Transport Logistics Modelling


6 & 20 April, 11 & 25 May 2022


10.00 – 16.00 h.




Prof. Lorant Tavasszy (TU Delft) & Prof. Rob Zuidwijk (EUR)




1 (participating only) – 4 (participating + passing the assignment)

Course fee

Free for TRAIL/BETA/ERIM/OML members, others please contact the TRAIL office


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The objective of this course is to provide advanced understanding of freight transport demand and supply models at the micro (company/chain) and macro (city/region/country/world) level.

Course description

We discuss the development and application of freight transport system models, in particular for predicting future freight transport demand, designing freight transport networks and supporting planning and execution of freight transport operations in supply chains. The focus is on methods and applications of modelling, less on solution techniques for optimization. The course uses examples from the domain of port logistics, city logistics and intermodal transport.


The assignment will consist of two parts. The first part will be discussed and handed out on Day 1, and is due on Day 3. The second part will be discussed and handed out on Day 2, and is due on Day 4.


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Day 1
Lecturer: Lorant Tavasszy

Freight demand modelling: Trade modelling, I/O, Gravity and SCGE models; choice modelling for inventory, transport modes and networks. Acquisition and treatment of data. Examples in models for worldwide flows, national freight systems, cities, port and hinterland (synchromodality). Introduction of assignment.

Day 2
Lecturer: Lorant Tavasszy

Presentation and discussion of assignments and cases on freight demand modelling.

Day 3
Lecturer: Rob Zuidwijk

Topics: Modelling of intermodal and Synchromodal transportation networks, topics on collaboration and information exchange in freight transportation. Introduction of assignment.

Day 3
Lecturer: Rob Zuidwijk

Presentation and discussion of assignments and cases on intermodal and Synchromodal freight transport.




Various freight transport demand and service design modeling techniques will be discussed.

Course material

Scientific papers and book chapters:


No prerequisites are required other than basic understanding of mathematical notions at university level. Please consult lecturers when in doubt.

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