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Data & Modelling 2012

Data & Modelling 2012
Juliana O’Rourke, Editor

The challenge for movement and place professionals is to help make viable plans today for an uncertain tomorrow. Movement, living, working and leisure patterns are morphing faster than ever before on the back of rapid technological advances and social change. How can we model today for... continue

11 Jun 2012Local Transport Today Supplements

Transport Modelling: Learning from other disciplines
Tom Van Vuren

Transport modelling has always attracted professionals from a broad church. I have worked with many a civil engineer, in fact I am one myself, and over the years my colleagues, students and mentors have included geographers, mathematicians, physicists and social scientists. I even once worked with... continue

11 Jun 2012Local Transport Today Supplements
3D movies: making the case for change

3D movies: making the case for change
Simon Babes and Paul Oesten-Creasey

3D visualisation – as its name suggests – is a type of computer animation used for developing... continue

11 Jun 2012Local Transport Today Supplements

Smart cities, big data and the new research agenda

Units such as the Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA) at the Bartlett Faculty of the Built Environment, University College London, and the Senseable Cities Lab at Massachussetts Institute of Technology (MIT), Boston, USA, are pioneering smart cities research, drawing on cutting edge... continue

11 Jun 2012Local Transport Today Supplements

The Internet of Things (IoT): connecting things as well as people

A recent report, Machine-to-Machine Communications: Connecting billions of devices, from the Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development (OECD), outlines the potential impact of machine-to-machine communication (M2M) and the Internet of Things. According to Rudolf Van der Berg of the... continue

11 Jun 2012Local Transport Today Supplements

There’s a new world of data available: how do we harness it for analysis, communication and modelling ?
Juliana O’Rourke and Peter Stonham

From data that is hard won, and expensive to obtain, we are on the brink of creating a vast pool of information sources and models for use in scenarios where existing tools may be ineffective and inflexible as well as costly. For government and business, the benefits are potentially huge –... continue

11 Jun 2012Local Transport Today Supplements

Harnessing CCTV image data for behavioural insight and modelling
Peter Stonham

Cameras are these days watching everywhere: and what they see can increasingly become a major management tool. The subjects ‘under surveillance’ can be human – or mechanical. Early applications have involved vehicle and automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) allowing traffic... continue

11 Jun 2012Local Transport Today Supplements
A LUTI model with a difference

A LUTI model with a difference
Sonny Tolofari, Leicestershire County Council; Paul Hanson, AECOM; Andy Dobson, David Simmonds Consultancy

Both transport and urban planning require broad ranging consideration in their own right.... continue

11 Jun 2012Local Transport Today Supplements

Bluetooth tracking for surveys
Nick O’Neil of Streetwise

In austere times, it has been vital to reduce the costs of transportation studies by making more use of existing data sets and developing methodologies that offer added value. However, traffic surveys remain a key component of the planning and appraisal process. Clients want more for their money,... continue

11 Jun 2012Local Transport Today Supplements

Opening up opportunities to benefit the individual
Keith Drew, Halcrow

­When the data.gov.uk website launched in January 2010 I did not even notice, to be honest. A failure on my part as a data ‘geek’, I admit. However, in April 2010, following a more trumpeted arrival (The Guardian’s ‘free our data’ campaign, for example), I was the... continue

11 Jun 2012Local Transport Today Supplements

Informing wider debate in an age of localism
Peter Warman

The digital and data revolution is having a big impact on the wide range of professionals – and communities ­– involved in place and movement. Scenario testing tools and 'games', 3D visualisation, Building Information Modelling (BIM) systems, real time data tracking and 4D... continue

11 Jun 2012Local Transport Today Supplements
Microsimulation key to improved road efficiency and capacity

Microsimulation key to improved road efficiency and capacity

All three junctions were heavily congested in both peaks and lie on a main commuter route for the area. The locality of a large school and its associated morning drop-off points were major factors contributing to a morning queue regularly... continue

11 Jun 2012Local Transport Today Supplements

Measure, map, model and make
Tim Stonor

Work undertaken at Space Syntax in recent years has identified many strong connections between urban design and property value. We have found strong correlations between the way space is planned and the economic impact that it has, for example on property taxation and rental income. Good urban... continue

11 Jun 2012Local Transport Today Supplements

Pinpointing the value of urban activity
Brian Fitzpatrick

Traditions of high quality engineering could, it can be argued, be more concerned with function than form. The result, in many cases, is well-engineered infrastructure that often fails to consider the wider implications of how it contributes to the aesthetic environment and the wider public... continue

11 Jun 2012Local Transport Today Supplements

What does ‘smarter mobility’ really mean?
Chris Cooper, IBM

A common theme among many futuristic views of our personal mobility is the way in which data will be used to make transportation smarter. But do we all agree what ‘smarter’ actually means? For myself, the real significance of smarter transport is in changing the relationships between... continue

11 Jun 2012Local Transport Today Supplements

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