Past OMUG Events

Economic Modeling Panel

May 13, 2021

Staff from Portland Metro and the Metropolitan Transportation Commission in the San Francisco region gave us three presentations on how economic information is used for regional planning.  Presentations included:

  • Metro's Economic Value Atlas, by Jeff Raker

  • Update on the Portland Region's congestion pricing study, by Matt Bihn and Alex Oreschak at Metro

  • Use of the San Francisco Region's activity based travel model for cost-benefit analysis, by Lisa Zorn at MTC.

  • Thank you also to Kyle Hauger for moderating this session.  

A recording is available here.

2021 Post-TRB Brown Bag

February 25, 2021

We took our annual brownbag networking event online this year due to the COVID-19 pandemic and had good turnout.  Joel Freedman from RSG, Randy Johnson from DKS, and Bill Stein from Metro were our discussion leads, sharing insights and interesting takeaways from the 2021 TRB Annual Meeting, which was also held virtually for the first time.  Congrats to Peter Hurley from the City of Portland for winning our "most interesting lunch" contest!

Greenhouse Gas Panel

January 12, 2021

We met to hear how governmental agencies are beginning to integrate greenhouse gas (GHG) into their project prioritization and funding processes.  Chris Porter from Cambridge Systematics moderated an expert panel:

  • Peter Hurley from the City of Portland's Bureau of Transportation, spoke about GHG analysis in the City's planning efforts,

  •  Kim Ellis from Oregon Metro, provided an Oregon MPO perspective,

  • Yanmei Ou from the Sacramento Council of Governments provided a metropolitan transportation plan example from California,

  • and Chris Breiland from Fehr and Peers,  spoke about application of California's "Climate Smart Communities" framework at California MPOs.  

Special thanks to Tara Weidner at ODOT for coordinating this terrific event!  A recording is available here, and individual slide decks are available in the past presentations library.

Freight Panel Presentation

May 7, 2020

We were joined by several freight analysis experts for an online event highlighting recent advances in freight systems, research and analysis tools.  Becky Knudson, who recently chaired the OMSC's Freight Subcommittee, reported on recommended interagency collaboration on data, research and tools.  Gareth Robins, Director of Analytics at EROAD gave us a glimpse of how truck transponder data might be used to improve freight planning.  Professor Eric Jessup from Washington State University and Dr. Sal Hernandez from Oregon State University gave a presentation on a recent study of commodity flows in Idaho using EROAD and other.  Dr. Miguel Figliozzi from Portland State University spoke about the fast changing landscape of last-mile delivery innovations, and Kyle Hauger from Metro gave us an update on Metro's freight model.   


Presenters slides are available in the past presentations library  here

2020 Post-TRB Brown Bag

January 30, 2020

We had a great discussion over lunch, sharing perspectives from the TRB Annual Meeting.  Ben Stabler from RSG, Randy Johnson from DKS, Kira Gover-Cutter from ODOT and Liming Wang from PSU were in Washington DC for the TRB meeting, and brought back many interesting insights.  

You can find follow up materials from the discussion here.  

Emerging Tech Panel

October 10, 2019

What an interesting panel session moderated by Professor Liming Wang from PSU!  Ray Jackson from the Mid-Willamette Valley Council of Governments, reported on inter-agency work in 2017-2018 to assess how well Oregon's existing models can analyze connected/autonomous vehicles (C/AVs).  Nick Meltzer from the Corvallis Area Metropolitan Planning Organization shared information about how transportation planning agencies in Oregon are continuing to collaborate as new technologies unfold.  Alex Bettinardi from ODOT presented information on a new Exploratory Modeling and Analysis Tool developed by the national Travel Model Improvement Program (TMIP-EMAT).  And, Dr. Joe Broach from Metro's Research Center shared fascinating findings from a national stated mode choice experiment.

Individual slide show presentations are available in the OMUG past presentations library.

Update on Big Data Tools

June 20, 2019

We got together to hear updates on how agencies in the region are using emerging third-party data products and tools.  Mark Harrington from the SW Washington Regional Transportation Council and Eimar Boesjus, CEO of Moonshadow Mobile gave us an overview and demo of how RTC is applying Moonshadow Mobile for traffic operations analyses.  And Eliot Rose from Metro gave us an update on Metro's pilot project using Replica data.  We  hope to hear more as these projects continue to unfold! 


You can find their presentations in the past presentations library.  

Modelers Night

June 3, 2019

We had a huge turnout for "Modelers Night" on the evening of June 3, 2019 in downtown Portland!  The event, which was jointly sponsored by OMUG and RSG, drew many  who were in town for the 2019 TRB Planning Applications Conference.  It was fun to relax after hours in such good company!

OMSC Work Plan and Travel Survey Subcommittee Updates

March 21, 2019

Brian Dunn from ODOT (and current Oregon Modeling Steering Committee chair) gave us an overview of the OMSC's recently updated work plan and focus areas for the next two years.  Chris Johnson from Metro, who chairs the OMSC's Travel Survey Subcommittee also gave us a presentation on the work his subcommittee is doing to prepare for coordinated travel behavior surveys.  You'll find slides for both of their presentations in the OMUG past presentations library

Brownbag: Impressions from the 2019 TRB Annual Meeting

January 31, 2019

We convened at PSU over lunch on January 31 to network and hear from peers who attended the TRB Annual Meeting in Washington D.C. earlier in the month.  Great company and conversation!

Data Tools Demonstrations

July 18, 2018

Nick Chim from Sidewalk Labs gave us a demonstration of their new Replica product's capabilities, and Eimar Boesjes, CEO of Moonshadow Mobile shared a presentation on a new integrated approach to data analytics.  

Population Synthesizer and Activity Based Model Update

May 17, 2018

A great turnout both in person and online at our May 2018 meeting.  Alex Bettinardi from ODOT and Joel Freedman from RSG were on hand to update the group on recent work to develop a population synthesizer that is now available for use statewide, and implementation of a activity based model for southern Oregon.  Thank you to Garth Appanaitis and DKS Associates for the use of their terrific conference room!  Presentation slides are available in the past presentations library

Oregon Modeling Steering Committee Overview

March 22, 2018

Jeff Frkonja, Metro's Research Center Director and current Oregon Modeling Steering Committee (OMSC) Chair gave us a presentation on the OMSC's structure, mission, goals and current initiatives, including how OMUG fits as a knowledge transfer forum.

Brownbag: Impressions from the 2018 TRB Annual Meeting

January 25, 2018

Several OMUG members attended the 2018 TRB Annual Meeting in Washington D.C. on January 7-11, 2018.  After returning, we convened at PSU in January for a brownbag lunch to network and share impressions and new insights from the conference. 

Transportation Economics in Performance Planning

December 17, 2017

We gathered at Metro on December 7, 2017, for an interesting session on two complementary work areas related to modeling and performance planning. 

Kyle Hauger, Senior Researcher and Modeler from Metro's Research Center gave a presentation on Metro's Multi-Criterial Evaluation Tool, and PSU's Dr. Liming Wang presented recent Transportation Cost Index work used in regional scenario analyses. 

Impressions from the May 2017 TRB Planning Applications Conference

June 2, 2017

OMUG members met to recap impressions from the recent TRB Planning Applications Conference.  Chris Johnson from Portland Metro, Becky Knudson from ODOT TPAU, Aaron Berger from DKS Associates and Ben Stabler from RSG attended the conference.  A big thank you to them for serving on our OMUG panel and sparking an interesting and engaging discussion.