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Below are the abstracts for the travelling presentations for the 2018 REAAA Roadshow. 

Programmes for each of the seminars will be added here shortly.  Please note registrations at all seminars commence at 9.00am.

International Speaker:

From Integrated Corridor Management (ICM) to Integrated Journey Management (IJM) and Successful Connected Automated Vehicles (CAV): 

Presenter: Mr Koorosh Olyai, Senior Principal, Advanced Transportation Management Systems, Stantec US

Before building any new transportation infrastructure it is increasingly important to ensure that we are using the existing facilities and capabilities to the maximum effect.  This is not limited to managing the road space but includes transit capacity and other transportation networks.  From his experience implementing ICM in Dallas and advancing other ICM projects throughout the US, Koorosh Olyai will explore what technical, institutional, operational and system enhancements, needs to be planned and implemented to ensure success.  Koorosh’s key role on the US Delegation to the ISO TC 204 for ITS gives him an excellent understanding on how standards and technology advances will impact further development of ICM with more solutions available from mobility as a service, dynamic pricing, connected vehicle technology and high occupancy vehicle lanes.

The paradigm shift in transportation that is upon us and successful introduction of CAVs will only be enhanced by implementation of ICM and its next generation IJM.   

What are we doing to get the future transport skills we need?

Presenters: Stephen Hewett, Beca Ltd & Douglas Wilson, University of Auckland 

There is much debate currently internationally and in NZ regarding various possible future transport scenarios and how this might affect transport mobility and the demand on and for transport infrastructure and system.  What is clear is that new multi-faceted and specialised skills are increasingly required not only in transportation engineering to plan, design, construct, operate and maintain transportation infrastructure but also the new systems to deliver multi modal transport services.

Following a research project on Future Transport Skill Needs for NZ, Stephen Hewett and Doug Wilson will discuss the learnings from this research and what it means for Roading Authorities, consultants and contractors to evaluate how best to take advantage of new technologies without losing focus on fundamental skills that remain equally important.  We will in this presentation investigate the impact on Agencies, employers and training organisations and what some are doing.   The presentation will also raise important ethical and social responsibility issues about what are significant problems and invite discussion on how we can best prepare ourselves for this change. 

Great Kiwi Road Trips: Transforming our Visitor Journey Experience

Presenter: Jared Thomas, WSP Opus

The transport system plays a critical role in enabling the creation of better visitor experiences that lie at the heart of tourism, which is a multi-billion-dollar industry in New Zealand. Transport enables wider exploration across a region, influencing where visitors go, what they do, and how far they travel. This study uses new methods to better capture unique data about visitor journeys and how we might plan smarter around domestic and international visitors and their mobility needs. To do this a pilot survey in Northland was trialled to capture visitor journey experiences to better enable customer driven transport solutions, and to test an innovative method to deliver during-trip information using digital technology.

Unique visitor insights reveal transport qualities that can unlock improved journey satisfaction, safety, and tourism growth, and new insights around visitor desire for “discovery”. These findings are discussed in the context of how to promote a higher level of service for visitors with the goal of facilitating better journeys and smart visitor growth for our regions.

NZ Transport Agency’s Weigh Right Programme

Presenter: Graham Taylor, NZ Transport Agency

The NZ Transport Agency’s Weigh Right Programme will reduce heavy vehicle overloading.

It will level the playing field for the transport industry, improve productivity and road safety, and ensure that heavy vehicle operators pay their fair share of road maintenance.

The programme will install road side technology and develop intelligent software to direct potentially overloaded vehicles into 12 weigh stations throughout New Zealand. To do this, four existing weigh stations will be upgraded and an additional eight will be built on new sites.

Further, to support weight compliance, the programme is building a heavy vehicle permits system. It will be easy for our customers to use and will process and manage heavy vehicle permit information efficiently.

The trend away from roads and towards alternative modes of transport

Presenter: Peter Kortegast, WSP Opus

WSP-Opus were engaged by NZTA National Cycle team in 2017 to research and develop a national Level of Service framework for assessing cycle facilities for different Roads for New Zealand.

The research involved recruiting a variety of cyclist with varying confidence and riding cycle selected cycle routes in Auckland, Wellington and Christchurch to identify the satisfaction cyclist have with the various cycle facilities in New Zealand.

Additional on-line surveys were conducted along with the use a specialised instrumented bicycle developed by WSP-Opus especially for this project.

This paper will present the findings of this research and the key drivers of cycle satisfaction in New Zealand. It will also explain how this new LOS framework will benefit road controlling authorities.

Self-driving and driver assisted trucks – impacts for New Zealand.  Smarter Roads, Smarter Trucks

Presenter: John Houlker, Northland Innovation Centre

Automation has been a feature of advanced vehicle systems for many years, but enabled by exponential increases in computing power, developments with sensors, and improved techniques in computer vision, data analytics and machine intelligence, revolutionary steps are underway.  Wide adoption of fully automated vehicles is years, probably decades away, and contingent on developments with road transport infrastructure.  However, further Advanced Driver Assistance Systems are becoming common, such as lane keeping and automatic emergency braking, while higher level systems are emerging, e.g., automated lane changes and highway cruising.  Special cases of automated vehicles are now under trial and generating enormous attention.  Less media attention has been given to automation directed at heavy commercial vehicles, although industry is responding to early gains achievable.  The development and deployment of “smarter trucks” would bring substantial benefits to the New Zealand transportation system.  New Zealand can be part of this transformation, which can also help build the environment towards a smarter and safer, fully digitally enabled, integrated transport system.



Building Information Modelling in the City Rail Link

Presenters: Asem Zabin & Simon Lough

Matakohe – Transforming Delivery in Northland

Presenter: Jim Sephton, NZ Transport Agency


Hemo Roundabout

Presenter: Nick Aiken, WSP Opus


Waitangi Wharf: The Challenges of Designing and Building Transportation Infrastructure in Remote Regional New Zealand

Presenters: Raye Powell, AECOM & High Milliken, Downer 

Manawatu Gorge

Presenter: Lonnie Dalzell, NZ Transport Agency


Building a new bridge over the Taramakau River on the West Coast – An innovative approach

Presenters: Colin MacKay, NZ Transport Agency & Matt Loach, Fulton Hogan

Waitangi Wharf: The Challenges of Designing and Building Transportation Infrastructure in Remote Regional New Zealand

Presenters: Raye Powell, AECOM & High Milliken, Downer 


Kawerau Bridge, Queenstown

Presenter: Phil Dowsett, NZ Transport Agency 

Dunedin City Council Peninsula Connection

Presenters: Graham McIlroy, GHD & Richard Saunders, Dunedin City Council