One of the foremost transport modellers to Australia has returned to SMART to work on the case for the South-West Illawarra Rail Line (SWIRL).

Dr Nam Huynh is dividing his time between SMART and Transport for NSW, where he worked as a senior traffic modeller.

In this job, he employs various strategic transport modelling tools to provide transport demand forecast across the Sydney Greater Metropolitan Area – from Newcastle in the north to the Illawarra in the south. These forecast come in the form of travel zone to travel zone matrices of number of trips, trip time, and trip distance by travel mode and by trip purpose.

Dr Huynh will work with Dr Rohan Wickramasuriya on Vision Illawarra, the innovative dashboard designed for planners.

“This particular project is looking at benefit of the SWIRL, connecting the South Coast Line to the Southern Line by building the Maldon to Dombarton link to Picton,” Dr Huynh said.

“It will look at how the rail line will improve connectivity and how it will effect population and employment in the Illawarra, and Wollongong in particular.

“The matrices of transport demand that I am working on will provide part of the input for this modelling.”

Dr Huynh has worked at SMART previously, where he was a Research Fellow in the area of modelling and simulation of transport systems.

He has vast experience in modelling and simulation for transport planning and operations research, and has been actively working in these areas since 2009.

He has been chief investigator in various commercial research projects in urban transport planning and rail logistics in collaboration with both government agencies and the private sector.

Dr Huynh’s research interests include the use computational modelling for urban transport planning, operations research, and intelligent transport systems.