ExpiredQLD Modelling Seminar – Active and Public Transport Modelling

  • 21/11/2018
    5:30 pm - 8:00 pm

 You are invited to join us for a modelling seminar featuring four special guest presenters and sponsored by VLC. Cocktail food/beverages will be provided.


Tim Veitch, VLC – Scratching the surface of mode choice models

Tim is the CEO of VLC. He has over 15 years’ experience in the development and application of strategic transport models, and has been instrumental in the development of VLC’s Zenith models.

His achievements include developing the Zenith toll choice model which has consistently predicted demand for toll roads in Sydney, Melbourne and Brisbane, and the Zenith transit assignment software which is sold internationally as part of the OmniTRANS software package.  He also developed the Zenith mode choice models which he will be speaking about at the seminar.

In his role as CEO, Tim ensures that VLC’s teams work together to deliver sustainable transport outcomes that connect communities and empower economic growth. He also provides hands on technical leadership across many of VLC’s transport modelling and model development projects.

In his presentation Tim will discuss some of the challenges that VLC recently faced in building mode choice models in Sydney, and the methods used to resolve them.

Les Carter, MRCagney – The Business Case of Walking

Les is MRCagney’s Managing Director, charged with the responsibility of leading the company as it strives to grow its reach and reputation as one of Australasia’s leading independent transport and planning advisory firms.  Les has over 25 years’ experience as a transport management professional in both the public and private sectors including operational, specialist technical and advisory roles.

Les has undertaking project assignments for the ACT Government, Infrastructure NSW, Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads, TransLink, Metro Tasmania, Brisbane City Council, City of Gold Coast and Noosa Shire Council in Australia, PoPRC in New Zealand, ETA (Durban) in South Africa and TransJakarta in Indonesia.

Why should we invest in walking? Obviously there are personal health benefits to be gained by increased walking and there are direct economic benefits associated with improved levels of individual fitness. But are there other economic benefits to be realised by improving access to and walkability in and around urban spaces? Is there a convincing Business Case for investing in walking?

MRCagney has recently undertaken detailed work to answer this very question. By measuring and valuing pedestrian delay, valuing urban realm and considering walkability and agglomeration effects we have developed a Business Case for Walking for Auckland city in New Zealand. We have also undertaken elements of this work have also been undertaken in Melbourne. Les will present an overview of this work and discuss why governments should invest in quality urban environments to encourage and grow pedestrian movement (walking).

Charlie Olsen, PwC – Development of an Active Transport Model for the City of Gold Coast

Charlie is a consultant in PwC’s Infrastructure and Urban Renewal (Strategic Transport Modelling) team and has 2 years of professional experience. Most recently, Charlie has provided transport modelling services relating to passenger light and heavy rail for the Department of Transport and Main Roads, City of Gold Coast, and Department of Infrastructure and Regional Development.

The City of Gold Coast are devoting great efforts to encourage more people to walk and cycle around the Gold Coast, by making active transport a more attractive travel option through planning, investing in and delivering a high quality, safe, sustainable and connected active transport network. As part of this effort, the City has recently undertaken a Green Bridges Prioritisation and Investment Framework Study. During the Green Bridge Study, it was recognised that the existing Gold Coast Strategic Transport Model is inadequate for estimating active transport demand, hence the development and application of an active transport network model for estimating pedestrian and cyclist demand in the Gold Coast network.

Jack Sandell, SMEC – South Yarra Station Upgrade in Melbourne and the Central Station Upgrade in Sydney

Jack is a senior transport modeller based in Sydney with seven years experience in traffic and pedestrian microsimulation. He has worked on several large projects including the Sydney Gateway, the Sydney Metro and the Outer Newcastle Study.

Pedestrian microsimulation modelling is becoming more common within the industry both with design of public transport infrastructure, such as train stations, and in planning the wider street scape. Jack will be covering key challenges and advantages of pedestrian modelling including vehicle pedestrian interaction, the high rates of non-compliance in pedestrian networks, issues around data collection and the presentation and defining of results.


This event is sponsored by VLC



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