Paul Durdin

Transportation Group Manager, Director
BE(Hons) CMEngNZ CPEng MInstD

About Paul

Paul is a nationally recognised expert with specialist skills in the areas of road safety, strategic and integrated transport planning, and the development of best-practice guidance.  He is a strategic thinker able to see the big picture and foresee the future consequences of issues and options.  He is an excellent communicator of complex technical matters to industry peers, elected officials and community stakeholder audiences.  He gains the confidence of the people around him with his factual, constructive and coaching manner.  These skills means Paul is sought after to lead particularly complex, high-profile or contentious projects.  His expertise is recognised by clients directly seeking Paul’s input to shape their funding decisions, strategy and policy, prepare industry best-practice processes, guide District Plan reviews, and to act on their behalf in Environment Court and High Court proceedings.

What Paul has to say:

What made you decide to become a Transportation Engineer?

When studying towards my Civil Engineering degree at the University of Canterbury I developed a particular interest for transport matters.  Because transport is a system that is used by people, it introduces a level of complexity to understanding the way in which the system operates, which is something I was drawn to.

What did you do before joining Abley?

I have worked for a number of multi-national consultants.  I also worked in Australia for a firm solely focused on traffic and transport.  I particularly enjoyed that experience, which ultimately led to me joining Abley.

What does a typical day in the office include?

I’m involved in direction and management of a lot of different projects.  A typical day involves corresponding with a lot of clients, external project teams and working with other staff at Abley to understand and monitor project progress and quality. 

What do you enjoy most about your job?

I really enjoy thinking outside of the box.  Challenging the way we traditionally address problems and searching for new and innovative methods of delivering better and more efficient solutions for our clients.

What’s the most challenging thing about your job?

Finding the time to put energy into the development of the business – both internal and external of the organisation.  Having said that, doing your best for your clients is probably the main thing you can do to ensure the continued success of any business.

What’s been your career highlight so far?

I take great pleasure in being a key part of the success of Abley.  From a technical perspective, receiving the 3M Traffic Engineer of the Year award at the 2015 IPENZ Transportation Group Conference for the most innovative traffic safety project was particularly satisfying.

What do you enjoy doing in your spare time?

Spare time is a bit of a foreign concept nowadays.  My two boys keep me pretty occupied outside of work – fortunately their interest in sports matches mine.  I enjoy running and trying out the new restaurants popping up around Christchurch with my wife.