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

  • 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.

  • Public law

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

  • Environmental legislation

    The environmental policies and legislation applicable in a certain domain.

  • 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.

  • Statistical analysis system software

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

Skills

  • Analyse environmental data

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

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • 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.

  • Develop urban transport studies

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

  • 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.

  • 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 road traffic patterns

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

  • Analyse test data

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

  • 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.

  • Analyse transportation costs

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

  • 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.

  • Regulate traffic

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

  • Identify statistical patterns

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

  • Prepare visual data

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

Optional knowledge and skills

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