Roderick Distinguished International Webinar: Jennifer Whyte from Imperial College London on `Infrastructure projects and digital delivery.’

The University of Sydney’s First Roderick Distinguished International Webinar is scheduled on Thursday, 19 November 2020, from 6-7pm via Zoom.

In this webinar, we will hear from Prof. Jennifer Whyte from Imperial College London. The talk will focus on Infrastructure projects and digital delivery.

Please CLICK HERE to register at your earliest convenience.

Prof. Jennifer Whyte is a Professor in the Department of Civil and Environmental Engineering at Imperial College London, and holds the Royal Academy of Engineering and Laing O’Rourke Chair in Systems Integration. Her research is on the delivery of major infrastructure projects, and on the integration of systems, modular and digital delivery strategies. As a member of Construction Leadership Council in the UK, she has strong links to industry and policy, giving advice based on her research. She has been visiting faculty at Stanford and is Director of the Centre for Systems Engineering and Innovation at Imperial College London. She is the incoming Head of the School of Project Management and Director of the John Grill Institute at the University of Sydney.

Title: Infrastructure projects and digital delivery
The talk will focus on how is the delivery of major infrastructure projects transformed by pervasive use of digital technologies and digital information? This lecture will explore how the practices of delivering infrastructure are changing, arguing for the need for focus on systems integration and the realization of value from projects. It draws on research on London megaproject, Heathrow Terminals, London 2012 Olympics, Crossrail, Tideway, High Speed 2.

The Role of Walking in the Movement and Place Policy Framework

Join the Transport Australia society for a panel discussion on what makes places great and how they can be built to encourage a healthier and more vibrant society. (August 11, 2020 – 12:30 pm to 02:00 pm (AEST))

The Role of Walking in the Movement and Place Policy Framework
Join the Transport Australia society for a panel discussion on “the Role of Walking in the Movement and Place Policy Framework”.

The Movement and Place Framework is increasingly used to guide transport planning in delivering a more integrated transport system to improve customer outcomes and support a range of user groups. This is particularly important for the liveability of places and vibrant streets, where greater numbers of pedestrians gather.

Austroads, the NSW Government Architect and others have recently published a series of guidelines to help understand and implement this framework.

The event will consist of three presentations by our esteemed partners from Walk Sydney, Victoria Walks and the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads, followed by a Q&A session.

Hear from our panellists on their views on what makes great places and how these places can encourage more walking for a healthier, wealthier and more vibrant society.


Ben Rossiter

Ben Rossiter
Victoria Walks & International Federation of Pedestrians

Ben Rossiter is the founding Executive Officer of Victoria Walks and has led a small but enterprising team to see it become the primary Australian organisation leading the move for walkable communities. Victoria Walks is an evidence-based organisation working to get more people walking more every day. The theme of his doctoral dissertation was walking in cities and he takes great pleasure in the simple joy of walking, getting lost in urban areas and exploring new places on foot.

Robyn Davies

Robyn Davies
Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads

Robyn Davies is Program Manager (Cycling and Walking) in the Department of Transport and Main Roads (TMR) in Queensland. She is an urbanist and transport planner with 20 years’ experience working in state and local governments in Australia and the UK, including 15 years in TMR.

She is an advocate for sustainable transport and making cities great places for people.

David Levinson

David Levinson
Walk Sydney & University of Sydney

Prof David Levinson joined the School of Civil Engineering at the University of Sydney in 2017. He also serves as an adjunct faculty in the Department of Civil, Environmental, and Geo-Engineering at the University of Minnesota, where from 1999 to 2016, he served on the faculty. He was Managing Director of the Accessibility Observatory and directed the Networks, Economics, and Urban Systems (NEXUS) research group. He held the Richard P Braun/CTS Chair in Transportation (2006-2016). He also served on the graduate faculty of the Applied Economics and Urban and Regional Planning programs at the University of Minnesota. In the academic year 2006-2007 he was a visiting academic at Imperial College in London. He serves as an advisor to Coord.

Dick Van den Dool

Dick van den Dool, Director
Barros van den Dool Active Transport

After more than 30 years in the industry, Dick started his own business in late 2017. The focus is on Active Transport (AT) and Road Safety, the underlying philosophy being to create a healthy planet, people and places. Dick is well known for his extensive research into active transport and traffic calming, bringing fresh ideas from The Netherlands to the attention of the Australian traffic and road safety profession. Most recently he led the research, design and consultation for Bicycle Boulevards in WA, SA and QLD and the related initiative on Safe Street Neighbourhoods. Dick is a committee member of Transport Australia Society (NSW), Cycling Without Age Australia, WalkSydney, BIKEast, Standards Australia (car parking) and the Innovation Panel for Cycling and Walking Australia and New Zealand.

About Transport Australia

Transport Australia is a national organisation with state-based branches and membership is open to all people with an interest in transport issues. Our members deal with the movement of people and goods to, from and within Australia by land, sea and air. The focus of our activity is to improve public debate on strategic transport issues, ensuring transport professionals are at the table when Governments make decisions regarding transport policy, reform and infrastructure investment. Transport Australia is the home for transport professionals in Australia.

Membership is $55 per annum.  To join, go to



Date: 11 / 08 / 2020 – 12:30 pm to 02:00 pm (AEST)
Venue: Webinar Only

  • EA Member Rate: $0.00 ($0.00 excl. GST)
  • Student Member Rate: $0.00 ($0.00 excl. GST)
  • Non-Member Rate: $30.00 ($27.27 excl. GST)
Key Speaker(s)
Ben Rossiter, Robyn Davies, David Levinson, Dick van den Dool
Engineers Australia, Transport Australia Society
Event Contact
  • Contact: Engineers Australia Member Services
  • Phone: 1300 653 113
  • Email:
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Are you sick of/from TRB

Every January, at the Washington, DC Convention Center, 15,000 people gather to exchange memes and viruses. I have attended most of the events held over the past 30 years. It seems like I get sick from most of those.

This year, I conducted a Twitter Poll to see if I was alone. The results below

Are you sick of TRB? A poll about the 2020 Washington DC Conference. Did you go this year, or not? And did you get cold or flu symptoms, or not, in the past six weeks?

16.9% TRB, ill
33.1% TRB, not ill
7.7%   Not TRB, ill
42.3% Not TRB, not ill
142 votes · Final results

A low resolution image of the logo of TRB - Transportation Research Board of the National Academies
A low resolution image of the logo of TRB – Transportation Research Board of the National Academies

The evidence from this poll of more than 142 people (coincidentally evenly split between TRB and non-TRB goers) is that you are more than twice as likely to report having gotten sick if you attended TRB (33.8%) than otherwise (15.4%). There were 71 attendees and non-attendees each in the sample, you can decide if that is sufficiently large to draw this conclusion. Obviously correlation is not causation, and there can be other causes:

  • Twitter users are hypochondriacs, easily suggestable and are faking illnesses after this was raised,
  • TRB attendees are world travelers (compared to non-attendees) and may have gotten sick elsewhere as well (which mitigates but does not absolve the Annual Meeting, as TRB is part of world travel they engage greater than the general population)
  • TRB attendees got sick from air and train travel, rather than the conference itself.

Nevertheless, I tend to believe these findings, they align with my priors and have an underlying mechanism. We can validate next year and with other conferences.

If it turns out we had coronavirus all along (for months prior to being aware of it), (people who are not dropping over dead or feeling the need to be hospitalized are not being tested in most of the world, indicating the death rate given the virus is probably much lower than reported, deaths are mostly known (though perhaps some are misclassified), cases are not) this might have been a major vector of transmission.

So in addition to the other known negative externalities of attending conferences, such as the pollution generated, we can add health effects. Do these outweigh the benefits from in-person exchange of knowledge?

TransportLab at TRB 2020

Our TransportLab research group will be at the Transportation Research Board Conference in Washington, DC, in January. Our papers and sessions include:

01:30 PM-
05:30 PMMarriott Marquis, Independence Salon C (M4)
Wu, Hao, El-Geneidy, Ahmed, Stewart, Anson, Murphy, Brendan, Boisjoly, Genevieve, Niedzielski, Michał , Pereira, Rafael H.M., and Levinson, D. (2020) Access Across the Globe: Towards an International Comparison of Cumulative Opportunities International Cooperation Committee A0010
08:00 AM-
09:45 AMMarriott Marquis, Pentagon (M4)
David Levinson, University of Sydney, presiding
Public Transportation, Planning and Forecasting
Transport Accessibility Manual Working Group AP050
08:00 AM-
09:45 AM Convention Center, 147B
Lahoorpoor, Bahman and Levinson, D. (2020) Catchment if you can: The effect of station entrance and exit locations on accessibility. Journal of Transport Geography. 82, 102556 [doi] [full report] [free until 2019-12-25]
Event 1397

Designed to Attract: Transit Access and Inclusion AP045

08:00 AM-
09:45 AM Convention Center, Hall APoster-board Location Number: A106
Davis, Blake, Ji, Ang,  Liu, Bichen, and Levinson, D. (2020) Moving Array Traffic Probes.
Event 1408

Advances in Traffic Monitoring ABJ35

01:30 PM-
03:15 PM Convention Center, 146B
Cui, Mengying and Levinson, D. (2019) Primal and Dual AccessGeographical Analysis.  [doi] [code]
Event 1519

Transportation Accessibility Planning ADB50

06:00 PM-
07:30 PM Convention Center, Hall APoster-board Location Number: A111Poster-board Location Number: A112


Poster-board Location Number: A113

Wu, Hao, Somwrita Sarkar, and Levinson, D. (2019) How Transit Scaling Shapes CitiesNature Sustainability doi:10.1038/s41893-019-0427-7 . [doi]

Cui, Mengying and Levinson, D. (2019) Measuring Full Cost Accessibility by AutoJournal of Transport and Land Use. 12(1) 649-672. [doi]

Rayaprolu, Hema and Levinson, D. (2020) What’s Access Worth? A Hedonic Pricing Approach to Valuing Cities.

Event 1653

Poster Session on Transportation and Land Development ADD30

06:00 PM-
07:30 PM Convention Center, Hall APoster-board Location Number: B344
Ji, Ang and Levinson, D. (2020) A Review of Game Theory Models of Lane Changing.
Event 1656

Traffic Flow Theory and Characteristics, Part 3 (Part 1, Session 1654; Part 2, Session 1655; Part 4, Session 1760; Part 5, Session 1761) AHB45

08:00 AM-
09:45 AM Convention Center, Hall APoster-board Location Number: A138
Cui, Mengying, and Levinson, D. (2020) Shortest paths, travel costs, and traffic.
Event 1688

Travel Behavior Mega Poster Session ADB10

08:00 AM-
09:45 AM Convention Center, Hall APoster-board Location Number: B390
Zhao, Xia, Cui, Mengying, and Levinson, D. (2020) Temporal Variations in Daily Activity Networks Using Smartcard Data
Event 1694

Public Transportation Demand: Explorations of Traveler Response and Traveler Characteristics AP025

Wednesday 10:15 AM- 12:00 PM
Convention Center, Hall A
Valentin Beauvoir, Emily Moylan (2020) Bike Share System Reliability: The Distribution of Delay Caused by Bike Unavailability 20-05298 Event 1736

Micromobility Poster Session: Planning, Policy, and User Behavior for Shared Bikes and Scooters

02:30 PM-
04:00 PM Convention Center, 150B
Lahoorpoor, Bahman and Levinson, D. (2020) Trains, trams, and terraces: population growth and network expansion in Sydney: 1861-1931.
Event 1740

Research in Urban Transportation History: From Sydney Trams to Los Angeles Ballot Box Planning to Canadian Street Cars ABG50

02:30 PM-
04:00 PM

Convention Center, Hall A

Poster-board Location Number: A114

Lahoorpoor, Bahman and Levinson, D.  (2020) The Transit Travel Time Machine: Comparing Three Different Tools for Travel Time Estimation.
Event 1740

Road Scholars: New Research in Travel Time, Speed, and Reliability Data

Transport Accessibility  Manual Working Group

The Committee of the Transport Accessibility Manual will meet at the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting in Washington DC in January:

final_cbsa_35620Transport Accessibility Manual Working Group (SAM20-0007 AP050)
Tuesday, Jan 14, 2020  8:00AM  9:45AM (US Eastern Standard Time)

We will be discussing the first (preliminary) draft of the document, which will be distributed to mailing list members before the meeting. Contact me if you would like to be added to the mailing list.

TransportCamp Sydney 2019

TransportLab at the University of Sydney is pleased to sponsor TransportCamp Sydney.
The TransportCamp Sydney ‘unconference’ will bring together transport professionals, researchers and technologists interested in how transport and technology can help improve mobility in urban environments. TransportCamp is a global phenomenon – This event is the inaugural TransportCamp Sydney event.

Recent advances in technology—mobile apps, open source software, open data and spatial analysis—present an opportunity to improve mobility more immediately and at a lower cost than has ever been possible in the past.

TransportCamp raises awareness of this opportunity and builds connections and knowledge between the often siloed innovators in public administration, transport operations, urban planning and entrepreneurship.

It is the only event where the attendees set the agenda and collaborate to determine what are the key topics they want to hear about and discuss.

Get all the latest updates via @TransportCampAU

Thank you to all of our fantastic sponsors including GTA Consultants and Meld Studios.

What is an ‘unconference’?

This event is being run as an ‘unconference’, where the sessions topics and activities are programmed by the attendees. Yep! Attendees set the day’s agenda and run the sessions themselves. Visit our What is TransportCamp? web page to find out how it all works. See below for the event schedule.

On Friday 22 February 2019 at 8:30am

Event schedule

8.30am – 9am: Arrive and Register

9am: Introductions – ALL (yes, everyone will introduce themselves)

9.30am: Agenda setting!

10.15am – 12.25pm: Unconference sessions (40mins each)

12.30pm: Lunch

1.30pm – 3.45pm: Unconference sessions

3.45pm: Closing statements

4.30pm: Post event drinks


Abercrombie Building, The University of Sydney
Darlington Ln & Abercrombie St, Darlington, NSW 2008


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Transport Accessibility Manual Working Group

I am pleased to announce that the Transportation Research Board Annual Meeting will host the first in-person meeting of the Transport Accessibility Manual Working Group.


Transport Accessibility Manual Working Group

Monday 6:00 PM- 7:30 PM
Marriott Marquis, Mint (M4)

David Levinson, University of Sydney, presiding

Sponsored by:

Standing Committee on Bus Transit Systems (AP050)

One of the key problems is what to value when investing in transport or regulating land development. Accessibility — the ease of reaching valued destinations — connects transport and land use, considering both how easy it is to move and where things are located. While many planners know how to measure this, many don’t, and all could benefit from standardizing application to best practice. To that end, a working group would develop such a standard, which would clarify topics like how to measure, how to compute, how to present, and what to consider in terms of accessibility.



If you are interested in participating, please email me.

Transport Research Association for NSW (TRANSW)

image001What is TRANSW?

The Transport Research Association for NSW (TRANSW) is a new joint initiative of the University of Sydney, University of New South Wales (UNSW), University Technology, Sydney (UTS), and Transport for New South Wales (TfNSW). It aims to foster and support cross-disciplinary and cross-institutional transport research and practice. For more information, please visit TRANSW will be launched this year and its Inaugural Symposium will be held in Sydney CBD on Thursday 15 November 2018. Please save the date!

Annual Symposium

The annual Symposium provides a platform for transport research students, academics, and practitioners to discuss relevant topics in transport. Research students will have the opportunity to showcase their research and attendees will have the opportunity to meet transport students, academics, and practitioners in an informal setting.

The Symposium will be organised each year by one of the participating universities. The Inaugural Symposium on 15 November 2018 is organised and sponsored by the University of Sydney and registration is available free of charge for researchers in transport from the three participating universities as well as for transport experts at Transport for NSW. Personal invitations will be sent by email on 15 October 2018.

Expression of interest to present (research students only)

We would like to invite research students (MPhil and PhD) from the participating universities to submit an expression of interest (EoI) to present at the Symposium on one of the themes (listed below) that are based on the strategic research directions of the Transport for NSW Research Hub.

For the EoI, please send an email with subject header “EoI” to before Tuesday 25 September 2018 and we will email you a personal invitation to submit an abstract (maximum 300 words) via our online webportal.

Symposium themes

  1. Future mobility
  • Traffic flow simulation, management and control
  • Travel demand forecasting and survey methods
  • Travel behaviour and values
  • Transport network modelling and optimisation
  • Scenario analysis
  1. Successful places
  • Integrated transport and urban planning
  • Land use
  1. Sustainability
  • Active travel and health
  • Public transport
  • Energy and emissions
  1. Technological drivers of change
  • Big data in transport
  • Impact of alternative-fuel and autonomous vehicles
  • Mobility-as-a-Service (MaaS)
  1. Freight transport
  • Maritime and aviation
  • City logistics
  1. Safety and security
  • Traffic safety analysis and evaluation
  • Disaster planning and resilience
  1. Valuing wider benefits
  • Transport economics, pricing, and appraisal
  • Evaluation and benefits realisation of transport projects and programs
  • Transport business strategy

Important dates

15 September 2018

25 September 2018

30 September 2018

12 October 2018

15 October 2018

5 November 2018

15 November 2018

Abstract submission opens (research students only)

Deadline for expression of interest (research students only)

Deadline for abstract submissions

Notification of acceptance of abstracts for presentation

Registration opens

Registration closes

Inaugural TRANSW Symposium


Symposium Committee

Emily Moylan

Taha Rashidi

Claudine Moutou

Paul Gaynor

University of Sydney

University of NSW

University of Technology, Sydney

Transport for NSW

Commercial Vehicle Outlook Conference: August 26-27, Dallas Texas

I am pleased to be speaking at the Commercial Vehicle Outlook Conference, which has a theme of Trucking’s Future Now Conference in Dallas, August 26-27, 2015.

What does the future of the trucking industry look like? That’s what industry experts, analysts and futurists will discuss next month in August in Dallas at the annual Commercial Vehicle Outlook seminar for fleet executives, suppliers and other industry stakeholders.

The two-day event will be held Aug. 26-27 at the Dallas Convention Center in conjunction with the Great American Trucking Show.The conference, sub-themed this year as Trucking’s Future Now, will feature speeches and panel discussions on looming changes to trucking equipment and technology, such as autonomous trucking and platooning systems, along with talks on changing infrastructure, freight patterns and the driver and technician labor market.

Michio Kaku

Futurist Michio Kaku will give CV-Outlook’s keynote address on Wednesday, Aug. 26. Kaku is one of the most highly recognized futurists in the world, internationally recognized for trying to complete Einstein’s unified field theory and his predictions of trends affecting business, commerce and finance.

Other speakers include Derek Rotz, manager of advanced engineering at Daimler Trucks North America; Stephen Hampson, president and general manager of Meritor WABCO; David Levinson, author and professor at the University of Minnesota; Bill Kahn, principal engineer at Peterbilt Motors;  Paul Menig, CEO at Tech-I-M; Josh Switkes, CEO at Peloton Technology; and Mike Roeth, executive director of NACFE.

Click here to register for CV Outlook.