A strategic agenda for Infrastructure, Transport, Logistics and Supply Chain Management

Transport and infrastructure management

We investigate how transport policies / investments in infrastructure and public transport services influence travel behaviour and traffic, and how changes are valued by communities. All types of infrastructure and all modes of transport are considered in passenger and freight contexts. We operate a unique travel choice simulation laboratory with five connected driving simulators. The laboratory is utilised for diverse research from route choice studies that include road pricing and travel time reliability, to responses to traffic management and travel information.

Key capabilities:

  • Appraisal and wider economic impacts
  • Discrete choice methods and analysis
  • Infrastructure management and mega-projects
  • Stated and revealed preference surveys
  • Transport policy and institutional reform
  • Transport planning and traffic management

Current major projects

  • Evaluation framework to assess transport, health and economic impacts of new urban cycling infrastructure - A more accurate and simpler approach to measure the impacts of new cycling infrastructure; to be applied to a new bicycle path to be built by the City of Sydney, demonstrating the full transport, environmental, health, and economic impacts on the community.
  • Getting to work: barriers and facilitators for people living with disability – Providing strategies to address key transport related barriers in order to facilitate workforce participation by people living with disability.
  • Integrating attribute decision heuristics into travel choice models that accommodate risk attitude and perceptual conditioning – Integrating attribute processing strategies and the conditioning of the marginal utility of attributes by risk attitude and perceptual conditioning to improve estimates of willingness to pay for specific attributes and also increased predictive power.
  • Investigating travel choice behaviour: a new approach - Improving practical behavioural models to predict responses to transport policies in order to assist in better decision-making; merging methods from stated choice surveys, experimental economics, and naturalistic driving simulators in order to better investigate travel choice behaviour in realistic environments.
  • MetroScan - A state-of-the-art planning and evaluation capability (encompassing demand forecasts, benefit-cost analysis and economic impact) to assess the merits of major infrastructure such as roads, airports, public transport (heavy and light rail and bus and ferry systems), as well as precinct investments such as new housing and industry/business stock.
  • RateIT: Crowd-sourced real-time app to improve the passenger experience – Using innovations in mobile technology and crowd-sourced data to track subjective measures of passenger experience and examine how feeding this back to passengers and operators can improve passenger experience and service provision.
  • Risky business: using biological systems to mitigate risk in supply chains and transportation networks - Looking to nature for new solutions to supply chain design and management problems, using experiments on ants and slime moulds, this project will uncover the secrets of biological resilience, and use this insight to develop new algorithms for supply chain design and management.
  • Travel Choice Simulation Laboratory (TRACSLab): a visualisation laboratory to study travel behaviour and drivers' interactions – Improving the capabilities of transport planning techniques by developing new methods to improve the realism of regional congestion modelling, and the mathematical representation of traveller decision-making, thereby permitting an improved long-term transport plan.

Aviation management

Our research in aviation aims to facilitate the decision-making process and improve the profitability of the various stakeholders in the aviation value chain. While most of our research areas focus around corporate and government organisations, we also study consumer needs, best practices and innovations in business, leisure, regional and freight air transport.

Key capabilities

  • Airline and airport management
  • Air cargo, logistics, supply chain management
  • Benchmarking, productivity and cost analysis
  • Forecasting, regulation and competition strategy
  • Economic impacts of aviation
  • Strategic alliances and merger analysis

Ports and maritime logistics

Our research in ports and maritime logistics includes areas such as maritime network vulnerability, interdependency with respect to communication and fuel supply networks, failure dynamics, resilience and robust intervention strategies in the face of weather, industrial or other disruptions. We have a particular focus on berth allocation and the location of intermodal terminals in relation to the port and road and rail networks.

Key capabilities

  • Container terminal automation and efficiency
  • Vulnerability of global oil supply chains
  • Stability of alliances in container shipping
  • Contractual relationships in LNG supply chains
  • Empty container repositioning

Supply chain management

Our innovative supply chain research is delivered through our integrated expertise in management science, operations management, industrial engineering and international business. We are a partner in the Australian federal government’s Centre for Food and Beverage Supply Chain Optimisation.

Key capabilities

  • Procurement and strategic sourcing
  • Production planning and control
  • Warehousing and distribution
  • Last mile delivery
  • Supply chain risk management
  • Green supply chains