in a user-defined and structured way
Scalable and Comprehensive

Scalable and Comprehensive

  • Supports macroscopic, mesoscopic, and microscopic modeling
  • Built on decades of modeling development expertise
  • Enables informed transportation and land use development decisions
  • Improves communication with local communities
  • Expands access to robust analytics
  • An open platform that enables you to build and calibrate models of any type
Data Management

Data Management

  • Create, edit, and visualize your data
  • Provides seamless support for Esri geodatabases and ArcGIS online
Scenario Management

Scenario Management

  • Define and organize an unlimited number of scenarios
  • Easily document your input, assumptions
  • Reproduce the results for hundreds of archived alternatives
Model Management

Model Management

  • Intuitively build models using a visual flow chart style user interface
  • Clearly document process flows
  • Pull-down menus to choose model functions
  • File linkage (networks, zonal data, and so on) and file creations for intermediate steps
  • Simple click and drag to link data from one model step to another
  • An easy-to-use interface to run part of the model or the whole process
Library of Programs for Modeling

Library of Programs for Modeling

  • Traditional four-step demand models with feedback loops
  • LUTI modeling with complete integration between land use and transport modeling
  • Tour-based and activity-based demand modeling
  • Combined equilibrium models
  • Stand-alone strategic modeling
  • Microscopic simulation modeling
Reporting

Reporting

  • Built-in reporting tools
  • Table and chart form to support scenario analysis and comparisons
  • Organizes reports produced by models in a user-defined and structured way
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Frequently Asked Questions

What is CUBE?

CUBE is a predictive modeling and transportation simulation software. You can analyze the effects of new projects and policies on a city’s transportation network, land-use, and its population. CUBE covers all aspects of transportation to help you better understand the impact before implementation.

How much does CUBE cost?

A practitioner license of CUBE Base costs $3,400 USD, CUBE Land costs $6,000 USD, CUBE Voyager costs $5,200 USD, CUBE Avenue $2,400 USD, and CUBE Cargo costs $6,000 USD at Virtuosity.com. Prices vary per region. While there are various types of licensing available, a common choice is the 12-month practitioner license offered through Virtuosity, Bentley’s eCommerce store. When you purchase through Virtuosity you get a Virtuoso Subscription. This means you get the software and “Keys” (tokens) to redeem for customizable training, mentoring, and consulting services.

System Requirements

Processor
  • Minimum: Intel® Pentium 4, AMD Athlon
  • Recommended: Intel® Core i5, i7, Xeon or better; AMD Phenom II, Athlon II, FX-Series, A-Series APU or better
Operating System
  • Recommended: Windows 10
Memory/RAM
  • Minimum: 1 GB
  • Recommended: 4 GB or higher
  • With Cluster: 2 GB per core recommended
Disk Space
  • 10 GB for the application and supporting applications and data (like GIS)
  • 100+ GB for output files
Display
  • Minimum: 1024 x 768 at normal size (96dpi); 16-bit color depth
  • Recommended: 1440 x 900 or higher at normal size (96 dpi); 32-bit color depth
Video/Graphics Adapter
  • Minimum: 24-bit capable graphics adapter; 64 MB video memory
  • Recommended: 32-bit capable graphics adapter; 512 MB or more video memory
  • OpenGL version 2.0 runtime and Shader Model 3.0 or higher is recommended ATI or NVidia GPU is recommended for any 3D GIS work

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