Transport Systems

Module aims

  • To cover the principles of transport systems design in the wider context of the civil engineering profession. The design and execution of large transport infrastructure projects is a multi-layered exercise, with this module aiming to provide an overview of the key stages involved.
  • To develop a good command of the concepts involved in traffic engineering, travel demand modelling, transport economics, environmental evaluation, logistics and supply chain management.

Learning outcomes

On successfully completing this course unit, students will have learnt: 

  • The importance of transport as an integral part of civil engineering.
  • The characteristics of different modes of transport and their networks.
  • The multi-disciplinary nature of large transport projects.
  • The integrated nature of transport systems.
  • The staged approach to travel demand modelling.
  • Basics of the economic and environmental appraisal of transport projects.
  • The principles of supply chain management, logistics and freight transport.
  • The philosophy and practice of traffic engineering.

Module syllabus

  • This course provides students with an introduction to the discipline of transport engineering.
  • Elements of graph theory and discrete optimisation are introduced in conjunction with elements of conceptual infrastructure design and the development of novel intelligent transport systems.
  • A range of techniques that are used to inform the design of transport infrastructure are covered, including travel demand modelling (four stage approach), performance evaluation (micro-, meso- and macrosimulation), environmental impact assessment, and economic appraisal.
  • The basics of supply chain management and logistics are introduced, including key algorithms used in operational design and mode-specific considerations.
  • Throughout the course, invited key note talks frame the syllabus in the context of current major transport infrastructure projects.

No.  

Topic 

Staff 

01 

Introduction to transport  

PA/ASi 

02 

Travel Demand 

PA 

03 

Transport Networks 

PA 

04 

Decision Problems in Transport 

PA 

05 

Tutorial 5: Travel demand forecasting I 

PA 

06 

Freight Transportation 

PA 

07 

Logistics Systems 

PA 

08 

Environmental Impact & Valuation 

MS 

09 

Maritime Transportation 

PA 

10 

Autonomous and Shared Mobility 

PA 

Teaching methods

The module will be delivered over the course of ten weeks, through a combination of lectures, tutorials and invited lectures by industrial experts.

Assessments

Assessment information will be provided separately.

Reading list

Module leaders

Dr Panagiotis Angeloudis