Ebb and Flow of Melbourne Trains

Ebb and Flow of Melbourne Trains is a visualisation of the movement of Melbourne's train system during a single week day.

Ebb and Flow of Melbourne Trains

Ebb and Flow of Melbourne Trains by Flink Labs

Inspired by the foraging of ants and their pheromone trails, this visualisation provides the viewer with a satellite-like view of the entire train network over an accelerated timeframe. The visualisation exposes the ebbs and flows of the system along with a surprising level of complexity, not obvious to the the viewer at a single point in time or at the scale of a individual train.

The day starts and the train network awakens, slowly at first, then increases to peak hour levels around 9am. A steady active state continues through the day, then increases again as school students, then workers, commute home from the city. Finally, the system quietens as the last trains depart at the end of the day.

This project provides the audience with a view of the city and system as a whole. Through this god-like, patterns of movement that were previously hidden become magically visible. The movement of train traffic across the network becomes obvious, and the complexity of the system evident.

Ebb and Flow of Melbourne Trains

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