Training Workshops


For SIDRA INTERSECTION users with a basic level of experience

These in-person (classroom) workshops are for SIDRA INTERSECTION software users. The Program we have created consists of 3 Modules to be held over 3 days on the following topics - Traffic Signals, Roundabouts & Sign Control, and Network Modelling.


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SIDRA Training Workshops
Brisbane City, 11-13 July 2023
9:00 am - 5:00 pm AEST each day

Cliftons Brisbane
24/288 Edward St, Brisbane City QLD 4000
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SIDRA Training Workshops
Perth, 8-10 August 2023
9:00 am- 5:00 pm AWST each day

Cliftons Perth
Parmelia House, 191 St Georges Terrace, Perth WA 6000
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SIDRA Training Workshops
Melbourne, 22-24 August 2023
9:00 am - 5:00 pm AEST each day

Cliftons Melbourne - Collins Street
L1/440 Collins St, Melbourne VIC 3000
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SIDRA Training Workshops
Sydney, 31 Oct -2 Nov 2023
9:00 am - 5:00 pm AEDT each day

Cliftons Sydney - Margaret Street
13/60 Margaret St, Sydney NSW 2000
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  • Prices listed are in AUD and includes GST (Sales Tax).
  • Price for the Full Program includes a significant saving compared to individual Modules.
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Full Program

$3300 AUD (Save 20%)

$3795 AUD (Save approx 15%)
Per Module $1375 AUD $1485 AUD

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Who should attend?

These intermediate to advanced level training workshops are offered for SIDRA INTERSECTION users with a basic level of experience including those who have attended the beginner level INTRODUCTION TO SIDRA online training. Attendees will learn features of SIDRA INTERSECTION that are essential to modelling cases of practical importance including some complex intersection and network cases.

The workshop combines hands-on sessions and instructions to teach participants how to effectively use SIDRA INTERSECTION, and how to apply and interpret results from the model to solve intersection and network problems.

SIDRA MODEL FUNDAMENTALS online training is also recommended for SIDRA users with any level of experience. This will be of benefit to users interested in more information on the essential concepts of traffic modelling and principles of traffic analysis.

Program Contents

The SIDRA Training Workshop consists of 3 Modules. The sections below give important information about the contents of this training program.

This program has been prepared according to 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 and UK.

Signal Timing Analysis in SIDRA INTERSECTION

EQUISAT (Fixed-Time / SCATS) and Actuated timing analysis.
Signal Coordination and Common Control Group (CCG) timing analysis.

Example 1-1:
Variable Phase Sequences and Multi-Sequence Analysis

Variable Signal Phasing table in Detailed Output report. Multi-Sequence Analysis report.

Example 1-2:
Signalised Intersection with Two-Segment BUS Lane

Phase Transition, Red Arrow Drop Off, Undetected Movements. Free Queue Distance.

Example 1-3:
Signalised Intersection Actuated Timing Analysis

Maximum green settings (default, optimum). Critical Movements display.

Example 1-4:
Bus Priority at a Signalised Intersection

Bus Lane and Bus Phase; Design Life.

Example 1-5:
Lane use at a small intersection with short lanes

Lane use at a small signalised intersection with approach and exit short lanes and opposed turns in shared lanes. Saturation Flows report.

Example 1-6:
Phase with No Green Time

Dummy movement to allocate fixed phase time.

Example 1-7:
Project Summary

Annual Sums example.

Example 1-8:
Short Lane model

Delay upstream of entry to short lane.

Example 1-9:
Pedestrian Actuation and Minor Phase Actuation

Differences in results from version 9.1 and 9.0.

Pedestrian Timings

Pedestrian Crossing Distance and Crossing Speed. Pedestrian timing parameters. Walk Extension. Staged Pedestrian Crossings. Other pedestrian analysis features. Midblock Signalised Pedestrian Crossings.

Example 1-10:
Pedestrian-Only Phase at Signalised Intersections

Diagonal Crossing Movement. Timing analysis report.

Example 1-11:
Saturation Flow and Demand Calibration

Key parameters for model calibration. Queue Space. Saturation Flow Survey Method and SCATS MF. Saturation flow estimation in the iterative network analysis metho SCATS Parameters Table. Limitations in the use of SCATS MF.

Example 1-12:
A Network Example: Diamond Interchange and a Signalised Site

Time-Distance displays.

Site and Network Templates for Signals

Example 1-13:
A Signalised intersection Example

For user practice.

Q & A and Discussion of Workshop Effectiveness
Workshop Evaluation Survey

Example 2-1:
Roundabout with Bus Slip/Bypass Lane

Roundabout data. Lane Control. Movement Class definitions.
Gap Acceptance Capacity by Movement Class. Output by Movement Class.
"Include Slip/Bypass Lane in Entry Lane Count" parameter.

Example 2-2:
Stop-Sign Controlled T-Intersection

Sign-controlled intersection capacity and performance.

Site and Network Templates for Roundabouts & Sign Control

Example 2-3:
Six-Leg Roundabout

One-way streets, turn bans. U turns. Specifying lane disciplines for multi-lane roundabouts with diagonal legs.

Example 2-4:
Roundabout Model Calibration

Key parameters for model calibration. Queue Space.
Applying Capacity and Demand Flow calibration method.

Example 2-5:
Freeway Interchange Roundabout Case

Lane Changes and Lane Flows on internal approaches.

Example 2-6:
Roundabout Metering Signals

Nepean Highway - McDonald Street case study.

Example 2-7:
An Unbalanced Roundabout Case

Interchange roundabout case. Metering signals option. For user practice.

Example 2-8:
Staged Crossing at Two-Way Sign Control

Full Crossing and Staged Crossing with Storage in the Median Area.

Example 2-9:
Midblock Unsignalised Pedestrian Crossing

Gap acceptance analysis. Opposing Pedestrian Factor.

Example 2-10:
Pedestrian Crossings on Roundabout Legs

Signalised and Unsignalised (Zebra) Pedestrian Crossings.
Lane Changes display and report.

Example 2-11:
Double Roundabout Interchange

Comparison with signalised diamond interchange.

Example 2-12:
Two-Way Sign Control Between Two Signals

Extra Bunching. Excess Back of Queue for upstream continuous lanes.
Network Cycle Time and Offset calculations. Model variability results.

Example 2-13:
Output by Movement Class in Route output

Route Travel Performance report.


New Import Volumes feature.

Example 2-14:
Sign control with side road priority

User practice: Configure the geometry and specify appropriate gap-acceptance parameters.

Q & A and Discussion of Workshop Effectiveness
Workshop Evaluation Survey

SIDRA Network Model

Iterative Process. Network Analysis Settings. Paired (Compound) Intersections and Interchanges. Site and Network OD Movements. User Movement Classes.

Network Configuration and Layout Pictures

Network Connections. Lane Movements. Network Configuration: aligning sites,
selecting multiple sites. Rotate Network function.

Example 3-1:
Two-Site Network (Signals and Roundabout)

Network Level of Service and Site Level of Service definitions. Lane blockage, capacity adjustment and capacity constraint effects (arrival flows). Network Flows. Extra Bunching. Route tab. Network and Route output reports and displays.

Example 3-2:
Differences in Results Between versions 9.1 and 9.0

Reasons for differences.

Example 3-3:
Signal Coordination

Signal Coordination. Signal platoon model and platoon dispersion. Stopline travel time. Network Timing and CCG Phasing & Timing dialogs.
Vehicle Movement Data dialog, Signals tab.

Example 3-4:
Staggered T Intersections

User Movement Class input using Network OD volumes. Midblock flows.
Midblock lane changes.

Example 3-4 continued:
Network timing analysis

Signal Offset, Signal Coordination and Critical Movements reports and displays. Time-Distance displays. Common Control Group timings. Network Design Life.

Network Templates

Example 3-5:
Freeway Diamond Interchange (Signalised)

Compare signal timings when the interchange is treated as a Common Control Group and as a Coordinated Signal System of two separate controllers. Interactive Offsets facility.

Example 3-6:
Variable Demand Model

A simple Network example to explain various complexities of Variable Demand Modelling, including the effect of capacity constraint in congested networks.

Variability of Network Analysis Results

Example 3-7:
Large Network

Network Routes. Network Summary and Network Displays By Routes.
Network Cycle Time and Offset calculations.

Example 3-8:
Large Network Configuration

Network configuration for user practice.

Example 3-98:
Alternative Intersections and Interchanges

Diverging Diamond Interchange, Continuous Flow Intersection.

Example 3-10:
Fully-Signalised Roundabout

Modelling a roundabout with signalised approach and circulating roads as a Network.

User Reports, PDF Output, Customised Output

Q & A and Discussion of Workshop Effectiveness
Workshop Evaluation Survey

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 is a Senior Traffic Modeller / Analyst at SIDRA SOLUTIONS. He has more than 20 years of work experience in the role of researcher, transport/traffic planner, transport survey specialist, transport demand modeller, 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 Information

Please read the following important information about our training programs

We use Eventbrite ticketing system for registration. You will receive various notifcations and reminders regarding the event from Eventbrite.

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.

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. We will also send you links for any other relevant downloads e.g., If there were excercises during training then we will send Answers to Exercises Books.

The training will be in English.

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.
  • For Online Training - Please review the Setup Requirements and ensure that they can be met.

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

Transfer between events is not allowed.



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