TTS Group Shares Knowledge on Transport Micro-simulation with Selangor, Malaysia

Posted: 15 June 2017

TTS Group is proud to have been invited to present in the “Knowledge Sharing Workshop” at the Dewan Annex, Selangor State, Malaysia on 26th May 2017.

The “Knowledge Sharing Workshop” is a half-day event organized by the Selangor State Economic Planning Unit (UPEN) in collaboration with Mag Technical & Development Consultants Sdn Bhd. It was attended by technical officers from all local government authorities in the State, councillors from Local Government Authority, Selangor State Public Work Department (JKR) and State Town & Country Planning Department (JPBD). Titled “Knowledge Sharing on Transportation Planning and Micro-Simulation”, the workshop aims at providing information about transportation planning, its importance and goals, as well as going through the methodology employed in the traffic planning process.

Mag Technical & Development Consultants Sdn Bhd, the organizer of the event as well as TTS Group’s associate partner in Malaysia, is a specialist in urban and regional planning, and in high way and traffic engineering. MAG kicked off the presentation with an introduction of the traffic study in general, aiding with some insights about current and future urbanization plan in the Selangor State, raising awareness of the need for a better transport system in the region.

When it is TTS Group’s turn to present, we mentioned the situation of cities of Southeast Asia, and suggested that it is crucial to have a clearly defined strategy, especially effective traffic planning tools, to solve the various complex and inter-connected traffic problems. Having experience with various traffic planning applications, TTS Group’s team including Kelvin Foo, our Director for both TTS Group Singapore and Vietnam, and Malcolm Soh, our Senior Transport Planner based in Singapore, presented on using Aimsun as an effective Micro-Simulation tool. The presentation also emphasised the various key strengths of Micro-Simulation which lead to their collective benefits in modelling congested road, analysing traffic in various environment and giving confidence in solutions:

Ability to queueing condition
Ability to simulate traffic at progression levels,  up to the point of saturation
Ability to reflect even relatively small changes in the physical environment
Visually capable in 2D and 3D

TTS Group’s team then went on to present about the criteria of an effective micro-simulation tool: consistency, efficiency, quality, accuracy and speed, along with some examples from the UK, Spain and Singapore. These examples clearly demonstrated how good micro-simulation applications helped to improve the transport planning and traffic controlling in these countries.

“We can see a lot of symptoms of poor public transport systems in many countries in Southeast Asia, which can be solved by the proper implementation of effective traffic planning tools” says Kelvin,” We hope that our presentation can add value to the overall sharing session, and thus, help to promote the development of transport planning in Malaysia.”

The Knowledge Sharing Workshop has successfully ended and received positive feedbacks from the attendees. We are looking forward to seeing more similar events to be held in Malaysia in the future in view of raising awareness of various aspects of transportation and promoting the development of transport system in the area. We look forward to working with MAG again in the near future.