PTV UK to undertake two major modelling projects and extend contract with TfL in three major contract wins
PTV Group’s growth in the UK continues with the announcement of three significant new contracts to predict the effect of electric vehicles on the National Grid, help Jaguar Land Rover simulate the movement of Connected and Autonomous Vehicles and continue to supply Transport for London with tactical and modelling software.
PTV UK is part of a consortium looking at how to deliver the greater demand on the electricity supply caused by the uptake of electric vehicles by modelling the optimal locations of charging points and when they will be needed.
With Jaguar Land Rover, the company will provide the microsimulation tool for testing CAV concepts, modelling how humans and autonomous vehicles will interact with each other, thus optimising such things as their driving algorithms and power train requirements in a repeatable way.
And PTV UK has extended its supply contract with Transport for London for a further two years modelling tactical highways assessment, 23 microsimulation corridors and adding to the TfL Strategic Modelling Accreditation Scheme.
These successes continue to boost PTV Group’s significant growth in the UK. Having started with one person in 2013, the company’s British-based team now numbers 35 people in their London and Birmingham offices. PTV UK’s parent company is the largest transport modelling specialist in the world with more than 40 years’ experience of helping transport planners optimise their road network.
PTV UK Director Devrim Kara said, “PTV’s suite of modelling software, such as PTV Vissim and Visum, is relied upon by transport planners across the UK and around the world because of its accurate simulation of the way people and goods move around. These three announcements at Traffex 2019 underline the growth of the UK business thanks to the excellent work of the team of expert professionals and are further proof that PTV provides the very best transport modelling you can buy.”
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PTV Group has been selected as a member of a consortium of companies led by SP Energy Networks (SPEN), including EA Technology and Smarter Grid Solutions, to undertake innovative research in transport electrification.
The Charge project will examine the best way to facilitate the increase in demand on the electricity network through the growth in uptake of electric vehicles (EV’s). It will directly address a key priority for the electricity network stakeholders: “what will be the impact of Electric Vehicles on the network?” by developing cost effective management and smart network solutions to enable and facilitate the transition to electrified transportation.
The role of PTV will be to deploy a transport model in integration with an electricity network model to help the electricity Distribution Network Operators (DNOs) in the UK identify optimal EV charging locations that can be installed where and when they are needed.
The consortium led by SPEN will fulfil their obligation to the UK regulator Ofgem by publishing the outcomes of the research and development – making available their findings to the other UK DNO’s and stakeholders.
“It is becoming increasingly important to understand the interaction between the take up and demand for Electric Vehicles and the capacity and supply within the electricity networks. The Charge project will deliver innovative research and analysis that will act as a blue print for integrated transport and energy planning for transport electrification”.
- PTV UK & Ireland Director Devrim Kara
Jaguar Land Rover selected the PTV Vissim multi-modal microsimulation tool for the simulation and testing of Connected and Autonomous Vehicle (CAV) concepts.
Jaguar Land Rover is not only looking to use PTV Vissim on CAV concepts, however. With co-simulation forming part of a test bench solution – Jaguar Land Rover engineers can link the driving behaviours from PTV Vissim with that of their vehicle dynamic algorithms, comfort and human interaction design, power train assessments and the ability to replicate real world testing scenarios in a repeatable way.
PTV Vissim is the world’s leading microsimulation tool for the modelling of multi-modal urban or motorway networks and for testing the design and feasibility of transport infrastructure projects. It is also used by researchers, vehicle manufacturers, transport planners, traffic engineers and public authorities to help design future transport systems, including CAVs concepts, and test their impact on road network capacity and operational performance.
PTV are working with partners to develop interfaces for co-simulation with ADAS, Sensor solutions, driver dynamics, powertrain testing and human behaviours.
PTV Group has been retained by Transport for London (TfL) as a supplier of tactical and operational modelling software by signing an extension to the current contract for another two years.
TfL have a tactical highway assignment model called the Operational Network Evaluation (ONE) Model in the PTV Visum software platform which covers the road network within London’s M25 Orbital Motorway. It has been also added for year 2019/2020 to the TfL Strategic Modelling Accreditation Scheme which means that it can be used for scheme assessments and other work by accredited organisations.
TfL also have 23 microsimulation corridor models is the PTV Vissim software for the strategic road corridors within the Transport for London Road Network (TLRN). The models are used for the assessment of the operational capacity and performance of the road network and the impact of proposed developments.