Last week I attended the New Zealand Esri User Conference (NZEUC) at SkyCity in Auckland. This is NZ’s largest gathering of geospatial professionals and the event was well attended by public and private sector clients and industry professionals. Our Abley team members attending the conference this year were Chris Morris, Hamish Kingsbury, Subodh Dhakal and myself, who collectively presented seven times during the conference and Special Interest Groups.
I always enjoy the opportunity to learn from others in my industry and to present my latest work, and this year at the New Zealand Esri User Conference (NZEUC) was no exception. I like getting technical, diving deep into problems, and evaluating and developing a solution. I found that the NZEUC was somewhat missing this technical aspect, and I thought that if I was disappointed by the lack of it, then others may be as well. And it seemed I wasn't alone...with the room at full capacity, I delved into the intricacies of moving data between disconnected environments, automating the deletion and creation of services and extending the capabilities of the out-of-the-box ArcPy tools.
On Saturday 18 August, Jeanette Ward was delighted to attend the opening ceremony for the new road and shared path that connects the residents of east Kaiapoi to the north of the ‘red zoned’ land. After working with the Waimakariri District Council for over seven years, Mayor David Ayers acknowledged and made special thanks to Jeanette for her hard work and contribution to this significant project.
Abley’s specialist strategic road safety team have won two prestigious awards at the 2018 ATSIP International Traffic Records Forum held recently in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (USA).
In recent times, Abley has provided traffic advice on several developments where a new vehicle access or changes to an existing vehicle access was required.
Inappropriate or excessive speed is a major road safety issue in New Zealand and Australia, resulting in approximately a third of road accident deaths. Haris Zia of Abley is running a series of workshops throughout September in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Hobart, Sydney and Brisbane as part of a research project commissioned by Austroads into the applicability of Infrastructure Risk Rating (IRR) for use by State and Local Governments.
School cycle parking. Such a simple thing to provide - one would think. Penny Gray recently presented at the 2WalkandCycle conference, and examined the lack of guidance in providing good cycle parking in schools. This has resulted in insufficient, poorly designed, inconveniently placed, poorly kept cycle parking in many schools. A situation that does not encourage cycling to school.
It’s true, Palmy rocks! This was confirmed at the 2WALKandCYCLE conference, held from 30 July - 1 August 2018 in Palmerston North. I had heard earlier in the year at the Urbanism NZ Conference that there was a big push to revive the heart of the city through events and funky urban initiatives such as parklets and street art. I wasn’t disappointed, as the Palmerston North City Council (PNCC) had laid it on with some tactical urbanism right in front of the conference centre. Overnight they had painted the drop off area and adjacent intersection, and chucked some bean bags around on the entrance forecourt – boom!
Blog written by Kyle Turnbull, Graduate Spatial Adviser, Abley
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