Waverail's performance has been calculated and analysed using a specially developed software package (engineering calculation method). The same software also calculates results for conventional train.
UNSW has conducted a research thesis on the subject of these calculated results. It used numerical methods and concentrated on Waverail's passenger carrying capacity. Such monte carlo style simulation method - essentially one by one bookkeeping of passengers - generates punctual results without the use of any engineering calculations. UNSW so arrived at capacities (pspace/h) for a whole range of scenarios.
The results on all occasions agreed very well with results from the engineering calculation. Consequent the capacity results of the engineering calculation are verified; they are correct.
The UNSW work furthermore provides an additional degree of confidence into the other calculation results (Energy use, Personnel use, Boarding times etc.) This is because their calculation is, to various degrees, interlinked with the (now verified) capacity calculation.
compared to conventional rail, on a balanced average,