Well done to Dave Smith and Robyn Hyde, who had their research report published by the New Zealand Transport Agency recently. "Research Report 616: Assessing the value of public transport as a network" explored the elements that influence the value of a public transport service and developed a framework that proposes to extend the NZ Transport Agency's economic evaluation procedures.
Recent work by Abley in collaboration with NZTA and other agencies has been published in the latest edition of the Journal of Australasian College of Road Safety (page 36). NZTA’s Speed Management Guide guides and supports local authorities in their efforts to put in place speed management measures. The technical framework of the guide provides a single assessment for determining safe and appropriate speed at a network level, and aligns travelling speeds with road function. This work focuses on the technical framework to the Waikato region and includes analysis of intervention strategies to road sections where speed management would have a high benefit in terms of safety and efficiency.
Carl O’Neil and Paul Durdin recently won the AA award for ‘Best Paper’ and the award for ‘Best Practice Paper’ at the IPENZ Transportation Group Conference in Hamilton. The paper entitled ‘A fresh approach for prioritising and treating high risk curves’ was based on a road safety project commissioned by Transport for New South Wales. The project used a combination of geospatial technology and other analytical methods to identify road corridors which had a poor safety record on curves. The project represents an innovative approach to enhancing rural road safety and uses a method of identification and treatment that is consistent and thorough. We congratulate Carl and Paul on their win.
Abley and Interpret held its annual badminton competition recently. Under Faisal’s excellent organisation many staff participated. All three nail-biting final matches finished in close contention. Bridge won the female singles final, Subodh won the male singles final and Subodh and Phillip won the mixed doubles final. Well done to all who participated – was as much fun to watch as it was to participate.
Abley Transportation Consultants has been awarded IPENZ Professional Development Partner status for a further five years. This significant achievement demonstrates our strong commitment to developing our engineering staff and providing continued support to the profession through our commitment to excellence and quality.
During the month of February Abley and Interpret staff participated in the annual Aotearoa Bike Challenge. This is a fun, free challenge to encourage people to experience the joys and benefits of riding a bike. Abley managed 79% participation and the Christchurch office concluded the challenge with a staff bike ride and picnic in Hagley park.
Abley’s annual Christmas party was held at She Chocolate in Governors Bay. Staff were treated to some live theatre, a chocolate tasting and a three course meal. Some brave folk even managed a dance in town afterwards. The theatre was hilarious, the chocolate heavenly, the food sumptuous and the Jazz musicians excellent. Overall a great night all round. Thank you Paul and Steve!
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