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.

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NZMUGS 2022
Reminder: Call for Presentations and Sponsors
Abstract submission deadline extended to 10th June 2022!

The 15th annual NZMUGS Conference will be held on the 12th and 13th September 2022.
The NZMUGS Conference provides a great opportunity for customers, researchers, engineers, modellers and other practitioners in the transport modelling fraternity to discuss current developments across a wide range of modelling applications.To cover what NZMUGS perceives as a growing area of transport planning and practice in New Zealand and Australia, we invite presentations in the following area:

Lies, damn lies, the modeller and the decision maker: how many clichés can we fit in one conference theme?

  • Where should us modellers sit in the decision making process, merely a cog in the machine or helping to move the machine forward?
  • How do we bridge the gap between the multitude of assumptions in our models and the information used to inform decision making?
  • Is cognitive dissonance an issue, and if so how do we bridge that gap?
  • We know that doing what we’ve always done isn’t sufficient, but what do we do when we know getting what we’ve always got isn’t good enough?

NZMUGS will accept presentations that best illustrate the conference theme. This year there will be two types of presentation slots:

  • A standard slot of 15 minutes with 5 minutes to field questions from the audience; and
  • Shorter “quick fire” presentations of 10 minutes with no questions from the audience.

These “quick fire” sessions are intended for young professionals and students to present to the industry in a non-threatening environment. As in previous years, there will be prizes for best presenter and best young presenter.

If interested please submit your conference presentation title and abstract (<300 words) summarising the content of the presentation by the 10th June 2022. Please email all enquiries to Neha Sharma at Neha.Sharma@gw.govt.nz with the subject line: ‘2022 NZMUGS Conference’.

We also invite interest in sponsorship and have different levels that will suit a variety of organisations. For these sponsorship opportunities, please contact John Pell at John.Pell@gw.govt.nz for further information.

Call for Papers

Call for Sponsors

The NZMUGS Committee: Who are we? 

Nathan Harper, Chairman

Bevan Wilmshurst, Vice Chairman

Kerstin Rupp, Treasurer

John Pell, Secretary

Neha Sharma, Conference

Dave Keenan, AITPM Representative

Andrew Murray

Bob Hu

Darren Fidler

Graeme Belliss

Ian Clark (Past Chair)

Jojo Valero

Mark Gregory

Phillip Brown

Subha Nair

Tony Brennand

Werner Pretorius

Zoe Chen