07. August 2020 - 9:00 till 17:30
Saxons Training Facilities, Melbourne
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SIDRA BEGINNER Workshop // Melbourne [TE059] | Friday, 07. August 2020

This one-day workshop will focus on the use of the basic aspects of the SIDRA INTERSECTION software including general aspects of the user interface, input data entry and a reasonable level of output familiarity.

Workshop Information

The BEGINNER Workshop is offered for people with no knowledge of SIDRA INTERSECTION. This one-day workshop will focus on the use of the basic aspects of the SIDRA INTERSECTION software including general aspects of the user interface, input data entry and a reasonable level of output familiarity.

The workshop combines hands-on sessions and instructions to teach participants how to use SIDRA INTERSECTION. The latest SIDRA INTERSECTION Version will be used in this workshop. The workshop is set with examples based on the SIDRA Standard Left-Hand software setup with metric units.


Other Details

Class size varies approximately between 12 and 30 delegates.Morning tea, lunch and afternoon tea will be provided.Dress code is casual.

Please Bring With You

Please bring a USB key with you to copy the SIDRA INTERSECTION project files created during the workshop.

Ticket Fee

The ticket fee displayed on Eventbrite is per person. A discounted fee applies to Early Bird tickets. These are available only for a limited time and limited allocation. All prices are in Australian Dollars and inclusive of GST.The ticket fee covers costs of workshop notes, morning and afternoon teas as well as lunch.


Information about the registration process and ticket purchase:

The quickest way to secure your seat is to register and pay online via the Eventbrite website.

You can also pay for and register other delegates during the shopping cart process.

Tickets are available right up until the date listed on Eventbrite or until they run out.

Upon completion of the process, the registration details will be sent to the email address you provided.

If you register other delegates, they will be emailed with their ticket and event details.

Registration required for each workshop

Separate registration is required for different SIDRA workshops. For instance, if you would like to attend both the MODEL FUNDAMENTALS and BEGINNER workshops, you are required to register for these two workshops separately via Eventbrite.

A full listing of all available workshops is available on our website: sidrasolutions.com/training

Cancellation Policy

Tickets fees are non-refundable. Another delegate may be substituted for the same workshop free of charge. Transfer between workshops is not allowed unless another delegate is substituted and there is a position available in the required workshop.

Please contact us about delegate substitution in advance using the details given below for Enquiries.


Familiarity with traffic engineering methods and terminology, and basic knowledge of intersection and network evaluation concepts.

Basic skills in MS Windows use.

A good understanding of traffic operations at intersections is essential for the effective use of traffic models for intersection and network design and evaluation purposes. Attending the MODEL FUNDAMENTALS Workshop prior to the BEGINNER Workshop is strongly recommended for developing an improved understanding of the use of SIDRA INTERSECTION for traffic modelling.

Workshop Objectives

Upon completion of the BEGINNER Workshop, participants will:

gain a basic knowledge of the latest SIDRA INTERSECTION version;

be able to prepare and enter the input data required by SIDRA INTERSECTION;

gain a basic familiarity with SIDRA INTERSECTION output; and

gain a knowledge of the use of various SIDRA INTERSECTION facilities at a basic level, including movement classes, design life analysis, sensitivity analysis, signal timing analysis and network modelling.


This one-day BEGINNER Workshop provides an interactive learning opportunity with hands-on computer experience, working together with instructors through many examples.

It is important to learn basic aspects of the SIDRA INTERSECTION user interface and gain familiarity with software input, output and some essential functions before attending the INTERMEDIATE and ADVANCED level training workshops.

The BEGINNER Workshop will cover all types of intersections including traffic signals (40 %), roundabouts (30 %), and sign-controlled (stop and give-way) intersections (15 %) and an introduction to network analysis (15%) at a beginner level. Percentages indicate the approximate proportion of time intended to be allocated to each subject area. 

The following is a general summary of the content taught during the BEGINNER Workshop:


Example using SIDRA INTERSECTION - Two-Lane Roundabout


Example using SIDRA INTERSECTION - Signalised Intersection

Input Parameters

Example using SIDRA INTERSECTION - Stop-Sign Controlled T- Intersection

Example using SIDRA INTERSECTION - Signalised Pedestrian Crossing on One-Way Street

Network Data

Example using SIDRA INTERSECTION - Two-Site Network (Signals)

Example using SIDRA INTERSECTION - Three-lane Roundabout Case

Example using SIDRA INTERSECTION - A Signalised T Intersection, Melbourne


Target Audience

The target audience for the BEGINNER Workshop includes:

Traffic Engineers and Planners involved in the analysis of intersections and networks for design, operations, planning and traffic impact assessment purposes.

Students of traffic and transport engineering and planning.

SIDRA INTERSECTION training workshops provide an excellent opportunity for networking by meeting your colleagues who are working in areas related to your work.



Mark Besley is a scientist and software specialist who has worked in the traffic management area since 1980s. He has been making a significant contribution to the development of the SIDRA INTERSECTION software in collaboration with Dr Rahmi Akçelik during the last 30+ years. He has trained several thousand professionals in over 300 workshops, courses and seminars.

Mark has been involved in many aspects of research on traffic operations including traffic network models, incident detection, fuel consumption estimation, traffic data collection and analysis.


Dr Ian Espada joined Akcelik and Associates in November 2019 as a Senior Traffic Modeller / Analyst. Ian has more than 18 years of work experience in the role of researcher, transport/traffic planner, transport survey specialist, transport demand modeler, and transport economist. He had an 11-year career at the Australian Road Research Board where he was the team leader of the Network Operations Team under the Future Transport Systems Working Group. Ian worked for 7 years as a transport planner / modeller for ALMEC Corporation, Japan. He was also a sessional lecturer on transport demand modelling at Swinburne University for 10 years.

Ian has a Ph.D. degree in transportation engineering and planning from the University of Tokyo and an M.Eng. degree in transportation planning and traffic engineering from the Asian Institute of Technology, Thailand. Ian was the Australian representative to the World Road Association technical committee on road network operations from 2016 to 2019.


For all enquiries: Email UsOr call our office during working hours Monday to Friday9.00 am to 5.00 pmAustralian Eastern Time (AET)+61 3 9830 7123

General Information about SIDRA Training Workshops

The SIDRA INTERSECTION software is an advanced micro-analytical traffic evaluation tool that employs lane-by-lane and vehicle path models. It is for use as an aid for design and evaluation of individual intersections and networks of intersections. It can be used to analyse signalised intersections, roundabouts (unsignalised, with metering signals, and fully-signalised), two-way stop sign and give-way / yield sign control, all-way stop sign control, signalised and unsignalised pedestrian crossings, single point interchanges (signalised), freeway diamond interchanges (signalised, roundabout, sign control), diverging diamond interchanges and other alternative intersections and interchanges.

SIDRA INTERSECTION training workshops will help you enjoy the power of analysis to find solutions to intersection and network problems.

During 2000-2019, Akcelik and Associates and its accredited representatives ran 370 training workshops across Australia, New Zealand, USA, Canada, Malaysia, Brazil and many countries in Europe and Middle East with about 7,000 delegates attending. In evaluation of these training workshops, the trainees rated various aspects of the workshops and the SIDRA INTERSECTION software very highly.

A full listing of all available workshops is available on our website: sidrasolutions.com/training

Read the About Workshops page for more general information. 

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