A recent SNC event involved a group of about 20 of us heading over to the Asian Garden Cooking School in Harewood, for a demonstration of Thai/ Vietnamese cooking. We started the evening with a lesson on the various exotic Asian herbs used to flavor the cooking. So many of these herbs were highly fragrant and had intense flavor. After that we moved inside for a lesson on how to make Oyster dipping sauce, beef cheek Penang curry and Vietnamese rice paper rolls. I now know why I could never get my Thai curries at home to taste the way they are meant to! We got a chance to have a go and the flavours were sublime. After the practical demo we sat down to a variety of courses served up with some delicious wine. Well worth the time and money – thank you SNC for a superb event!
Hamish Kingsbury, Senior Spatial Data Specialist is presenting this work at the Esri Regional Conference in Christchurch on the 28th March. His presentation will run through the problems the GIS team at North Canterbury Transport Infrastructure Recovery Alliance (NCTIR) faced, and how they’ve used FME to work with the ArcGIS REST API.
Friday 8th March was International Women’s Day. It was great to see so many positive messages across social media and news channels in support of women all over the world. This year, the theme was #BalanceforBetter so I decided to take the opportunity to reflect on my first year working in an industry that’s tackling a serious gender imbalance.
This week I was lucky enough to attend the annual EngNZ Transportation Group conference - always one of the highlights of my year. This year's theme, "The Changing Face of Transport", was particularly relevant. Not only in the context of Central Government change, and the associated policy changes that fall out of that, but in the changes we are seeing globally around drivers for transport investment and the form in which transport infrastructure is being delivered.
Abley are delighted to share our recent research for Austroads demonstrating the application of proactive road risk models in Australia, accompanied by an Infrastructure Risk Rating (IRR) online tool.
Congratulations to Rebecca Tuke for winning the 2019 3M Traffic Safety Young Professional award, announced at the Transportation Group Conference dinner held at Parliament in Wellington on 5th March.
Abley Auckland staff and 26,000 other Aucklanders participated in the annual Ports of Auckland Round the Bays on March 3, 2019. The run was an 8.4km race along Auckland’s scenic waterfront and the very fine weather made for an excellent morning of running. The hot weather and large crowd were some challenges facing Abley’s ten runners, but all finished the course in competitive times.
Congratulations to Jeanette Ward, who has recently been appointed National Committee Chair of the ENZ Transportation Group.
Recent news that Auckland’s Northwestern cycleway is sparking conflict between pedestrians and cyclists raises some questions about the nature and operation of shared paths. In this case, cyclists travelling at up to 40kph have been deemed a danger to pedestrians sharing the path, and walking buses have been cancelled.