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February 2022 Model Task Force returns to I-Drive New Article

The Model Task Force 2022 Meeting will be held February 22 through 24, 2022, at the Embassy Suites Hotel Orlando-International Drive/360 on Jamaican Court. The meeting begins Tuesday at 1:30 PM and ends Thursday at noon. To give us time to plan accommodations and print name badges, please register your attendance before February 4 at: https://www.fsutmsonline.net/modeling_training.aspx.

We will release hotel reservation information as it becomes available.

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FSUTMS models to be converted to new platform

The Florida regional and statewide travel models will be transitioning to new modeling platforms with the anticipated model conversion completion date of July 2023. The two software platforms available for this transition are PTV Visum and TransCAD. 

FDOT Districts and their metropolitan planning organization partners will work collaboratively to choose a software platform and develop a schedule for model conversions. This schedule is expected to follow the long-range transportation plan update schedule shown below.

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New Training Course: Data Mining for Transportation Modeling

This online training is an introductory course on the various public data sets used for travel demand modeling, including data for both passenger and freight modeling. Data sets to be covered will be from sources such as the Census Bureau, FHWA, Bureau of Labor Statistics, as well as Florida-specific data sources that are useful for model estimation, calibration, and validation. The full training course contains six 1.5-hour increments to be held online on Tuesday, Wednesday, and Thursday mornings during two consecutive weeks in June. To register, email your name, organization and contact information to Heath Lupton: heath.lupton@dot.state.fl.us

Schedule:

  • June 15, 16, 17 – 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
  • June 22, 23, 24 – 9:00 AM to 10:30 AM
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Back by Popular Demand: Introductory-level Python Training

This course provides a basic introduction on the use of Python for transportation planning and modeling. It includes a brief introduction to the fundamentals of writing code in Python, as well as modules on tabular data analysis, visualizations, geographic analysis, and discrete choice modeling. The course assumes that students are already somewhat familiar with the methodologies and mathematical tools of transportation modeling in general, and focuses exclusively on the how these tools and models are constructed and used within Python.

The training will be held online Tuesdays and Thursdays at 9AM to 10:30AM eastern time, starting May 4th, running 6 weeks, skipping the Thursday before and the Tuesday after Memorial Day, and ending on June 10th. To register, email Terry Corkery: terrence.corkery@dot.state.fl.us

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PTV Visum Training Coming Soon

PTV America is offering a series of free one-hour webinars to the Florida transportation modeling community, providing an opportunity to become familiar with PTV Visum software.

The ten episodes of “Getting to Know PTV Visum” web-training series will consist of presentations and step-by-step demonstrations covering a wide range of topics. Webinars are scheduled every Wednesday 9:00 to 10:00 AM Eastern Time (except not on March 24). Instructors Betsy LaRue and Chetan Joshi, PE, will follow the agenda below:

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Ep. 1)      March 17, 2021     |        PTV Visum in Florida - Overview

Ep. 2)      March 31, 2021     |        Introduction to PTV Visum User Interface

Ep. 3)      April 7, 2021          |        Data Management (General) – Import / Export

Ep. 4)      April 14, 2021        |        Network Management

Ep. 5)      April 21, 2021        |        Data Management (Demand)

Ep. 6)      April 28, 2021        |        Model Calculations – Procedures

Ep. 7)      May 5, 2021           |        Scripting

Ep. 8)      May 12, 2021         |        Analyzing Output Data

Ep. 9)      May 19, 2021         |        Traffic Engineering Applications / Multi-Resolution Modeling

Ep. 10)    May 26, 2021         |        Dynamic Assignment (Mesoscopic Modeling)

If you would like to attend, please register: https://attendee.gotowebinar.com/register/918872176483312144

This schedule is subject to change. Recordings of the webinars will be posted on a PTV web page link to be provided later. If you have any questions on this training, please contact:

Terry Corkery (Terrence.Corkery@dot.state.fl.us) or

Jongsun Won, PE (jongsun.won@ptvgroup.com).

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Caliper TransCAD Training Opportunities

UPDATE 2:  Due to overwhelming response of interest, we have now scheduled a second round of Florida-specific training including six, four-hour sessions to be held:

1:00 PM to 5:00 PM ET on May 18, 19, 20 & 25, 26, 27

As before, these are not videos or lectures, but hands-on, training, and it may be difficult to follow along in some later sessions if you have not attended earlier ones, so we strongly encourage participants to block these times so they attend all sessions.  On demand training videos are also being developed and will be available at a later date. 

Due to the hands-on nature of the course and our attempt to provide tutors and breakout rooms for folks needing more attention, class sizes are limited, and this training is already full.  However, we will be taking names on a waiting list to determine interest in a third round of training.  If you would like to have your name added to the waiting list for further training sessions, please email Vince Bernardin (vince@caliper.com).

UPDATE:  Due to overwhelming response of interest, we have decided to organize Florida-specific training sessions beginning in late April and continuing in May.  These sessions will hopefully be of even more value for the Florida community by using FSUTMS examples.   The training will also include an introduction to multiresolution modeling with TransCAD and TransModeler.  The training will be in six, four-hour sessions to be held:

1:00 PM to 5:00 PM ET on April 27, 28, 29 & May 4, 5, 6

These are not videos or lectures, but hands-on, training, and it may be difficult to follow along in some later sessions if you have not attended earlier ones, so we strongly encourage participants to block these times so they attend all sessions.  Due to the hands-on nature of the course and our attempt to provide tutors and breakout rooms for folks needing more attention, class sizes are limited, and priority will be given to public sector modelers.  If demand exceeds capacity for this additional training, another additional set of sessions will be offered at a later date.  To register for this or other TransCAD training opportunities, please email Vince Bernardin (vince@caliper.com).

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Caliper Corporation is offering free training opportunities to the Florida transportation modeling community, providing an opportunity to become familiar with the TransCAD software. 

The first free TransCAD training opportunity will be the virtual version of our traditional “Introduction to Travel Demand Modeling with TransCAD” course being offered nationally, online in April.  The course will comprise six 4-hour sessions from Noon to 4:00 pm ET on April 6, 7, 8, 13, 14, and 15, and will cover topics including:

  • Creating maps
  • Spatial analysis and geocoding
  • Managing geographic files
  • Creating and using networks, route systems, and matrices
  • Data preparation for planning and forecasting
  • Trip generation
  • Trip distribution
  • Mode choice
  • Production-attraction to origin-destination and time-of-day transformation
  • Traffic assignment
  • Transit networks and shortest paths
  • Transit assignment
  • Origin-destination matrix estimation
  • Planning utilities
  • Batch tools
  • Introduction to GISDK scripting
  • Using TransCAD with Python and R

This training is an interactive, hands-on training.  Two monitors are recommended so you can watch the trainer on one while you try test exercises on the other.  An additional logon can also be provided if you need to use another device for a second screen.  Prior to the training, if you have not received an FDOT TransCAD license yet, we will provide an evaluation copy so you can fully participate in the training. 

Due to the hands-on nature of the course and our attempt to provide tutors and breakout rooms for folks needing more attention, class sizes are limited.  Depending on demand, a Florida-specific version of the course may also be offered at a later date. 

Registration is required.  To register for this or other TransCAD training opportunities, please email Vince Bernardin (vince@caliper.com).  

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FDOT Central Office Announces Modeling Training Courses

The FDOT Forecasting and Trends Office will offer two online modeling training webinar series in upcoming weeks. To sign up, please email Terry Corkery at terrence.corkery@dot.state.fl.us
 

  • Executive Summary Modeling Webinar - March 29 and 30, 2021
         Monday, March 29, 2021, 1:00 PM to 4:30 PM Eastern, and Tuesday, March 30, 2021, 8:30 AM to noon Eastern

    This seven-hour beginning-level course is designed for managers and other non-modelers who review model outputs. The workshop provides an overview of the transportation planning process, travel demand forecasting methodologies, and FSUTMS modules. Participants learn the underlying theories of modeling and see the benefits of the models' abilities to produce presentation graphics for reports and meetings. (see workshop agenda)
     
  • Advanced Python Programming: Choice Modeling - March 29 to April 9, 2021
         Lunch and learn: Noon to 1:30 PM every weekday for two weeks 

    This ten-part webinar series provides a basic introduction on the use of Python for the estimation and application of discrete choice models. It includes a brief review of the fundamentals of discrete choice theory, but focuses mostly on the practical tools for working with these models in Python, including Numpy, Pandas, and Larch.  It includes modules on data preparation, non-linear optimization, and model estimation, analysis, and application for multinomial logit and nested logit models.  The course assumes that students are already somewhat familiar with the methodologies and mathematical tools of transportation modeling, and focuses on the how these models are constructed and used within Python.  Sections of the course offer a concrete, practical parallel to the freely available Self Instructing Course in Mode Choice Modeling: Multinomial and Nested Logit Models, which is recommended as companion reading for participants who are less familiar with discrete choice theory.

    Pre-requisites: 
    - Basic familiarity with Python, at least to the level covered in the “Python for Transportation Modeling” course
    - General familiarity with the theory of discrete choice models is suggested but not required

    Agenda
    - Discrete Choice Theory Review
    - Estimation of Choice Model Parameters
    - Statistical Evaluation of Models
    - Managing Data for Choice Models
    - Mode Choice Model Development
    - Nested Logit Models
    - Developing and Using Logsums
    - Destination Choice Models
    - Moving from Estimation to Application

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