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CENV6153 Transport Modelling

Module Overview

This module builds on the theoretical aspects of road transport engineering (covered in CENV3060) to introduce a more applied approach covering the state-of-the-art in transport modelling. The module is divided into three intermixed strands: 'Macroscopic Models' for predicting overall travel patterns; 'Microscopic Models' for predicting individual road junctions; and ‘Behavioural Models' for predicting individual traveller responses. The overall aim is to develop an understanding of the different approaches to modelling the consequences of transport engineering and policy decisions.

Aims and Objectives

Module Aims

This module aims to develop an understanding of the different approaches to modelling the consequences of transport engineering and policy decisions.

Learning Outcomes

Knowledge and Understanding

Having successfully completed this module, you will be able to demonstrate knowledge and understanding of:

  • 4-stage' travel demand models
  • Junction design and analysis models
  • Microscopic traffic simulation models
  • Stated preference models
Transferable and Generic Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Apply critical analysis and judgement
  • Analyse and solve problems in a methodical fashion
  • Time management and independent learning
  • Evaluate modelling results
Subject Specific Practical Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Utilise a range of common transport models
Subject Specific Intellectual and Research Skills

Having successfully completed this module you will be able to:

  • Identify appropriate model types for a range of transport situations
  • Create models to represent a range of transport situations
  • Analyse the results from transport models
  • Critically evaluate comparative transport options

Syllabus

1. Macroscopic (Demand) Transport Models - ‘4-Stage’ (Trip generation; Trip distribution; Modal split; and Assignment) models; - Discrete choice models; - Departure time models; 2. Microscopic Transport Models - Driver behaviour models - Junction operations models 3. Behavioural Models - Stated Preference models; - Attitudinal models; - Human factors models 4. Government Transport Policy

Special Features

Students will create working simulation models of road junction operation and vehicle movements.

Learning and Teaching

Teaching and learning methods

1. Macroscopic (Demand) Transport Models Lectures on 4-Stage models with associated in-class and self-study tutorial examples; 2. Microscopic Transport Models Lectures on the theories underpinning microscopic models; Computer practical session (creating a simple microscopic model); Assessed work with support tutorials; 3. Behavioural Models Lectures on extending and alternatives to the 4-Stage model; Lectures on Stated Preference and Attitudinal Models; lectures on Human Factors Models 4. Government Transport Policy Lectures on history and current state of transport policy

TypeHours
Practical classes and workshops5
Tutorial6
Wider reading or practice30
Revision40
Completion of assessment task30
Lecture25
Follow-up work14
Total study time150

Resources & Reading list

Ortúzar, J. de D. and Willumsen, L.G.. Modelling transport. 

Software requirements PTV Vissim. 

Department for Transport. 

UK National Planning Policy Framework.

Assessment

Assessment Strategy

Repeat method: External repeat - as per referral method.

Summative

MethodPercentage contribution
Coursework 30%
Examination  (180 minutes) 70%

Referral

MethodPercentage contribution
Examination  (180 minutes) 100%

Repeat Information

Repeat type: Internal & External

Linked modules

Pre-requisite and/or co-requisite modules: All students must either have taken CENV3060 Highway & Traffic Engineering or be taking CENV6002 Transportation Engineering: Analysis & Design. Students are not allowed to take both this module and CENV6088 Transportation Planning: P & M.

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