• Speaker: Dr Simon Dunstall, Mathematics, Informatics & Statistics, CSIRO
  • Title: Developing a Transport Infrastructure Planning System
  • Location: Room V206, Mathematics Building (Callaghan Campus) The University of Newcastle
  • Access Grid Venue: RMIT
  • Time and Date: 6:00 pm, Wed, 16th Jun 2010
  • Abstract:

    Mineral freight volume increases are driving transport infrastructure investments on Australia's east and west coasts. New and upgraded railways, roads and ports are planned or are under construction -- to serve new mines, processing facilities and international markets. One of the fastest growing regions is Northern Queensland, central to which is the so-called Northern Economic Triangle that has Rockhampton, Mt Isa and Townsville at its vertices. CSIRO has been working with Queensland Government to construct a new GIS-based infrastructure planning optimisation system that is known as the Infrastructure Futures Analysis Platform (IFAP). IFAP can be used to build long-term (eg. 25 year) plans for infrastructure development in regions such as the Northern Economic Triangle. IFAP consists of a commercial Geographic Information System (MapInfo), a database and a network optimisation solver that has been constructed by CSIRO and will ultimately by open-sourced. The prototype IFAP is nearing completion and in this presentation I will discuss the development process and the underlying network optimisation problem.

    Joint work with Kim Levy, Andreas Ernst, Gaurav Singh, Stuart Woodman, Andrew Higgins, Leorey Marquez, Olena Gavriliouk and Dhananjay Thiruvady

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