Profession transport planner

Traffic planners develop and implement policies in order to improve transport systems, taking into account the social, environmental and economic factors. They collect and analyse traffic data using statistical modelling tools.

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Personality Type

  • Investigative / Enterprising

Knowledge

  • Environmental legislation

    The environmental policies and legislation applicable in a certain domain.

  • Public law

    The part of law which governs relationships between individuals and the government, and the relationships between individuals which concern society directly.

  • Urban planning

    Political and technical process that seeks to design the urban environment and optimize land use by considering various aspects such as infrastructure, water, and green and social spaces.

  • Traffic engineering

    The subdiscipline of civil engineering that applies engineering methods to create safe and efficient traffic flows of people and goods on roadways, including sidewalks, traffic lights, and cycle facilities.

  • Geographical routes

    The interpretation of geographical information such as locations and distances between them.

  • Urban planning law

    Investments and urban development agreements. Legislative developments regarding construction in terms of environmental, sustainability, social and financial matters.

  • Statistics

    The study of statistical theory, methods and practices such as collection, organisation, analysis, interpretation and presentation of data. It deals with all aspects of data including the planning of data collection in terms of the design of surveys and experiments in order to forecast and plan work-related activities.

  • Environmental policy

    Local, national and international policies dealing with the promotion of environmental sustainability and the development of projects which reduce negative environmental impact and improve the state of the environment.

  • Statistical analysis system software

    Specific software system (SAS) used for advanced analytics, business intelligence, data management, and predictive analytics.

Skills

  • Apply statistical analysis techniques

    Use models (descriptive or inferential statistics) and techniques (data mining or machine learning) for statistical analysis and ICT tools to analyse data, uncover correlations and forecast trends.

  • Identify statistical patterns

    Analyse statistical data in order to find patterns and trends in the data or between variables.

  • Analyse road traffic patterns

    Determine the most efficient road traffic patterns and peak times in order to increase schedule efficiency.

  • Analyse environmental data

    Analyse data that interpret correlations between human activities and environmental effects.

  • Conduct environmental surveys

    Conduct surveys in order to collect information for analysis and management of environmental risks within an organisation or in a wider context.

  • Report analysis results

    Produce research documents or give presentations to report the results of a conducted research and analysis project, indicating the analysis procedures and methods which led to the results, as well as potential interpretations of the results.

  • Monitor traffic flow

    Monitor the traffic that passes by a certain point, like for instance a pedestrian crossing. Monitor the amount of vehicles, the speed at which they go by and the interval between the passing by of two successive cars.

  • Analyse transport studies

    Interpret data from transport studies dealing with transport planning, management, operations and engineering.

  • Possess visual literacy

    Interpret charts, maps, graphics, and other pictorial presentations used in place of the written word. The graphics used vary from process to process; therefore, the professional must have sufficient knowledge of the field in order to follow and use the information presented.

  • Study traffic flow

    Study the synergy between vehicles, chauffeurs, and the transportation infrastructure such as roads, road signs and lights in order to create a road network where traffic can move efficiently and without many traffic jams.

  • Analyse transport business networks

    Analyse various transport business networks in order to organise the most efficient setting of modes of transport. Analyse those networks that aim to achieve lowest costs and maximum efficiency.

  • Develop urban transport studies

    Study the demographic and spatial characteristics of a city in order to develop new mobility plans and strategies.

  • Prepare visual data

    Prepare charts and graphs in order to present data in a visual manner.

  • Regulate traffic

    Regulate the flow of traffic by using assigned hand signals, assisting travellers on the road, and aiding people to cross the street.

  • Analyse transportation costs

    Identify and analyse transportation costs, service levels and availability of equipment; make recommendations and take preventive/corrective measures.

  • Analyse test data

    Interpret and analyse data collected during testing in order to formulate conclusions, new insights or solutions.

Optional knowledge and skills

write leaflets match vehicles with routes parking regulations run preventive simulations educate public on road safety use consulting techniques restrict bridge traffic civil engineering promote public transport investigate road accidents train routes prepare technical reports simulate transport problems air traffic management manage car park operations road traffic laws rail infrastructure local geography give live presentation

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