It’s true, Palmy rocks! This was confirmed at the 2WALKandCYCLE conference, held from 30 July - 1 August 2018 in Palmerston North. I had heard earlier in the year at the Urbanism NZ Conference that there was a big push to revive the heart of the city through events and funky urban initiatives such as parklets and street art. I wasn’t disappointed, as the Palmerston North City Council (PNCC) had laid it on with some tactical urbanism right in front of the conference centre. Overnight they had painted the drop off area and adjacent intersection, and chucked some bean bags around on the entrance forecourt – boom!
The Christchurch office’s mid-winter do was held this year in the stunning surrounds of Mona Vale. The ‘black and bling’ theme produced an array of shiny, glittery party goers, the gents in dapper suits with slicked back hair and the ladies sparkling their LBD’s and heels. After a very tasty three course meal and delicious wines, the music started with the excellent live band ‘Soul Shine‘. Within five minutes, tentative toe tapping morphed into a leg stamping, hip gyrating, heaving, rock n roll jive of a dancing event which went on for hours. At midnight sweaty and exhilarated we tumbled out ready to move on to the next venue. The next day my aching hips and feet let me know I’m not 20 anymore but nevermind, it was a great night! Until next time Christchurch office – you sure know how to throw a good party. Written by Vanessa Sears, Business Coordinator.
Congratulations to Hamish Kingsbury who has been selected as a finalist for the NZ Spatial Excellence Awards in the "Young Professional of the Year" category.
This year I had the opportunity to attend and present the work that I have been doing at North Canterbury Transport Infrastructure (NCTIR) at the New Zealand Esri User Conference 2018. Being the largest (around 600 professionals in attendance) GIS conference in New Zealand, I personally found the most valuable aspects of the conference were networking and hearing user stories on how GIS technologies are used to improve the way they conduct business.
Last week I attended the New Zealand Esri User Conference (NZEUC) at SkyCity in Auckland. This is NZ’s largest gathering of geospatial professionals and the event was well attended by public and private sector clients and industry professionals. Our Abley team members attending the conference this year were Chris Morris, Hamish Kingsbury, Subodh Dhakal and myself, who collectively presented seven times during the conference and Special Interest Groups.
I always enjoy the opportunity to learn from others in my industry and to present my latest work, and this year at the New Zealand Esri User Conference (NZEUC) was no exception. I like getting technical, diving deep into problems, and evaluating and developing a solution. I found that the NZEUC was somewhat missing this technical aspect, and I thought that if I was disappointed by the lack of it, then others may be as well. And it seemed I wasn't alone...with the room at full capacity, I delved into the intricacies of moving data between disconnected environments, automating the deletion and creation of services and extending the capabilities of the out-of-the-box ArcPy tools.
On Saturday 18 August, Jeanette Ward was delighted to attend the opening ceremony for the new road and shared path that connects the residents of east Kaiapoi to the north of the ‘red zoned’ land. After working with the Waimakariri District Council for over seven years, Mayor David Ayers acknowledged and made special thanks to Jeanette for her hard work and contribution to this significant project.
Abley’s specialist strategic road safety team have won two prestigious awards at the 2018 ATSIP International Traffic Records Forum held recently in Milwaukee, Wisconsin (USA).
In recent times, Abley has provided traffic advice on several developments where a new vehicle access or changes to an existing vehicle access was required.
Inappropriate or excessive speed is a major road safety issue in New Zealand and Australia, resulting in approximately a third of road accident deaths. Haris Zia of Abley is running a series of workshops throughout September in Perth, Adelaide, Melbourne, Hobart, Sydney and Brisbane as part of a research project commissioned by Austroads into the applicability of Infrastructure Risk Rating (IRR) for use by State and Local Governments.