Carl O'Neil

Principal Transportation Engineer
BE(Hons) MEngNZ
Direct: +64 3 371 0030

About Carl

Carl completed his studies at the University of Canterbury at the end of 2014 and graduated with an honours degree in Civil Engineering. He has a long standing interest in transportation and has worked for short periods in asset management and temporary traffic management. His interests include transport modelling and design, economics, and future innovations.

What Carl has to say:

What made you decide to become a Transportation Engineer?

I have always been fascinated by the way that transportation shapes the built environment and vice versa. Transportation is such a crucial component of our modern society and it’s great to be a part of shaping it.

What did you do before joining Abley?

This is my first permanent full time job. I have however held part time or fixed term roles in asset management, temporary traffic management, and distribution.

What does a typical day in the office include?

My day always begins with a few cups of coffee, but from then on, every day is different. Sometimes I work on a single project for an entire day but more often than not, I work on several projects. My day might involve conducting analysis, building or making changes to traffic models, doing collaborative design work or reporting.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

The most enjoyable part of my job is getting good feedback from clients or the public. Working on projects is enjoyable too, but receiving positive feedback makes it all worth it.

What’s the most challenging thing about your job?

Striking the right balance between being detail-oriented and delivering value for the time spent working on a project.

What’s been your career highlight so far?

Becoming a published co-author of several NZTA research projects and being given the opportunity to present them at various conferences.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I enjoy tramping, cycling, running and other outdoor pursuits. I also like watching rugby and cricket when the national sides are playing. I do a bit of computer programming as well.