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 2021: First Announcement, Call for Presentations and Sponsors

The 14th annual NZMUGS Conference will be held on the 6th and 7th September 2021.

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:

Schrödinger’s Models – How do we determine if our forecasting models are successful without killing the cat?

  • if you can’t prove a model is wrong, does that make it right? Is it enough to always be both right and wrong?
  • Our models compare alternate futures, but we can only ever measure one of these so how do we know whether our models help make optimised decisions for a changing world?
  • Is our modelling helping inform decisions for a world that we know needs to change, or do they simply provide ‘evidence’ that supports the status quo?

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 16th July 2021. Further information on the call for papers can be found here
Please email all enquiries to Neha Sharma at Neha.Sharma@wcc.govt.nz with the subject line: ‘2021 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 and see more information here.

Key dates

Please submit your expressions of interest to present at this conference by 16th July 2021. Registration forms will be available from 26th July 2021 and will close on the 3rd September 2021. If you wish to pre-book please contact John Pell directly at John.Pell@gw.govt.nz.

Covid-19 Contingency Plan

If a physical conference is not possible due to Covid-19 restrictions, the event will transition to a fully online conference similar to that held in 2020.

The NZMUGS Committee: Who are we? 

Nathan Harper, Chairman

Bevan Wilmshurst, Vice Chairman

Kerstin Rupp, Treasurer

John Pell, Secretary

Neha Sharma, Conference

Ian Clark (Past Chair)

Dave Keenan (AITPM Representative)

Andrew Murray

Bob Hu

Darren Fidler

Graeme Belliss

Jojo Valero

Mark Gregory

Phillip Brown

Tony Brennand

Werner Pretorius