Abley staff continue to demonstrate technical brilliance and be recognised by their peers for their outstanding work. At the Chartered Institute of Logistics and Transport’s (CILT) recent awards dinner, Jeanette Ward won the Ministry of Transport’s outstanding achievement award for her masters thesis on ‘Two Way and One Way Streets’. A criteria of the win was the originality of the research and its ability to improve aspects of transport planning and policy. Behind the scenes particular recognition was given to the crossover the research provides between the different professions, not just engineering. Congratualtions Jeanette on a well deserved win.
With a theme of “Taking Action Together”, this year’s Australasian Road Safety Conference took place on the Gold Coast in October 2015. This is the largest road safety conference in Australasia with over 650 delegates attending, and more than 160 papers presented. The multi-disciplinary event featured representatives from all facets of road and transport safety including research, policing, teaching, practice and policy. Abley’s Dale Harris won the ‘Best Young Researcher’ award for her work on 'road safety risk prediction methodology for low volume rural roads'. Traditional risk assessment techniques rely on crash history which make it difficult to predict risk in low traffic volume areas. This groundbreaking research uses geospatial data and innovative techniques to identify road curvature risk, independent of road crash history. The results of this new research have been shared with road controlling authorities and support road safety improvements. Dale's latest award reinforces Abley's position as a leader in road safety innovation.
Paul Durdin and Bridget Southey Jensen presented at the recent 2015 Traffinz Conference in Dunedin. This year, the conference had a strong safety focus. Their presentation on ‘Safe System Auditing’, challenged decision makers and the independent Road Safety Audit (RSA) by questioning whether the current safety audit really ensures safe systems. They highlighted design failures, questioned whether the latest guidelines were being followed and suggested low cost concept RSAs were not being followed. Abley’s ‘spirited and passionate’ presentation (John Gottler, Vice President Traffinz) provided recommendations to improve the current safety audit system. Traffinz supports the challenge and has already acted on some of the recommendations put forward by speaking with safety partners on a way forward. This is another example of how Abley is leading the way in driving positive change towards safer transport networks. You can read the latest Traffinz Newsletter here.
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