Traffic Conflict Technique

Traffic Conflict Technique


This course is given by the Department of Technology and Society at Lund University and aims to educate professionals within the field of Road Traffic Safety.


In the daily work of the improvement of the traffic environment it is important on one hand to find out which situations are dangerous and why, and on the other hand to investigate if a modification has been successful. The most often used method to describe the traffic safety situation at a site is analysis of the accidents registered by the police and trying to learn from these. However, there are several reasons why the number of accidents is not a good measure to describe the traffic safety situation.

Conflict studies give more detailed information than accident analyses among others about the cause of the appearance of the situations. The conflicts not only reflect the number of accidents but also their nature. The development of the events in a conflict is almost identical to the one of a compatible accident. Therefore the observations can be used as a base for the explanation of how the accidents occur. The Conflict technique allows us to study the "dangers" in traffic in a relatively simple form. It is an effective instrument for finding effective measures fast. In combination with other analysis methods (observation of behaviour, interviews) it helps to study traffic safety in the first place within built-up areas.

With help of the Conflict technique it is possible to get a picture of the risks at a site after only 3-5 days of conflict studies and to give proposals for countermeasures. It is also a good tool to follow immediately the countermeasures to see if they worked efficiently.


The course comprises the following elements: Theory and background, Training of conflict identification from video recorded conflicts, Conflict registering routines, In-field training of conflict observations, Risk assessment and complementary studies, Presentation of observed conflicts and introduction to the CDBASE-program.


The Department of Technology and Society at Lund University has for a long time been active in the research and education of road safety. It has a multidisciplinary composition with expertise in civil engineering, psychology and sociology. The department offers graduate courses in Traffic Planning, Traffic Engineering and Highway Engineering, as well as specially designed courses for practitioners.


András Várhelyi is the main tutor or the course. Mr. Várhelyi has a PhD in Transport Engineering and has 20 years teaching experience of problem based learning. Main areas of research interest: Traffic Safety Management, Speed Management, Traffic Surveys, Black-spot Analysis, Behavioural Studies, Road Safety Measures, Advanced Driver Assistance Systems (ADAS). Field experience from working in developing countries.

Target group

Road safety professionals, preferably with a background in Civil Engineering.



Course period and venue

One week at Lund University in Lund. The course can also be tailor-made for organisations and thus carried out at their locations.

Course date

Course dates not yet set for 2019

Course fee

14 500 SEK (Approx. 1500 Euro), VAT excluded.
Fee includes lectures, literature, course binder, coffee breaks, welcome lunch, farewell mingle, certificate and insurance.


Application to course is binding. At cancellation 4 weeks before the course start the participant will be billed 7000 SEK. At cancellation less than 2 weeks before the course start the participant will be billed full amount.
Substitution of participants is allowed at any time and without charges, but it is advisable that such should take place at the start of the course.


For further information about the course, please contact Jessica Hansson at Lund University Commissioned Education.
+46-46 222 07 07
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