Single-Course Danish 5 ECTS

Road traffic simulation

Overall Course Objectives

The aim of the course is to provide the students with a basic knowledge of road traffic engineering and micro simulation of road transport as concerns behavioral models for road transport, and to make the students able to use, run, calibrate and validate an existing software for the most common types of roads.

Learning Objectives

  • Explain the basic principles in building a micro-simulation model
  • Use the basic tools in a micro simulation software
  • Describe elements and parameters for the following node types: Priority intersections, roundabouts, signalized intersections (time controlled) and merging sections
  • Code these nodes (see above) in a micro-simulation model
  • Code public transport in a micro-simulation model
  • Carry out an analysis of delays and queue lengths using the tools in a micro-simulation model
  • Analyse and validate the results of a simulation
  • Produce presentation material including still pictures and movies
  • Create a presentation for the oral exam

Course Content

Theoretical background for road traffic technique, simulation of road transport, model integration in simulation programs and evaluation of solutions.

Recommended prerequisites


Teaching Method

Introductory lectures on road traffic engineering, road traffic simulation and behavioural models, and introduction to the VISSIM micro simulation software. After these lectures the students work in groups (max. 2 persons) on a specific assignment and prepare a presentation. A number of different cases are considered so that both non-signalised and signalised intersections, round abouts and ramps with fletches are simulated.



Research group: Production, Transportation and Planning
Mobilitet, Transport og Logistik, 3. semester.
Byggeri og Infrastruktur, tilvalgskursus

Digitale værktøjer: VISSIM

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3 weeks


Engineering Technology


DTU Ballerup Campus

Course code 62191
Course type Graduate Engineer
Semester start Week 1
Semester end Week 35
Days Mon-fri 8:00-17:00

7.500,00 DKK