Pedestrian Modelling - A mass in motion

How do people navigate through a building, a train station or an airport? What happens when you need to evacuate an area, or if a number of exits have to be shut for various reasons? Will the occupants still make it out safely? By Peter Debney

Data and Modelling 2012

The future is a foreign country: we will do things very differently there. 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 digitally-savvy generations whose behaviour patterns evolve as rapidly as new technologies?

A new world of data capture, presentation and analysis

By Juliana O'Rourke and Peter Stonham

Decision-makers, analysts, forecasters, behavioural modellers and a raft of kindred professionals are moving into a new world of data capture and presentation that holds out the possibility for the analysis of movement, living and activity patterns on a scale as yet unprecedented. It is an exciting, but potentially overwhelming, prospect.

Testing the future: evidence-based scenario assessment

UrbanISM is a 'scenario testing' tool that enables stakeholders and the public to rapidly explore and assess the potential of masterplans and options for growth, delivering an empirical evidence base to support planning and development decisions

Modelling guidance: modelling for all road users

The latest version of Transport for London’s modelling guidance talks explicitly for the first time about including pedestrian and cyclist considerations when designing signalised road junctions.

Where’s the evidence that time savings from new roads deliver tangible economic benefits?

Alan Wenban-Smith, an independent consultant who specialises in integrating spatial and transport planning, asks whether current appraisal practice of user time savings continue to dominate the estimation of economic benefit, and to inflate the Cost-Benefit Ratio that is the key determinant of investment priority