Abley has a significant presence at this year’s Transportation Group conference, with seven abstracts accepted for presentation in road safety, active transport and planning. In addition, Bridget Carden is a finalist for the 3M Innovation Award and Jeanette Ward will become (the first female) chair of the Transportation Group National Committee going forward.
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.
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.
There was a great turnout at the 2WALKandCYCLE conference last week in Auckland! There were some very inspirational speakers, Gil Penazola for example delighted with us the 8 80 Cities and encouragement to hold Open Streets (a day where some streets are closed to motor traffic) creating instant ‘pop-up parks’. Safer speeds, or as one speaker called them ‘sensible speeds’, were a common theme and there was plenty of discussion and support for creating lower speed zones around schools (not just the frontage road) and residential areas. The NZ Transport Agency Cycling Network Guidance website was launched at the conference and Abley are proud to have been involved in developing this guidance website, it will be a great tool for the industry.
Dave Smith and Dale Harris have had their abstract accepted to present at the ITS World Congress 2016 held in Melbourne later this year. The findings of their research, commissioned by NZ Transport Agency investigates the role of crowdsourcing in New Zealand as a source of real-time traveller information for supporting transport network efficiency. The research provides practical recommendations regarding crowdsourcing applications in the transport sector. It also outlines the role of the NZ Transport Agency and other road controlling authorities in supporting crowdsourcing initiatives and the technical requirements regarding the appropriate use of crowdsourced data in traveller information systems. We congratulate Dale and Dave for this achievement.
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.
Recently five Abley staff members had abstracts accepted for the 2016 Walk and Cycle Conference. All abstracts focused on improving safety and provision for cyclists, pedestrians and people with disabilities using our roads. Dave Smith will present ‘A smarter tool for selecting safe and effective pedestrian crossings’ , Jeanette Ward will present ‘Cycle parking revolution’, Bridget Southey-Jensen will present ‘Cycle safety at intersections’, Ann-Marie Head will present ‘Cycle route choice - Optimising safety and efficiency for people who cycle’, and Tracy Fleming will present ‘Improving the transport environment for people with disabilities’. Congratulations to these staff for their good work. The 2016 2 Walk and Cycle Conference is being held in Auckland 6 - 8 July.