The INTRODUCTION TO SIDRA online training program is offered for people with little or no knowledge of SIDRA. This program will focus on how to use SIDRA INTERSECTION.

This program has been prepared by Dr Rahmi Akçelik and Mark Besley, the developers of the SIDRA INTERSECTION software.

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Left-Hand Traffic | Metric

We have prepared presentation content suitable for driving on the left-hand side of the road and using Metric units for countries such as Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Malaysia, Singapore, India & UK.


Left-Hand traffic: SIDRA Basics for New Users, Roundabouts, Signalised Intersections, Introduction to Networks.


Left-Hand traffic: SIDRA Output, Calibration, Pedestrian Crossings, SIDRA Tools, Manage Output & User Interface.

Right-Hand Traffic | US Customary

We have prepared presentation content according to driving on the right-hand side of the road and using US Customary units.


Right-Hand Traffic | US Customary - SIDRA Basics for New Users, Roundabouts, Signalised Intersections, Introduction to Networks.


Right-Hand Traffic | US Customary - SIDRA Output, Calibration, Pedestrian Crossings, SIDRA Tools, Manage Output & User Interface.


Right-Hand Traffic | US Customary - SIDRA Basics for New Users, Roundabouts, Signalised Intersections, Introduction to Networks.


Right-Hand Traffic | US Customary - SIDRA Output, Calibration, Pedestrian Crossings, SIDRA Tools, Manage Output & User Interface.

Key Focus

This training will focus on how to use SIDRA, teaching the basic aspects of the software including general features of the user interface, input data entry and a reasonable level of output familiarity. The INTRODUCTION TO SIDRA program combines hands-on sessions and instructions to teach participants how to use the SIDRA INTERSECTION software through many examples.

Technical Requirements

We will conduct these training sessions using Webex Meetings via a high speed Fibre connection from our office located in Melbourne, Australia.

We will also provide you with a Virtual Computer which you will be required to log in to using Remote Desktop Connection. This will be setup with the latest version of SIDRA INTERSECTION which will be used in the program.

Program Contents

The INTRODUCTION TO SIDRA online training program consists of 3 Modules. These have been prepared according to region and can be viewed here:

Left-Hand Traffic | Metric
Right-Hand Traffic | US Customary

SIDRA Presenters

The following presenters will conduct this training program:

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.

General Details

Please read the following important information about our training programs.

Available Modules and Prices are listed on the UPCOMING EVENTS page.

Different registration information for Australian and Overseas customers is given in the Eventbrite page.

We recommend you register for all Modules.

Module 1 is a good start for those who have not used SIDRA INTERSECTION before. It is also suitable for attendance by those with limited interest in learning about what SIDRA does and how it works. We have designed this program so you may choose to attend Module 1 now and Modules 2 and 3 at a later date.

Separate Registration for each Module

Separate registration is required for each Module. For instance, if you would like to attend both Module 1 and Module 2, you are required to register for each of these two Modules separately.

Units and displays in presentations and SIDRA project files will be configured according to region. These are based on:

  • SIDRA Standard Left software setup using Left-Hand traffic rule and Metric units.
  • SIDRA Standard Right software setup using Right-Hand traffic rule and Metric units.
  • SIDRA US HCM software setup using Right-hand traffic rule and US Customary units.

You will need to view three windows at the same time - two windows to view the Presenter's desktop and the Training Book, and one window to use SIDRA. A dual monitor setup is highly recommended.

  • You will be sent training books (PDF format) before the training.
  • The training will be in English.
  • We recommend that you watch these tutorial videos before the training.

At the end of your Module, we will ask you to complete and submit a Training Evaluation Survey so we can get feedback on your experience. The information and feedback you provide is valuable for us in designing and improving our programs.

After completion of training, we will send you a Certificate of Completion.

By registering for this training, you are agreeing to the following conditions:

  • Any form of recording is prohibited. This includes both video and audio.
  • Only the registered attendee may attend. If you wish to transfer your position to someone else in your organisation, prior notice must be given (at least 48 hours prior to the event).
  • We do not offer refunds; however you may transfer your registration to a colleague within the same organisation as explained above.
  • You have read these important Technical Requirements and agree that they can be met.

Ticket fees are non-refundable. Another delegate may be substituted for the same training Module free of charge. Please contact us about delegate substitution in advance.

Transfer between training Modules is not allowed.


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Understanding fundamental concepts and principles for effective intersection and network modelling

"A good understanding of traffic operations is essential for effective use of traffic models for intersection and network design, performance assessment and transport planning purposes. Model calibration is an important element of this process. SIDRA Training is not just about intersection and network analysis, but aims to improve general understanding of operational analysis of all traffic facilities."

Dr Rahmi Akçelik


Here are some positive comments from delegates who have attended our training. Read More..

This course was very well organized and smoothly executed. The hands on learning aspect gave me a good basic understanding of the software. I had no experience with SIDRA going in and I feel confident that I can now get into the software and apply it to help in the design process.

Becky Conn
Civil Engineer, TCPW

Instructors are very knowledgeable and any questions were answered in real-time by the SIDRA team during the course. Provides a strong foundational overview of traffic engineering with background information on SIDRA default settings.

Ashley Schalken
Traffic Engineer, Transmax

I was quite impressed with the wide variety of inputs and functions that SIDRA has and how easy it was to pick up - I found myself shooting ahead in the examples by the second module, as I had picked up a feel for how the software works. It was significantly easier to use than other modelling software I have experienced in the past and I'm excited to use it more.

Luke Murphy
Director, Qualis
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