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Staff Promotion: Mélanie Bosredon has been promoted to Senior Analyst.
Evaluation of Major Local Authority Transport Plans: David Simmonds Consultancy were commissioned by the UK Department for Transport (DfT), along with NERA and MVA, to produce a guidance manual on the evaluation of local authority major transport projects. Major schemes, costing more than £5 million, represent a significant proportion of DfT spending on local transport. Evaluating schemes will demonstrate whether schemes provide value-for-money, and will generate information to inform future decision making. The guidance sets out what DfT requires from an evaluation, and provides advice on methodological and practical issues. The manual has now been published on the DfT website and can be accessed using the following link http://www.dft.gov.uk/stellent/groups/dft_localtrans/documents/page/dft_localtrans_613671.hcsp.
Updated 30th October 2006:
Thames Gateway South Essex: DSC and TRL have been developing a new land-use/transport interaction model for the Thames Gateway South Essex area. The model, known as SETLUM, follows the existing DSC/TRL model of Strathclyde in linking DSC's DELTA package to TRL's STM transport modelling system. DSC and TRL are contracted to Mouchel Parkman, who have commissioned the model on behalf of their clients, Essex County Council. The development of SETLUM is part of a wider programme of modelling funded by the County Council, DCLG, the Highways Agency, GO-East, and Southend and Thurrock Councils.
Urban Regeneration: Tim Whitehead (formerly Managing Consultant at DSC, now Director of Development at City of New Westminster, British Columbia) gave a presentation on "Barriers to Development Delivery" to the recent Regeneration Management Research Network meeting in Liverpool. The presentation was based on DSC's work for the British Urban Regeneration Association. A copy of the presentation is available to download at the foot of this page.
Scotland: Transport Scotland has appointed MVA and DSC to continue the maintenance, enhancement and operation of the Transport Model for Scotland (TMfS) and its land-use/economic extension, the Transport/Economic/Land-use Model of Scotland (TELMoS). The development of TELMoS began in 2003, using DSC's DELTA software. TELMoS has been applied in a number of major projects as well as providing the land-use inputs for the operation of TMfS as a transport-only model.Further information about TMfS and TELMoS can be found at www.tmfs.org.uk.
EWGT2006: Andrea Aramu presented a paper involving DSC work on The Strathclyde Integrated Transport/Land-Use Model to the 11th Meeting of the EURO WOrking Group on Transportation and Extra EURO Conference at the Technical University of Bari, 27 - 29 September 2006. The paper can be found for download at the foot of this page.
European Transport Conference 2006: James Nicoll presented a paper involving DSC work on Land-Use/Transport Interaaction Modelling of the Bathgate-Airdrie Railway Re-opening at the European Transport Conference in Strasbourg, 18 - 20 September 2006. The paper can be found for download the foot of this page.
Staff Promotion: Andy Dobson has been promoted to Associate with effect from 1 September 2006.
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LASER- Enhancement of land-use modelling: David Simmonds Consultancy Ltd (DSC), in collaboration with MVA and the School of the Built Environment, Heriot-Watt University, Edinburgh, has been commissioned to develop a new version of the LASER (London and the South-East Region) land-use/transport interaction model. The project has been commissioned by the Department for Transport, with support from ODPM, with the main objective of improving the representation of housing markets and household location behaviour in the LASER model, but also to increase the number of teams able to use the necessarily complex LASER model and to provide an approach which can serve as a prototype for other future land-use/transport modelling work. The existing LASER model is built in the MEPLAN software package provided by WSP. The current project will involve replacing the land-use modelling elements of LASER with a new implementation of DSC's DELTA software. The team at Heriot-Watt, led by Professor Glen Bramley, will contribute to the work on representation of housing markets, drawing on their own extensive research in this area. The transport modelling will continue to use the MEPLAN package, but will be restored to representing the transport system at five-year intervals (rather than just for a base year and horizon year, as in the existing LASER model). Whilst the focus of the enhancement is on households and housing, the structure of the MEPLAN software is such that LASER's treatment of employment will also need to be replaced using the appropriate components of DELTA. LASER will continue to model only a small element of employment (local services), and will continue to require information on housing and other developments to be input by the user. In these respects, the LASER application of DELTA will be more limited than other DELTA models in use elsewhere. The enhancement of the LASER land-use model follows on from an update of the LASER transport model which is currently being completed by Mott MacDonald. It should be completed at the end of 2006. The enhanced model will be delivered to the Department for Transport and Transport for London as the joint owners of LASER.
Staff: We are pleased to announce that Vassilis Zachariadis has joined DSC as an analyst/programmer. Vassilis has a Diploma and an MSc in Civil Engineering from the University of Patras, and an MPhil in Town Planning from the Bartlett School of Planning, University College London. He is working for DSC in parallel with continuing his PhD research at UCL's Centre for Advanced Spatial Analysis (CASA).
Staff promotion: James Nicoll has been promoted to Senior Analyst with effect from 1 January 2006.
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