In just a few weeks of starting my new job at Abley as a Graduate Spatial Advisor, I found myself mapping the spread of the COVID-19 pandemic across New Zealand. This project allowed me to put into practice some of the new skills I have acquired so far, and learn from the opportunity of working with real-time data, with some help from my colleagues. The following is a brief rundown of the process I used to create and maintain a real-time dashboard and some of the challenges I faced.
On Tuesday 23 March, Prime Minister Jacinda Ardern lifted New Zealand’s COVID-19 alert status to Level 3 and announced this will move to Level 4 on Wednesday 25 March for a minimum of 4 weeks. Under Level 4, all non-essential services must close their physical premises and staff must self-isolate and work from home.
This year's Engineering New Zealand Transportation Group Conference was held in Christchurch from 11-13 March. Two hundred delegates from both the private and public sectors descended on the newly restored Town Hall. Massive thanks to the conference committee, Harding Consultants, and all the sponsors and speakers who organised this excellent conference.
If the places we visit are within cycling distance, do we drive less? Is it really accessibility that is stopping us from using our bike to visit work, the supermarket, doctors and schools or is it something more such as behaviour or convenience? This is the question I wanted to answer through research for my masters, comparing transport accessibility to vehicle kilometres travelled (VKT).