What is a Swept Path Analysis?

A Swept Path Analysis is the calculation and analysis of the movement and path of different parts of a vehicle when that vehicle is undertaking a turning manoeuvre. At a basic level this includes calculating the path taken by each wheel during the turn and also calculating the space needed by the vehicle body during the turn. These forms of calculation used to be carried out by hand, but in recent years, with modern software, the process has been computerised.


Swept Path Analysis

Planning Applications for developments sometimes need to demonstrate that the plan layout can accommodate the movement of vehicles regularly expected by the development. This is because site layouts are becoming increasingly congested to accommodate planning requirements and to achieve viable developments. This has lead to designs being challenged more and more by the planning authority who need to be confident that the proposed layout is fit for purpose, particularly for sites where room for vehicle manoeuvres is limited.
In order for the Local Authority to be confident that the design proposals can accommodate vehicle movements they can request a drawing showing the Swept Path Analysis of vehicles overlaid on the proposed site layout to demonstrate that the vehicles can manoeuvre safely and efficiently within the site layout.

Swept Path Analysis benefits Planners, Architects, Engineers, Developers and site owners as it provides them with the means to assess the turning implications of a wide variety of vehicle types on design layouts at a very early stage in the design process without the need of physically driving or undertaking the manoeuvres. This helps inform the design process and provides a fast and cost efficient method of assessing alternative layouts and sites.
Sanderson Associates have extensive experience in providing Swept Path Analysis using the latest AutoTrack Road Software for a wide variety of major and minor developments throughout the whole of the UK, Isle of Man and Ireland.

We offer a wide range of Swept Path Analysis services including:-

  • Car Park Design and Assessment
  • Petrol Filling Station layouts
  • Vehicle Access/Egress Arrangements
  • Office, Industrial and Retail Servicing areas
  • Fast Food Drive Through
  • Emergency and Refuse Vehicle Analysis for Housing Developments
  • Interrogation of new junctions and Roundabouts
  • Abnormal Load Route Planning
  • Emergency Service Developments

Sanderson Associates have a design team who are able to design and amend site layouts to relevant standards in order to accommodate vehicle Swept Path Analysis.

Don’t Worry

If the vehicle you require assessing is unique or not within our vehicle library, don’t worry Sanderson Associates can create a simulation for all vehicles as long as basic vehicle data is provided.

Also If you do not have an AutoCAD site layout drawing, Sanderson Associates can make/use digital copies of plans, and as long as they are to scale, we are then able to undertake the Swept Path Analysis on the digital plan.

Require Assistance with a Swept Path Analysis?

Sanderson Associates have extensive experience in assisting our Clients with Swept Path Analysis and other Highway Planning Matters for a wide variety of major and minor developments throughout the whole of the UK, Isle of Man and Ireland.

We would welcome the opportunity to provide you with a competitive fee proposal, simply call Sanderson Associates on 01924 844080 and ask to speak to a member of our Design Team or click here to complete our secure online form.


What our Clients' say:

Highways Advice, Proposed Residential Development, Micklepage Paddock

Wed 29 June 2016

I would just like to reiterate my thanks, together with those of my clients, for all the work that you did in assisting to obtain planning permission for the above project. Highways had always indicated that being able to provide adequate sight lines onto the main road would be a major factor in determining this […]

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Highway Advice – Testimonial

Mon 9 May 2016

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Swept Path Analysis, Proposed Extension to Industrial Development

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Residential Development and Agricultural Access

Wed 16 September 2015

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Swept Path Analysis – Residential Development

Wed 5 August 2015

 Many thanks for the final swept path analysis drawings. Can I also say that its been a pleasure, and we will definitely use your services again on future projects. Richard On behalf of C E Gilbert & Son Developments Ltd

Swept Path Analysis

Mon 27 July 2015

We are a small civil engineering consultancy mainly involved in the design of housing developments. We often require swept-path analysis in order to satisfy local councils that their vehicles will be able to access the development. We send our site plans to Darren at Sanderson Associates who always provides a fast, efficient and consistent service. […]

Planning Appeal Rebuttal, Proposed Residential Property

Mon 13 July 2015

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Flood Risk Assessment, Residential Development

Mon 15 June 2015

Sanderson Associates has provided us with a very professional service, and has always responded extremely quickly and efficiently to our client’s requirements. Laura Elias, Assistant Planner, CBRE Ltd

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