One of the key strengths of PDC is its
ability to undertake fundamental and in-depth research into many areas
of transport operation and planning activity. The consultancy's interests
cover the understanding of travel behaviour, the application of IT to
transport problems and policy analysis methods and techniques.
The consultancy provides a specialist research
capability in many areas of transport policy analysis. For example,
it recently led a major consortium investigating the potential for building
trip matrices covering the whole of the EU. The resulting matrices will
be an essential input to EU policy developments such as Trans
European Network. PDC has also researched and developed procedures for
constructing rail passenger and journey to work matrices for the entire
In terms of understanding travel behaviour,
PDC already has a strong reputation for the development of innovative
market research techniques, particularly Stated Preference. The company
has a great deal of experience in its application to transport investment
proposals. PDC can also undertake research of often neglected modes,
such as cycling and walking.
PDC has developed significant expertise
in the application of IT to transport development projects, hand-held
computers used in road-side interviews to specialized GIS-T applications
such as Taegis.