WSP is focused on getting beyond the hype and engaging with both technical and societal aspects of the problem. Policy and regulation rarely keep pace with real-world developments; infrastructure planners need more evidence to make good decisions; and politicians fear approving and funding projects with too many unknowns and risks. Can they be sure we will get the outcomes we seek? Can our traditional processes deliver us this outcome?
Scott Benjamin, WSP’s Technical Director for Intelligent Transport, thinks of this process as helping bridge the gap from policy to implementation. On Monday 21 October, he presented at the ITS World Congress in Singapore on Bridging the Policy to Implementation Gap to Drive Innovation, and introduced WSP’s new global System Dynamics tool to improve collaboration between the various players.
Scott and our international team of experts have been working on this interactive, web-based system dynamics tool, for over two years. The tool is initially being used to help organisations understand the system, which factors they can change, or influence and understand at what point in time we should act.
WSP has recently built an application to focus on assumptions that impact future transport in our cities and regions. Click here to learn more about the tool.
A big challenge is deriving a deep understanding of the myriad of causal relationships behind critical planning and infrastructure decisions. Once armed with quality insights, we can create strong cohesive narratives that combine the elements and can unite all parties through a common base for making collective decisions.
The tool can then be used to address questions such as:
- What decisions do we need today to guide the adoption of Electric Vehicles (EVs), Connected and Automated Vehicles (CAVs), and shared mobility services?
- How can we use policy levers to manage the uptake of EVs and CAVs?
- What are the main factors that will bring about a ‘tipping point’ for mass uptake of EVs and CAVs?
- How would a greater EV and CAV uptake impact the market for shared mobility services?
Scott is also Chair of the Technical Committee of the Australian Integrated Multi-modal Ecosystem (AIMES) based in Melbourne. The AIMES test bed gives us an opportunity to consider these future transport interactions in a live test environment. The benefits of the test bed include the provision of a technology road map to understand where to focus future investment for the benefit of everyone in the community.
To find out more about AIMES please visit the ITS Australia stand #73 at the ITS World Congress 21-25 October in Singapore, or visit aimes.com.au
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