Urban Analytics was founded in 1991. The firm's principals have over 50 years of combined experience in urban and regional planning and analysis. We recognize the complex feedback connecting urban transportation, land use, and environmental quality, and have substantial experience in the implementation and use of models that capture these interdependencies and apply them to more effective planning. Urban Analytics combines extensive technical expertise in modeling and forecasting with a thorough understanding of the process for urban transportation and land use planning. We are committed to excellence and innovation in addressing the needs of our clients.
The evolution of modern multi-centered metropolitan areas has brought increasingly complex commuting patterns, transportation systems, air quality impacts, and transportation-land use interactions. These changes require increasingly sophisticated applications of travel demand models in order to develop sound approaches to transit and roadway planning and travel demand management. With expertise in the development and use of such models, Urban Analytics offers services in the following areas:
Analyzing and forecasting patterns of employment and population location within rapidly changing urban regions requires a thorough understanding of the processes affecting urban development, and the models and tools appropriate to measure and predict the structure of evolving cities. Paul Waddell designed and leads the development of UrbanSim, a state of the art land use model system, and the new Open Platform for Urban Simulation (OPUS). Through Urban Analytics, we provide services to clients wanting to apply UrbanSim in their region, by offering customized data integration, model design and specification, model estimation, and a software application and user interface tailored to the needs of the client. The software is Open Source, and the client can examine, extend, and even re-distribute the software. UrbanSim can be used tin conjunction with existing four-step and new activity-based travel models to evaluate: