Expertise

Planning sustainable transportation is our priority. Shaping the mobility of tomorrow is our commitment.

At MIC, we look at trends and interpret people’s behaviour. We dig out facts and challenge the constraints.

We apply exactness and creativity, and identify solutions that promise to connect people better, making places more accessible, and enhancing the quality of life in communities. We manage the demand for travel and favour responsible infrastructuring.

Our team of experts are ready to advise on a variety of disciplines pertaining to the mobility of people, vehicles and goods.

We offer a wide variety of services from strategic advisory matters to road design, to parking consultancy and pedestrian modelling. The services listed here illustrate our capabilities and the type of work we focus on, along with contact information and related publications.

Urban & Regional Transport Planning

MIC’s strength in Urban and Regional Transport Planning lies in its ability to support a team throughout the whole of the planning process in order to provide an advanced and innovative approach to all aspects relating to the transportation of people and goods. A carefully planned multi-modal transportation network is of vital importance to the development of any region that aims to achieve steady development rates and competitiveness. Nothing is more fundamental to the smooth flow of traffic than the proper allocation of land use, and the best transportation plan starts with an efficient land use plan.

The objective of MIC’s Urban and Regional Transport Planning consultancy is to develop an integrated, multi-modal, strategic approach to transportation planning, to conform to transportation goals and objectives, to manage demands for travel, to respect environmental concerns, and to support economic growth. MIC’s capabilities range from existing cities to new cities, covering all means of transport, from pedestrian and cycling mobility to high capacity and innovative public transport systems.

Transport planning in cities is becoming increasingly important; there is now an opportunity for the exploration of futuristic and sustainable forms for new and existing cities. Cities in the future will face unprecedented challenges, leading us to believe that planning (and more precisely transport planning) must aim to reduce energy consumption, while promoting sustainability in a broader sense and enhancing the urban quality of life.


Masterplan Mobility Consultancy

MIC is specialized in providing technical support for the master planning team in all aspects relating to mobility: our capabilities range from the development of an integrated, multi-modal, and strategic approach to transportation planning, to the the development of integrated strategies for heavy goods vehicles, public transit, and bicycle/pedestrian requirements; from the development of comprehensive parking strategies to define off-street and on-street parking requirements, to the creation of a balanced transportation strategy that includes accommodation of travel demand at an acceptable design level of service, as well as the provision of an integrated strategy for the public transportation system.


Traffic Impact Studies & Assessment

A Traffic Impact Study (TIS) and Traffic Impact Analysis (TIA) are essentially the same thing with slightly different names... The purpose of a Traffic Impact Study is to identify traffic impacts (primarily congestion and safety related issues) of a new or expanded real estate development, such as shopping centres, office parks, industrial plants, schools, hospitals, or similar.

MIC traffic engineers are qualified for the challenges of international work with its wide variety of contexts, rules, driver behaviour, municipality guidelines, etc. This is why it is so important to get the fundamentals right! At MIC, traffic engineers and urban planners work hand in hand even on the smallest and simplest of study cases because it is of paramount importance to ensure the best integration between traffic design, urban environment and multi-modality access. The analysis of traffic must stretch beyond a basic assessment of infrastructure capacity to achieve integration with the urban hardscape, the urban planning framework and the so-called ‘soft mobility’ modes.

The combination of these principles with a robust and traditional modelling approach constitutes MIC’s uniqueness and added value, resulting in innovative and optimized design solutions. That is what makes us different. If well conceived from the inception of the design process, the inputs we provide can constitute a valuable asset for any development and present a key to its own success and marketability.

Our expertise also includes:

  • Traffic Data Collection
  • Access Conformity Evaluation
  • Site Circulation Analysis
  • Road, Signal, Signage and Marking Plans
  • Traffic Calming Design
  • Traffic Engineering Analysis
  • Traffic Signal Design
  • Highway & Intersection Design

Transport and Traffic Modelling

Key decisions on transport projects rely on robust analyses combined with prioritisation of resources and actions. MIC empowers its clients with these tools, in particular state-of-the-art modelling software and capabilities. We use transport models to analyse the overall effects of changes to roads, traffic, modes of public transport, population, land use and changes in transport policies. Simulation models are used to optimise traffic flow.

Transport modelling is key for strategic advisory as it allows an analysis of the overall effects of changes to transport networks, population, land use and transport policies. MIC implements dynamic traffic modelling to optimise traffic flow, using a professional design tool that acts as an indisputable support when deciding the accessibility of master plans and real estate developments.

The difference between simulation models and ‘black magic’ is transparency of data and processes.

MIC also operates as a third party provider of specialist modelling services to larger engineering firms, consultancies and contractors, bringing its professionalism to larger teams of designers and consultants. MIC uses several transport software packages for both public and private transport (e.g. CUBE VOYAGER and TRANSCAD for transport models and PARAMICS and VISSIM for dynamic simulation models) that interface with Urban Analytic Framework and VISWALK to address interactions between vehicles and pedestrians.

MIC is also a proficient user of the state-of-the art pedestrian dynamic simulation software, Legion, which is particularly useful in analysing pedestrian flows at train and metro stations and at airports, as well as being the standard software for the assessment of crowd dynamics for large events at exhibition centres, stadiums and arenas.

All dynamic simulations include a graphical user interface, which makes it possible to present input and results. The traffic flow from simulation models can be viewed as short 3D movies.


Pedestrian Modelling

With an increasing worldwide focus on public transport, pedestrian modelling has become an essential activity for MIC.

MIC’s pedestrian modelling capabilities range from macro modelling at a static level on a master plan scale, to looking at the interaction between pedestrians, cars and public transport on a meso scale and to agent based modelling on a micro scale. MIC has a long-standing record of simulations for rail and metro stations and complex buildings all over the world.

With over 15 years’ experience in the field, MIC staff provides an understanding of the phenomenon using the most advanced modelling tools.


Pedestrian & Cycle Studies

MIC has extensive experience in pedestrian trip generation and uses the latest specialist software to assess and simulate the pedestrian environment inside complex buildings and in urban contexts.

As part of an overall transport strategy, walking and cycling facilities are of utmost importance in creating a sustainable, safe and pleasant urban environment and for encouraging walking and cycling over more traditional modes of transport.

A consistent and integrated network of cycling routes and pedestrian footways is routinely investigated in relation to the structure of the land use, the location of main public transport access points, and the key places of public interest within the study area and beyond.


Parking Consultancy

MIC provides a wide range of car park consultancy services, from planning studies and revenue forecasts to functional design and car park management systems.

MIC professionals have over fifteen years’ experience providing a unique service in national and international settings, including projects in Vietnam, Russia, and West Africa. MIC can support developers, car park management companies and architects on all issues relating to car park design:

  • Planning studies: evaluating car park demand and car park strategies in existing urban settings and master plans;
  • Functional design: developing car park layouts for historical buildings or large and complex new developments;
  • Systems design and consultancy: MIC provides support for planning car park management systems, from initial feasibility studies to tender documents;
  • Financial operations analysis: MIC provides revenue stream analysis, looking into tariff structure and operational strategies.

Public Transport Consultancy

Public transport represents one of the fundamental elements of past, present and future urban mobility.  MIC believes that the innovation of public transport functionality and technology is a primary aim for the construction of a sustainable vision of tomorrow’s cities. For this reason, public transport planning is a core activity of the company.

MIC’s capabilities range from wide scale strategic planning to detailed urban design solutions, from concept to implementation.

The design of proposed routes is based on an in-depth multi-criteria analysis of the existing local characteristics in the aim of implementing a sustainable, low carbon mobility strategy.

MIC’s activities in public transport planning involve strategic planning and technology selection, public transport modelling, corridor and urban design, operational planning (routes and schedule assessment), and system dimensioning.


Road Design & Streetscape

With a consultancy background expanding fifteen years, MIC today can develop roadway design in full respect of functional criteria, safety requirements and environmental constraints. Roadway design is a complex skill requiring several considerations, particularly in urban contexts where motorized and non-motorized flows interact.

In recent years, MIC has developed road design over all kinds of terrain and for all kinds of clients, in contexts as diverse as campuses, gated communities and urban and suburban areas. Our engineers have all the skills to provide your community with safe and efficient roads and MIC’s transport consultancy background is key to delivering a complete design package when it comes to streetscaping and complete streets.

MIC can advise on all stages of the project from feasibility and planning of the functional layout to construction documents, drawing upon its wide experience from around the world.

Our expertise also includes:

  • Complete Streets
  • Pedestrian and Bike Facilities
  • Channelization and Horizontal Design
  • Roundabouts
  • Signing/Pavement Marking Design.

Strategic Advisory on Transport & Accessibility

Accessibility and transport are crucial factors in unlocking the potential of any urban development. The earlier these principles are sown into the project, the more effective and affordable they are. That is why our valued clients reach out for advisory in order to ensure that their projects provide accessibility and the opportunity to move around easily, conveniently and efficiently.

MIC supports its clients at all stages of development to achieve a well-conceived, sustainable and integrated mobility strategy. By developing spot-on analytical tools, MIC is capable of synergizing the various aspects of mobility from traffic engineering to parking design, transit planning to active modes concepts, and from road design to streetscape, providing clients with the decision support tools they seek.

Methodology and intensity vary in relation to the projects and location, but our systematic innovative practice and goal of sustainable development constitute the leitmotiv of all MIC consultancy and are its trademark. Equally, we pride ourselves on delivering visually pleasing graphics and layouts that can instantly communicate the benefits to your audience, a service that comes as standard practice for us, but one that is often charged by other firms.


Our projects related to Strategic Advisory on Transport & Accessibility

Jeddah Old Airport Masterplan
The green river
Marassi Masterplan
Plano Director Geral Metropolitano de Luanda
Magistral bus network Moscow
Conceptual Connectivity Plan of Mexico City New International Airport
New Capital Cairo Master Plan
Tonsley Adelaide
Casetta Mattei Shopping Centre
Hyatt Regency Istra
Almansoora al-Jadida Masterplan
Aviapark Shopping Centre
Penn Hospital Philadelphia
Halic Tersane Istanbul
Sedici Pini Shopping Mall
Audi Urban Future Initiative 2015 - Somerville
Audi Urban Future Initiative 2015 – Assembly Row
Audi Urban Future Initiative 2015 – Union Square
Fili Project Moscow
Porte de l'Europe Luxembourg International Competition
West African Town Planning
Crespi D’Adda Campus
Las Salinas Masterplan
Interchange Hub VDNKh
Six Interchange Hubs in Moscow
Concept study for the regional helicopter transport service
Audi Urban Future Award 2014
The Grove mixed use development
Volzhskaya Interchange Hub
IFC Moscow Competition
Palais de la Scala Monaco
EABL warehouse expansion
Marginal da Corimba road corridor
Westfield Milan
Yas South District Master Plan
Progetto Manifattura Green Travel Plan
Trehgornya Manufactura
Projet NEO Bruxelles
Malaspina Residential Complex
Città della Salute Aree Falck Sesto San Giovanni
Lyon Part-Dieu
Parking Access Technology & Wayfinding of PortoPiccolo
Marne La Vallée
Vélizy-Villacoublay Master Plan
New Caspian City
Alghero The Sea Dunes Resort
Palermo Strategic Masterplan
Green Tech City Masterplan
Sahl Hasheesh International Resort Community Masterplan
Funo Masterplan
Lotus Tower Hanoi
Al Mansoura Masterplan
VietinBank Business Centre
Foreign Affairs Ministry Tripoli
Adnec Arena Abu Dhabi
Ghadames Urban Renovation
Red October Moscow
Aerospace City Doha
Saadiyat Island Transport Master Plan Peer Review Saadiyat Island Parking Master Plan

Spatial Analysis

The MIC team is particularly sensitive to the importance of clear visual communications because data analysis can be hard to convey, even cryptic, to many audiences.

Spatial analytic tools, like ArcGIS and Quantum GIS, not only help the explanation of concepts, they enable the outline of solutions. The mapping of relevant indicators combined with the recent availability of massive data unveils mobility phenomena in unprecedented ways, triggering new solutions.

Among other more traditional uses of mapping applied to transport planning, MIC developed a proprietary methodology (used for the first time in Moscow in 2014) to pinpoint pedestrian discomfort and critical issues in urban contexts based on data sets called SPI (Strategic Pedestrian Indicators). The data sets provide information on infrastructure condition, intensity of vehicular traffic and difficulty in crossing, weather conditions, built-up environment, availability of public transport service, accidents involving pedestrians and cyclists, and so on.

This is just one example of how MIC can help clients and communities to visualize phenomena, quantify the impacts of projects and ultimately improve safety and quality of life for their communities.


Innovative Mobility

MIC is at the forefront of innovative mobility, exploring new technologies and studying how on-going changes in social and cultural values will change the way we move. Innovation for MIC therefore lies in new technologies and innovative ways of addressing transport demand, for example.

Over the years, and in several studies around the world, MIC has explored how new technologies and cultural values will affect the future of our cities. MIC’s field of expertise in innovative mobility encompasses digital connectivity, MOD - Mobility on Demand studies, innovative technologies, piloted driving, demand studies, and innovative transport management policies and services.


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