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Welcome to Chris Bennett's and Lis Pedersen's web site. If you are looking for information Chris' current work on affordable housing, please visit www.mygbhousing.info. The video below tells the background to Chris' project.


2002 - Finland - Guidlines for ITS Evaluations


2002 - Finland - Guidlines for ITS Evaluations

This report contains the guidelines for the evaluation of ITS projects for the purpose of comparing ITS projects to one another and to other transport projects with regard to their impacts and economic feasibility.

The guidelines deal with both pre- and post-evaluations. The report has been updated from the version developed in the TETRA programme three years earlier. The guidelines present a systematic method for evaluating the projects so that all essential factors for decision making are investigated. The guidelines are based on the YHTALI framework generally used in Finland for project appraisal, and they apply the YHTALI template for presenting the results. The guidelines were developed as a part of the Finnish National R&D Programme on ITS Infrastructures and Services FITS.

The guidelines present extensive checklists of the possible impacts of ITS systems on the transport systems and their users as well as all the actors linked to logistics systems. Lists of indicators and their estimation methods cover seven different impact categories: 1) transport network and its costs, 2) fleet and its costs, 3) accessibility, 4) time and predictability, 5) safety, 6) noise, emissions and energy, and 7) valuations and comfort. The use of specific primary indicators is recommended.

The economic feasibility analyses can build on a cost benefit analysis or a profitability calculation. In addition, multi-criteria analyses and verbal assessments should be used. For studying the feasibility of the implementation of the projects, the guidelines present checklists for market assessment, human-machine interface analyses, and technological, technical, financial, legal and organisational aspects.

The guidelines for the evaluation of logistics projects emphasise the main objective of these projects, which is to enhance the competitiveness of the companies. The Du Pont model applied acts as an impact checklist while at the same time it produces an estimate of the magnitude of the impacts.

To make the use of the guidelines as easy as possible, examples of their application are given for four ITS projects. The example projects deal with 1) traffic and road weather monitoring, 2) timing management in the delivery of goods from ports to wholesale stores, 3) signal priorities for buses, and multimodal route guidance. As a conclusion, the report lists the further development needs for evaluation in general, and especially for evaluation guidelines and methods.

A workbook to use with these guidelines can be downloaded here.

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Chris in the NCT Race 

Chris has an adventurous spirit which generally involves cycling, running, or just being out there having a good time. Read his 'Race Reports' below. This is a link to his SPOT GPS tracker. If you are interested in his 'geeky' sport technical blog it is at www.tri-duffer.com. He also has stories of his life as 'An Overtravelled Engineer Working for the World Bank' at World Bank Traveller.


Race Reports


Document Library


  • Chris' published papers and reports are here.
  • His Technical Library  has a range of reports 
  • Golden Bay community projects are here.
  • The history of the ROMDAS company is here.
  • The 'Road to Good Health' HIV/AIDs Toolkit is here.


Technical Library

Chris and Lis

Chris and Lis

We are Lis Pedersen and Chris Bennett. We’ve been married over 30 years and each found our way to New Zealand in the early 1980s from Denmark and Canada respectively. Golden Bay has been our happy place for almost 20 years and we are now based in Pohara just above the beach, with our two cats Coco and Max. 




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