Network Analysis2It is often crucial to understand how people move through the environment. Networks are used to model how people and vehicles might travel between destinations. These can include the costs associated with travel, such as time, distance, or money. Networks can also show connectivity between different modes of transport, such as the link between a walking network and a public transport network at a bus stop.

Analysis of these networks is used to model how long it takes for someone to traverse the network. In its simplest form, this can mean merely moving from point A to B. However, the team at Interpret has designed far more detailed analyses to extract the maximum value from the data. Accessibility analysis is used to calculate the cost of travel from initial locations, such as households, to a variety of destinations, such as schools or supermarkets. This analysis indicates how accessible the destinations are within defined times.

An extension of this analysis can be used to model network change. If changes were proposed to a transport system, accessibility analysis provides a mechanism to model the two systems in parallel. This allows the transport planners to see how the changes will impact on peoples’ abilities to reach desired destinations.

We have considerable experience in building networks, running analyses and providing an interpretation of the results. We are at the forefront of Accessibility Modeling globally and are able to construct highly detailed multimodal networks. The modeling on these networks is often as fine grained as every household in a city. This is a highly detailed process but the eye-opening results give a unique insight into understanding the connectedness of transport systems.