Freight Movement Models, Australia

IMIS, Aurecon’s specialist statistical traffic research and consultancy business, was commissioned by the Victorian Department of Infrastructure in 2005 to specify, develop and demonstrate a supply chain and commodity-based freight movement model (FMM) for the city of Melbourne.

Consultation was undertaken with major industry agencies so that the FMM reflected actual supply chain and freight transport operations, and to obtain industry support. Extensive consultation with industry was also undertaken which resulted in a large and growing body of data that stakeholders can be confident reflects real supply chain activity. With more than 600 individual interviews conducted, a comprehensive analysis of current and future traffic demands was provided as part of this project.

IMIS was also engaged by the Department of Transport to apply the FMM to the evaluation of scenarios for the Melbourne freight strategies 2008/09 and urban form, with a strong focus on the Melbourne Port precinct and its links to other key freight areas in Melbourne.

This work has helped to facilitate moves towards freight production/movement in Melbourne to more effectively achieve economic, social and environmental objectives.

Aurecon’s approach has resulted in a common freight vehicle estimation methodology or platform, providing synergies and economies for Government agencies and other stakeholders.

Models have been successfully developed for four other Australian capital cities (Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth), with discussions with New Zealand transport agencies in progress.