Training on Travel Demand Modeling and Forecasting
EMBARQ India organised a training programme on travel demand modeling and forecasting for officials from the Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT). Angad Gadgil, a trasport intern with EMBARQ India, reports on the event.
25 February, 2013 | Bangalore: A three-day intensive training workshop on travel demand modeling and forecasting was organised by EMBARQ India for the officials of the Directorate of Urban Land Transport (DULT), Government of Karnataka, in Bangalore between 19th and 21st February, 2013. The workshop was conducted by Vamsee Modugula, a modeling expert and EMBARQ consultant, with assistance from Srikanth Shastry, Associate - Urban Transport, EMBARQ India, and was attended by 18 officials from DULT.
The DULT has been set up under the department of Urban development by the Government of Karnataka. The objective of DULT is the coordination of planning and implementation of projects and programs related to Urban Transport in Karnataka. DULT is currently in the process of preparing City Mobility Plans (CMPs) for 9 cities in Karnataka. This workshop was organised to help the staff of DULT to gain an understanding into transport demand modeling and the use of Cube, a modeling software.
The first session of the workshop commenced with an introduction to transport modeling and the advantages of having transport models that last for 10-20 years. Best practices and discrepancies that arise because of the lack of accurate data were discussed. Along with this, the four step modeling process was discussed and the participants were acquainted with the interface of Cube 6 and highway network editing and analysis.
The second session of the training focused on data quality checks that would need to be a part of the modeling exercise. The participants were also trained in how to use Cube 6 to code and analyse different public transportation scenarios and represent them and read them on the Cube 6 interface. The participants were given different exercises to help better understand the concepts.
The final session of the training included model development and travel demand modeling in Cube 6. In this session, the participants were trained to create applications, adding programs to it, analysing and running the programs and data interpretation. The training also included the building of a travel demand model using the software. The training programme was well received by the DULT officials.This is a significant step ahead as the officials can now use the software to make sure that there are no discrepancies in the travel models created by consultants. The officials will now be able to gather data and create a good database for future modeling.