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The Interactive Highway Safety Design Model (IHSDM) is a suite of software analysis tools used to evaluate the safety and operational effects of geometric design decisions on highways.
IHSDM is a decision-support tool, which provides estimates of a highway design's expected safety and operational performance and checks existing or proposed highway designs against relevant design policy values. Results of the IHSDM support decisionmaking in the highway design process. Intended users include highway project managers, designers, and traffic and safety reviewers in State and local highway agencies and in engineering consulting firms.
The IHSDM, which supports the Data-Driven Safety Analysis initiative that is part of Federal Highway Administration’s (FHWA's) Every Day Counts 3 efforts, includes six evaluation modules (Crash Prediction, Design Consistency, Intersection Review, Policy Review, Traffic Analysis, and Driver/Vehicle). This Web site summarizes the capabilities and applications of the IHSDM evaluation modules, and provides a library of the research reports documenting their development.
The IHSDM – HSM Predictive Method 2015 Release (version 11.0.1, October 2015) may be downloaded free of charge at http://www.ihsdm.org. The new version includes major enhancements to the Policy Review Module, which was expanded to include policy checks for rural multilane highways. User technical support is also available free of charge at IHSDM.Support@dot.gov and 202–493–3407. Two IHSDM Training Courses are available through the FHWA’s National Highway Institute.
To introduce the 2015 Release, a Web conference was held on October 22, 2015. A recording of the Web conference is available at http://ihsdm.org/wiki/IHSDM_2015_Web_Conference.
Development of the IHSDM is coordinated with two related initiatives: the Highway Safety Manual, developed by the Transportation Research Board and published by the American Association of State Highway and Transportation Officials; and SafetyAnalyst, developed by FHWA and now available as AASHTOWare.