Posted on: February 20, 2020 at 10:21 AM    

I met with a client recently who now spends more time in ‘management’ than working on the tools of our trade - I can definitely relate to that! We both agreed that although times have changed, it's still important to keep up your technical skills so every now and then you need to get back on the tools.

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Steve Abley reappointed as a Development Contribution Commissioner

Posted on: February 20, 2020 at 9:32 AM    

Congratulations to Steve Abley, who has been selected by the Minister of Local Government for reappointment as a Development Contribution Commissioner for the next three years.

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Storytelling using location technology

Posted on: February 10, 2020 at 3:18 PM    

There's some debate in the scientific fraternity as to when humans first started to speak to each other. Estimates differ wildly from as long ago as 2 million years and the beginning of the human genus, or a little over 50,000 years ago. But regardless of the true date, you can be sure that stories have always played a substantial part in any communication because stories are an amazing way to teach and learn.

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Upcoming Webinar: Local Government Road Safety Management Guidance (27 Feb)

Posted on: February 9, 2020 at 11:10 AM    

On Thursday 27 February, Paul Durdin will be presenting a webinar on "Local Government Road Safety Management Guidance", in conjunction with Austroads. 

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“Best Paper Award” win at global transportation meeting

Posted on: January 16, 2020 at 11:12 AM    

Congratulations to Shane Turner (Abley), Eddie Cook (KiwiRail) & Shaun Bosher (Stantec) on the great honour of being presented with a “Best Paper Award” at the 2020 Transportation Research Board (TRB) Annual Meeting.

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NZ Speed Management - Speed, Physics and the Myth of Human Infallibility

Posted on: January 8, 2020 at 1:59 PM    

Reducing speed limits to improve road safety are often opposed by people who blame crashes on poor driving ability rather than speed. They claim that well-trained drivers are infallible and can handle high speeds safely. But anyone can make a mistake while driving and due to the laws of physics and human body vulnerability, mistakes at high speed can result in vehicle occupants and other road users being killed or seriously injured. The design and operating speeds of our roads needs to be more forgiving of the mistakes we make.

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Merry Christmas from Abley

Posted on: December 20, 2019 at 9:55 AM    

Merry Christmas to you and your families, we hope you have safe and happy holidays ahead!

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Short term evaluation of Road Safety countermeasures

Posted on: December 19, 2019 at 2:39 PM    

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.

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Gaining my first Esri certification - Rachel Joseph

Posted on: December 18, 2019 at 12:33 PM    

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.

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Design from a non-designer’s perspective - Stacy Rendall

Posted on: December 17, 2019 at 2:48 PM    

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!

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