Mental Health Awareness Week 2020

Posted on: September 29, 2020 at 12:16 PM    

2020 has brought about a new set of challenges in keeping ourselves and each other healthy, both physically and mentally, throughout the COVID-19 pandemic. I have personally been a long time advocate of mental health issues, having studied Psychology in my first degree, before studying Engineering. I have previously volunteered with Victim Support and seen first-hand some pretty confronting examples of how events around us can cause a wide range of reactions.

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Cartography fails for COVID maps

Posted on: September 28, 2020 at 3:37 PM    

Since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic, spatial data and tools have been widely used to track and visualise the virus globally. Mapping such a vast and dynamic outbreak can be challenging. The Johns Hopkins ArcGIS Dashboard is a widely used tool to understand the spread of the disease. News articles, reports and studies are nearly always accompanied by a map.

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Using computer vision to detect traffic signs

Posted on: September 24, 2020 at 10:01 AM    

In the quest to find opportunities for a computer vision solution, experts from across our business have been brainstorming ideas. We have identified four main categories of features to detect:

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World Car Free Day - small steps everyday for more sustainable travel habits

Posted on: September 22, 2020 at 2:07 PM    

Today, 22 September, is "World Car Free Day". This is an annual celebration to encourage people to use active and sustainable modes of transport and to promote the benefits of going car free. According to recent research, New Zealand’s rate of car ownership is one of the highest in the world at 1.3 vehicles per person of driving age![1]

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Giving it a go! Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori

Posted on: September 22, 2020 at 11:45 AM    

This year’s Te Wiki o Te Reo Māori (Maori Language week 14-20 September 2020) saw a dedicated internal programme of activities developed for our team, aimed at promoting and encouraging the use of te reo Māori in our day-to-day mahi.

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Transport & land use challenges for "Vision Zero"

Posted on: September 17, 2020 at 9:49 AM    

Infrastructure improvements and targeted safety programmes receive much of the focus for achieving a Vision Zero transport system. However less attention is given to transport and land use activities that could undermine this ambitious goal.

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Data Science Researcher joins Abley

Posted on: September 16, 2020 at 10:12 AM    

We often hear the term artificial intelligence thrown around, a phrase which can be interpreted in many different ways. Artificial intelligence has undoubtedly changed how we interact with technology, from facial recognition on our smart phones, to Netflix recommendations. Most of us interact with artificial intelligence every day without even realising it. It is easy to think that these tools are reserved for the likes of Google or Apple, but these techniques and technologies are becoming more and more accessible across a range of industries and applications.

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Team weekend away in Lake Tekapo

Posted on: September 16, 2020 at 9:45 AM    

COVID-19 has presented many challenges in 2020, and Abley’s annual weekend away event was no exception. This year, due to the growth of our Auckland office and the uncertainty around travel, it was decided that we would hold both a North Island and a South Island event.

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The power of data for design, construction and asset management

Posted on: September 15, 2020 at 2:35 PM    

Have you ever walked past a modern construction site and marvelled at the fancy-looking gadgets in use? The staples are still there; excavators, concrete mixers and power tools – but some things have definitely changed, and for the better. These days crews use tools such as 3D laser scanners and high precision GPS systems, which can connect to hundreds of overhead satellites. With all this new digital techology in play, we’re generating a wealth of data - but how are we managing it, and where does it all go?

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Safe Software named "Niche Player" in 2020 Gartner #MagicQuadrant

Posted on: September 8, 2020 at 9:05 AM    

Abley are proud to partner with Safe Software, who have been recognised by Gartner in the 2020 Magic Quadrant for Data Integration Tools.

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