IVU is always keen to offer students an insight into the IT systems that keep public transport operations running smoothly. A recent example of this was the “IVU-Sakarya University 1st Summer School” from 18 to 22 August.
As part of cooperation with Sakarya University, one of Turkey’s leading universities, 16 students from its Chair of Transport Engineering were the guests of IVU at its Aachen branch. They were accompanied by Prof Hakan Güler, who holds the chair at Sakarya University and also lectures at the Karlsruhe University of Applied Sciences.
Under the guidance of Oytun Arslan, IVU Sales Manager Turkey, future transportation engineers learned to use the IVU.suite set of integrated tools. The week-long training course focused in particular on the IVU.plan module, which is used for planning timetables, vehicle workings and duty rosters. In a virtual control centre, the students gained hands-on experience with the IVU system Confronted with typical every-day challenges faced by a public transport operator their task was to draw up a network plan for two lines, each with its own specific requirements, and then to plan and optimise vehicle workings and finally to produce a timetable.
During a visit to the ASEAG Aachen transport company, the students were able to see for themselves how the individual components of the IVU.suite work together in the control of operational processes. In addition to practical use cases, the students also visited the RWTH Aachen University, where they listened to two lectures on current German research projects about public transport and urban planning.
As a break from the strenuous classes, the students were invited to a joint barbeque evening and an excursion to Maastricht – a first visit to the Netherlands for most of the participants. The week ended with an official closing ceremony which was attended by Dr Helmut Bergstein, Executive Board member of IVU.
“The Summer School was a complete success”, concludes Oytun Arslan. “We have been able to reach precisely those who will later be using these systems in public transport companies.” Four of the participants are already working for Turkish municipal authorities in the field of public transport. The students and Prof Hakan Güler were also very satisfied with the outcome of the week’s events. It is already planned to repeat the summer school in the coming year.