Road Transport Emission and Air Quality Modelling: 24 & 25 August, 2017 - Brisbane, QLD

This new course covers vehicle emission estimation and transport corridor modelling. Dr Robin Smit will detail how to estimate fleet emissions using COPERT Australia and PΔP whilst dispersion modelling of emissions from roads will be presented by Mr Andrew Martin, covering model selection, source input , NOx to NO2 conversion and much more. Early bird registration closes: 20 July, 2017. Registration closes: 17 August, 2017.

August 24, 2017
2 Days
CPD Points:


DSITI, Ecosciences Precinct, 41 Boggo Road Dutton Park, QLD   View map


The two-day course will cover the basic principles of vehicle emission modelling and simulation of the air quality impact of road transport. The course will cover emission modelling aspects of vehicle classification and real-world vehicle emissions behaviours and will teach participants how to use COPERT Australia and PΔP to predict emissions for tunnels and surface roads and/or create emission factors for direct use in dispersion models.  The course will also discuss a new emission factor tool recently developed for local air quality modelling (traffic situation, road gradient, etc.). This tool is based on COPERT Australia and is freely available for use in the Brisbane City Council area.  The course dispersion modelling component will present model selection options, source configuration options and photochemistry.

Day registrations are available for people who wish to focus on either component of the program.

Dr Robin Smit

Robin is a managing scientist at the Department of Science, Information Technology and Innovation (DSITI) – Inventory and Air Assessment.  He is an honorary senior fellow with the University of Queensland (School of Civil Engineering) and has over 20 years work experience in emission, air pollution and climate projects both in Europe, Asia, New Zealand and Australia.

Andrew Martin (MAppSc MSc(EnvMgt) FAirQual)

Andrew is Air Quality Manager at ASK Consulting Engineers and has specialised in air quality assessment for 23 years including both modelling and monitoring in the vicinity of roads.  He has progressed from modelling roads using the Caline series and Ausplume to the current programs Calpuff and Aermod.

  • Sessions demonstrating software configuration
  • Provision of sample configuration files
  • Free software (P∆P)
  • Networking
  • Course notes provided in hardcopy
  • Certificate of attendance

This course represents the complete package for assessing the air quality impact of road transport.  Course participants should be able to identify and implement tools for calculating transport emissions as well the options for assessment of those emissions using a dispersion modelling approach.

Day 1:  9.00 am to 5.00 pm

Day 2:  8.00 am to 5.00 pm

Jacinda Shen
CASANZ Training Co-ordinator
Tel: +61 437 983 926

COPERT Australia ( a dedicated Australian version of COPERT was developed in 2013 in co-operation with an EU partner. COPERT is a globally used software tool used to calculate air pollutant and greenhouse gas emissions produced by road transport, and its scientific development is managed by the European Commission.  The software estimates all types of emissions including hot running, start, evaporative and non-exhaust (tire wear, brake wear).  This software has been calibrated with thousands of vehicle emission tests that were conducted in Australia.  It links well with output from macroscopic transport models. The software has been adopted by the National Pollutant Inventory (NPI) as the recommended model for motor vehicle emission inventories and has been used to estimate motor vehicle emissions for all states and territories in Australia in 2014 ( Note that a license key needs to be purchased for this software.

PΔP: a simulation tool for road vehicle emissions developed in 2013 using the same vehicle emission measurement database as used for COPERT Australia. The software tool predicts fuel consumption, air pollution (NOx) and greenhouse gas emissions with a high resolution in time and space (second-by-second). It uses engine power and the change in engine power as the main model variables and included all relevant vehicle classes. A free version of this software is included in the course.

Dispersion modelling: Calpuff and Aermod are the two most commonly used dispersion models in Australia and New Zealand. Historically, exhaust emissions from road sources have been modelled using the Caline series of models or Ausroads (the Vic EPA adaption of Caline), or international models such as OSPM, SPRAY, Hyroad, LWM or GRAL. The USEPA has flagged its intention to make Aermod the new regulatory model for roads replacing the Caline series of models. In addition, Calpuff has a new source category for road sources.  This course will briefly discuss differences between these models but focus on the use of Calpuff and Aermod.

Preliminary Program

Day One – 24 August 2017

  • Session 1: General introduction and terminology
  • Session 2: Complexity, modelling scales and application
  • Session 3: High resolution modelling: PΔP
  • Session 4: PΔP software training
  • Session 5: National motor vehicle emission inventory
  • Session 6: COPERT Australia software training
  • Session 7: Further background into vehicle emissions

Day Two – 25 August 2017

  • Session 1: Brisbane City Council Motor Vehicle Emission Factor (BCC MVEF) tool: emission factors for local air quality assessments
  • Session 2: Local regulatory basis, screening methods and modelling domains
  • Session 3: Dispersion models for roads
  • Session 4: Emission factors for local modelling
  • Session 5: Background and basic photochemistry
  • Session 6: Model configuration for stacks, roads and tunnel portals
  • Session 7: Processing and interpreting results
  • Session 8: Discussion
2 Day Course RegistrationMemberNon-memberStudent/retiredCourse + CASANZ Membership*
Early Bird Registration Closes: 20 July, 2017A$1,620A$2,110N/AA$1,865
Registration Closes: 17 August, 2017A$1,800A$2,340A$900A$2,045

*Individual annual membership plus the one-off joining fee.

Day Course RegistrationMemberNon-memberStudent/retiredCourse + CASANZ Membership*
Early Bird Registration Closes: 20 July, 2017A$810A$1,050N/AA$1,055
Registration Closes: 17 August, 2017A$900A$1,170A$450A$1,045

*Individual annual membership plus the one-off joining fee.


  • Government employees receive a 10% discount on the early bird member rate, regardless of membership status
  • Group discounts three or more registrations from the same organisation will attract a 20% discount on the applicable registration fees.
  • Only one discount option applies to each registration

For Discounts and Day registrations, contact the administration office.