Haris Zia

Principal Transportation Engineer
BE(Hons) MEngNZ
Direct: +64 3 371 0032

About Haris

Haris has developed his skills working in consultancy, contributing to the provision of transport engineering advice to public and private sector clients. He has used his skills to deliver high quality outputs; which include transport advice, road safety analysis, and traffic surveys. He uses his knowledge and skills of software such as SIDRA and AutoCAD and suitably incorporates them in projects. 

What Haris has to say:

What made you decide to become a Transportation Engineer?

I am really fascinated by the economic and social impacts of transport and how transport affects everyone – you just have to walk out of your front door! Being a transportation engineer at this point in time is very exciting as you’re at the forefront of shaping the future of how people get from one place to another.

What did you do before joining Abley?

Interestingly, I worked as a structural engineer before deciding that I didn’t want to spend the rest of my life dealing with concrete and steel. I was fortunate enough to gain some transportation experience as an undergraduate so for me joining Abley feels like a homecoming.

What does a typical day in the office include?

I am mostly involved in carrying out high level transport assessments, organising traffic surveys, reviewing crash records and of course keeping the clients happy.

What do you enjoy most about your job?

As a consulting engineer, it is very satisfying to be involved in a project from start to finish and delivering high quality outputs. There’s no better feeling than receiving good feedback from clients.

What’s the most challenging thing about your job?

There are so many different facets of transport engineering so it is a truly steep learning curve. The most challenging aspect of my job is to make sure I address all matters of detail and hardly a day goes by when I don’t learn something new.

What’s been your career highlight so far?

The highlight of my short career has been my involvement in AusRAP, the Australian equivalent of KiwiRAP. As an undergraduate at ARRB Group, I was able to gain first hand experience in the initial development of the Australian National Risk Assessment Model. This sparked my interest in road safety and I am looking forward to being involved in the further development of KiwiRAP.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

I am true sports fanatic and love travelling to exotic parts of the world whenever I get the chance. I have also really enjoyed tasting new craft beers and learning about different cultures during my time in New Zealand so far.