ENCN412-19S1 (C) Semester One 2019

Traffic Engineering

15 points
18 Feb 2019 - 23 Jun 2019


Transport planning. Traffic flow theory. Roadway and intersection design. Road safety. Traffic surveys. Transport project evaluation. Environmental impacts. Traffic management.

To assist students to understand the fundamentals of transportation system analysis and some basic tools for road network design.

Learning Outcomes

a. To introduce basic traffic flow theory and simulation for the analysis of traffic flow situations and the interaction of flow efficiency.
b. To introduce basic optimization techniques used for describing the route choice behavior in transport networks and methods to influence transport demand in urban areas (e.g. cordon tolls
and road pricing)
c. To describe basic techniques for collecting and analysing traffic data, diagnosing problems, designing appropriate remedial treatment, and assessing its effectiveness.
d. To describe basic techniques for controlling traffic flow (i.e. reduce traffic congestion).


ENCN261 or subject to approval of the Director of Studies


Timetable 2019

Students must attend one activity from each section.

Lecture A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 09:00 - 10:00 Jack Erskine 446 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture B
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Friday 13:00 - 14:00 Link 309 Lecture Theatre 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
Lecture C
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Thursday 14:00 - 15:00 Jack Erskine 445 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
Computer Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Tuesday 13:00 - 14:00 Civil - Mech E212 Civil Computer Lab 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
Lab A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Monday 13:00 - 15:00 Eng Core CAD Lab Combined 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun
Tutorial A
Activity Day Time Location Weeks
01 Wednesday 08:00 - 10:00 Okeover 106 (Okeover Room) 18 Feb - 7 Apr
29 Apr - 2 Jun

Course Coordinator

Dong Ngoduy


Mehdi Ekbatani


Assessment Due Date Percentage 
Assignments traffic flow modelling and control 30%
Traffic Operations Group Project 30%
Final Exam 40%

Late assignments will have 20% deducted for each day late, unless prior arrangement has been made. Please contact the course co-ordinator (preferably well in advance) if you have genuine difficulties meeting submission dates.

The final 3-hr exam, worth 30%, will cover all the course material. Any “CIVIL” approved calculator is allowed.  Students with accepted Aegrotats for an exam may be assessed on the basis of their other assignment marks or they may be required to undertake a special oral examination.

While a minimum 50% overall grade for the year is the usual benchmark for passing, to guarantee a pass in the course students must also achieve at least 40% in the total internal coursework (assignments) and the final exam.  Students who fail to reach all of these criteria will be reviewed on a case-by-case basis.

Repeating students should discuss with the Course Coordinator what coursework they need to repeat. If desired, they may be able to bring forward any or all of their internal coursework from the previous year, but this must be confirmed first. All students will sit the final exam.

Textbooks / Resources

Required Texts

May, Adolf D.,1927-; Traffic flow fundamentals; Prentice Hall, 1990.

Textbook: Traffic Flow Fundamentals, by AD May (1990) and Urban transportation networks: Equilibrium analysis with mathematical programming methods, by Yosef Sheffi (1984), free download at: http://sheffi.mit.edu/sites/default/files/sheffi_urban_trans_networks.pdf

Other useful course material (e.g. journal papers) will be provided during the course and students will be expected to use these to supplement any handouts provided and notes taken in class. Similarly, useful websites will also be referred to in the course material.

Students are also expected to monitor Learn regularly for any notices about the course and to use it for class/group discussions and queries to lecturers.

Indicative Fees

Domestic fee $1,080.00

International fee $5,250.00

* Fees include New Zealand GST and do not include any programme level discount or additional course related expenses.

For further information see Civil and Natural Resources Engineering.

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