Gary brings to Abley a wealth of project experience in development planning, project feasibility, scheme assessment, design, design management and project management. Within the last five years Gary has focused his career within the development market working for several high-profile developments providing specialist high level design advice and the preparation of integrated transportation assessments. He has also completed several smaller ITAs for residential and commercial developments.
What made you decide to become an Associate Transportation Engineer?
I’ve always been passionate about traffic and transportation engineering and design and it provides me the opportunity to deliver great outcomes for Abley’s clients, along with the chance to help grow the transportation and design capability in the Auckland and Christchurch Office.
What did you do before joining Abley?
I have led a number of transportation design and development teams at a medium sized New Zealand consultancy and a global consultancy. Prior to coming to New Zealand in 2005 I was based in the UK, where I worked for local authorities and transportation consultancies.
What does a typical day in the office include?
I provide a lot of advice to various clients and each day has its new challenges, from securing new work, to providing leadership to the Abley project team and managing the technical delivery to achieve a successful outcome. I also mentor emerging transportation professionals within the Abley Team.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
It has to be seeing the finished projects built and in in use for my clients, stakeholders and the public and knowing that I was a part of its design and delivery. At Abley I am involved in the early stages of the project and the planning, concept design, preliminary design and resource consent process has the greatest influence on the final outcome and the opportunity to leave a positive legacy.
What’s the most challenging thing about your job?
Reaching a successful technical outcome to a complex project that meets the requirements of my client and the many stakeholders within the Road Controlling and Planning Authorities can be a challenge, requiring diplomacy and negotiation skills in addition to my transportation knowledge.
What’s been your career highlight so far?
I am new to the role in Abley. At my previous company overseeing two large projects, one in Auckland and one in Hawkes Bay, being formally opened by the Minister of Transport was a real highlight. I was the design manager for both and seeing the project team working together to deliver these projects was a great achievement for everyone involved.
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
Either flying and fixing my radio controlled model aeroplanes, or driving and fixing my 1979 classic car – they both bring out the passionate engineer in me. My wife and I also have two dogs.