As the pace of innovation in road safety increases and the demand to quickly apply new safety treatments grows, there is no longer time to undertake traditional before-and-after assessment of crashes at trial sites, which can take years to produce results. Increasingly, researchers are looking at surrogate safety measures to understand how effective new road safety countermeasures are in addressing the risk of crashes, especially the more severe crashes, which are even more difficult to study using before-and-after studies.
Last month I was proud to gain my first Esri certification with the Esri Desktop Associate 19-001 certification. I had been considering taking the exam for some time, as I knew it would be great way to demonstrate my knowledge of the Esri platform. Fortunately Abley is really keen to support their employees in ongoing learning opportunities. They encouraged me to give it a go and allowed me time to study, so this gave me the boost to finally go ahead and accomplish it at my first attempt.
Earlier this year, I was fortunate to have the opportunity to attend the User Experience (UX) New Zealand conference, hosted in Wellington. Given that my background is in Engineering, and more recently Software Development, it was quite different to any conference I have attended previously!
Employees and their families from across New Zealand came together on Saturday 30th November for the annual Abley Christmas function, organised by our Social Non-Club Committee.
Over the last ten years, there has been an upward trend in crashes involving pedestrian and cyclists at level (railway line) crossings in New Zealand. While safety at these crossings for motor vehicle users steadily improved over time, less attention was paid to the safety of pedestrians and cyclists at level crossings.
To help our Software Development team explore different ways we could approach design and development, Stacy Rendall and I recently went to the UX New Zealand conference held in Wellington. UX (User Experience) New Zealand is in its fourth year and is Aotearoa's biggest dedicated user experience conference.
Think about this for a second: globally, men die six years earlier than women. To make it worse, the reasons are largely preventable. One in eight men across the world will be diagnosed with prostate cancer in their lifetime. Testicular cancer is the most common cancer among young men. Three quarters of suicides globally are men.