PATREC Seminar – Smart Cities, Smart Planning Tools


Smart Cities, Smart Planning Tools: RailSmart Planning Dashboard
Tuesday, 29 October 2019 – 9:00am to 12:00pm

at the Australian Urban Design Research Centre (AUDRC),
Level 2, 1002 Hay Street, Perth

This is a FREE of charge event, but please RSVP for catering purposes.
Tea/coffee will be served from 8.30am for a 9:00am start.

PATREC has recently completed the development of the ‘RailSmart Planning Wanneroo’ Dashboard with its collaborating partners the City of Wanneroo, the Department of Transport, UWA, and ECU. The purpose of the seminar is to provide a high level overview of the dashboard and present more detail on the individual tools which make up the system. Each tool will be presented by the responsible lead researcher, giving further insight into the system and its components.

The Dashboard was funded by the “Smart Cities and Suburbs” program of the Australian Government to demonstrate how local government can be supported to use smart technology and access public data for enhanced local planning in relation to the extension of the rail line to Yanchep and for patronage and employment self-sufficiency benefits through the provision of “more sophisticated information to support decision making” comprising tools that analyse data from multiple sources and predict development impacts. The Dashboard is available at


8:30 – 9:00: Tea/coffee

9:00 – 9:05: Welcome and intro (Sharon Biermann)

9:05 – 9:20: Dashboard overview and context GIS (Linda Robson)
The Dashboard consists of three interactive components: the Metropolitan analysis, the scenario builder, and the Cost-Benefit Analysis tool.

9:20 – 9:40: Employment Self Sufficiency (Kirsten Martinus)
Provides employment statistics in two categories: population driven jobs and strategic jobs. Location Quotations and multipliers inform local authorities on strategic employment advantage.

9:40 – 10:00: Patronage patterns (Rachel Cardell-Oliver)
Visualises SmartRider data according to hubs and stays based on deep data mining. Patterns help inform the understanding of land uses at stations which draw passengers.

10:00 – 10:20: Accessibility (Tristan Reed)
Calculates numbers of jobs and/or people which can be reached from each station within specified time frames via either public or private transport.

10:20 – 10:40: Tea break

10:40 – 11:00: Station typology (Doina Olaru)
Analyses and categorises stations based on surrounding land use characteristics, the accessibility of the station and the thoughput of passengers. Used as predictors of patronage and mode choice.

11:00 – 11:20: Scenario Builder (Linda Robson)
Automated integration of the tools to inform ‘what/if’ development options.

11:20 – 11:30: Last mile (Ferry Jie)
Reports on propensity of residents to use ride sharing options from a survey.

11:30 – 11:50: Active travel intervention evaluation (Sae Chi)
Quantifies anticipated economic benefits of travel behaviour change interventions: 1) community-based behaviour change program and 2) providing physical infrastructure to aid active travel.

11:50 – 12:00: Wrap-up and way forward (Sharon Biermann)

The Planning and Transport Research Centre (PATREC) conducts collaborative, applied research and teaching in support of policy in the connected spaces of transport and land use planning in Western Australia.