PTV Visum

The world’s leading transportation planning software

PTV Visum is the world's leading transportation planning software. It is the standard for macroscopic simulations and macroscopic modelling of transportation networks and transportation demand, public transportation planning, and for the development of transportation strategies and solutions. With PTV Visum, you create transportation models that provide insights for long-term strategic planning and short-term operational use. 

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PTV Visum reliable future planning
Reliably plan future investments​

Cost-benefit analysis for new infrastructure investments

PTV Visum balanced mobility concepts
Develop new, sustainable​ mobility concepts

Evaluate scenarios and concepts for ​sustainability, accessibility, & more

PTV Visum multimodal transport
Simulate multimodal transportation

All existing + future transportation modes and their interactions

PTV Visum traffic data
Integrate all mobility data

Bring together mobility data and provide powerful analysis tools

PTV Visum high performance
High performance for more efficiency

Fastest + most advanced algorithms for travel demand modeling

PTV Visum solution for every challenge
The right tools for every task

Variety of built-in calculation methods​ to produce your exact KPIs

PTV Visum insights down
See every detail

Extended visualization and analysis capabilities in 2D and 3D maps

PTV Visum intuitive use
Intuitive use

An intuitive graphical user interface and extensive documentation

PTV Visum seamless integration
Seamless integration with PTV Vissim and PTV Vistro

Easily combine macro, meso and micro modeling

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Key functions of PTV Visum

Efficiently set up and manage many development scenarios

Make the right decisions as your transportation system evolves. With its integrated scenario management, PTV Visum enables effective preparation and evaluation of many scenarios. You can create and manage modifications to the model: infrastructure developments, new transit lines, population forecasts, and zoning policies. Scenarios can then be composed and evaluated in batch computations. Define and extract key KPIs according to your planning goals and compare them to make the best plan for your community. Compare individual scenario variants, down to the smallest detail. When networks or inputs change, the scenario manager highlights results which may no longer be valid. 

High-performance algorithms for quick and accurate results

PTV Visum transportation planning software supports the evolution of mobility systems through data-based assessments of scenarios. These models are complex, due to the diversity of human mobility and its interactions with its surroundings. To effectively evaluate many possible future variants, short model run times are critical. The PTV Visum algorithms are therefore continuously optimized with new methods and techniques, such as contraction hierarchies and parallel processing. Especially in the key area of traffic assignment, amazing accelerations have been achieved in recent years. Improvements to other tools such as loading, filtering, and displaying of results are continuously added as well. 

Efficiently create and maintain transportation models

Developing and maintaining transportation models means using data from many providers and sources. PTV Visum offers a variety of interfaces to import such data and to integrate it into the model. In addition to generic formats for tabular and GIS data, there are specialized interfaces for public transportation data, demand matrices, and signal controls. Build and maintain multimodal networks with powerful tools for data integration, matching of public transportation lines to road network, merging of redundant or neighboring objects, timetable simplification, and more. 

Transparency and extensibility

Good documentation of transportation models enables their long-term use by multiple diverse users. PTV Visum supports this need with a “self-describing” data model, graphical user interface, scripting API, and procedure/parameter files. All attributes are described by tooltips in the user interface. Calculation methods are displayed in a graphical user interface – so programming and scripting knowledge are only needed in advanced applications. Most visualizations can be adapted to perfectly suit the needs of the actual model users.  

Multimodal transportation modeling

PTV Visum is the right solution for efficient multimodal transportation modeling. With this PTV transportation planning software, you can plan transportation in a city or a region, get information on the mode split, analyze all travel processes in detail, and find the best solutions for present and future mobility challenges. Use PTV Visum software to develop a master transportation system plan for the entire region, even when there is little data available. 

Public transportation planning software: Optimize operations and user experience

PTV Visum is the ideal public transportation planning software: it provides key figures on user experience (travel times, frequency, walking times, fares), as well as operational aspects and costs (operating times, performance kilometers, empty runs, vehicle requirements, depot use). You can evaluate network and timetable variants and operating concepts. By combining strategic transportation demand models with operational assessment tools, your decisions will always be well-informed. 

Public transportation planning software: Plan fleets, infrastructure, and electrification

For the best long-term fleet procurement and maintenance, PTV Visum provides tools for travel demand forecasting, fleet planning, and operational concepts. Fleets with different types of vehicles can be allocated according to flexible criteria, including demand. PTV Visum considers depot capacities, turning times, empty runs, and other factors. By comparing different scenarios, you derive the optimal options for fleet procurement and operating costs. The transportation planning software also considers electric vehicles - their unique energy consumption, charging processes, and charging infrastructure. Different operating concepts, such as overnight and opportunity charging, can be compared.

Plan and integrate new modes of mobility

PTV Visum helps transportation planners and engineers to design, analyze, and integrate new modes of mobility. The transportation planning software models cars, bikes, walking, and ride-sharing schemes, as well as their integration with all the variants of public transportation. With PTV Visum, you can also study the effects of autonomous and connected vehicles. 

Assess air and noise pollution from transportation

PTV Visum includes procedures for calculations of emissions and noise from transportation, so you can assess these impacts without additional software. When used early in the planning process, it can help to detect unwanted effects of transportation measures, such as increases in total emissions due to detours. 

Analyze toll systems, low emissions zones, and access restrictions

Use PTV Visum to model toll systems and access restrictions, such as low emissions zones (LEZs) or bans on trips for through-traffic. For area-wide restrictions like LEZs, the software considers resulting detours in routing and KPIs. Toll systems are studied as distance-based, area-wide, or tariffs between network access points. A special assignment procedure provides realistic representation of user preferences between toll costs and travel times. As a result, evaluate how tolls affect users’ route lengths, travel times and costs, and the expected revenues for operators. 

Beautiful visualization and flexible graphics

With PTV Visum, your transportation model has more impact through meaningful maps, diagrams, and 3D presentations. Even non-experts will easily understand the results and conclusions. Of course, you can also print any outputs. PTV Visum offers a variety of interactive graphic tools for analyzing and editing data – all flexible and adoptable to your needs. Special tools for public transportation include graphical timetable, schematic line network plan, and graphical block editor. The windows can be arranged on several screens, and you can switch between configurations. A synchronization mechanism ensures that different representations are focused on the same selected objects. 

Publish and share your analysis

PTV Visum provides you with the latest tools for outreach to partners and stakeholders. Use the PTV Visum Publisher tool to create interactive dashboards of your Visum models and scenario analysis. Plus, easily upload scenarios and dashboards to the PTV cloud, and then share them with your team or with the public.  

Detailed traffic flow simulation of large-scale transportation networks

To get a better level of detail when planning roads, PTV Visum offers enhanced operational modeling capabilities. The powerful mesoscopic assignment method Simulation-Based Assignment (SBA) enables fast and accurate traffic flow simulation of large networks. As a result, the network effects of local traffic management strategies are assessed easily and accurately. You can also extract data from large-scale models and analyze it in local models within the microscopic traffic simulation software PTV Vissim, or in real time applications using PTV Optima

Activity-Based Demand Modeling (ABM)

PTV Visum supports Activity-Based Demand Models (ABM), which model mobility decisions of individuals instead of groups of people. As a result, daily activity and travel schedules are created with information on start times, time spans, locations, and mode. Easily integrate and manage your ABM demand data; store surveyed or synthesized households, persons, tours, and trips; and connect them to the database. Trips can be assigned to static assignment paths for analysis. Use PTV Visum to also import, manage, and analyze third-party highway and transit simulation model results. 

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Planning public transit network and services​

Buses, trams, subways, taxis, trains - PTV Visum is the only mainstream transportation planning software to include detailed public transit maps. From investing in new lines and stations to changes in timetable and fleet capacity, the market leading PTV Visum software helps you make cost-effective decisions.

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Advanced Models

Integrate activity-based models​

Models can now represent travel behavior in more detail than ever. With ​advanced methods for storing and viewing large, disaggregate data sets, powerful scripting interfaces, and integration with ActivitySim, PTV Visum provides the ideal platform for developing activity-based models.

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Dashboard visualized at its best

PTV Visum Publisher: Present your mobility data with attractive dashboards and 3D maps

With PTV Visum Publisher, create dashboards and 3D maps with state-of-the-art visualizations based on your PTV Visum model results. With just a few clicks, intuitively prepare and present huge amounts of data. Easily compare multiple scenarios and create side-by-side visualizations that represent different time periods, years, or planning scenarios.

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Detailed Simulation​

Conduct region-wide, detailed traffic simulations​

With fully-integrated, simulation-based and hybrid mesoscopic/macroscopic assignments, PTV Visum allows you to conduct simulations on a scale that you never thought possible. 

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What customers say about PTV Visum

The PTV solution is a "well-known, established and fit-for-purpose software for the model and database".

The European Commission
Trimode, the next European Transport Model

We are impressed with the speed improvements in Visum 2022 and happy we can run a converged assignment in such a short time.

Tony Dichev
Lead Transport Modeller, Transport for London

The City of Hamburg has been given a great tool with which they can analyze interactions between traffic jams and construction measures.

Dr. Melanie Mergler
LSBG Hamburg

SBB uses PTV Visum to calculate future highway capacity needs.

Swiss Federal Railways (SBB)
Service Planning Unit

The application is a potential game-changer for public charge point installation, quickly delivering the hard evidence that is needed.

Geoff Murphy
Lead of Charge Project, SP Energy Networks

PTV Visum Setup

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