Peter Davidson has worked in the transportation planning field for almost 20 years, starting his career at Main Roads, then joining a private consultancy before forming his own company in 1993. He has had broad experience with transport modelling, and has worked on all stages of transport model development; from data collection and software design through to option testing and evaluation. He has been the primary developer of a number of major models including- the Adelaide Model Development Study, the Brisbane Integrated Transport Study, the Austroads Approach to National Road Network Planning and the Caboolture Traffic Model. He has broad skills in two fields –information technology and transportation planning.
He has an extensive background in transport model design, calibration, application and software and has demonstrated an ability to develop world-class practical models within the constraints of time and data availability.
At the smaller end are a number of sketch-planning tools that have implemented a simplified modelling process within Excel spreadsheets. These models have been developed for broad policy analysis in SEQ for the IRTP, land use-transport analysis for the city of Perth as well as tightly focussed operational analysis of the South East Transit Busway and the Brisbane-Gold Coast Corridor.
Peter was also the technical lead for the development of the Integrated Transport Forecasting and Evaluation Method (ITFEM) that was used for the Brisbane Integrated Transport Study (BITS), the Sunshine Coast Integrated Transport Study (SCOTS), and the South Coast Area Integrated Transport Study (SCATS). Peter developed most of the modelling structure and implementation, and was deeply involved in all of the calibration process of the BITS model.
At the National level, Peter has developed the AUSTROADS National Accessibility Analysis Tool. This is a roads-only model for evaluating the system-wide consequences of changes to the road network/land use system. It was developed with very little data but has demonstrated an ability to give a great deal of insight into issues of economic efficiency and social justice. It was subsequently applied to the development of a series of Social and Environmental Indicators for Austroads. Peter has also developed a traffic model for Caboolture Shire, using the EMME/2 modelling package and applied this model to the preparation of an Infrastructure Charges Plan.
Peter has also worked extensively in the area of data collection using the Global Positioning System (GPS). Peter has developed hardware, software and systems necessary for the conduct and analysis of travel surveys using GPS, particularly focussed on travel time, household travel, vehicle emissions, voluntary behaviour change and public transport operations.
Peter also has experience with planning for major projects, having worked on various stages of the evaluation of the Business Case and Impact Assessments of projects such as the North South Bypass Tunnel, Airport Link and Hale St Link (all in Brisbane). He has also had close involvement with the State Government’s approval process for these projects.
Anabelle Spinoulas graduated in 2013 with a Masters in Physics from the Perimeter Institute for Theoretical Physics, Waterloo, Canada. Prior to that, she studied Applied Mathematics and Physics at Griffith University, winning the Science Medal for the highest achieving graduate in the Bachelor’s degree (with a grade point average of 6.96/7.0). She has a strong capability in mathematical modelling, and has analysed topics as diverse as the physics of cosmic strings; mathematical models involved in the Global Financial Crisis; and the mathematics of Sudoku.
Anabelle has skills in complex analysis, geographical information system (GIS) and transport modelling. She undertook transport modelling for one of the consortia bidding for Queensland Motorways Limited (QML), using TransPosition’s 4S model. This involved everything from freight movement research and geo-coding through to option testing and report writing. Anabelle has also worked closely with the Saturn traffic model for the Queens Wharf Brisbane Project (working for the Department of State Development, Infrastructure and Planning) including option testing and output analysis. She has also worked on the Surat Basin Transport Study (Stage 2) for the Department of Transport and Main Roads where she undertook extensive research and data collection to better understand freight movements to and from the Surat Basin region. Anabelle has also used SIDRA for intersection analysis whilst completing a Traffic Impact Assessment for the proposed InterLinkSQ Toowoomba intermodal and inland port.
Anabelle recently attended the Australian Institute of Traffic Planning and Management Incorporated (AITPM) National Conference 2015 where Peter Davidson and herself won best paper in the Transport and Land Use Modelling section. The paper was titled “Modelling Autonomous Vehicles - What could this mean for the future of transport?”, which they co-wrote.
Dr Ken Davidson has had fifty years’ experience in transport network strategy, from the original 1962 Road Plan of Queensland, through the Transport Studies of the 1960s, the developing science of transport network analysis and evaluation that followed, and more recent major network issues in many different locations. He has been an analyst, modeller, researcher, lecturer, network manager, policy manager, operating system manager, and specialist consultant in transport network development and strategy. He has worked for all three levels of government and, as a consultant, has worked with many transport authorities.
As a researcher he made significant contributions to all aspects of transport network modelling and developed a completely new accessibility-based evaluation technique which allowed impacts on land use to be explicitly included in the evaluation.
Ken had a significant creative role in the development of the Toowoomba Bypass and Second Range Crossing, and the associated rail issues. He has done foundational work on both the Queensland and national road and rail networks including initiating the now-accepted Melbourne-Brisbane Inland Railway. He has a very detailed knowledge of the SEQ region, having been involved there for all but ten of the past 50 years as Main Roads Engineer, founder of the transport engineering courses at UQ, Manager of Brisbane Transport, and specialist consultant over significant periods of the past 25 years to Main Roads, Queensland Transport and QR. His consultancies and earlier work in other jurisdictions have also given him wide comparative experience.
In short, Ken Davidson has made significant contributions to the science of transport planning, practiced it widely and in many different contexts, and has un-paralleled knowledge and experience of transport planning issues.
Lucy Davidson is currently studying at the University of Queensland for a double degree in Business and Information Technology. She has a particular interest in machine learning and is looking for ways to incorporate “big data” analysis into transport planning.