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.

Dr Chaitrali Shirke is a Traffic Modeller at Akcelik and Associates since July 2021. Chaitrali has more than three years of work experience in the field of transport engineering. Before joining Akcelik and Associates, she was a Postdoctoral Research Fellow at the Queensland University of Technology (QUT). She worked on various projects focusing on traffic modelling, intelligent transport system, network evaluation, traffic safety, public transport, and transport planning. She also assisted in providing consultation to Queensland government road agencies for improving their traffic management practices through applied research. Chaitrali also taught Advanced Transport Modelling course including traffic modelling software such as SIDRA and Aimsun to undergraduate students at QUT.

Chaitrali has a doctorate in transportation engineering from the Queensland University of Technology, Australia and a master’s degree in transportation engineering and planning from the Sardar Vallabhbhai National Institute of Technology, India. In addition, she has a bachelor’s degree in Civil engineering.



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

SIDRA INTERSECTION is a powerful software which can be used by transport planners and engineers to inform better decision making about critical infrastructure investments around intersections and the implications that can be drawn from modelling traffic & pedestrian flows. This also includes useful data that can be modelled for cost or even carbon emissions analyses. The course is well structured and the trainings are accessible for those without prior knowledge. If you are a transport planner but not trained as a transport engineer you may want to consider taking SIDRA MODEL FUNDAMENTALS first to establish the background theory to the software and intersection modelling.

Vincent Ng
Transport Planner Modeler, City of Casey
The training did an excellent job highlighting the complexities dealing with roundabouts and complex road layouts, while equipping me to better understand what is required to get the best modelling outputs.
Jacques Du Preez
Transport Modeller, Tauranga City Council

Very knowledgeable presenters providing a great introduction to what can be done in SIDRA and the basics of how to do it.

Howard Orr
Team Leader Landuse, TfNSW

Great introduction to traffic intersections and has helped me see further detail into design intersections.

Alaa Taha
Civil Design Engineer, Hume City Council