Wednesday, April 19, 2017
The FDOT Forecasting and Trends Office will offer two one-day training courses in three locations:
Introduction to Modeling
Introduction to R Programming
The workshops are free of charge, but seating is limited. To register to attend go to: FSUTMSOnline.net/modeling_training.aspx
1. Introduction to Modeling
This one-day course will introduce participants to an overview of travel demand modeling with an emphasis on typical practices in Florida. An overview of the four steps will be given, along with an introduction to advanced concepts such as tour-based/activity-based models. The Florida Standard Urban Transportation Model Structure (FSUTMS) will be described and a brief historical context given for its development. Examples of how regional models are used for policy studies will be presented, along with comparisons of Florida's regional models. Supporting FDOT planning staff will be introduced to assist those with further questions and needs. This class will be delivered in lecture format without hands-on computer exercises, making it ideal for managers and other non-modelers.
2. Introduction to R Programming
This one-day course will introduce participants to concepts of R, a programming language used in the travel demand modeling community for statistical data analysis. The course will provide initial guidance to setting up an environment in R, reading and writing files, and accessing, manipulating, analyzing, and presenting data. The course will present popular packages that are used in the context of FreightSIM, the Florida Statewide Freight Model. At the end of this course participants can expect to know how to work in R, set up a project, import and export data, create graphs, and be able to get started with reading the FreightSIM R code. Participants will also be given additional resources that can be used as material for self-learning. Prior to the R programming class, students will be sent software to load onto their own laptops, which they will bring to the class.