- April 22, 2021

What Is Swept Path Analysis? 3 Things to Know

The modelling of a vehicle moving through a digital design is known as swept path analysis. Its goal is to build designs (such as highways, driveways, buildings, or parking facilities) that can meet vehicle needs while in service, or to guarantee that specific vehicles can navigate specific routes.

Despite being referred to as ‘research’ or ‘tests,’ swept paths models are a guide to many design elements and strongly inform overall geometry. Kerb configurations, intersection radii, road markings, car parks, and loading/unloading facilities, for example, rely heavily on swept route simulations.

Who is the target audience for Swept Path Analysis Tools?

Swept path analysis tools may be useful to professionals of different levels of expertise and experience who work in a variety of sectors and company sizes.

Though swept paths are an important component of architectural on-street design, they are also widely used in many other environments, such as within buildings to accommodate accessibility, light rail system planning, aircraft landing movements, building site layout, and even landscape layout to plot routes for automobiles around planting as well as other softworks areas.

When Is Swept Path Analysis Necessary?

It is useful to address the following kinds of questions when deciding (and justifying) whether swept path analysis should be conducted:

  • Is it necessary to handle large vehicles on a regular basis?
  • Is it possible that cars would encroach on pedestrian crossings?
  • Can two big vehicles pass one another on a curve side by side?
  • Is it possible that cars would have to travel long distances in reverse?
  • Is it possible that a car will only enter a street by going backwards in reverse gear?
  • Is it possible to have several lanes inside a junction design?
  • Will large vehicles proceed through a junction if all allowable movements are taken into account?
  • Is space used sparingly enough to prevent smaller vehicles from manoeuvring?

What Are the Applications of Swept Path Analysis Tools?

Since vehicle swept path analysis is so versatile, it can support organizations of all sizes working on projects. Here are some examples of how swept path analysis could help a project:


  • Parking areas must be built to accommodate large regular vehicles.
  • Daily access to the development will be provided by refuse and recycling vehicles.
  • Buses will be required to use primary local and connection roads.

Retail and manufacturing:

  • Delivery vehicles, both articulated and rigid, will be needed to service the facilities.
  • Vehicles will need to be able to reach given load points and execute low-speed reversal manoeuvres.

Schools and Education:

  • Coaches¬†and buses, as well as large delivery trucks, will need access.
  • Vehicles will need enough space to avoid the need for reversing manoeuvres.
  • There will be a need to handle a large number of smaller passenger vehicles (cars). It is critical that the layout and space¬†allow for larger vehicles while still preventing excessive speed for smaller cars.
  • Special attention must be given to reducing the possibility of automobiles encroaching on pedestrian areas.

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