Kurt Janssen from Interpret Geospatial Solutions, is one of Australasia’s leading geospatial professionals. On Wednesday 16 November, Kurt was presented the NZ Spatial Excellence Awards (NZSEA) Young Professional of the Year 2016, in recognition of his technical expertise, leadership and contribution to the GIS community.
Well done to Haris Zia, who had his award-winning paper published in the Australasian College of Road Safety (ACRS) journal. Haris won “Best Paper by a New Practitioner” at the ACRS Awards held 6-8 September 2016 in Canberra. The paper presents a geospatial process to automate the calculation of Infrastucture Risk Rating (IRR), which is an important tool for NZ Transport Agency's Speed Management Guide.
Matthew Noon, Principal Transportation Planner at Abley, worked in the Europe freight sector for 10 years, and recently had the opportunity to share his insights on the future of urban freight at the NZ Transport Fuels & Fleet Management Summit 2016. Delegates from over 100 organisations attended the two-day conference, which focussed on the increasing pace of change and opportunities facing the freight industry.
Congratulations to Abley’s Dale Harris and Dave Smith, and NZ Transport Agency’s (NZTA) Sonia Pollard, who were awarded Best Technical Paper for Asia Pacific from almost 300 papers at the 23rd ITS World Congress held in Melbourne recently.
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.
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