Guideway Evaluation and Design
Completed A national team of transit experts has been
assembled to collaborate and offer peer review for any engineering, especially the
critical factors required to achieve the guideway target cost of $ 7.5 million per mile,
with automation controls and electrical propulsion included. Martin/Martin headed the
design team for the following tasks:
1) Review, with their affiliate, Kent Bingham, the existing
technologies and companies that have accumulated knowledge in this area.
2) Evaluate and
synthesize the best of these elements into conceptual schematics of an operating system.
Criteria for inclusion will be cost of the guideway, speed, safety, time to construct,
reliability, and cost of operations.
3) Reconfigure into a workable design and produce a detailed estimate of construction costs.
4) Test the design utilizing computer simulations.
5) Report these findings to a peer group in the transportation industry for critique
and review using
Internet and computer network distribution.
6) Revise the design and estimate cost based on peer review
Use of Funds
Engineering ($1,640,000) Starting
with conceptual schematics on the Guideway, vehicles, propulsion and automation, the
design team will take the preliminary design far enough to apply for a patent,
bid the components and build a mock up. A small section of
and switch will be
built by the engineers as a mock to perform testing and demonstrate the technology
for Patent and to prospective development consortium sponsors. The mock up will be equipped with monitoring
devices to measure the performance variables, such as automation controls, vibration, acceleration, and
braking. Initial testing will focus
on automation controls and switching. Based on performance of the vehicle,
the prototype will be refined and made ready for a demonstration model in a local loop
Build at grade Test Track $1,100,000 A
test track will be assembled
and laid out with the following components
(curb and gutter on grade)
3 chassis ( stripped down vans)
3 electric golf carts (for off track testing)
control and sales trailer
electric generator and distribution
pubic station and ramps
automation command and control
This will allow for
a dress rehearsal on assembly and provide for the study of the
various component technologies which include switching at operating speeds, stability on sharp
curves, braking, construction techniques, automation controls, merging, docking, loading
and propulsion. The test track may be disassembled and all the components reused in
the demonstration model for a local loop.
results are: (1) a critical analysis of the viability of the Guideway, vehicle design,
propulsion and automation controls with specific individual components, in achieving the operating goals. (2) verification of that the design will not exceed the cost of $10
million per mile. (3) Enough proof-of-concept engineering to persuade investors that the
project deserves to be built.
test 4 chassis
test chassis with primary emphasis on the automation and propulsion system. This will
consist mainly purchasing an exiting vans, stripping them down to the chassis and modifying
into the chassis shown in "Prototype" The cabin may not be part of this vehicle.
The testing program will measure the chassis performance of propulsion,
turning, acceleration, guidance, wheel
adhesion factors, braking, system controls and safety standards at various speeds.
Economic feasibility computer model ($150,000)
Investment Banking and/or accounting firm(s) will be selected to research the assumptions used in
calculating economic feasibility including the design and testing of a computer model that
shows the magnitude of business necessary to generate a market rate returns
from a 5 mile operating demonstration.
Automation Command and Controls
The test track will evaluate
various software using a packetized concept which divides the ¼ mile
(1320’) track into 100 packets of 13.2 feet which is also the length of
each chassis or golf cart. Testing
will include command instrumentation configurations such as Global
Satellite Positioning systems, buried cable and WI wireless. The expected
result are specifications starting, stopping speed, merging and switching
controls for a 5 mile operating demo with passengers in the next step.
Testing will be at 30mph resulting in 44’ per second design criteria for
curves, switching, ramps and power. A software purchase or joint
development contract may be negotiated with a systems integration company
from aerospace, computers or automotive industries to design a vehicle
($400,000) The founders and a staff totaling
6 will manage the flow of packaging details including clerical, reporting,
accounting, fax, computer, scheduling, conferences, media relations, web site and
marketing. The management team has worked for 5 years without pay or expenses reimbursement to
get this project to the point of consideration by investors and government. Some of these
costs will be returned.