The NZ Modelling User Group (NZMUGS) is a sub-group of the Transportation Group, dedicated to promote the interests of transport modelling within NZ. It is the intention that NZMUGS will represent all aspects of modelling including static/ deterministic, micro-simulation, wide-area/ strategic modelling, passenger transport modelling, as well as emerging areas as pedestrian and accessibility modelling.

The NZMUGS Conference provides a significant opportunity for researchers, engineers, modellers and other practitioners in the transportation modelling fraternity to discuss current developments with macroscopic, static/ deterministic, micro- simulation, wide-area/ strategic modelling, passenger transport modelling as well as emerging areas such as pedestrian and accessibility modelling.

Keep an eye on the News section for information on the conference or other events.

12th Annual NZMUGS conference

Registration invitation

The New Zealand Modelling User Group (NZMUGS) would like to invite registrations for the 2019 NZMUGS Conference, to be held at the Museum of New Zealand, Te Papa in Wellington on 16 & 17 September 2019.

This is the 12th annual conference to be held by NZMUGS which is dedicated to promoting the interests of modelling in the New Zealand transportation industry. The group aims to give a unified voice for modelling issues with consultants and clients working together to improve standards, highlight innovations and debate topical issues. The theme of this years conference is:

To Model or Not To Model, That is the Question

The transport modelling industry has been collecting data, analysing data and developing more and more sophisticated models over the last 50 years, but have the outputs from these models resulted in better decisions being made? Has the right advice been given to the right people at the right time? Or are we just muddying the waters with more data and uncertainty? With a growing emphasis on having a robust evidence base for investment decisions, how should transport modellers be contributing to this? Providers of the evidence base, or advising on the decisions?

Early bird registration for the 2019 NZMUGS conference will be $450 plus GST for Transportation Group members, if received on or before 30 August 2019. This includes:

·         Conference attendance for both days (16th and 17th September), including morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea

·         Conference Dinner on Monday 16th September including pre-dinner drinks

Conference registrations are available here, or by searching for NZMUGs.

Key Note and Guest Speakers

NZMUGs are proud to announce that the 2019 conference will include our key note speaker Tom van Vuren and two guest speakers; Martin Dutton and Ernst Zollner.

More information about the Key Note Speakers can be found here.

Student, Young Professional and Individual Awards

There will be a limited number of free places for students, and half price tickets for young professionals. Additionally there will also be special rates available for those not attending on behalf of an organisation.

To apply for any of these award categories, please contact Bob at and clearly state the award category in your application. The Annual Group Meeting (AGM) will be held at 12:00 noon on Tuesday, 17 September during the conference.

More information about the Student, Young Professional and Individual Awards can be found here.

We hope to see you in Wellington in September!

Kind regards,

The NZMUGs Committee

Conference discussion papers

During the conference we will have opportunity to discuss latest draft Peer Review Guidelines and our current MUGS research

Draft Peer Review Guidelines

Please click here for the latest draft

MUGS research 2019: Micro time-of-Day Choice modelling

Micro Time-of-Day Choice (MTC) describes travelers making small adjustments to their trip departure times in response to changes on the transport network.  A commonly understood example of MTC is ‘peak spreading’ as delays and travel times on the network increase over time. As a recurring theme in conference presentations, NZMUGS has commissioned a two-stage research project, undertaken by Stantec. The research offers methods for capturing and simulating the effects of MTC for a New Zealand context.

Please click here for the research paper

Conference and AGM, 2018

Minutes from the MUGS 2018 AGM can be found here

Conference papers from the 2018 Auckland Conference can be found here

Upcoming conference – Wellington 2019

Mark in your calendar: 16th – 17th September 2019, Te Papa, Wellington

Watch this space for calls for Sponsorship opportunities and papers!