Those Abley staff brave enough to take on zombies were immersed in the theatrical experience Zombie:Red Zone today. Zombie: Red Zone is a play on steroids, performed in a purpose built, site-specific military zone. There were plenty of thrills and spills of the horror genre and the audience had to overcome challenges and grapple with their humanity in a decaying world to allow for the narrative to progress forward.
We are delighted to annouce that Colin MacArthur started with Abley at the end of April in the role of Associate Director to enable our continued and consistent growth in New Zealand. With more than 20 years’ experience in transportation planning, engineering, procurement and team leadership, Colin is establishing a new Auckland Office for Abley Transportation Consultants. This office will expand service to clients in the North Island and further facilitate the employment of exceptional staff in the region.
Stacey Rendall presented at the Transition Engineering Seminar held at the Universtiy of Canterbury today. His presentation entitled "100 Year Urban Transition Plan - From the Ground Up" applies the principles of Transition Engineering, that is engineering within constraints, to the redevelopment of cities. The project takes a 250-year design perspective with elements of Safety, Security, Sustainability and Profitability considered fundamental requirements for any functioning urban form. The project is currently being applied in Christchurch, as a greyfield redevelopment, to create a medium-density mixed-use urban village for 20,000 people.
Abley were commissioned by the University of Canterbury (UC) to design the parking spaces that will service the Waimairi Village complex that has recently been built. UC Waimairi Village is part of the university’s response to relieve pressure on the rental accommodation market in Christchurch by having housing available to its students. Resource consent was recently issued to allow the construction to be completed. The traffic advice and design work was completed by Tracy Fleming .
The team at Abley Transportation Consultants spent a relaxing afternoon at Terrace Downs where they participated in a ‘mini Olympics’ comprising of clay pigeon shooting, archery and golf chipping against a magnificent Southern Alps backdrop. Staff completed these activities with varying degrees of success, but one thing everyone agreed on, it was an afternoon of great fun. The day was topped off with a few beers and wines on the terrace and a delicious meal.
Abley Transportation Consultants is proud to announce its sponsorship of the IPENZ Centenary. 2014 marks a century since the original body, the New Zealand Society of Civil Engineers, was formed. IPENZ will commemorate this significant milestone by running a number of events and activities around the country. The full programme of events can be downloaded from the IPENZ Centenarywebsite.
Keeping up to date with what’s happening on Christchurch Central City roads has just become a little easier. This is thanks to work undertaken by Abley Transportation Consultants who provided large basemap outputs of varying scale for Canterbury Transport Operation Centre (CTOC). CTOC commissioned Abley to provide these maps as part of their initiative to provide Canterbury road users with more information to assist them to plan their journeys, minimise delays and reduce frustration on the roads. These are now being shown on CTV throughout the day. For a sample of the map outputs, click here.
Abley have invested in two new bikes for staff to use for commuting to meetings in the CBD. It has reduced travelling times by not being caught up in the ongoing road works that are part of every day life in Christchurch these days and eliminated parking issues.
We are delighted to have Robyn Hyde joining the Abley team today as a Senior Transportaion Analyst. Robyn has three years consulting experience in the transport modelling area, as well as two years’ experience working in the regional government public transport sector. For more information on Robyn's area of expertise, click here.
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