Jared is a Senior Transportation Engineer with consulting experience in the traffic modelling area. Jared uses modelling to assess development proposals and then develop solutions to capacity constraints. He has in-depth knowledge of strategic transport modelling including traffic generation, distribution and assignment. Jared has worked in New Zealand and the United Kingdom.
What made you decide to become a transportation planner?
I’ve always been interested in the intrinsic link between transport and land use, and I was initially drawn into the transport modelling field so that I could work on ‘big picture’ strategic transport planning. However I quickly realised that the linkage is evident for sites of all sizes and I’ve since been involved in assessing the transportation effects of a variety of smaller development proposals.
What did you do before joining Abley?
I spent three and a half years on my OE, and gained a wealth of experience in the UK where I worked as a traffic engineer in London.
What does a typical day include?
After cycling to the office, my day is a mix of carrying out tasks to assess the transportation effects of developments, talking to clients, and having discussions with colleagues.
What do you enjoy most about your job?
I enjoy working within the great team environment here, with colleagues that are equally interested in making a difference and who are committed to achieving excellence.
What’s the most challenging thing about your job?
I regularly use S-Paramics microsimulation software, which is a powerful tool for representing conditions on a road network but it’s often challenging to ensure that the model is accurately replicating the queues and delays that are observed on site. However once it’s properly calibrated and validated, it’s very rewarding to be able to show clients – and councils – what the effects of the development traffic will be.
What’s been your career highlight so far?
I was recently involved in assessing the transport effects of a major plan change which will allow the development of more than 2,000 households. In the course of doing this, I manually assigned the expected traffic onto the road network from first principles. At the subsequent Hearing, it was very satisfying to see that my results were almost identical to those generated by the transportation model used by the Council – it just goes to prove that sometimes the simplest approaches are as good as the complicated (and expensive!) ones. And in the UK, I’m particularly proud of successfully negotiating the complexities of the planning process in London and actually getting one of my intersection designs built!
What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?
I’m pretty sporty so I enjoy hockey, cricket, badminton and running to name just a few activities. I enjoy getting away from the hustle and bustle of city life, and try to get out into the mountains for tramping and skiing as often as I can. And I often immerse myself in the tranquilities of playing the guitar.