Well done to Ann-Marie Head, Dave Smith and Becky Tuke for getting their research report on "Developing methodologies for improving customer levels of service for walking" published by Waka Kotahi NZ Transport Agency.
Congratulations to Hamish Kingsbury who is now a Safe Software Certified FME Server Professional.
Over the last few months, the internet has been rife with articles discussing the impacts of COVID-19, including a few contemplating the upsides for society and the environment.
Kaizen - the Japanese word for continuous improvement. While this is most often seen in business management and performance contexts, and often disregarded as another buzzword, its fundamental premise should not be. Continuous improvement is about making small, incremental improvements that in the short, medium, and long term add up to significant operational or financial benefits, as well as enhanced customer satisfaction.
The Downstream conference is billed as “Energy Sector's Annual Strategic Forum” and was held in Wellington from 3-4 August 2020. Mark Thompson headed along to check out the conference, and to share our digital engineering and geospatial expertise in vegetation encroachment analysis.
The other day, a colleague mentioned that a friend had invited her out to the new Westfield Mall in Newmarket. They were less than half a kilometre from the mall at the time, and yet the friend proposed to drive there. My colleague was appalled at the laziness of driving to somewhere so close, but the friend argued: “there’s free parking”. What this story illustrates is that if parking is there, people will use it.
A fatal crash is a relatively rare event in most localised areas, such as within a town or suburb, especially over short time periods. They are even more rare for individual road elements such as an intersection or short mid-block section.
In March 2020, Abley's People and Places team ran a staff survey to measure how everyone commutes to the office. This is something we’ve been doing for a few years now, in order to measure change over time. The timing of this survey was significant: it was just before the COVID lock-down, a distant era when we very rarely worked from home.