TechTalks – our PTV-internal Knowledge Transfer

PTV is a great company with a lot of excellent engineers. The range of technology used in PTV is wide and the topics vary a lot.

Examples for programming languages and technologies are

C, C++ ,C #, Delphi, Java, JavaScript, several scripting languages, dozens of libraries and frameworks, several database types.

Examples for topics are

optimization algorithms, routing algorithms, tour planning, as well as special topics as toll and emission calculation.

For a development team with more than 150 developers, it is impossible to have a complete insight in all the research and implementing activities. In order to enable a knowledge transfer among all colleagues in development, we introduced a regular talk about any intesting topic.

This “TechTalks” take place every two weeks and last about one hour. A developer explains a certain topic and – if appropriate – shows source code and gives insigjht into his investigations and work.

Every colleague can freely decide whether he attends such a session or not. The average number of visitors for a TechTalk is 30-40.

To give you an example about the topics, here a subset of topics of the last sixth month:

  • Toll calulcation – from data to algorithms
  • What is “Constraint Programming”?
  • Optimization for modern CPU architectures
  • Windows Azure
  • Windows 8 and what it means for software development
  • OpenGeospatial Constortium (OGC)
  • The future of traffic information
  • Toll scenarios
  • Intermodal routing in PTV

As you can see, the “TechTalks” cover a wide range of topics. They are a great opportunity for employees to stay informed and they are an important part of PTVs internal knowledge transfer.

This helps us to improve our software for you, so “TechTalks” have an implicit benefit for our customers: TechTalks may contain confidential information, that’s why we can’t make them public.

(This post was provided by my colleague Christian Mähler,
Director Software Development at PTV. Thank you so much, Christian!)

PTV Benelux on trade fair ICT & Logistics

For the eight consecutive year the ICT & Logistics event (visit ICT & Logistiek Website) has been held in the Jaarbeurs Utrecht (Netherlands). On this two days event PTV Benelux have demonstrated his latest trip planning system PTV SmarTour, PTV Developer Components and PTV Navigation.

In recent years the ICT & Logistics event has become the most comprehensive annual trade exhibition of his kind. More than over one hundred exhibitors have shown the latest technology in; WMS, TMS, Logistics planning, Intelligenge systems, supply chain management and consultancy.

See more about PTV Nederland BV here.

Presentation: PTV xServer meets Guided Navigation

Presentation PTV xServer meets Guided Navigation” of last xRadio Webinar now available for download.

If you want to access documents and samples of past xRadio sessions, you need to be a registered PTV DevelopersZone Forum user and logged in.

Next xRadio webinar on November, 17th, will be about “PTV Routing Engine”

Check upcoming sessions and register

Register here to receive Invitation

Session ID will be sent by email few days before event takes place – please register to attend!

PTV AJAX and PTV Navigation – Webinars

Already received session ID for today’s Session “PTV AJAX Maps – Advanced JavaScript capabilities“? There are few vacant places ….

Next xRadio webinar on October, 25th, will be about “PTV Navigation – Offroad Navigation”

Check upcoming sessions and register

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Session ID will be sent by email few days before event takes place – please register to attend!

Also read our post of September 20, 2011 “PTV Navigator 7“

PTV Navigator 7 Download

Release 7.0 is now available for download on PTV DevelopersZone.

For further information please check

Edit (October 18, 2011):

Visit the PTV Navigation Forum for furhter information concerning new features and improvements.