Interpret and Abley have been working closely with the New Zealand Transport Agency to develop a crowdsourcing application alerting road users and road controlling authorities to hazardous winter road conditions. This application is part of Winter Journeys and covers major roads in the South Island. You can read more about the release at NZTA’s website and view the application here.
Steve Abley is taking part in a panel discussion “Making diversity work: three different perspectives” at IPENZ’s Diversity in Action Summit. The purpose of the summit is to increase gender diversity in the engineering and science sectors, which continues to lag behind other industries. Only 13% of New Zealand engineers are female. IPENZ is taking a leading role in helping to improve the participation and retention of women in engineering and the summit aims to offer practical steps to help design and implement strategies to improve gender diversity. Register here if you wish to attend this summit to be held in August this year at Te Papa, Wellington.
There was a great turnout at the 2WALKandCYCLE conference last week in Auckland! There were some very inspirational speakers, Gil Penazola for example delighted with us the 8 80 Cities and encouragement to hold Open Streets (a day where some streets are closed to motor traffic) creating instant ‘pop-up parks’. Safer speeds, or as one speaker called them ‘sensible speeds’, were a common theme and there was plenty of discussion and support for creating lower speed zones around schools (not just the frontage road) and residential areas. The NZ Transport Agency Cycling Network Guidance website was launched at the conference and Abley are proud to have been involved in developing this guidance website, it will be a great tool for the industry.
The latest edition of Engineering Insight offers some relevant insight into the re-modelling of engineering profession’s Code of Ethical Conduct, which comes into being on 1 July. Steve Abley (FIPENZ) chaired the Code of Ethics Working Group on behalf of IPENZ. The top priority was to address the Canterbury Earthquakes Royal Commission’s recommendations and bring the code up to current public health and safety requirements, as well as making it relevant and easy to interpret. The new code’s focus is on behaviour not rules, “having a code that reflects standards of behaviour is part of what it means to be a professional” (Steve Abley). In the current era, the profession is held accountable for its actions and as a result engineers strive to meet expectation by setting appropriate standards of practice and conduct and providing a robust complaints process. The new Code reflects this by providing a supportive framework for engineering professionals to act within. Engineers are now required to report concerns and significant breaches of the code by other engineers. In addition, new health and safety duties in line with the new Health and Safety at Work Act (2015) are incorporated. Read more about the new Code of Ethics for the engineering profession here.
Steve Abley has just completed a national roadshow at the invitation of the Ministry for Woman demonstrating why flexible working provides Abley Transportation Consultants with the best and brightest talent – enabling Abley to keep and attract great staff. Steve presented in Hamilton, Wellington and Christchurch. If you would like to know more about what it is like working for an employer of choice, contact Steve. Career positions we are looking to fill are found here.
Dave Smith and Dale Harris have had their abstract accepted to present at the ITS World Congress 2016 held in Melbourne later this year. The findings of their research, commissioned by NZ Transport Agency investigates the role of crowdsourcing in New Zealand as a source of real-time traveller information for supporting transport network efficiency. The research provides practical recommendations regarding crowdsourcing applications in the transport sector. It also outlines the role of the NZ Transport Agency and other road controlling authorities in supporting crowdsourcing initiatives and the technical requirements regarding the appropriate use of crowdsourced data in traveller information systems. We congratulate Dale and Dave for this achievement.
Recently at the Locate 16 Conference in Melbourne Australia, Abley's Dale Harris won the 2015 Asia Pacific Spatial Excellence Award for Technical Excellence for her work on 'Vehicle Speed and Curve Risk Modelling for Road Safety'. The judges' citation on Dale's work reads as follows:
NZTA (New Zealand Transport Agency) recently published a research report on ‘Quantifying the likelihood of barrier strike maintenance’. This piece of work was carried out by Dave Smith, Carl O’Neil and Robyn Hyde of Abley as well as Bruce Corben of Corben Consulting, Australia. The research looked at thousands of barrier crash records to ascertain the factors which increase the risk of barrier crashes and the cost of repairing them. They developed an interactive tool practitioners can use to calculate the likely number of accidents that will occur on a chosen section of barrier and the estimated annual cost of repairs. This is invaluable for asset managers and road controlling authorities when budgeting for road maintenance and will make it easier to ascertain the potential value of installing roadside barriers.
Steve recently spoke to ARA’s (previously CPIT) Engineering students at their Orientation Industry Evening. The event was a great success with ARA giving credit to Steve for his interesting presentation and thanking him for his valuable contribution. As Steve is on the board of IPENZ (Institution of Professional Engineers, New Zealand), he is often called upon to give talks to attract new talent to the industry.
At the recent IPENZ (Institution of Professional Engineers NZ) Transportation Group conference held in Auckland, Abley’s Courtney Groundwater won an award for ‘Highly Commended Best Young Professional Paper’ for her work on the New Plymouth Model Community Evaluation. This study provides an economic evaluation New Plymouth’s ‘Lets Go’ initiatives using cost benefit analysis. Courtney presented a poster at the conference – see here. Congratulations Courtney on winning your award.
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