We are delighted to annouce that Colin MacArthur started with Abley at the end of April in the role of Associate Director to enable our continued and consistent growth in New Zealand. With more than 20 years’ experience in transportation planning, engineering, procurement and team leadership, Colin is establishing a new Auckland Office for Abley Transportation Consultants. This office will expand service to clients in the North Island and further facilitate the employment of exceptional staff in the region.
Those Abley staff brave enough to take on zombies were immersed in the theatrical experience Zombie:Red Zone today. Zombie: Red Zone is a play on steroids, performed in a purpose built, site-specific military zone. There were plenty of thrills and spills of the horror genre and the audience had to overcome challenges and grapple with their humanity in a decaying world to allow for the narrative to progress forward.
This week marks Road Safety Week, which helps raise awareness of the terrible carnage on New Zealand roads. The theme for 2014 is “Tune in to road safety’. When using roads, we all need to tune in to road safety and give it our full attention - particularly if we're at the wheel, but also when we're cycling, walking, skating, running, you name it - to keep ourselves and others safe. Abley has made a significant contribution in the road safety space over the years with the various project work we have completed. More recently we have developed story maps which show the top 20 high risk intersections in New Zealand and speed camera locations in New Zealand . For information on the development of story maps, please contact Kurt Janssen .
CPIT hosted a leadership forum for their engineering students and Paul Durdin was invited to be on the panel. Topics of discussion included the difference between leadership and management, different leadership styles and traits of a good leader. A great interactive discussion was held by the panel and students.
Four abstracts submitted to the 2014 2Walk and Cycle Conference by Abley staff have been accepted. Courtney Groundwater will present of the value of walking and cycling for an entire city. Ann-Marie Head will present on forecasting demand for new and upgraded cycle infrastructure. Stacy Rendall’s presentation reports the outcomes of research that aims to develop a web-based tool applicable in both New Zealand and Australia to assist practitioners to select the most appropriate pedestrian crossing and the right location. Jeanette Ward will present on balancing walking and cycling in town centre environments. The conference is being held in Nelson from 29 – 31 October.
The International Road Assessment Programme (iRAP) is dedicated to preventing more than 3,500 road deaths that occur every day worldwide. Once a year, iRAP brings together the best of the best from around the world to share their road safety and RAP ideas, innovations and outcomes. This year, Paul Durdin , has been invited to attend the annual workshop in Melbourne in September in recognition of his contribution in developing Urban KiwiRAP risk mapping protocols.
As a result of continued growth at Abley, we have recently employed the services of Andrew Wilson , our full-time CAD Technician. Andrew has eight years’ experience in CAD Design and most recently has worked on CAD design drawings ranging from content for reports, traffic management plans through to full intersection designs and road alignments. Andrew is a welcome addition to the team.
An abstract authored by Paul Durdin entitled "Providing Transport Choice: providing decision makers with metrics that measure competition between modes" has been accepted for the 7th International Urban Design Conference. Paul will be presenting his findings at the conference in Adelaide from 1 - 3 September 2014