The Urban Transport Institute is a recognised world leader in the design, conduct and analysis of large-scale urban travel surveys. Dr. Tony Richardson is lead author of a major textbook on Travel Survey Methodology, while TUTI (and its predecessor organisation - the Transport Research Centre) have conducted over twenty large-scale urban travel surveys in Australia and New Zealand over the past 20 years.
All TUTI travel surveys are designed, conducted and documented according to a comprehensive Travel Survey Process, developed by TUTI over many years.
The Travel Survey process recognises that the conduct of a survey is not an informal procedure. Rather, it should follow a series of logical, interconnected steps which progress toward the final end-product of the survey.
TUTI has developed and refined a Travel Survey Methodology that has been
successfully deployed in many Australian and New Zealand cities over the past 10 years.
To manage the logistics of large-scale travel surveys, TUTI have developed a software program, HotSpot (Household Travel Survey Program for Operational Techniques), which controls the production of survey materials, the preparation of progress reports, the calculation of staff payrolls, and the tracking of the project's time and cost performance for comparison with the Project Plan developed in Microsoft Project.
TUTI have also developed a powerful data entry and editing program, Speedit (Survey Program for Entry & Editing of Data Involving Travel), which performs on-the-fly geocoding to longitude/latitude, thereby facilitating much more comprehensive editing capabilities during the data entry process.
TUTI is also at the forefront of developments in applying New Technologies to travel surveys. They have had considerable experience in using GPS in travel surveys, have developed iPad Apps for use in field operations, and are developing online surveys for used in mixed-mode travel surveys.