Session: Transport Modelling for Non-Modellers, London
Date: Thursday 2nd December 2021
Location: Online
Training provider: PTRC Education and Research Services Ltd
Cost: Standard Fee: £525 + VAT CILT Member/ Local Authority/ Charity Fee: £475 + VAT
Contact: PTRC Training
Telephone: 02073481970
Type: Course
STAR Competence: 10.3 Strategic Modelling


The modelling of junctions, road networks and public transport systems provides fundamental information to support decisions taken on future land uses, investment in the transport system and other policy interventions. With modelling tools ranging from “simple” equations through to highly complex mathematical, algorithm based systems, many people responsible for commissioning modelling activities find modelling a daunting area of responsibility. This course provides an introduction to the modelling tools commonly used, providing delegates with an understanding of the applicability of different models to various situations, and equips practitioners with simple techniques for checking model outputs.


• Reasons for using models

• Main components of models

• Guidance Data requirements

• Forecasting

• Option testing and scheme appraisal

• Different types of model and their advantages, disadvantages and limitations: Operational/Traffic engineering models (ARCADY,PICADY, LINSIG, TRANSYT), strategic multi-modal models, micro-simulation models, pedestrian models

Target Audience:

The course is designed for people with limited or no experience of transport modelling activities who are responsible for requesting or commissioning models, such as those working in the fields of strategic transport planning, strategic land use planning, development management and economic growth/regeneration. It is also suitable for those with managerial responsibility for modelling teams, who are looking for a broad overview of techniques and issues.

More Information:

On completion of the course, delegates will:

• be acquainted with the different types of modelling packages available, their applicability to different scenarios and the guidance informing model development

• be aware of the main stages in building (and maintaining) models and the time and cost implications of these

• have an understanding of the basic characteristics of traffic flow and how junction geometry, link characteristics and traffic signals influence capacity and queues

• be capable of sense-checking modelling outputs

• have greater confidence in choosing the right modelling method for a particular task

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