LogDetails: Combine Logs with Traffic Count Data

Description Usage Arguments Value Author(s) Examples

View source: R/secondaryscripts.R


Motorway Incident Detection and Automatic Signalling (MIDAS) is a sensor based network along UK motorways, and is designed to collect data regarding traffic flows, average speeds and road occupancy, amongst other features, on the road network. This data can be accessed via the MIDAS website https://www.midas-data.org.uk/ (login required) in the form of .tcd.bz2 files.

The function LogDetails allows the user to collect data from any relevant locally-stored MIDAS logs (alerts, operations, faults and software exceptions) and add additional columns on the provided dataframe that display the logs.


LogDetails(data, directory)



The data that the user wishes to investigate.


A string (without a "/" or "\" character on the start or end of the string) which points to the directory (from the current working directory) that the user's log files (.mal, .mfl, .mol, .msl, .mal.bz2, .mfl.bz2, .mol.bz2, msl.bz2) are stored. These files must be stored within this directory only and cannot be in any subfolders of this directory. Their names must also follow the "XXDDMMYY" format as downloaded from the MIDAS website, where "XX" denotes the control office, "DD" denotes the day, "MM" denotes the month, and "YY" denotes the year. It is not necessary to have all of these files, as the function will only scrape data out of what is provided.


A version of the format of data, where there are up to four additional columns, depending on what relevant logs are found within the provided files. Alert, fault, operation and software exception logs are put into their own columns, and in the row which corresponds to the minute duration that the data was logged in. In the case of multiple logs of the same type and minute duration, they are seperated with a semicolon (;).


RAC Foundation, Luke Hudlass-Galley


M25DataWithLogs <- LogDetails(M25Data, "LogsDirectory")

RACFoundation/oneminutetrafficdata documentation built on Dec. 2, 2018, 1:14 p.m.