Project Identity
Client: European Commission | Year: 1998-2000
INFREDAT: Methodology for Collecting Intermodal Freight Transport Data

INFREDAT: Methodology for Collecting Intermodal Freight Transport Data

In the framework of this research project, we contributed in developing a methodology for data collection regarding intermodal transport, taking into account the specific needs for best planning and increase of intermodal transport share.

“INFREDAT” was funded by the European Commission under the 4th Framework Programme. The project aimed at the development of a methodology for data collection regarding intermodal transport, taking into account the need for optimal planning and increase in intermodal transport use, as well as the relevant deficiencies and bottlenecks of the market.

INFREDAT methodology included an overview of data needs and availability, a description of how a complete data base structure has to be defined, which data have to be collected and how they will be inserted into the data base structure proposed. To this end, the development of a data model for the estimation and forecast of missing or future data was considered necessary. On the basis of a cost/benefit – cost/effectiveness analysis, the collection methods were ranked according to their cost/effectiveness ratio and recommendations for the prioritization of different collection methods implementation were provided.

Complementary to the conceptual project work, three pilot case studies were used to analyse practical experience regarding intermodal freight transport data collection. The first case study dealt with transport of cars by rail, road and maritime vessels from Spain to Bavaria, the second dealt with the transport of domestic devices from Italy to the United Kingdom and the third dealt with liaisons between the Netherlands and Poland. For all proposed pilot cases, several modes and combinations of modes were used, including sea and air transport. Furthermore, an Advisory Committee was formed consisting of both representatives from the transport industry and policy-makers.


Consortium: PTV (DΕ), Department of “Idraulica, Trasporti, Strade”, University of Rome “La Sapienza” (IT), K&P (DΕ), NEA (NL), SYSTEMA (GR), SOFRES (FR), MDS (UK), ISL (DΕ)