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CODE 104795
ACADEMIC YEAR 2024/2025
CREDITS
SCIENTIFIC DISCIPLINARY SECTOR ICAR/05
LANGUAGE English
TEACHING LOCATION
  • GENOVA
SEMESTER 1° Semester
TEACHING MATERIALS AULAWEB

OVERVIEW

Transport Systems Design is the engineering discipline that provides the methodologies for modelling and designing transport systems with a holistic approach and by means of appropriate mathematical and modelling tools.

AIMS AND CONTENT

LEARNING OUTCOMES

The goal of the course is providing the principles of transport planning in relation to different geographic and temporal scales, the functional design of transport infrastructures and services, as well as the tools for evaluating the economic convenience and sustainability. In doing so, some relevant cases will be considered with the aim of introducing modern design techniques: OD matrix estimation and calibration, network design, public transport and car-sharing design, traffic light design.

AIMS AND LEARNING OUTCOMES

After the course, the student shall know and shall be able to apply, through dedicated optimization and simulations software tools, basic and advanced notions about: 

  • transport demand estimation
  • transport systems simulation
  • road networks functional design
  • traffic light design
  • public transport systems design

PREREQUISITES

Students should be familiar with probability, transport supply, demand, and assignment models.

TEACHING METHODS

Class lectures (approximately 70% of the lessons) and software laboratory exercises (approximately 30% of the lessons).

SYLLABUS/CONTENT

The course is articulated in four main topics:

  1. Transport demand estimation
    • Transport demand direct estimation (survey) and reliability assessment
    • Model-based estimation: identification demand model parameters
    • Origin/Destination (O/D) matrix update and calibration
  2. Transport systems simulation
  3. Transport systems design
    • Traffic light design
    • Road networks design
    • Public transport systems design
  4. Cost/Benefit analysis

RECOMMENDED READING/BIBLIOGRAPHY

Transport Systems Design (Basic reference): 

  • E. Cascetta, 2009, Transportation Systems Analysis 2nd ed., Springer (English)
  • E. Cascetta, 2002, Modelli per i Sistemi di Trasporto: Teoria ed Applicazioni, UTET, 2006 (Italian)

Insights:

  • Transportation Supply Models, Cost Functions, Traffic Lights, ...
  • Highway Capacity Manual, Transportation Research Board (TRB), 2010

TEACHERS AND EXAM BOARD

LESSONS

LESSONS START

All class schedules are posted on the EasyAcademy portal.

Class schedule

The timetable for this course is available here: Portale EasyAcademy

EXAMS

EXAM DESCRIPTION

Oral examination.

ASSESSMENT METHODS

Within the oral examination, it will be assessed:

  • student's knowledge of the course topics
  • student's capability of formalizing and transport problems
  • student's capability of designing transport systems (also by means of dedicated simulation software)

Agenda 2030 - Sustainable Development Goals

Agenda 2030 - Sustainable Development Goals
Industry, innovation and infrastructure
Industry, innovation and infrastructure
Sustainable cities and communities
Sustainable cities and communities
Climate action
Climate action