Topic outline

  • Welcome to FLOW and transport modelling: Looking at the tools

    certificate of completion

    This course was offered in Spring 2017 as part of the EU funded FLOW project. Participants who were enrolled in these courses are still granted access to the course content and News forums. If you have any questions about this course or about the FLOW project, please contact

    Please note that you will need to download the free student  version of PTV Visum and PTV Vissim software available on PTV’s  ‘Vision Traffic Suite for Students’ page to complete the course tasks. In the download form, please  request PTV Vissim 9 and PTV Visum 16. In the field 'University', type "FLOW". Once you’ve submitted the form, you will receive a confirmation email with a link to the downloads.

    Each participant who completes all of the assigned tasks and actively participates in the discussion forum will receive a Certificate of Completion from the FLOW project. For more information about FLOW's eLearning opportunities, please visit

    Your course moderators:

    Eugen Hilbertz is PTV Supervisor Trainer and Senior Training Specialist for PTV Vision software. As Civil Engineer with the background of transport modelling he works at PTV Group since 1994. He is an expert in macroscopic and microscopic modelling and lecturer at the University of Applied Science in Karlsruhe and at the University of Applied Science in Biberach, Germany.

    Nora Szabo
    has a background in civil engineering and transportation planning. She works as an international project manager at the Research Department of PTV Group. She has experience in microscopic and macroscopic transport modelling, as well as in economic appraisals. Within Flow, she is responsible for the development of the FLOW congestion methodology and the socio-economic impact assessment tool.
    • Unit 1: Introduction to FLOW

      Unit 1 provides you with the background and ideas of the FLOW project and how you can get the most out of this online platform and this course. It looks at the current context in which we are working and the extent to which walking and cycling are generally incorporated in transport planning. It then addresses the paradigm shift that FLOW (and others) see as necessary in order for non-motorised transport to fulfil its potential in addressing issues of urban congestion.

      Module 1.1: FLOW eLearning opportunities & overview of this course

      This includes course aims, target audiences, what you will gain from the course and how you can use this course to best develop your own knowledge as well as learn and exchange with your fellow participants.

      Module 1.2: Setting the context

      This module sets the context for the FLOW project, describing the current role of cycling and walking with regard to urban road network performance (i.e. flowing traffic or congestion).  It looks at the changes necessary for non-motorised transport modes to be taken more seriously.

    • Unit 2: PTV Visum 16 - basics

      In this unit you will learn how to create a network model with PTV Visum 16. The course guides you through the necessary steps. You will create your own model with all objects and all minimum requirements.

      Module 2.1: Getting started

      Start here to download PTV Visum 16 and access the PTVBox download area.

      Module 2.2: Graphical User Interface

      Here you will learn how to navigate within the PTV Visum 16 software.

      Module 2.3: Your first Visum model

      This module will take you step-by-step through the process of setting up your Visum model, which will be used as the basis for the advanced activities that will be covered in Unit 3.

    • Unit 3: PTV Visum 16 - FLOW Achievements

      In this unit you will learn how to use public transport in your PTV Visum 16 network model. The course guides you through the necessary steps. You create a PuT-Line, CityBike and CityMobile as sharing systems.

      Module 3.1: Network check

      Check network data, link types, zones, lines

      Module 3.2: Public Transport

      Create PuT lines, time table, time series

      Module 3.3: Sharing systems

      Bicycle and car as sharing system, assignment

    • Unit 4: PTV Vissim 9 – basics

      In this Unit you will learn how to use the basics in PTV Vissim and will create your own traffic simulation. There will be an introduction for building a simple node with links and connectors, reduced speed areas, conflict areas and vehicle routes. After that you can see how your simulation works.

      Module 4.1: First steps

      How to get started in PTV Vissim

      Module 4.2: Creating a network

      Create a simple cross junction

      Module 4.3: Simulation

      Start the simulation of vehicles

    • Unit 5: PTV Vissim 9 – FLOW achievements

      In this Unit you will create a network with shared space simulation. You will learn how to insert areas, pedestrian inputs and pedestrian routes and how to define parameters for conflict areas.

      Module 5.1: Shared space network

      In this module, you will create a wide pedestrian crossing.

      Module 5.2: Conflict areas

      This module will show you how to set parameters for a pedestrian crossing.

      Module 5.3: Simulation results

      You can now run a simulation and observe the conflicts.

    • Unit 6: FLOW Impact Assessment Tool

      In this unit you will get familiar with the basics of the developed FLOW Impact Assessment Tool. You will also learn how to apply it to a use case.

      Module 6.1: Getting started and theoretical background

      In order to work with the FLOW Impact Assessment Tool, it is first necessary to understand the what specifically it is designed to measure, the link between transport models and impact assessment, and the target system and indicators which the impact assessment tool works with.

      Module 6.2: Introducing the Tool

      This module explains the different components of the FLOW Impact Assessment Tool and how they're meant to be used.

      Module 6.3: Introduction of use case: FLOW Partner City Lisbon

      In this module, the background information for the use case of FLOW Partner City Lisbon is introduced.

      Module 6.4: Application of the Tool to the Use Case

      Finally, the FLOW Impact Assessment Tool is applied to the use case Lisbon.

    • Unit 7: Conclusion

      What have you learned and what else can you learn from the FLOW project?

      Module 7.1: Reviewing

      Review of the key messages and resources of this course

      Module 7.2: Other resources

      A few more resources that may be useful