In early August, Paul Durdin will be presenting as a finalist for the ‘Data Visualization Project Award’ at the 2017 Association of Transportation Safety Information Professionals (ATSIP) Traffic Records Forum in New Orleans. The conference brings together data analysts, state and local law enforcement officials, engineers, motor vehicle officials, emergency medical services providers, judicial administrators, and highway safety professionals from across the United States and international communities.
New Zealand is hosting an FIA Region II Asia-Pacific round table meeting in Queenstown on 31 July/1 August. The meeting invites representatives from the Automobile clubs of Bangladesh, Singapore, Japan, Australia, Hong Kong, Cambodia, India and Philippines. Paul Durdin has been invited to present on a topic of harnessing data for focusing road safety investment, and showing the work that Abley is doing in this space. Paul says “It is an absolute privilege to be invited to speak at the round table meeting alongside the Minister of Transport, the CEO of ANCAP, and representatives from the NZ Transport Agency”.
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.
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