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Model data collection: The need for new thinking on data

Anan Allos is a director at Atkins, specialises in the development of major multi-mode transportation models and the economic and financial evaluation of public and private transport schemes

Anan Allos
Anan Allos
Travel time ratios: morning peak versus off-peak (using TomTom data)
Travel time ratios: morning peak versus off-peak (using TomTom data)


The first step in building robust transport models is the establishment of recent supply (network) and demand (trip pattern) data. The supply data is usually the easier of the two sets to collate, so I will focus on currently commonly used methods for capturing demand data. I will also discuss more innovative techniques for collecting journey time (JT) data, which forms another significant component of data collection costs. Atkins, for example, has been researching the use of mobile...

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