Carl O’Neil and Paul Durdin recently won the AA award for ‘Best Paper’ and the award for ‘Best Practice Paper’ at the IPENZ Transportation Group Conference in Hamilton. The paper entitled ‘A fresh approach for prioritising and treating high risk curves’ was based on a road safety project commissioned by Transport for New South Wales. The project used a combination of geospatial technology and other analytical methods to identify road corridors which had a poor safety record on curves. The project represents an innovative approach to enhancing rural road safety and uses a method of identification and treatment that is consistent and thorough. We congratulate Carl and Paul on their win.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Hamish has been awarded the 3M Traffic Safety Young Professional Award and the Best Young Professional Award at the recent 2016 IPENZ (Institution of Professional Engineers NZ) Transportation Group Conference in Auckland. These awards are for the work Hamish has performed on investigating how road safety metrics can be incorporated into vehicle routing networks. It’s great to see GIS being recognised in the engineering domain and it shows how versatile GIS can be.