Well done to Abley Transportation Engineers Bridget Southey-Jensen and Shane Ingley, who have had their abstracts accepted to present at the 2016 Trafinz Conference. The theme for this year’s conference is Communities, Growth & Transportation and will focus on how New Zealand communities can successfully manage the impacts of growth into the future, whilst delivering a safe and efficient transport system.
The NZ Transport Agency has published research report 588 ‘Why are some urban traffic signals much less safe than others?’. This research prepared by Paul Durdin, Carl O’ Neil and Dave Smith of Abley involved detailed analysis and site inspection of urban signalised intersections across New Zealand. Traffic volume and intersection form were found to be the main predictors of crash performance as found in previous research. In addition, the information collected through the site visits and subsequent analysis informed the development of design guidance which will help practitioners ensure the best possible safety outcomes for road users. Read the article on this research in our most recent newsletter (issue 119).
Last weekend Abley and Interpret staff enjoyed a weekend away at Boyle River Outdoor Education Centre. Staff enjoyed an action packed Saturday doing walking, rock climbing and high ropes acrobatics (not for the faint hearted!). Some even made it to Hanmer Springs on Sunday for a relaxing dip in the pools. It was a great team bonding experience and much fun was had by all.
The 2016 Australasian Road Safety Conference has just concluded in Canberra. This was a great learning and networking conference with many inspirational speakers. This year's event paid special attention to how we can harness the latest research and innovation to reduce road trauma. The team (Dale Harris, Haris Zia, Subodh Dhakal and Paul Durdin) did a fantastic job with presentations and representing Abley Transportation Consultants. Special mention to Haris for winning the Best Paper by a New Practitioner. Well done Haris!
The Pedestrian Facility Selection Tool Abley developed for Austroads (featured in a recent post) was awarded MeritAt the ACENZ awards dinner held in Auckland last Friday night. This was reflective of the “…great solution that Abley Transportation Consultants provided given the scale and complexity of the project”. This was only one of two transportation non-infrastructure projects in the awards and the highest ranking. We congratulate Dave Smith and Carl O' Neil who worked on this project.
Abley has received a grant from Callaghan Innovation to employ a student intern over the 2016/7 summer break. This is to work on the ‘Predictive Lightning Strike Model’, a project that involves building on existing research and development work Abley has undertaken. This research will help utility asset owners to understand the spatial and temporal risk associated with lightning strikes, by providing real-time knowledge of when critical assets are at risk and enabling an effective response in advance of potential damage or outages.
Austroads' Australasian Pedestrian Facility Selection Tool was a finalist in the Golden Foot Awards 'Best Walking Initiative’ category this year. This smart web-based tool was developed for use in Australia and New Zealand by Abley, to assist practitioners in selecting the most appropriate type of pedestrian crossing for a given road. Carl O’ Neil (pictured) from Abley, gave a presentation about the development of the Australasian Pedestrian Facility Selection Tool to the 2WALKandCYCLE conference held in Auckland in July.
In an article written for New Zealand Trucking magazine, Matthew Noon, Principal Transportation Planner at Abley explains why electric trucks are on the way. Electric vehicles are gaining traction in the motor vehicle industry and are starting to make inroads into the commercial trucking industry, particularly in Europe and the US. Read here as to why converting to electric trucks makes perfect commercial sense and will soon be the new reality in a rapidly changing industry.
Here at Abley Transportation Consultants we hold regular social events. Last Friday we converted our meeting room to a movie theatre and served popcorn, chips and drinks to staff and their families. The movie, ‘Bikes vs Cars’ is a film that recently featured at the architectural film festival on a subject that is very close to our hearts. Here is a synopsis:
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