Traffic engineering

Qualification goals

After successfully completing this module, students have acquired in-depth knowledge of the specific terminology and model concepts of the respective transport modes. They have knowledge of the technical terminology, regulations and codes including international standards.
Students will gain knowledge of the physical, technological, and operational fundamentals of the transportation modes and infrastructure of all transportation modes, including their operational behavior.

Based on this, students are taught basic skills in the use of various dynamic model concepts based on microscopic physical models up to aggregated flow models. Students will be able to replicate and investigate behaviors using simulation models. Knowledge of the organizational forms of road, rail and air transport operations is taught. The students are able to assess their influence on the traffic situation.


The lecture Transport Engineering provides a systematic overview of the fundamentals for understanding transport systems and their functions and structures as well as their technical realization, primarily from areas of land transport. It is complemented by excursions to manufacturers of transport equipment and infrastructure facilities as well as operators of road, rail and air transport.

  • Traffic engineering
  • Terms, definitions, parameters of traffic elements
  • Systematics of traffic
  • System interrelationships, traffic objects, means of transport, traffic routes, production and distribution concepts (shunting techniques, block trains, single wagon load traffic, freight traffic centers, ...)
  • Traffic organization (planning and dispatching, control and safety technology)
  • Telematics (communication and positioning)
  • Traffic physics (vehicle and traffic dynamics, modeling of traffic flows, flow dynamics)
  • Distribution of traffic, traffic control