Course information

Responsible Instructor
Name E-mail R. van Nes
Name E-mail E. de Romph
Contact Hours / Week x/x/x/x
6/0/0/0 + 4/0/0/0
Education Period
Start Education
Exam Period
Course Language
Course Contents
1. Role of models in transportation and spatial system analysis, main model components and their relationships, modelling concepts
2.Travel choice modelling, utility theory, Logit-models, Nested logit
3. System description, zonal segmentation, network description, shortest path trees
4. Trip generation models
5. Trip distribution models, estimation of trip distribution functions
6. Mode choice models, simultaneous distribution-modal split models
7. Time of day and departure time models
8. Assignment models, uncongested and congested network assignment, equilibrium concept, stochastic assignment, system optimal assignment, public transport assignment
9. OD matrix estimation models
10. Forecasting
11. Transport modelling in practice
12. Spatial interaction models, choice modelling in spatial systems
13. Land-use transport interactions models, TIGRIS
14. Exercise using commercial transport modelling software (Omnitrans) in setting up a modelling analysis, and assessing a transport system and solution strategies

Main components
• Land use-transportation interaction (Wegener)
• Trip generation
• Trip distribution
• Mode choice
• Time of day/departure time choice
• Network assignment
• Spatial interaction

Modelling techniques
• Choice modelling
• Regression models
• Cross classification
• Gravity model (singly and doubly constrained)
• Network equilibrium modelling (deterministic and stochastic)
• OD-matrix calibration
• Spatial equilibrium modelling
Study Goals
1. Identify and describe the main components of transportation and land use models
2. Apply and discuss the main modelling techniques for the components of the four (five) stage transportation model
3. Analyse and discuss today's transportation and land use models
4. Set-up and perform a systematic modelling analysis to assess a transportation system and solution strategies
Education Method
Lectures, self-study assignments, exercises, practical
Literature and Study Materials

Written exam (open questions, closed book) and assignment with written report
The individual exercise must be completed and the deadline for handing in the report is week 8. The exercise grade will remain valid for a maximum of 18 months.

NB: In case the exercises are not completed in time, one will not be allowed to make the final written exam.
Expected prior Knowledge
No additional requirements
Academic Skills
Skills that students will be working on in this course are:
• Analytical and critical thinking on models and modelling approaches
• Interpretation of modelling results
• Using models in problem solving
• Awareness of relationship between real world problems and modelling
• Writing reports
Literature & Study Materials
Obligatory lecture note(s)/textbook(s):
1. Ortuzar, J. de Dios, L.G. Willumsen (2011) Modelling transport
4th edition, John Wiley & Sons, Chichester
2. Selected papers on Spatial Modelling, references will be provided
3. Manual of exercises in Omnitrans

Obligatory other materials:
Lecture slides and other material on Blackboard
Written exam (75%) + written report about exercise (25%)
Permitted Materials during Exam
Calculator and a formula sheet (1 A4)
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