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Case Studies

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Yang Wang, a PhD student at Transyt, Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, employed a MARS model of the city of Madrid to test a new combined utility- and regret-based assessment methodology in her thesis "Assessing urban mobility trough participatory scenario building and combined utility regret assessment".


The European Institute for Energy Research (EIFER) commissioned TUW-IVV to support the set-up of a MARS model of the city of Strasbourg, France.

A PhD student at ITS Leeds is developing a MARS model of Bandah Aceh, Indonesia.

A PhD student is currrently updating and improving the MARS model of Chiang Mai, Thailand with new household survey data.


Colleagues from Ubon Rachathani University, Thailand used a MARS model of Bangkok in their study "Strategic Modeling for Sustainable Urban Transportation and Land Use Development in Bangkok".

On behalf of the Austrian Institute for Regional Studies and Spatial Planning (OIR) TUW-IVV developed a MARS model to predict the transport effects of land use planning instruments in the Austrian province of Carinthia. This work was part of a project "Spatial planning and traffic in Carinthia" (Raumordnung und Verkehr in Kärnten) commissioned by the Carinthian provincial government. A short summary of the project in German can be found under

A MARS model of the region of Madrid, ES was used by Luis Angel Guzmán-García in his PhD-thesis "Optimicación dinámica de estrategias de movilidad sostenible en áreas metropolitanas" (Dynamic optimisation of strategies for sustainable mobility in urban areas), Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Centro de Investigación del Transporte - Transyt


The European Institute for Energy Research (EIFER) bought a license of the MARS software and commissioned TUW-IVV to support the set-up of a MARS model of the city of Mulhouse, France. The aim was to mocel the impact of local policies to optimise the development of electric mobility. Results have been presented in 2012 at the WCTRS SIG10 workshop Emerging Urban Transport Policies towards Sustainablity in Vienna (Program, Presentation).

A MARS model covering the whole area of Austria was developed and used in the national research project EISERN (Energy Investment Strategies and long term Emission Reduction Needs).

TUW-IVV was comissioned by Wiener Stadtwerke Beteiligungsmanagement GmbH to carry out a study on the chances and risks of e-mobility in Vienna. A MARS model of Vienna and Lower Austria was used in combination with the fleet development model SERAPIS owned by the Austrian Energyagency to predict the effects of different e-mobility scenarios.

Simone Becker Lopes developed and used a MARS model of Porto Alegre in her PhD thesis "A sustainable mobility planning tool based on an integrated land use-transport model" at the

School of Engineering of São Carlos, USP.


A MARS model of the city of Leeds, UK, was set for its use within the FP7 project GHG-Transpord.


A MARS model of Washington D.C. was set up and used by Matt Hardy in his PhD thesis "Simplified Integrated Transportation and Land Use Modelling to Support Metropolitan Planning Decisions: An Application and Assessment" at George Mason University, Fairfax, VA.

The development of a MARS model of Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, has been started within the framework of the Mega City Research Project TP. Ho Chi Minh.


In the 6th framework project CITYMOBIL (Towards advanced road transport for th urban environment) MARS models of the cities of Almere (NL),  Gateshead (UK), Trondheim (N) and Vienna are used to asses the effects of innovative transport systems like PRT (Personal Rapid Transit).

A Vensim(r) based MARS model of the Madrid region is used in the project "Metodología para la evaluación multiobjetivo de estrategias de movilidad urbana y regional" funded by the Ministerio de Fomento, Madrid, ES.


A MARS model of the city of Leeds, GB was adapted for the project DISTILLATE (Design and Implementation Support Tools for Integrated Local LAnd Use, Transport and the Environment) funded under the UK Engineering and Physical Sciences Research Council's overarching research programme on the development of a Sustainable Urban Environment.

DISTILLATE MARS Leeds demo pack

A MARS model of the "Twin City Region" Vienna - Bratislava (AT-SK) was created in the national research project PLUTO (Prediction of Land Use and Transport changes due to Open borders - a modelling framework for the Vienna - Bratislava metropolitan region) funded by the Viennese Chamber of Economy ("Wiener Wirtschaftskammer").


A MARS model of Bari, IT was created and used by Giovanni Circella in his PhD thesis “Integrated land use and transportation planning for sustainable transport solutions” at the Technical University of Bari (Italy).

MARS Flight Simulator models of the cities Chiang Mai, TH; Ubon Ratchathani, TH; Hanoi, VN have been created and used within the project SPARKLE funded by the European Commission within the Programme Asia Pro Eco.

A MARS model of the city of Edinburgh, GB was used in combination with models on a European level and a world energy market model in the project STEPS (Scenarios for the Transport system and Energy supply and their Potential effectS) funded by the European Commission in its 6th framework programme.

A MARS model of the Vienna Region, AT in Visual Basic for Applications(r) was created in a project on behalf of the Viennese Municipal Department 18.


A MARS model of the region of Madrid, ES in VBA(r) was used by Paula Vieira Gonçalves de Souza in her PhD-thesis "Modelización de la interacción de usos del suelo y transporte. Aplicación al corredor A-3 de Madrid" at Universidad Politécnica de Madrid, Centro de Investigación del Transporte - Transyt.

A MARS model of the citz of Leeds, UK in VBA(r) was used in the project SPECTRUM (Studies of Policies regarding Economic instruments Complementing Transport Regulation and the Undertaking of physical Measures) funded by the European Community under the "Competitive and Sustainable Growth" Programme.



MARS models of the six European capitals Edinburgh, GB; Helsinki, FI; Madrid, ES; Oslo, NO; Stockholm, SE; Vienna, AT in VBA(r) have been created and used in the project PROSPECTS (Procedures for Recommending Optimal Sustainable Planning of European City Transport Systems) funded by the European Commission within the 5th framework programme.