Transport Modelling and Planning Micro-credential


Organisation profile

Trinity College Dublin is Ireland's leading University, which has been inspiring generations of brilliant thinkers for over 400 years.

Training aim

A comprehensive overview of the different approaches to modelling transportation networks is provided in this course, equipping learners with a variety of tools for examining transportation problems.

Learning objectives

By the end of the course learners will be able to:

• Evaluate transport networks using the four stage model. 

• Discuss how transport networks are designed. 

• Apply discrete choice models to transportation problems. 

• Understand how activity based transport models link into the traditional four stage model. 

• Appreciate the links between land use and transport planning. 

• Design and plan public transport routes. 

• Model the interactions between transport and emissions.

Course outline

This course covers the following topics: data, four stage transport modelling (including trip generation, distribution, modal split and assignment; user and social equilibrium), discrete choice modelling, activity based models, transport and land use planning, public transport planning.

Trainer's profile

Prof Caulfield is a Professor in Transportation and Head of Discipline in the Department of Civil, Structural and Environmental Engineering. Since joining the Department Prof Caulfield has embarked on an intensive research program addressing global issues such as the environmental impacts of transport and methods to reduce the carbon impacts of transport and in 2017 he addressed the Irish Citizens Assembly on this topic. He recently provided advice to the Climate Change Advisory Council on pathways to decreasing transport emissions by 2030. Prof Caulfield is currently a member of the Steering Group for the review and update of the GDA Transport Strategy with the National Transport Authority. Prof Caulfield has published over 200 papers in these areas in high impact international journals and international conferences and to date has been awarded aprox. €6.7 million in research funding (from EPA, SFI, FP7, CEDR, TII, DoT, RSA, SEAI and HORIZON Europe).

Course duration

12 weeks

Assessment & certification

• Individual assignment – examining public transport planning written report (20%).

• Individual assignment – modelling transport emissions written report and detailed analysis (30%).

• 3-hour examination (50%).

A Micro-credential worth 5 credits on the European Credit Transfer and Accumulation System (ECTS) and 125 hours CPD credit.

Who should attend

Transport professionals, planners, and policymakers that need to interact with macro transport models and interpret their outputs.