International exchange

Students got plenty of fascinating insights into the world of transport planning & traffic engineering during their Newcastle Field Trip (here at PTV headquarters in Karlsruhe

Students got plenty of fascinating insights into the world of transport planning & traffic engineering during their Newcastle Field Trip (here at PTV headquarters in Karlsruhe)

Traffic & transport management from plans to practice: In May, 35 students and their supervisors from the University of Newcastle came to Karlsruhe to experience traffic & transport planning in real life during the 6th Newcastle Field Trip. The excursion which also included presentations and site visits was organised by PTV in coordination with Neil Thorpe and Roger Bird, the students’ supervisors.

One of the highlights was Karlsruhe’s largest traffic & transport project, the so-called combined solution – including the major challenge of keeping tram and private traffic flowing despite the extensive construction affecting the entire city. During their visit to the transport management centre of Karlsruhe’s Transport Association (KVV) the students were also provided with a lot of information on this challenging transport project. Road safety was another major issue on their agenda: The students had the opportunity to analyse black spots in Karlsruhe using the Safety module of PTV Visum. Based on their findings, they presented their ideas on how to improve road safety to the police department in charge. Innovative solutions, e.g. in the field of e-mobility, were showcased at Karlsruhe’s e-mobility centre. Another focus was on pedestrian traffic: During a PTV Viswalk training course, they had the chance to get first insights into pedestrian simulation.

Quite incidentally, all students made a vital contribution to sustainability by always cycling from their hostel to PTV’s headquarters and to the different event venues.