World Road Association appoints Christoph Walther

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By Thinking Highways April 19, 2016 11:37

World Road Association appoints Christoph Walther


In February 2016, Professor Dr. Christoph Walther, Head of Global Research at PTV Group, was appointed by the World Road Association (WRA) to a 4-year term on the Road Transport System Economics and Social Development Committee upon recommendation of the German Ministry of Transport and Digital infrastructure (BMVI). Together with experts from around the world, he will deal with issues concerning transport reliability and ex-post evaluation of transport infrastructure projects.

WRA is an organization that is supported by the governments of its member countries. The general objective of the World Road Association is to promote international cooperation in the field of roads and road transport. Expert teams draw up recommendations on different road-transport related issues during their 4-year term as WRA committee members.

From 2010 – 2016, Professor Dr. Christoph Walther oversaw all aspects of the Federal Transport Infrastructure Plan 2030 as technical coordinator on behalf of the BMVI. The Federal Transport Infrastructure Plan is a multimodal framework for investment in national transport networks and thus a key planning tool for the federal government’s transport policy.

The Committee ‘Road Transport System Economics and Social Development’ focuses on transport in terms of reliability and on ex-post evaluation. Ex-post project evaluation is carried out in order to assess the impacts of a project and whether it achieved its original objectives. This type of evaluation is performed for projects around the world. In the field of transport reliability, experts will establish common principles to define reliability in different climatic, economic and cultural environments. Their research activities will be based on case studies provided by the member countries.

PTV. The Mind of Movement

PTV Group plans and optimises everything that moves people and goods worldwide – be it transport routes, distribution structures or private and public transport. The company offers software, data, content, consulting and research. Thanks to expert knowledge in traffic and transport planning, PTV occupies a unique position.

Environmentally-compatible and cost-effective mobility requires finely-tuned coordination of flows of traffic and goods, so that people and products can reach their destinations safely and efficiently. The focus here is on road safety, climate protection and future-proof mobility concepts. PTV solutions in transport logistics, traffic planning and traffic management help to achieve this, even in real time.

In the Logistics business field, PTV’s portfolio ranges from software for scheduling transport routes and trips to distribution planning and fleet management, including truck navigation and parking. A special online service provides real-time transparency during the transport process and across the entire supply chain. In the Traffic business field, PTV offers software, data and scientific techniques for modelling and simulating traffic networks. This helps traffic and city planners in over 120 countries to organise optimal traffic flow.

PTV’s headquarters have been located in Karlsruhe – a centre of innovation and development – since the company was founded in 1979. Around 600 employees around the world are working on powerful solutions for public administration, government departments, trade and industry.

Thinking Highways
By Thinking Highways April 19, 2016 11:37