Brisbane Data Hub

Brisbane Urban Data Hub

The Brisbane Urban Data Hub provides a comprehensive collection of spatial data related to the urban environment with an initial focus on spatial data used for transport planning. This data collection provides greater coverage to the current collections of Brisbane urban data, such as Australian Bureau of Statistics (ABS) data, available through the AURIN Portal.
It strengthens the capabilities of researchers and planners to better predict transport network utilisation, requirements and necessary changes. Further, the project provides a longitudinal dataset of baselines to track predictions made, a measure that has not been previously available due to the lack of historical information.


Project Overview

Transport researchers at Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation (QCIF) member universities, Queensland University of Technology (QUT), Griffith and the University of Queensland, and staff from the Queensland Department of Transport and Main Roads (DTMR) and Brisbane City Council (BCC) identified integrated long term transport modelling as a strategic goal. Whilst this project focuses on the Brisbane area, the data collections presented to the AURIN Portal will be available in other jurisdictions – this project serves as a template to make the collections available through the AURIN Portal.

To support this, a longitudinal dataset of transport network utilisation is needed to allow for creating modelling baselines.

Giving access to those datasets provides academic researchers, as well as policy and decision makers, the background needed to calibrate planning models, supporting predictions of the utilisation of the transport network, and to investigate changes in travel patterns in detailed studies. This solid base of support for a broad range of questions about the urban and built environment can be utilised to build a synthetic population for Brisbane, demonstrating the strength of the data hub.


AURIN Factsheet flowchart (3)

Project outputs

The specific goals deliver a base set of urban data that provide a basis for urban transport planning for Brisbane and enhances the other data collections available through the AURIN Portal.  Specific goals are:

  • Gather all the information to allow the generation of synthetic populations for Brisbane
  • Provide the “trip plans” for the synthetic populations as input to activity based models
  • Generate Brisbane synthetic population demonstrator Implemented with supporting user manual and training materials
  • Submission of Final Report and user manuals for data collection and synthetic population demonstrator and reasonable acceptance of same by AURIN Management Team

Project Team

The Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation (QCIF) provides the high-performance services, infrastructure and support required to achieve excellence in computation and data-driven collaborative research and its application in industry.  QCIF operates with its members and partners delivering services to research throughout Queensland and increasingly via Commonwealth programs to the nation.

QCIF members are six Queensland universities – The University of Queensland, Queensland University of Technology, Griffith University, James Cook University, Central Queensland University (CQU), and the University of Southern Queensland. University of the Sunshine Coast is an associate member.

QCIF has partnered with the Smart Transport Research Centre (STRC) at QUT to build the Data Hub using data that will be supplied from Brisbane City Council and the Queensland State Government.

Gavin Kennedy_webGavin Kennedy (Main Contact)
The Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation (QCIF)
07 3138 1588
Project Sponsor
The Queensland Cyber Infrastructure Foundation (QCIF)
Hao Guo_webDr Hao Guo
Smart Transport Research Centre (STRC)
Queensland University of Technology
MarcMisca_bwMarc Miska
Scientific Lead
Smart Transport Research Centre (STRC)
Queensland University of Technology


Project Partners

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Further Reading

  1. Miska, M, Gajananan, K, Chung, E,  & Helmut, P 2011, A Traffic Simulation Standard based on Data Marts, Proceedings of the 34th Australasian Transport Research Forum, Adelaide, Australia.
  2. Miska, M, Santos, E, Chung, E,  & Helmut, P 2011, OpenTraffic – An open source platform for traffic simulation, Proceedings of the 34th Australasian Transport Research Forum, Adelaide, Australia.