Learn how to create beautiful dashboards and 3D maps from your mobility data using state-of-the-art visualizations with PTV Visum Publisher. Easily understand massive amounts of data with intuitive tools, filters, and overlays. Interactively update dashboards for your on-the-go meetings and presentation’s focus. Effortlessly compare numerous scenarios and build side-by-side visualizations representing different time-of-days, years, or planning scenarios. Experience all-in-one dashboards with KPIs and web-based animations displayed on full screens or docked in tiles.


Hi, I’m Marianne from PTV Group. I got some exciting news for traffic modelers using PTV Visum. Your struggle to communicate results from complex transport models to decision-makers and project partners - is over. With the new web application PTV Visum Publisher, you can create interactive dashboards in almost no time and easily demonstrate the model’s value in your browser.

Usually, it is time consuming to prepare client meetings and presentations until all graphic parameters and map sections are set correctly. With PTV Visum Publisher, you will just need a couple of clicks to export and upload all necessary data from PTV Visum, create a dashboard and configure all relevant widgets. Dashboards can then serve to enhance your presentation, deliver the right information at the right time, and help document discussions in a suited web-environment.

PTV Visum Publisher is already available in a free edition for Visum users in Europe. Simply click the link on the screen to get started. In the meantime, we’re working on making it available for everyone around the globe.

Let’s have a look at how PTV Visum Publisher works. There are three main steps in the workflow: Uploading data from PTV Visum to PTV Visum Publisher, creating and editing dashboards, and presenting the visualizations and findings to your stakeholders.

We will have a look at the three steps and discover along all the great features available to you in PTV Visum Publisher.

Starting in PTV Visum, you can have a built-in export functionality to select all necessary data. It’s available starting with service pack 10 for PTV Visum 2021. There are two data types to choose from: network object and trajectories. Trajectory data can be exported from a timetable, ride sharing tours and trips and a simulation-based assignment result to enable you to add an animation for every project’s use case. To speed up the process and make the export easily repeatable, you can load previously defined export parameters.

Once the relevant data is selected, you must select the target folder in Visum Publisher. Here, data is organized in model folders that can contain multiple scenario folders. In our case we will select scenario folder “Analysis year” and start the export.

Now you can grab a cup of coffee and let Visum handle the export and upload. Once your data is done processing you will be notified and can get started creating dashboards from it.

Oh, have a look, we are already good to go. I can just click on the notification and will be navigated directly to PTV Visum Publisher in the browser.

In this data tab in Visum Publisher, you can check out all available data. As you can see, we have data in the model Halle available for scenario “Analysis year” and “Forecast year”.

That’s about it for uploading and managing your data. As you have seen, the integration with PTV Visum and predefined organizational structure makes it very easy to quickly get your data into PTV Visum Publisher and manage it.

Once your data is uploaded, you can quickly add a dashboard and get started to visualize your data. Let’s have a look at the variety of possibilities to do that.

Dashboards consist of a white canvas that can be filled with all necessary widgets. To the right, you can see the four widget types to choose from to cover all your needs: charts, maps, text, and scenario selection. To get to a nice result quickly, use the suggestions from the available data. For example, type “timetable” to find the previously uploaded trajectory data source and choose the suggested animated map widget to add an animation for vehicle journeys and stops.

PTV Visum Publisher automatically adds an animated map widget with two layers: One for the vehicle journeys and one for the stops. The animated map widget brings timetables, SBA results or ride sharing fleets to life, and gives decisionmakers intuitive access to the public transport supply and assignment results. Well, that’s about it for creating an animation from a timetable and it took us only a few clicks.

The variety of widgets and the layer concept for maps in PTV Visum Publisher give you great flexibility and enable you to set up a dashboard for every phase of your modelling project. Starting from demand and supply modelling, moving to assignment results, and finally analyzing them with evaluations like flow bundles and isochrones, PTV Visum Publisher supports you with visualizations for each phase of a transport model’s life.

Let’s check out some examples. When setting up a model it is necessary to have a look at the demand side. This dashboard focuses on presenting input and demand data by displaying and analyzing the attraction rate per zone.

First, let’s check out how static map widgets can help you to present model data in a map.

The flexible layer concept enables you to choose from a broad variety of layers: 3D bars, lines, line bars, prisms, or points. For each layer a suitable data source can be selected, relevant attributes for color, radius, width, and height can be set to configure the data’s display exactly as needed. You will see the power of this flexibility on the upcoming dashboard examples. In this case, the two maps display the attraction rate for people with a car available and respective without a car available per zone.

Map widgets are much more powerful than screenshots. The automatically generated legend gives valuable information and viewers can interact with the map to get in depth insights on the map’s content. In PTV Visum Publisher, use multiple maps to compare several KPIs like in this dashboard, instead of adding a long appendix to your presentation.

Charts can give a general overview and represent important KPIs. In this context, it is interesting to analyze the attraction rates across the whole model. To do this, you can add a column chart to the dashboard. Select the data source zone, the attribute demand stratum for the x axis and the attraction rate for the y axis. This gives us a chart displaying the sum over all zones for the attraction rate per demand stratum to get a good overview. Instead of distributing model evaluations across multiple tools like Visum, Excel and Access, you can now present and maintain everything in one place.

In case you want to focus on specific data only, you will love the available filters for charts or dashboard-wide global filters. Let’s have a look at the attraction rates for the inner-city circle only.

To do this, just add a global filter and filter for all respective zones. In this example, these are the zones with number less or equal 100. As soon as the filter is applied, you can see that only the respective zones are displayed in the maps and the values in the chart are adjusted.

Filters enable you to analyze data further, drill down into it and maintain the focus on the important things.

This dashboard is ready to be used during a stakeholder meeting or project presentation. Use it to present the results and discuss them. In case you want to document comments and to-do's during a project presentation, you will love the comment feature of PTV Visum Publisher. Just select the relevant object or coordinates in the map and use the comment button to document the issue.

Many existing Visum users told us that transport planning projects have long life cycles and multiple milestones. So, in PTV Visum Publisher we made the update process for dashboards as easy and quick as possible. You just need to update the data set of a dashboard, refresh the dashboard and it will display the updated data. As soon as a comment is resolved by updating the model and respective data, just mark the comment as resolved.

Let’s move on to an example on presenting the private and public transport supply. It’s possible to present private and public transport supply, like the network and the permitted speed for private transport or the number of lines and stop locations for the public transport supply. Just choose 3D bar, line, or line bar layers to represent link attributes or use a point layer to add a visualization for nodes or stops. Make use of the power of the layer concept for static maps by combining several layers to design the map as needed.

Once the assignment is calculated and calibrated, its results can also be presented and discussed with the help of dashboards. To the left you can see classic link bars displaying the sum of volume over transport system per link in persons and to the right the network load. Since this data only holds data for public transport systems, you can only spot regional rail to bus. But don’t worry, this works for private transport as well. Just upload the respective data.

You might have noticed the scenario selection at the bottom of the dashboard. In case you don’t want to create two maps side by side, or two separate dashboards, make use of the scenario selection. In this case, you can easily switch between the assignment results from scenario analysis year and forecast year. You can see how the volume in the map increases on multiple links and how the network load changes over the day compared from analysis to forecast year.

This enables you to easily compare and explore different planning scenarios.

Further down the line, the value of a transport model lies within its application. Dashboards can support you here as well, to share analysis like isochrones and flow bundles.

This is an example for a previously calculated isochrone for the transport system bike. It gives insight on the average travel times for bicyclists heading to city center.

Pre calculated flow bundles can also be displayed. This example shows a flow analysis for the passengers transferring at main station between 7 and 8 AM as well as respective numbers for boarding and alighting passengers at the stops.

PTV Visum Publisher is now available in a free edition for you in Europe. You should try it, because it’s well integrated with PTV Visum and helps you to create and maintain dashboards in no time. Visum Publisher’s animations also give intuitive access to complex data sets and assignment results.

And the flexible widget concept for dashboards enables you to customize dashboards to your specific use cases. You can use dashboards as discussion canvas and document comments and results on the map to keep track instead of producing a ton of screenshots and statistics. So, if you are based in Europe, what are you waiting for? Click the link in the on the screen, get your free MyPTV account today, and start setting up dashboards to get the word out there about your great transport model. We’d love to get your feedback, so join the PTV Visum Forum on LinkedIn, where PTV experts answer questions from users like you. Thanks for watching.