Prof CJ Venter

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Christo Venter is a civil engineer with 20 years’ experience in transportation planning, transport modelling and public transport operations.

He completed a PhD in Transportation Engineering at the University of California, Berkeley, in 1998, focusing on travel behaviour research and activity-based modelling. In 1999 he joined the CSIR in Pretoria, working on a range of local and international projects including Travel Demand Management, bus and minibus-taxi planning, and stated preference studies.

He is a registered professional engineer, Member of the South African Institution of Civil Engineering (SAICE) and serves on various local and international editorial panels and research fora. He is currently employed by the University of Pretoria as an Associate Professor: Transportation Engineering, where he teaches courses in the areas of transport planning and engineering. 


Teaching duties 

  • SVC 323: Transportation Engineering
  • SVC 412: Infrastructure Planning
  • SSC 412: Research Project
  • SGM 787: Basic Pavements and Transportation Engineering (postgraduate)
  • SVC 790: Transportation Studies (postgraduate)
  • SVV 788: Multimodal Transport (postgraduate)
  • SVC 789: Transportation Planning (postgraduate)


Current Research interests

  • Data collection, travel surveys, and statistical analysis of travel data. This includes the development of cost-effective modelling methods for transport planning in developing countries.
  • Use of new technologies in travel data collection (e.g. GPS, crowdsourcing)
  • Interaction between transport systems and land use, social equity, quality of life, and the economy. Examples include the impacts of gated communities on travel and mobility; the impacts of public transport innovation (like BRT) on urban poverty; and accessibility as a means of measuring transport impact.
  • Bus Rapid Transit deployment, design and operations.

Publications list  (Google Scholar profile)

Current research students:

PhD Students:

Gary Hayes
(Research topic: Estimation of the Value of Travel Time Savings using advanced discrete choice models among South African commuters)

Masters Degree Students:

Alan Robinson
(Research topic: Improving traffic models using large-scale automatic number plate recognition (ANPR) data)

James Scheepers
(Research topic: Application of shared parking strategies within the South African development landscape)

Nahungu Lionjanga:

(Research topic: Accessibility and social welfare: A study of the Gauteng City-Region)

Previous Students:

Mathetha Mokonyama (Ph.D)
(Research topic: Specification of customer satisfaction in public transport service contracts)

Nico Jonker (M.Eng)
(Research topic: Deriving trip length distributions for shopping trips from vehicle-based GPS data)

Roan Ackerman (M.Sc)
(Research topic: Optimal investment strategies for bus-based transport under low to medium passenger demand conditions)

Malesela Molomo (M.Sc)
(Research topic: Supply and pricing strategies of informal rural transport providers)

Hugo Schreuder (M.Eng)
(Research topic: Testing and comparing potential real-world applications of theoretically derived macroscopic fundamental diagrams)

Nyasha Minora (M.TRP)
(Research topic: The relationship between walking patterns and the built environment within two informal townships in Tshwane)

Frank Lambert (M.Sc)
(Research topic: The impact and feasibility of 30km/h speed limit zones at schools)

Altus Moolman (M.Eng)
(Research topic: Exploring application of time-area in South African context: Evaluating impact of BRT lanes)

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